Weekly Observer Premier Division.
Broadford United vs Athea United.
Broadford’s first of two games this weekend takes place on Friday evening as they take on Athea United. Broadford United go into this off the back of their Desmond Cup semi final win and will look to return to the league with three points in order to maintain their push for the title. This will be their third meeting with Athea having won 6-1 away and 5-1 at home and considering they have only lost two of their last ten games they will be more than confident of another win. Sixth placed Athea United are seven points above the drop having won their last three league games in a row and will look to extend that gap to ten when they travel to Cove Park. Having won three of their last five away games they have done well on the road but face one of the elite of the Premier Division this Sunday. Their games have been very high scoring as of late but they have conceded a lot even when coming out on the winning side having conceded an average of three goals per game in their last five. Broadford are on a formidable run and I do not see Athea stopping them and so the home side get my vote.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Broadford United.
Weekly Observer Division 2.
Newcastle West Rovers B vs Askeaton AFC.
While the other Friday evening game sees Newcastle West Rovers B welcome Askeaton to Woodfield. Newcastle West Rovers B are seventh in the table but are still mathematically in a relegation battle as they sit four points above the drop with a game in hand. This will be their first game in almost a month and they will look to end a drought of five games without a win on Friday. Their last victory in all competitions came at the beginning of February where they knocked Kildimo United out of the Desmond Cup while their last league victory came in mid-January when they edged out Adare United. Despite a recent lack of victories those are two results that are not to be looked past and if they can bring the same performance on Friday then they will have a great chance. Fifth placed Askeaton have a league cup final to look forward to after last weekend and will want to prepare for it by getting good results in their two remaining league games. That victory ended a run of four games without a win and they will look to end their two game losing streak on the road this Sunday also. This is a game that could go either way as Rovers have a lot more to play for but if Askeaton turn up with a strong side then it could go in their favour. I think this game will be closer than their last meeting and that it will end in a draw.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Draw.