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Munster Football Association Keanes Jewellers League Champions Trophy Semi
Final (extra time & penalties if required)
Nenagh Celtic V Abbeyfeale Utd
GAME OF THE WEEK

Richard Hogan Cup 2nd Round (extra time & penalties if required if required)

Carrig Celtic B V St. Itas
Division Three leaders Carrig Celtic B host St. Ita’s in our only Richard Hogan Cup game of the
weekend. Carrig haven’t lost in five games and have put some good results under their belt with
a league win over Knockaderry as well as knocking Division Two’s Glin Rovers B out of the
Riedy Cup on penalties. Former St. Ita’s player Mike Dore has been a big source of goals for
Carrig and will relish the opportunity of being able to score one against them this Sunday. The
visitors have begun a streak of their own winning their last two games in a row having dug out
another victory on Sunday against Glin Rovers B. St. Ita’s have five clean sheets to their name
this year along with a good record away from home but Carrig can combat that with good results
on their own patch as well. An affair that both sides will be up for but I’ll go with St. Ita’s to
advance.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: St . Ita’s

Riedy Cup 2nd Round (extra time & penalties if required if required)

Shountrade AFC V Feenagh B
Shountrade put two past Bally Rovers without reply to get the win last and Sunday and will look
towards another win this Sunday in Croagh when they take on Feenagh B in the Riedy Cup.
Shountrade have lost once from their three home games with the other two results being a draw
against Askeaton and 4-0 victory over Glantine B. Feenagh B have failed to pick up a win this
season but have run it close against Carrig Celtic B along with a draw against Newcastle West
B. Shountrade have had some good and bad results this year but I think the difference in
standard between the two sides will give them the win.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Shountrade AFC

Weekly Observer Premier Division

Broadford Utd V Ballingarry AFC
Our one and only Premier Division game sees a rematch of last season’s Premier Division
League Cup Final when Ballingarry visit Cove Park in what should be a great contest. The
visitors have won their last four games in great fashion with two clean sheets, 15 goals scored
and just 4 conceded. Broadford’s last game ended in defeat against Newcastle West Rovers so
they will want to get back to winning ways this weekend. Having beaten Ballingarry 2-0 at The
Paddocks on the first day of the season, they will fancy their chances this Sunday. A lot has
changed since that day and Ballingarry have improved, I see Broadford taking the points but
don’t see them keeping the visitors scoreless like last time.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Broadford United.

Weekly Observer Division 1

Glantine V Kildimo Utd
With their promotion hopes taking a dent last week, Glantine will want to make amends by
getting a win this Sunday when they host Kildimo. It was a tough loss for them last Sunday
when they went down 4-1 to Breska Rovers but with their opponents this week being in poor
form they will see this as an opportunity to get back on course. Kildimo’s only win this season
has been against Rathkeale B on the first day and they have failed to drive on from that victory.
Glantine are a good experienced side and I expect them to keep themselves amongst the top
teams with a win this Sunday.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Glantine

:Granagh Utd V Pallaskenry AFC
Granagh can put themselves back on top of the table if they can defeat Pallaskenry this
Sunday. Pallas came from behind twice to snatch a draw away to Feenagh last Sunday but will
have a task on their hands if they are to get the win against last year’s Division Two winners.
Granagh have really impressed this year with their only two defeats this season coming in cup
competitions. They are a side who average two goals a game but have scored as high as five
on two occasions. With the home side tending to keep the amount of goals they concede to a
minimum and with Pallas not scoring too many this year I see Granagh taking the points in what
is only their third home game of the season.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Granagh United

Rathkeale B V Breska Rovers
Our last Division One game sees Breska Rovers make the trip to Holycross to face Rathkeale B.
Fresh off of a good win against Glantine which has made it tighter at the top of the table, Breska
will look to make it three wins in a row. Breska have been scoring a high amount of goals as of
late with eleven scored and only two conceded in their last two games. Niall Quane and Josh
Page are two of the players who have contributed to this high goal tally and will look to extend it
further this Sunday. Rathkeale B have struggled with their only victory being a good 3-1 win
over another B side in the form of Abbeyfeale United. They have stayed competitive even in
defeat and will be even more keen to do so in their own backyard but I see Breska getting the
victory on this occasion.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Breska Rovers.

Weekly Observer Division 2

Askeaton AFC V Adare Utd
Askeaton returned to form last weekend just in time for this clash against league leaders Adare
United. Their 7-2 victory against Ballingarry B will be a great boost in confidence for them
having failed to get a win from their previous five games. Paul Harty was the source of six of
those goals last Sunday and will be out for more when Adare visit. Adare’s last game was a 5-1
victory over Ballingarry B with this just being one example of their goalscoring abilities. They
have only been kept scoreless once this season and have averaged three goals a game but it’s
also worth noting that they only have two clean sheets from their nine games. Both sides are
prone to scoring and conceding but I think Adare will take the points in what should be a high
scoring contest

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Adare United

Ballingarry B V Newcastle West Rovers B
Ballingarry will want to put their first points on the board this Sunday but they won’t do it easily
when Newcastle West Rovers B come visiting this Sunday. Rovers have bounced back after
some poor results with two wins from their last two games. Rovers have some great players, all
of which are able to score, with Chris Riedy, Kieran Guina and Ciaran Nix being solid for the
side this season. It’s been rough so far this season for Ballingarry B and with Rovers being
capable of scoring as high as six and only being kept scoreless once I think that the away side
will pick up the win.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Newcastle West Rovers B

Glin Rovers B V Rockhill Rovers
Two sides who suffered disappointing defeats last Sunday will look to redeem themselves this
weekend when Glin Rovers B face Rockhill Rovers. Rockhill were knocked out of the Richard
Hogan Cup last weekend when a late Aaron Geary free kick allowed Newcastle West B to
progress. While the home side conceded two late goals last weekend to give St. Ita’s the points
as well as leaving themselves without a win in their last three games. Both sides have their
positives with Ger Riordan, who has featured for their A side also, being stellar for the team with
great movement and vision with the ball. Rockhill have a flurry of players who are able to
convert their shots with Aaron FItzgerald being a prime example along with Jimmy O’Dea and
Tommy Cronnolly not being too far behind. Glin have failed to keep a clean sheet this season
and with Rockhill’s scoring capabilities I see them getting the win but Glin won’t make it easy for
them.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Rockhill Rovers

Weekly Observer Division 3

Knockaderry V Ferry Rangers
It will be a big three points for the side that wins this contest as Knockaderry face off against
Ferry Rangers. It’s been two weeks since Ferry’s last game in an upset victory against
Rathkeale B and will fancy their chances this Sunday with that last result in their mind. Both
sides have yet to be kept scoreless in their previous games and both have similar patterns of
conceding with the home side having two clean sheets and the visitors having one. This is a
hard one to call and I really do think it will be close with a draw not being out of the question, but
after making a bold statement against Rathkeale B two weeks ago my prediction goes to Ferry
Rangers to take the points back to Tarbert.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Ferry Rangers

Newcastle West B V Glantine B
Our last game of the weekend sees Newcastle West B play Glantine B. Newcastle are another
side who had an upset win following their 1-0 victory against Division Two’s Rockhill Rovers last
weekend. Newcastle have done well as of late with their first two wins of the year coming in their
last two games and gave a great showing against Division One’s Pallaskenry in the Riedy Cup
also. Jason Cummins has been a consistent scorer for the side and will be backed up by
another strong player for the side in the form of Luke O’Brien in midfield. Glantine B took
another heavy loss in their last outing when they lost 5-1 to Creeves Celtic at the Thatch and will
want to get on track soon but I don’t see it happening this Sunday and so my prediction goes to
Newcastle.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Newcastle West B

Written By Jason Shanahan

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