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FAI Junior Cup 3rd Round (extra time & penalties if required)

Ballingarry AFC V Shannon Olympic FC

Two teams who are in the bottom halves of their respective leagues will face off this Sunday in the FAI Junior Cup when Ballingarry host Shannon Olympic of the Clare District League. Shannon Olympic, who are currently on a three game win streak in all competitions, will be looking to in-form players like David O’Flaherty and Ray Quigley who have been amongst the goals in recent games to help them reach the next round. Like their opponents, Ballingarry are also on a three game win streak and have conceded just one goal over the course of those games. This strong defence, paired with their source of goals in the youthful Aaron Smith who has scored five goals in his last two games, will make this an interesting encounter indeed. A game that could go either way with recent form taken into consideration but I predict that Ballingarry will make the most of their home advantage and progress.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Ballingarry AFC.


Munster Junior Cup 1st Round (extra time & penalties if required)

Athea Utd V Newcastle West AFC

Two Premier Division sides will do battle in the first of our three Munster Junior Cup games when Athea United take on Newcastle AFC. Newcastle have struggled thus far this season with one win from their six games in all competitions while Athea have not done much better with one win and two draws from the same number of games. However, that one win is a 3-1 victory against this Sunday’s opponents so another Athea victory is expected.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Athea Utd.

Ballysteen V Carrig Celtic

Ballysteen take on Carrig Celtic this Sunday. The home side sit third in the Second Division table and have had some good results with their 6-1 victory against Askeaton being their best. Carrig sit fifth in the Premier Division table and have not had many results with the exception of their 2-1 victory against Clare’s Turnpike Rovers. With experience in mind, a Carrig victory is most probable.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Carrig Celtic

Rathkeale AFC V St. Ita’s

In our final Munster Junior Cup game for the weekend we see Premier Division table toppers Rathkeale take on St. Ita’s of Division Two. Rathkeale have been firing from all cylinders this season winning all five of their league games and by considerable margins at that. The home side have a team full of players with great experience of playing at the highest level with Keith Hartnett being a prime example. St. Ita’s have began a run of their own with victories in their last two cup outings and have been known to rise to big occasions with it taking 75 minutes for Abbeyfeale to score against them in the Desmond Cup last year. A Rathkeale victory is expected but the away side won’t make it easy.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Rathkeale AFC.

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

Ferry Rangers V Rathkeale B

Division One takes on Division three when Rathkeale B make the long trip to Tarbert to face Ferry Rangers. Rathkeale have struggled in Division One this season as they currently sit in eighth position while Ferry Rangers are amongst the promotion contenders in Division Three. Despite this, it is hard to look past a Rathkeale B victory.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Rathkeale B


Weekly Observer Premier Division

Newcastle West Rovers V Glin Rovers

The Battle of the Rovers takes place in Woodfield this Sunday as Newcastle West Rovers host Glin Rovers. Newcastle have had a good start to the year which is further shown by their position of third in the Premier Division table. They’ve had some good results so far with two strong 4-0 wins against Athea United and Killeaney along with a draw against reigning champions Abbeyfeale United. Glin have yet to grab a victory in the league this season and will be looking in the direction of James Wallace and John Kelliher who have been two of their sources of goals this season if they are to get a result but I predict a Newcastle victory.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Newcastle West Rovers.

Killeaney V Abbeyfeale Utd

Killeaney host Abbeyfeale United in our other Premier Division game where the home side will be looking to get their first competitive win this season. Abbeyfeale have yet to lose this season and are fresh off the back of a 3-1 win in extra-time against the reigning Kerry District League Champions Dingle Bay Rovers and with players such as Joe Kelliher along with Thomas and Chris Smith, it’s hard to see anything but an Abbeyfeale victory.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Abbeyfeale Utd.


Weekly Observer Division 1

Breska Rovers V Feenagh

Breska Rovers take on Feenagh in the first of our Division One fixtures in a game which could go either way based off of recent form. Breska were on the receiving end of a 6-0 loss away to Abbeyfeale United B which will no doubt hurt their confidence while Feenagh ended a five match losing streak by knocking the joint leaders of Division One in Granagh United out of the Riedy Cup, a side that Feenagh lost 5-2 to only two weeks prior. With all of this in mind, it will be very interesting to see the result. A game that could be won by either side but I’ll have to go for Breska here.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Breska Rovers.

Glantine V AK Utd

As well as this we have Glantine meeting AK United. Glantine are flying high in the table in third place while AK have struggled since their promotion to the first division. Glantine have some great players at their disposal with Eoin King both creating and scoring goals, a great prospect in Cian Larkin in attack and the experienced veteran in Hessler O’Connor. AK can boast a fantastic goalkeeper between the sticks along with great players such as Blaine Collins on the attacking front but I see Glantine picking up the win here.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Glantine.

Shannonside FC V Pallaskenry

Shannonside will be looking to continue their push for promotion back to the Premier Division when they take on Pallaskenry in Barrigone. Shannonside are another team who have yet to lose a league game this season and sit proudly as joint leaders on top of the table. Pallaskenry have not had great luck so far with only one win to their name so far in their league campaign so all signs point towards a Shannonside victory.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Shannonside.

Kildimo Utd V Abbeyfeale Utd B

In our late Division One kick-off, Kildimo United play Abbeyfeale United B. Kildimo have done poorly since their relegation to the First Division as they sit in 9th position with just one victory. Unfortunately for Kildimo this victory has been followed up by 5 straight losses. Paul Browne has scored five of his team’s six goals and if they are going to start picking up wins then they will need him at his best. Abbeyfeale have had good form as of late and can’t seem to stop scoring with 12 goals in their last two games and with the amount of goals that Kildimo have been conceding as of late it looks like it will be another Abbeyfeale B victory.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Abbeyfeale B.


Weekly Observer Division 2

Shountrade AFC V Askeaton AFC

Shountrade face off against Askeaton in our first Division Two game of the weekend. The home side have not been having a good run in the league this season with them having just one win along with two losses by a six goal margin. Askeaton have had better fortunes in their league campaign as they sit fifth in the table but it is worth noting that they are just after their third successive loss, so this might be the right time for Shountrade to face them if they are to get a result. I see an Askeaton win but with Shountrade being such a difficult place to go to in order to get a result a low-scoring draw wouldn’t be out of the question.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Askeaton AFC.

Glin Rovers B V Newcastle West Rovers B

In our second and last Division Two fixture Glin Rovers B host Newcastle West Rovers B. Both sides are lying low in the table on seventh and ninth respectively and will both be looking to increase their place on the table. Kieran Guina has been amongst the goals for Newcastle as of late and will be needed if they are to pip Glin to the post in what I expect to be a tight game but can see Glin emerging victorious from this one.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Glin Rovers B.

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Weekly Observer Division 3

Carrig Celtic B V Feenagh B

League leaders Carrig Celtic B face off against Feenagh B this Sunday with the home side looking to maintain their first place position and the away side looking to move up the table with a win. Carrig have lost just one game from the four they have played this season while Feenagh have yet to pick up a win and with that form I feel that Carrig will more than likely pick up the win this weekend.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Carrig Celtic B.

Creeves Celtic V Glantine B

Creeves Celtic host Glantine B at the Thatch in our last fixture of the weekend, a game in which Creeves will be looking to boost their promotion hopes. Glantine currently sit bottom of the Third Division and have yet to get a result or score a goal. Creeves have a tendency to concede having let go of a 2-0 lead away to Ferry Rangers before drawing 2-2, a 2-1 lead against Division One’s Breska Rovers before losing 4-2 as well as being 2-0 up at half-time against Knockaderry before losing 3-2, so if Glantine are ever going to score it would seem like it will be this weekend. With that said Creeves have a fantastic player in Seamus Mangan who can score from anywhere as well as goalkeeper Robert Bradley who is known to pull off some great saves. I predict another Creeves victory to boost their promotion hopes.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Creeves Celtic.

Editor:Jason Shanahan


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