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FAI Umbro Junior Cup 4th Round (extra time & penalties if required)

Carrig Celtic vs Ballingarry AFC
Our first fixture of the weekend sees Carrig Celtic take on Ballingarry with a place in the next
stage of the FAI Umbro Junior Cup at stake. These sides have just put different results behind
them with Carrig extending their win streak to three in a row with a big 3-2 victory against
Newcastle West Rovers in the Munster Junior Cup while Ballingarry’s four game win streak
ended at the hands of Broadford United last Sunday. Ray Brouder played a big part in that
victory for Carrig as he created a goal from a corner along with a goal of his own from a free kick
and after a strong performance for the Limerick Desmond side he will be needed if Carrig are to
advance. Ballingarry have had some good results this season with their victory on penalties
over Clare’s Shannon Olympic being the most noteworthy but their 3-0 and 4-0 victories over
Newcastle West AFC and Killeaney respectively are worth mentioning also. These are two good
teams but with the results that the home side have picked up as of late I see Carrig picking up
the victory here.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Carrig Celtic

Killarney Athletic vs Abbeyfeale United
Our second FAI Umbro Junior Cup game should be a close one as Abbeyfeale travel to
Killarney with the hope of progressing to the next round of the competition. Athletic compete in
the Premier A division in the Kerry District League where they sit on top with three wins and a
draw. The hosts have only lost one game from their last eight which was a 3-1 loss to Tralee
Dynamos but have excelled themselves outside of this with some great results including their
5-0 victory against Coole FC from Clare in this competition, a 6-0 win at home to Inter Kenmare
and a 4-0 win against St. Brendan’s Park. It goes without saying that they are a side who are
well capable of scoring with Shane Lynch and William Courtney being tied at 8 goals each for
their club in all competitions. Abbeyfeale made it 17 games without a loss when they reached
the Munster Champions Trophy Final with a victory over Nenagh Celtic in Roscrea and will have
a real challenge on their hands if they are to make it 18 this Sunday. Billy Quirke was in fine
form in that game to ensure that the Fealesiders didn’t lose their lead throughout while Paudie
Smith’s two goals proved to be vital for them in the contest. The list of teams that Abbeyfeale
have defeated this year is endless with them overcoming the North Tipperary & District’s
reigning Premier Division champions Nenagh Celtic, Kerry District’s reigning Premier A
champions Dingle Bay Rovers along with other great sides like Rathkeale, Carrig Celtic and
Broadford United. Both sides are in great form and I wouldn’t be surprised if it went either way
but I think that Abbeyfeale can extend their undefeated streak to 18.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Abbeyfeale United

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

Broadford Utd V Rathkeale AFC
In their second meeting of the season, Broadford United host Rathkeale in what should be
another good fixture. Broadford bounced back from their loss to Newcastle West Rovers when
Ray Lynch struck twice without reply to give them the points at home to Ballingarry on Sunday.
Broadford have a host of great players with the previously mentioned Lynch having experience
in abundance along with the likes of Joe McAuliffe and Michael Brosnan who are great talents
too. Rathkeale have only been defeated once in their nine games and with them being out of the
FAI Umbro Junior Cup they will really want to progress in this competition. The presence of five
Rathkeale players in the Desmond League’s Oscar Traynor panel for their game last Saturday
really shows the quality of their side. Former Irish International Keith Hartnett provides a wealth
of experience to the side, while Declan Nash will pose as a threat on the attacking front. Both
sides will be up for this but with Rathkeale picking up the win in their last encounter as well as
them being on such a great run I see them advancing to the next round.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Rathkeale AFC

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

Glantine vs Bally Rovers
Two sides who are on two game losing streaks will look to end that this Sunday when Division
One’s Glantine host Division Two’s Bally Rovers. Glantine’s promotion hopes took a further
bruising when they lost 3-1 at home to Kildimo United last Sunday while Bally Rovers’ hopes of
promotion were hurt also when they lost 2-0 at home to Shountrade two weeks ago. Bally
Rovers have had some disappointing results this year but have some good ones to their name
also with victories over both Askeaton and Rockhill Rovers. Despite Glantine not playing to their
full potential as of late they are capable of good results having gotten a draw out of
Shannonside and a strong 4-0 victory over Abbeyfeale United B, and so I expect them to
bounce back this Sunday with a victory and progress to the Quarter-Final of the competition.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Glantine

Kildimo United vs AK United
Two Division One sides face off this Sunday when Kildimo United take on AK United for the
second time this season. Kildimo boosted themselves up the table last Sunday as they recorded
a good 3-1 win against Glantine with Ciaran Deegan’s second half brace giving them the points.
This result will undoubtedly be a great boost in confidence for them and they will fancy their
chances this Sunday considering it took 70 minutes for Blaine Collins to get the winner for AK
last time around. The visitors got a good 1-1 draw against Shannonside at the weekend and
have the previously mentioned win against Kildimo along with a 5-2 win against Feenagh to
their name when it comes to victories. It will be a tight encounter but I see Kildimo making the
most of their home advantage and progressing.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Kildimo United

St. Ita’s vs Creeves Celtic
The never-ending rivalry between St. Ita’s and Creeves Celtic continues when they face each
other for the fifth time in two seasons this Sunday. Despite losing 4-2 to Breska Rovers in the
first round, Creeves progressed due to Breska fielding a suspended player and so they will want
to make the most of this opportunity and progress to the next round of the competition that they
reached the final of last year. There is no doubt that there is quality within the Creeves side with
Seamus Mangan being a threat on the attacking front, James O’Connor being a real playmaker
for the side as well as Robert Bradley in goal. St. Ita’s picked up their third win in a row when
they put five past Carrig Celtic B without reply along with keeping their sixth clean sheet of the
season. Ita’s defence has held strong this year with Paul Fitzmaurice and Damien Breen
effectively anchoring the defence. When combined with the high scoring Callum Donoghue, it
shows that St. Ita’s are a very capable side. In the four times these two sides have faced off St.
Ita’s have come out on top by just one goal with it taking extra-time for St. Ita’s to win their
Hogan Cup game earlier in the season. This contest will be just as tight as the other four but
with St. Ita’s record against Creeves Celtic along with their run at the moment I see them
reaching the Quarter-Final.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: St. Ita’s

Pallaskenry AFC vs Feenagh AFC
Another game where the two sides have already met this season sees Pallaskenry face off
against Feenagh. Pallas have two wins and three draws from their ten games while Feenagh
have had a similar faith with two wins and a draw from their nine games. Feenagh have come
good in their last two games with a win against Kildimo and a draw against their opponents this
Sunday and with them taking the lead twice in that contest they will see themselves progressing
to the next round. Pallas suffered a tough 8-0 loss last Sunday at the hands of league leaders
Granagh United and will want to pick up their first victory in six games. If this game is anything
like their last then there won’t be much in it but I think that Pallas will make amends for their last
loss and take this one.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Pallaskenry

Knockaderry vs Abbeyfeale United B
Our last Riedy Joinery Cup game sees Knockaderry host Abbeyfeale United B. The visitors will
go into this as favourites and rightly so as they currently sit joint third in Division One. Abbey
have won their last four games in a row and in good fashion with 16 goals scored, four
conceded and two clean sheets. Their 6-0 victory at home to Breska Rovers has been their
most impressive this year and they will look to progress in this competition when they meet
Knockaderry. The home side have only played five games this season with their best result
being their 1-0 victory over Division Two’s Askeaton. With their one loss this season being a
narrow 2-1 defeat to Carrig Celtic B and having other good results such as a victory over
Creeves Celtic and a draw with the in-form Ferry Rangers, they will want to show what they are
capable of in this tie. I predict that Abbeyfeale will progress but with Knockaderry not having lost
any of their three home games I expect them to make the Fealesiders earn it.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Abbeyfeale United B

Weekly Observer Premier Division

Newcastle West AFC vs Killeaney
A crucial game for both sides as Killeaney travel to the Demesne to face Newcastle West AFC
in our first of two Premier Division games. Newcastle showed what they were capable of two
weeks ago when they came back from from 5-2 down with 35 minutes remaining away to Glin
Rovers to draw 6-6 and in turn get their first point of the season. Tony Quaid played a big part in
that game scoring early in the game from the spot to make it 1-1 but was later taken off due to a
groin strain. With him missing out on the Limerick Desmond’s game on Saturday night it will be
interesting to see if he will be fit for this encounter. Killeaney have had similar fortunes to
Newcastle with a draw against Athea United being all they have to show for. Both sides have
done poorly this season but with Newcastle being able to get a good result against Glin last
week I predict that they will pick up the win here.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Newcastle West AFC

Glin Rovers vs Athea United
Glin Rovers face off against Athea United in our last Premier Division game of the weekend.
Both sides will look to return to winning ways in this contest with Glin not having won in their last
three games while Athea have not won in their last two. Glin were unfortunate to only get a point
last Sunday with Darren and Paul Sheahan playing big parts in that result. They will have
confidence in themselves picking up a win this Sunday with good showings already this season
including a 2-1 win over Clare’s Bridge Celtic, getting a draw against Abbeyfeale United along
with running them close in their FAI Umbro Junior Cup encounter when they fell to a late 2-1
defeat. Athea have had a similar run this year with their two wins being against Newcastle West
AFC, they ran Tralee Dynamos close until an 88th minute goal allowed the Tralee side to
advance in the FAI Umbro Junior Cup as well as holding Carrig Celtic to a 3-3 draw. My
prediction goes to Glin Rovers taking the points here.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Glin Rovers

Weekly Observer Division 1

Granagh United vs Shannonside FC
There is only one Division One game this weekend but it promises to be a good one when first
placed Granagh United take on second placed Shannonside. Both sides have yet to lose in their
league campaign with their being just one point between them. They are both in the midst of
good runs with Granagh winning their last two in a row and Shannonside not having lost in four.
Granagh’s last game was an 8-0 win at home to Pallaskenry which really shows their
capabilities ahead of this game but their best win this season has been their 5-2 victory away to
fellow promotion hopefuls Glantine. Shannonside have done very well this season also but have
recorded draws in their last two games and will want to get the three points in this contest. They
have had some good results also, beating Breska Rovers 3-2, convincingly defeating Rathkeale
B and Pallaskenry, 5-1 and 3-1 respectively, along with taking it to extra-time with Newcastle
West AFC before losing 3-1. These two sides are close to each other in the table for a reason, I
think if any team will win this game it’s Granagh but a draw is the more likely outcome here in
my opinion.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Draw

Weekly Observer Division 2

Ballysteen vs Shountrade AFC
Ballysteen take on in the in-form Shountrade in this Division Two game. Shountrade made it two
wins in a row when they defeated Feenagh B 2-1 in the Riedy Joinery Cup last week and will
look to make a statement when they take on a strong Ballysteen side. Shountrade’s away
record has been doing ok this year with two wins and a draw from their five games on the road
but their two losses have been heavy defeats. Ballysteen’s last game was a good 5-0 victory at
home to Feenagh B and when combined with their 6-1 victory over Askeaton and their 4-1 win
against St. Ita’s, it shows that they are a force to be reckoned with. They had one representative
on the Limerick Desmond panel for their recent game against West Cork in the shape of Edward
Gallagher who was a real livewire when introduced and is sure to cause some mayhem in this
contest too. My prediction goes to Ballysteen to pick up the points.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Ballysteen

Askeaton AFC vs Glin Rovers B
Two teams who are hot off of upset wins will face off this Sunday when Askeaton host Glin
Rovers B. Askeaton handed Adare United their first league loss of the year when they knocked
three past them without reply last Sunday while Glin Rovers B overcame Rockhill Rovers on a
scoreline of 3-2. After a bad spell Askeaton have really picked themselves up as of late and will
want to continue their push for promotion with a third win in a row this Sunday. They have a
good record on their home grounds with two losses from their five home games which include a
tight 4-3 defeat to Bally Rovers and a 5-0 loss at the hands of the Premier Division’s Abbeyfeale
United. Glin Rovers B will jump out of the drop zone should they get a result and should
Shountrade fall to Ballysteen this Sunday. After good win at home to fifth placed Rockhill Rovers
they will see themselves of being capable of defeating Askeaton here. Glin have only played
three games on the road with a draw, a loss and a win in that order to their name but with them
failing to keep a clean sheet all season I see Askeaton going level at the top with Adare United
by getting the victory.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Askeaton

Weekly Observer Division 3

Glantine B vs Feenagh B
The bottom two sides of Division Three will do battle this Sunday when Feenagh B travel to
Glantine. Glantine B raced to a 2-0 lead within the first five minutes of their last game against
Newcastle West B but went on to fall to a 4-2 loss despite having a one man advantage for the
remaining 85 minutes while Feenagh B lost 2-1 to Division Two’s Shountrade in their Riedy
Joinery Cup game. Both sides have yet to register a win this season with Glantine’s result last
week being their closest while Feenagh have picked up a draw against Newcastle West as well
as running Carrig Celtic B close in a 3-2 loss. Glantine have showed signs of improvement over
their last two games and will see this as a game that they can win. I definitely would not rule
them out and would not be surprised if they did win but I think that Feenagh B will take the

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Feenagh B

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