Munster Junior Cup 3rd Round (extra time & penalties if required).
Carrig Celtic vs Abbeyfeale United.
We kick off this week’s preview with a clash between two Premier Division sides as Carrig Celtic face off against Abbeyfeale United in the Munster Junior Cup. Abbeyfeale left it late to advance to the third round of the competition as it took extra-time for them to get the winning goal against Glin Rovers at the weekend while Carrig fell to an 8-2 loss against Newcastle West Rovers in their league game last Sunday. Both sides have earned their spot in the 3rd round with Abbeyfeale putting five past Askeaton in the first round while Carrig Celtic reached this stage by picking up a 6-0 victory over Ballysteen in the first round which was followed up by a 3-2 victory against Newcastle West Rovers in the second round. This will be Abbeyfeale’s fifth away game in a row and considering their list of convincing wins on the road they will be confident in themselves going into this one. Carrig Celtic will look at last week’s loss to Newcastle West Rovers as a meer blip and will hope to get back on track with a victory this Sunday. Despite that loss there is no doubt that they are a capable team and have only lost once at home in a 4-2 loss to Rathkeale. With Abbeyfeale’s unbeatable form being taken into consideration I think that they will take this one and progress.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Abbeyfeale United.
Riedy Joinery Cup 2nd Round (extra time & penalties if required).
Ferry Rangers vs Ballingarry B
Two teams in contrasting positions in their respective leagues face off with a place in the last eight of the Riedy Joinery Cup at stake when Ferry Rangers host Ballingarry B. Both sides will be familiar with each other as Ballingarry B picked up a 6-1 victory against Ferry Rangers in Tarbert on the way to becoming Division 3 Champions last season. Ferry extended their unbeaten run to four with a 1-0 victory at home to Newcastle West B and with a victory over Rathkeale B in the first round of this competition they will fancy their chances in this contest. Ballingarry B picked up their first win of the season two weeks ago with goals from Andy Grimes and Paul O’Callaghan giving them a great 2-1 win against Newcastle West Rovers B. This will be a great boost in confidence to them ahead of this big encounter and they will see this as a game that they are capable of winning with last week’s result as well as their victory over Ferry in their last meeting being taken into consideration. Despite being a division lower, Ferry have proven themselves as being very strong at home and so my prediction goes to Ferry Rangers to progress.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Ferry Rangers.
Richard Hogan Cup Quarter Final (extra time & penalties if required).
Newcastle West B vs Glin Rovers B
Another cup contest between two familiar sides sees Newcastle West B take on Glin Rovers B. Newcastle picked up a 2-1 win over Glin Rovers B on the first day of last season but Glin would go on to beat them to promotion in the finish. Both sides have a bit in common as they both suffered 1-0 away losses last weekend as well as picking up close victories over Rockhill Rovers earlier in the season. Newcastle’s three match win streak was ended by Ferry Rangers last week but they have had great results outside of this with victories over Rockhill Rovers as mentioned previously, Creeves Celtic and a good draw against Carrig Celtic B. They are a great side who are promotion contenders in their division and will look to extend their unbeaten home record this Sunday. While Glin have had a mixed run this season but have had some good showings with victories over Rockhill Rovers and Division Three’s Ferry Rangers. I think this will be a very tight contest that go either way but I think that Newcastle will get to the next round.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Newcastle West B.
Weekly Observer Division 1.
Shannonside FC vs Abbeyfeale United B
This is a big game between Shannonside and Abbeyfeale United B as the home side will move back on top of the table with a win while Abbeyfeale will move up to third should they get the three points. Shannonside picked up a very valuable three points when they defeated Granagh United 2-1 along with maintaining their unbeaten league record. Abbeyfeale’s five game win streak came to an end last week when two late goals gave Granagh United the victory and will have just as difficult of a task on their hands this Sunday. They have picked up a lot of convinving wins with their 6-0 win over Breska Rovers along with their 6-2 victory against Pallaskenry being the most noteworthy. Both sides shared the points in their last encounter and I expect this contest to be just as close but I think with Shannonside’s victory two weeks ago they will continue their form with another this Sunday.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Shannonside.
Weekly Observer Division 2.
Newcastle West Rovers B vs St. Ita’s
Our only Division Two game sees Newcastle West Rovers B and St. Ita’s face off with the hope of redeeming themselves from their last outings. Despite beating Creeves Celtic 1-0 after extra-time in their previous cup encounter, St. Ita’s fell to a 3-0 loss to Creeves two weeks ago while similarly Rovers fell to a 5-2 loss at the hands of Shountrade in the Richard Hogan Cup despite beating them 6-0 earlier in the season. St. Ita’s loss ended their three match win streak but outside of that have had good results, particularly away from home, such as their 1-0 win against Bally Rovers, their 3-0 win against Rockhill Rovers and a late 2-0 victory against Glin Rovers B. St. Ita’s have six clean sheets from their twelve games and will want to make it seven and move up to joint third in the table with a win. Rovers’ loss to Shountrade made it two losses in a row for them and they will want to return to the form they had previously when they when they recorded two good wins against Bally Rovers along with a victory against Glin Rovers B. They have kept one clean sheet this season but have also only been kept scoreless once which will make this game interesting. Another tight encounter but St. Ita’s record as of late makes me think they will take the three points.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: St. Ita’s.
Weekly Observer Division 3.
Glantine B vs Knockaderry AFC
Our last game of the weekend sees Glantine B host Knockaderry. Glantine B have begun to find their feet this season as they learned from the mistakes of their 4-2 defeat at the hands of Newcastle West B two weeks ago by fighting back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Feenagh B last week and gain their first point in the process. This is a promising sign for Glantine B and they will hope to make the most of their home advantage and get their first three points this Sunday. Knockaderry have performed well this season and showed great heart last week by taking it to extra-time with Division Two’s Adare United before conceding three goals with the match finishing 4-1 in favour of the visitors. They will be proud of their efforts against a side who are top of Division Two and will hope to bounce back with a win this Sunday. Their two most impressive results this year have been their comeback from 2-0 down at half-time before going on to win 3-2 against Creeves Celtic and their 1-0 win against another Division Two side in the shape of Askeaton in the Richard Hogan Cup. This is an interesting game with the home side’s recent form considered but I think that Knockaderry will take the points.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Knockaderry.