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Limerick Desmond League Preview 4/12/2016

2016-10-18-12-01-05-1-300x168Munster Junior Cup 3rd Round (extra time & penalties if required).

Ballingarry AFC vs Broadford United

For the third time this season Ballingarry and Broadford United will do battle with a place in the fourth round of the Munster Junior Cup at stake. It took extra-time in both of Broadford’s previous games in this competition for them to progress as they ran out 3-1 winners against Killeaney in the first round and came back from 2-0 down to beat Rathkeale 3-2 in the second round. That victory marked two wins in a row for Broadford and with them already having two 2-0 victories against Ballingarry they will see themselves as being well capable of advancing. While Ballingarry picked up a 3-1 win over Division One’s Glantine in the first round and followed that up with a 1-0 win at home to Athea United in the second round. Ballingarry had two successive defeats before that victory over Athea United so they may be returning to form ahead of this big clash. With Broadford’s recent victory over Rathkeale and with them having two wins over Ballingarry already this season it is hard to look past them and so my prediction goes to Broadford United to advance.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Broadford United.

Riedy Joinery Cup Quarter Final (extra time & penalties if required).

Ferry Rangers vs Shountrade AFC

In what should be a close contest, Ferry Rangers host Shountrade in the Riedy Joinery Cup Quarter Final. Shountrade pulled off an upset when they defeated Newcastle West Rovers B 5-2 away in their last outing in the Richard Hogan Cup two weeks ago while Ferry Rangers received a rest from their win against Newcastle West B two weeks ago by receiving a walkover from Ballingarry B on Sunday. Outside of their last win against Rovers, the away side have pulled off some great results with a victory against Bally Rovers and draws against Askeaton and Rockhill Rovers and will want to continue their form by getting into their second cup semi-final already. While Ferry Rangers sit on top of Division Three by a point with a game in hand and have been dominant so far this season. They are undefeated in their league campaign with their victories against Newcastle West B and Carric Celtic B being the most noteworthy. They have done well in their two cup games with a close loss at the hands of Division Two’s Glin Rovers B and an excellent 5-2 win over Division One’s Rathkeale B. This is a game that could really go either way but I think that with their great home record and convincing results that Ferry Rangers will progress.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Ferry Rangers.

Kildimo United vs Creeves Celtic

Another contest between two sides from different divisions sees Kildimo United take on Creeves Celtic. Kildimo had a poor start to the season winning one from their first eight games before going on to pick up two great back to back wins against Glantine and AK United and were unfortunate to lose out to Breska Rovers having led 1-0 at half-time. Kildimo will want to return to winning ways following that loss and knocking out last year’s finalists enroute to reaching the semi-final would be a great way to do so. Creeves made it two wins in a row two weeks ago when they defeated Carrig Celtic B 3-1 and put themselves into the promotion zone on goal difference. Seamus Mangan played a big role in that victory grabbing a brace and was an important part of their 3-0 win against St. Ita’s as he created a goal  for Tom Shanahan and scored one also. He will undoubtedly be a threat to Kildimo this Sunday and will be one for them to watch out for. This should be a good high-scoring contest that I think Kildimo will come out on top in.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Kildimo United.

Weekly Observer Premier Division.

Killeaney vs Glin Rovers

Our one and only Premier Division game sees Killeaney host Glin Rovers in a local derby game. It has been a rough season so far for Killeaney with one draw against Athea United from their eight games but they can take pride in having forced Broadford United to extra-time before losing 3-1 in their Munster Junior Cup encounter. This is a big game for Killeaney and they will want to pick up their first victory and put themselves level on points with Newcastle West and Ballingarry. Glin Rovers have had better fortunes this year with them being fifth in the league table. They gave Abbeyfeale United a tough time two weeks ago as it took extra-time for the Fealesiders to advance when they faced each other in the Munster Junior Cup. Outside of that they have had some good showings with a win against Athea United and draws against Abbeyfeale United, Carrig Celtic and a thrilling 6-6 draw against Newcastle West. Glin have shown how competitive they are this year and so I predict that they will pick up the win this Sunday.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Glin Rovers.

Weekly Observer Division 1.

Shannonside FC vs Feenagh

Our first of four Division One games sees second placed Shannonside host Feenagh in Borrigone. This will be Shannonside’s first game since their win over league leaders Granagh United and they have not lost in five games. That win against Granagh was well needed by Shannonside after they dropped four points in their previous two games and a win this Sunday will put them first in the table. They seem very determined to return to the Premier Division as they have six wins and three draws from their nine games. While Feenagh had a disappointing loss at home to Rathkeale B two weeks ago which ended their streak of three games without a loss where they defeated Kildimo United and Pallaskenry along with drawing with the latter also. They have the benefit of having Dan Gayer in goal who has represented the Desmond League in the Oscar Traynor Trophy and has had some good showings for his club as of late by reducing the number of goals conceded as of late along with being involved in their second clean sheet of the season against Pallaskenry three weeks ago. This is the second encounter between these two sides as Shannonside picked up a narrow 1-0 win against them on the second day of the season and with the home side being in great form I think that they will pick up the victory again this Sunday.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Shannonside

 Rathkeale B vs AK United

Seventh faces sixth when Rathkeale B play host to AK United this Sunday in Holycross. It was a good win for Rathkeale two weeks ago as they defeated Feenagh 1-0 to move them further away from the dropzone and a win this weekend will see them move up to sixth in the table. This marked their first clean sheet, their second victory of the season and their first win in five games which will be a big boost to them ahead of this contest. AK have had better fortunes over the course of the season but are in the midst of a four game streak without a win. Like Rathkeale B, they have two wins to their name this year against Feenagh and Kildimo United and also ran league leaders Granagh United close on the third day of the season when they fell to a 4-3 loss. A very tough game to call and so I will have to go with a draw.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Draw.

Abbeyfeale United B vs Glantine

Another game between two sides who are close in the league table sees Abbeyfeale United B take on Glantine in another local derby game. Abbeyfeale fell to two late goals when they lost 3-1 to Granagh United two weeks ago which ended their five game winning streak and a win for them this Sunday will be a great way for them to return to form. Glantine had a great start to the season but back to back league losses against Breska Rovers and Kildimo United has hurt their promotion hopes. After a good 6-0 win over Bally Rovers in the Riedy Joinery Cup, another win this Sunday would give them the boost of confidence they need to push on for promotion. This is the second meeting between these two sides this year with Glantine running out 4-0 winners in their first encounter but I think that Abbeyfeale are a great side and that they will make amends for their previous loss by picking up the win this Sunday.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Abbeyfeale United B.

Pallaskenry AFC vs Breska Rovers

Our final Division One game of the weekend sees Pallaskenry host Breska Rovers. Pallaskenry have been on a four game streak without a win having fallen to a 1-0 loss at the hands of Feenagh in their last outing two weeks ago and there would be no better way for them to end their losing streak than by getting revenge against Breska Rovers who they lost to on the first day of the season. From their eleven games this season they have picked two wins, three draws and six losses. While Breska have started their own streak in recent weeks having made it four wins in a row two weeks ago when they defeated Kildimo United 2-1 and they will be confident in themselves going into this contest with their recent results taken into consideration. Their most impressive results this year have been their 7-0 win against Feenagh and their 4-1 win against Glantine, two great results which truly shows how dangerous they can be. Breska seem to be playing well as of late and so I see them picking up the points and making it tighter at the top of the table.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Breska Rovers.

Weekly Observer Division 2.

St. Ita’s vs Rockhill Rovers

Our first of three Division Two games sees St. Ita’s play host to Rockhill Rovers in Ashford for the second time this season. St. Ita’s showed great heart by coming back from 2-0 down at half-time to draw 2-2 with Newcastle West Rovers B last Sunday while Rockhill were edged out by Bally Rovers on a 3-2 scoreline in Ballyhahill two weeks ago. It probably was not the desired result that St. Ita’s wanted against Newcastle West Rovers B last week but it was as good a way as any for them to get back on their feet after losing 3-0 to Creeves Celtic in their game two weeks prior to that. They have recorded good wins over the likes of  Bally Rovers, Shountrade and a 3-0 victory against Rockhill Rovers which means they will be more than confident in themselves going into this game. Rockhill Rovers are on a three match losing streak and have yet to find a consistent form this season. They did go on a three match unbeaten streak in their first three games but have yet to pick up back to back wins following that. With St. Ita’s 3-0 home victory against them in the Riedy Joinery Cup taken into consideration I think that St. Ita’s will pick up the win again this Sunday.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: St. Ita’s.

Ballysteen AFC vs Newcastle West Rovers B

Ballysteen will look to continue their flawless league campaign when they host Newcastle West Rovers B this Sunday. Ballysteen have been excellent this year with the exception of their loss against the Premier Division’s Carrig Celtic and have scored eight and conceded none in their last two games. Darragh Ranahan was a standout player for Askeaton Youths last year and has continued his form this year at Junior level, making him one to watch this Sunday as he poses a great threat. Newcastle West Rovers B will be disappointed with themselves after leaving in two second half goals and having to share the points last Sunday but as I said about St. Ita’s previously they will still be glad to get a result after back to back losses prior to that game. Similar to Rockhill Rovers, they have been a bit inconsistent this far this season as they have only managed to record back to back wins twice this year but have grabbed good wins such as their two against Bally Rovers. Like Ballysteen, Newcastle West Rovers B have a big threat of their own in the shape of James Guina. Guina picked up another two goals last week against St. Ita’s and if he is given an inch he will take a mile. His powerful shots whether it be from dead ball or open play make him someone for Ballysteen to keep on their radar this Sunday. I think that with Ballysteen’s form so far this season that it will be a while before someone hands them their first league loss and that they will pick up the win this Sunday.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Ballysteen.

Glin Rovers B vs Adare United

League leaders Adare United travel to Glin this Sunday with the hopes of keeping their lead at the top of the table as they take on Glin Rovers B. Adare bounced back from their loss against Askeaton four weeks ago by defeating Division Three’s Knockaderry 4-1 in extra-time in the Richard Hogan Cup Quarter Final. They have picked up good results all year with two remarkable wins over Newcastle West Rovers B along with victories against Rockhill Rovers and St. Ita’s. Glin were unfortunate to lose out to Division Three’s Newcastle West B in extra-time in their Richard Hogan Cup Quarter Final and they would love nothing more than to bounce back and make a bold statement by picking up a victory against the league leaders. They picked up a draw against Adare on the first day of the season so they know that they are capable of matching them on the field. As well as this, Glin have picked up good wins over both Rockhill Rovers and Ferry Rangers also. Adare’s loss to Askeaton and with it taking extra-time for them to beat Knockaderry leads me to believe that they may be slipping, I still expect them to win this game but I would not rule out a draw or a Glin victory with it being a difficult place to go to in order to get a result.

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Adare United.

Weekly Observer Division 3.

Knockaderry AFC vs Newcastle West B

Our final game of the weekend is our only Division Three game as Newcastle West B travel to Knockaderry. Knockaderry had to share the points last Sunday with Glantine B which made it four games without a win for them. The last win they recorded was a great victory against Askeaton and the three victories they have picked up this year in total have come from their first four games. They are a good side, particularly at home, where their two losses have been at the hands of sides in higher divisions. While Newcastle picked up an excellent extra-time victory against Division Two’s Glin Rovers B in the Richard Hogan Cup Quarter Final and could have won it in regular time as they led 3-1 with only a few minutes remaining before the visitors struck twice late into the game. Aaron Geary, Jason Cummins and Kevin Kavanagh were the scorers for Newcastle West B last Sunday with the three of them almost always being on the scoresheet. Cummins and Kavanagh will be big threats on the attacking front while Geary has played as both a left winger and a left back and has managed to get some goals for himself, particularly from free kicks, despite not playing as high up the pitch as the other two. They have picked up great wins against both Rockhill Rovers and Creeves Celtic along with a draw against Carrig Celtic B so they will see this as a game they are more than capable of winning. I think that Newcastle West B are a great side but with Knockaderry being such a force at home I see this contest being a draw

StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Draw.

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