FAI Umbro Junior Cup 3rd Round (extra time & penalties if required)
Abbeyfeale United vs Glin Rovers
Two Premier Division sides will face off when Abbeyfeale host Glin Rovers in Riverside Park this Sunday. This will be the second encounter between the two sides this season as they contested a 2-2 draw on the first day. The home side are in the midst of a fantastic run of form that doesn’t look like stopping with their 7-0 victory last Sunday against Killeaney further showing that. Glin haven’t fared as well this season as they have yet to record a win in their league campaign. A lot has changed since the aforementioned draw between the two sides and with both Thomas and Chris Smith continuing their fine runs of form I see Abbeyfeale progressing to the next round of the competition.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Abbeyfeale United.
Carrig Celtic vs Mastergeeha FC
Our last Junior Cup game sees Carrig Celtic do battle with Mastergeeha from Killarney. The visitors play in the Premier B Division in the Kerry District League where they currently sit in the middle of the table with a win and a loss. Scott O’Mahoney has been a consistent scorer for the side with four goals in all competitions and will need to have his shooting boots on once again if he is to take his side to the next round of the competition. Carrig have had a mixed run so far this season with both wins and losses but have had some good results particularly their 2-1 win against Clare’s Turnpike Rovers in the previous round. With this in mind I see Carrig joining Abbeyfeale in the next round of the competition.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Carrig Celtic
Riedy Joinery Cup 1st Round (extra time & penalties if required)
Glin Rovers B vs Carrig Celtic B
It’s the Battle of the Bs in this cup clash when Carrig Celtic B visit Glin this Sunday. Both sides will be familiar with each other as Glin only made the jump to Division 2 this year. Carrig are doing well at the top of the league which is in contrast to Glin who sit second from bottom of the league ahead. A tough one to call but I think with the year that Glin have put behind them and the jump in standard of opposition this year that they will pick up the win.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Glin Rovers B.
Richard Hogan Cup 2nd Round (extra time & penalties if required)
Adare United vs Ballingarry B
The team on top of Division 2 play the team on the bottom when Adare take on Ballingarry B in the first of two Richard Hogan Cup games. Adare have had a great start to the season having won all of their games with the exception of their loss in a penalty shootout to Ballysteen in the Munster Junior Cup. Adare are well able to score goals with Ian and Nicky Derwin along with Paweł Stelter being their main sources of them. Ballingarry B haven’t had as good of fortunes as they have yet to pick up a victory this season. With this in mind an Adare victory seems the most likely.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Adare United
Ballysteen vs Feenagh B
Ballysteen host Feenagh B this Sunday in our second and last Richard Hogan Cup game. Ballysteen are another side who are doing well so far with their only two losses being to much better opposition in Carrig Celtic and Listowel Celtic. Feenagh B are currently second to bottom in the division below and have failed to pick up a victory this season so I think Ballysteen will pick up the win to progress.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Ballysteen
Weekly Observer Premier Division
Ballingarry AFC vs Killeaney
Our first Premier Division game sees Killeaney travel to the paddocks to take on Ballingarry. The home side have really started to hit their stride with some great results and have not lost in five games. Aaron Smith, who I mentioned last week, is still continuing his fantastic run of form and helped his side again last week with a brace as did Dean Clancy who got one for himself and is another consistent scorer. Despite not being that far away from each other in the table, Killeaney have struggled this season with only a draw to their name and the fact that Ballingarry have already recorded a 4-0 victory over them makes me lean towards another Ballingarry win.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Ballingarry
Newcastle West Rovers V Broadford Utd
In what is arguably the fixture of the weekend, Newcastle West Rovers play Broadford in Woodfield this Sunday. Only a point separates the two sides in the table but there is a lot in common between them with both sides having good starts to their seasons. Both sides have their fair share of great players with the home side being able to boast the experienced Seoirse Joyce along with Darragh McCarthy with both getting their names on the score sheet as of late. While Broadford will have their own form of experience in Ray Lynch as well as Michael Brosnan who has proved he is more than capable of scoring. It’s a cruel task to pick between the two as there’s nothing to separate them but I have a feeling that Broadford may take this one.
StoppageTime.ie: Broadford United.
Rathkeale AFC V Athea Utd
In our last Premier Division game we have Rathkeale taking on Athea United. Rathkeale have had an excellent start to the season as they sit at the top of the table with their only loss this season being to Abbeyfeale in the Munster Junior Cup. They are a real presence with some excellent players in their team such as Keith Hartnett and Declan Nash who both netted hat-tricks last week. Athea are sixth in the table with their two victories this season being over Newcastle West AFC. The visitors are another side who are well capable of scoring having scored six last Sunday with hat-tricks from last year’s Division 1 Player of the Year Kevin Murphy along with his brother Darren. With the current run that Rathkeale are on I think it will be a while before they are stopped so I see a Rathkeale victory.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Rathkeale
Weekly Observer Division 1
AK United vs Abbeyfeale United B
Abbeyfeale travel to Kilcornan in our first Division One game of the weekend. Abbeyfeale have played well as of late having won their last three games with two clean sheets also. They are a side who are as well capable of scoring as they are defending having scored 13 goals in those three games. While the home side lie two positions below Abbeyfeale in the league table and will be looking to bounce back from their loss to Glantine last Sunday, I think that the visitors will take the three points.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Abbeyfeale United B
Feenagh V Kildimo Utd
A really important game for both sides as the two teams at the bottom of the division do battle this Sunday. Both teams have struggled this season as can be seen by their position and will both be looking to get maximum points to increase their league position. Feenagh will be looking to get their first league win after six successive losses and will really fancy their chances this Sunday with great players on their team such as Dan Gayer in goals, the young and talented Luke Ryan along with Jamie Butler who has been amongst the scorers as of late. A game that could go either way but I will have to tip Feenagh to pick up the victory and spice up the battle at the bottom of the table.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Feenagh
Granagh Utd V Rathkeale B
Granagh face off against Rathkeale B this Sunday with the home side looking to continue their run for promotion and the away side looking to push themselves up the table also. Granagh have lost their last two games which have been cup ties but are still a force to be reckoned with in the league with their position in the table justifying it. Rathkeale B lie third from bottom and will be looking to bounce back from their shock loss to Division Three’s Ferry Rangers last week but with Granagh being a great such a great outfit I see them picking up the win.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Granagh United
Shannonside FC V Glantine
Our most competitive Division One fixture of the weekend sees first placed Shannonside take on second placed Glantine. Both sides have played well this season and will undoubtedly be in similar positions come the end of the season. Another close game but I think with Shannonside being very capable of scoring along with conceding very little that they’ll get the win here.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Shannonside FC
Weekly Observer Division 2
Rockhill Rovers V Askeaton AFC
Askeaton travel to Bruree in our first Division Two game where both sides will be looking to bounce back from disappointing results. Rockhill will be looking to pick up their first win in five games while Askeaton will want to pick up their first win in four. Rockhill will be looking to Jimmy O’Dea and Aaron Fitzgerald if they are to score their first goal in three games and pick up the victory while Askeaton showed how capable they were with three of their own last week in a draw with Shountrade. This will be a tough encounter and despite Rockhill leaking a lot of goals as of late I see them picking up the win this Sunday.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Rockhill Rovers.
Shountrade AFC V St. Ita’s
Shountrade proved again how difficult it is to get a result there with a 3-3 draw last Sunday against Askeaton and will look to prove it again when they host St. Ita’s this weekend. Shountrade have just two wins to their name this season over Ballingarry B and Division Three’s Glantine B. They are a side who are capable of scoring with seven from their last two games but have tendencies to leak goals also. St. Ita’s will look to use their 9-0 loss to Rathkeale last week as a learning experience by picking up three points on Sunday. Up front, the young Callum Donoghue has been scoring for fun from all ranges and will be further aided by the pacey Jason Sheahan on the wing. A St. Ita’s victory is expected but as before, the home side will not make it easy.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: St .Ita’s
Newcastle West Rovers B V Bally Rovers
In our last Division Two game we have Newcastle West Rovers B who will be looking to use their momentum from last week’s victory to overcome Bally Rovers this Sunday. The home side have had a mixed run this season with both wins and losses but their victory last week with two goals from Ciaran Nix will be a real boost to them. Bally Rovers sit in second position in the league table and have recorded some good results with strong victories over both Rockhill Rovers, Glin Rovers B and Ballingarry B. Despite Newcastle getting the victory in their Richard Hogan Cup encounter, I see Bally picking up the win to make it one win each.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Bally Rovers.
Weekly Observer Division 3
Knockaderry V Ferry Rangers
Two sides who will fancy their promotion chances face off when Ferry make the trip to Knockaderry for this fixture. Only a point separates the two sides in the table with both of them being fresh off of upset cup victories as Knockaderry overcame Askeaton by a goal and Ferry Rangers defeated Division One’s Rathkeale B on a 5-2 scoreline. This is not the first bold statement that Ferry have made as they are the only team to have beaten league leaders Carrig Celtic B this season and will be looking to make another one by winning this Sunday. Both sides are on a roll but I see Ferry Rangers getting the points here.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Ferry Rangers
Newcastle West B V Creeves Celtic
In our last fixture of the weekend we see Newcastle West B welcome Creeves Celtic to the Demesne for their first meeting of this season. Creeves will want to use their momentum from their 5-1 victory over Glantine B last week to get another victory here as they look towards promotion to Division 2. Newcastle West B will be looking to get their first victory of the season but with Seamus Mangan still being in flying form for Creeves I see them taking the maximum points.
StoppageTIme.ie Prediction: Creeves Celtic.
Editor: Jason Shanahan