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Duhallow clubs gear up for football league

Published 14/02/2013 | 09:26

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Nine teams participate in the Duhallow Junior Football League for the Ducon Cup.

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An ambitious 36 game programme is scheduled for the preliminary rounds to determine teams for the knockout stages. The top four teams advance to the semi finals with the competition completed by mid June in advance of the championship.

Weather constraints put a stop for plans to start the Ducon Cup during the past two weekends. Fingers are crossed is that the competitive fare will commence over the coming days.

Indeed, every new year offers fresh hope and aspirations, all teams strive to go that extra step, and with defending holders Rockchapel out of the equation, the one guarantee is new Ducon Cup holders will surface.

Lyre face Kilbrin in the hope of both sides building on some promising talent. After a productive few seasons, Lyre failed to make either the championship nor league finals in 2012. Conor Buckley steps into the breach in the hope of a return to winning ways. For their part, Kilbrin are steadily gathering experience following a county triumph at junior b ranks. And in the championship during the past two years, Kilbrin have taken the scalp of traditionally strong sides in Cullen and Dromtariffe. Again Ned English takes time out to lend assistance in preparation.

Millstreet and Dromtariffe are noted great rivals as both strive to regain prominence. The past year offered Millstreet hope on reaching a divisional JAFC final. However, more consistency is needed if they are to make an impression in the league. For their part, Dromtariffe gathered league honours in 2007 and 2011 though the intervening time frame has been disappointing in terms of championship. New man at the helm Michael O'Connor worked previously with Kiskeam.

Newmarket enter a second team complimented by a number of players holding senior football experience that come up against Cullen. The latter attempt to bounce back into the limelight from a side offering potential that tested Rockchapel last season. New coach Sean O'Leary will provide his charges with a fresh impetus for the season that lays ahead.

Boherbue are due to face Castlemagner, two sides holding plenty of potential yet not reaping the maximum benefit. At the start of last season, Boherbue couldn't had asked for a better return on powering to a Ducon Cup Final. However, that momentum ceased after two defeats to Rockchapel in early summer. Castlemagner made steady inroads last season, the highlight in football terms was a first round championship win over Dromtariffe. Duhallow clubs gear up for football league

Nine teams participate in the Duhallow Junior Football League for the Ducon Cup. An ambitious 36 game programme is scheduled for the preliminary rounds to determine teams for the knockout stages. The top four teams advance to the semi finals with the competition completed by mid June in advance of the championship.

Weather constraints put a stop for plans to start the Ducon Cup during the past two weekends. Fingers are crossed is that the competitive fare will commence over the coming days.

Indeed, every new year offers fresh hope and aspirations, all teams strive to go that extra step, and with defending holders Rockchapel out of the equation, the one guarantee is new Ducon Cup holders will surface.

Lyre face Kilbrin in the hope of both sides building on some promising talent. After a productive few seasons, Lyre failed to make either the championship nor league finals in 2012. Conor Buckley steps into the breach in the hope of a return to winning ways. For their part, Kilbrin are steadily gathering experience following a county triumph at junior b ranks. And in the championship during the past two years, Kilbrin have taken the scalp of traditionally strong sides in Cullen and Dromtariffe. Again Ned English takes time out to lend assistance in preparation.

Millstreet and Dromtariffe are noted great rivals as both strive to regain prominence. The past year offered Millstreet hope on reaching a divisional JAFC final. However, more consistency is needed if they are to make an impression in the league. For their part, Dromtariffe gathered league honours in 2007 and 2011 though the intervening time frame has been disappointing in terms of championship. New man at the helm Michael O'Connor worked previously with Kiskeam.

Newmarket enter a second team complimented by a number of players holding senior football experience that come up against Cullen. The latter attempt to bounce back into the limelight from a side offering potential that tested Rockchapel last season. New coach Sean O'Leary will provide his charges with a fresh impetus for the season that lays ahead.

Boherbue are due to face Castlemagner, two sides holding plenty of potential yet not reaping the maximum benefit. At the start of last season, Boherbue couldn't had asked for a better return on powering to a Ducon Cup Final. However, that momentum ceased after two defeats to Rockchapel in early summer. Castlemagner made steady inroads last season, the highlight in football terms was a first round championship win over Dromtariffe.

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