THE Saxone Cup final takes place in Turner's Cross tomorrow evening and for CFC Banteer this is the most important game of the season.
SAXONE CUP FINAL
CFC Banteer v Hibernians
(Friday, November 30 in Turner's Cross, 7.30)
The Saxone Cup is a competition for teams in the second division and it is one of the best opportunities for silverware and a title in any given season. The final itself generates huge interest and big attendances, and it will be among the memorable highlights in any player's sporting careers. Not surprisingly, both clubs have prepared with intense training and an exciting buildup.
CFC Banteer play in League 2. Their league form over ten games has been very good and they are joint top of the table with Strand United. The North Cork side have lost only one league game this season and they have scored an impressive 23 goals in the process. Hibernians' league form has been equally consistent. They are second in League 2A with six wins, one draw and not a single league defeat to date. They are a highscoring side with 20 goals in their seven league games.
Like most games last weekend, Banteer's clash against Coachford was cancelled. However, they bring good form into tomorrow night's game with league wins over Donoughmore Athletic and Ballincollig earlier in November. They qualified for the final with an emphatic 4-1 home win over Central Rovers on the first Saturday of the month. Timmy Murphy, David Murphy, Niall Carney and Keith McKeogh were the goalscorers.
Hibernians Saxone Cup form has also been impressive though they needed a penalty shootout to win their semi-final against St John Boscos. The sides were tied at 0-0 after extra time.
With so little between the sides in the season to date, tomorrow's cup final is a contest between two evenly matched sides with everything to play for.
ST MICHEAL'S CUP
Village United v Millstreet Celtic
(Saturday, December 1,
THE St Michael's Cup is a knock-out competition for sides who play in League 1 or League 1A, with 19 sides competing overall. This competition is the most realistic chance of cup glory for both Village and Millstreet and with Turner's Cross the destination for the final, both sides will be hugely determined to win on Saturday.
Millstreet are third in League 1A with three wins and two draws in eight games to date. They are a high-scoring side with 26 goals to their credit, and with 27 goals conceded.
After a first round win over Fairview, Millstreet won their quarter final away to Lakewood Athletic on the second Sunday of November.
Goals from Tadhg Collins and Mark Ellis gave Millstreet a 2-0 half time lead. Lakewood got one back with a penalty twenty minutes into the second half but Tadhg Collins soon restored the two goal lead. Lakewood got a late second goal.
Village United are stern, good quality opposition. They are top of League 1 with 21 points thanks to seven straight wins in seven games. They have scored 18 goals and conceded only once. They qualified for this semi-final with a win over Richmond.
Millstreet know how thrilling a divisional cup can be as they won the second divisions' Saxone Cup three years ago. Turner's Cross was again the wonderful venue when Millstreet beat Glenvale 4-2 after extra time.