Clash between Kanturk and Killarney catches the eye
Kanturk A v Killarney Celtic, Kanturk Park United A v Cloughjordan, Brigowen Coachford A v Caherconlish, The Glebe THE winners of these games go into the last 16 of Munster's biggest junior club competition.
SATURDAY JANUARY 19 (2pm)
MUNSTER JUNIOR CUP, FOURTH ROUND
This high profile makes the games massively important ones for each club and all are desperately keen to progress.
Killarney are a physically strong side with a lively attack and they won their league game last weekend. Cloughjordan are top of the Premier Division in the North Tipperary and District League and they also go into their game against Park on the back of win. Caherconlish, finally, are midtable in the second tier of Limerick Junior soccer.
MUNSTER SENIOR LEAGUE SENIOR SECOND DIVISION
Mallow United v Glasheen MALLOW United go into this game second in the division but slightly anxious because they have not played a game in over a month.
Their last game was a 3-1 away win over Ballincolling on the first weekend of December. This game against Glasheen was postponed twice in the meantime, but is likely to go ahead as the home pitch is in good condition.
Macroom v Knockavilla Celtic
A WIN at home to Knockavilla, who are joint-second in the league, will end a difficult sequence of results for Macroom and secure their midtable safety.
A win would also be the perfect response to a heavy 5-1 loss away to Killumney last weekend. Though trailing three-nil on the restart, Macroom then played their best football. Rory Buckley breathed new life into his side's challenge when his well-hit shot from 30 yards dipped under the Killumney post. The homeside weathered the comeback, however, and scored two late goals.
SUNDAY JANUARY 20
MUNSTER SENIOR LEAGUE SENIOR PREMIER DIVISION
Fermoy v College Corinthians THIS is Fermoy's third game of the new year and an opportunity to get over the disappointment of a three-nil defeat to bottom side Everton last weekend.
The visitors took the lead with a spectacular overhead kick and they scored twice in the second half on two quick breaks. Despite Everton's good finishing, Fermoy felt their own poor performance gifted the win. Their keeper Mick Devine was their top performer with a string of good saves that kept the result reasonable.
That defeat followed a good start to the new year as Fermoy beat Yougal two-one in the Donie Forde Trophy. In fact, that win put the North Cork side into a semi-final against UCC. Kurt Wheeler scored a penalty and Padraig Clancy got the winner in extra-time.
Fermoy will need to continue converting set pieces and scoring from play against College Corinthians. The sides played before Christmas in Fermoy's last league game which they
won thanks to a Kurt Wheeler goal.
AUL LEAGUE 3B
Newmarket v Kanturk THIS is an important League 3B clash between two on-form sides. Newmarket are top of the table with an eight-point lead on Kanturk who are in third place.
A loss for Kanturk would leave them 11 points adrift of the leaders, and maybe out of contention for the title, with only five games to play. However, Kanturk go into this clash as the only side to have beaten Newmarket in the league this season.
While Kanturk had a good County Cup win last weekend, Newmarket won away to Greenmount Rangers. Shane Murphy finished a good passing move to score the game's only goal on 54 minutes. That goal was Newmarket's 40th goal in ten league games.