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Sunday 20 April 2014

Kanturk face stiff examination from inform Carrigtwohill

Premier A League

Kevin Crowley, Killumney, battles with Shane Creedon, Macroom, during the Daly Industrial Supplies Under 18 League 1 game, in Killeady last weekend Credit: Photo: Jim Coughlan

CARRIGTWOHILL go into this game on the top of the table with three wins in five starts.

While Kanturk are in sixth place they had an excellent start to 2013 with a league win at home to Blackstone Rovers last weekend. Tom Fitzgibbon scored twice in the opening 26 minutes with composed finishing on good supply. Martin O'Riordan made it three-nil before half-time and he set up the fourth for Matthew Dilworth in the 70th minute.

Kanturk will use the game in part-preparation for their vital Munster Junior Cup clash against Killarney Celtic the following weekend.

County Cup Second Round

CFC Banteer v Kanturk B, Banteer Sports Centre. LEAGUE 2 side Banteer go into their clash on the back of a three-nil loss to Waterloo last weekend. In contrast, their opponents Kanturk had an impressive Corinthian's Cup first round win away to League 1 leaders Glenvale. While Glenvale went ahead after only two minutes, Kanturk, who are third in League 3B, won thanks to two goals from Leonard Barry. Park Utd B v Castlelack, Brigowen PARK United will hope to begin to 2013 with the form they were enjoying before the Christmas break. Three consecutive wins up to the middle of December, all by a four-nil margin, put Park into third place in League 2A. Killowen v Glanworth Utd, Killowen GLANWORTH'S trip to Killowen gives them the chance to bounce back from a 5-3 league loss at home to Rylane last weekend.

AUL 1A

Millstreet Celtic v Rathcoole Rovers, Town Park THIS is Millstreet's first game of the year as their County Cup game against De Courcey Albion last weekend was cancelled.

They are sixth in League 1A after eight games and a win in Town Park will relaunch their season. The same could be said for Rathcoole who lost their County Cup clash to Ballinhassig last Sunday. Rathcoole's league form has been better, however, and they are in third place, four points off the top.

AUL 2

Strand United v Donoughmore Athletic, Ballyanley. THIS is an important topof-the-table clash between leaders Strand and third placed Donoughmore. Only three points separate the sides.

Both teams had good wins last weekend. Strand beat Bweeng in the second round of the County Cup. In a hectic opening, Alan Molloy equalised for Bweeng in the fifth minute, but Strand got the winner from the penalty spot with twenty minutes on the clock.

Meanwhile, Donoughmore had a good league win at home to Blackpool Celtic. Darragh O'Shea headed powerfully to open the scoring after only three minutes and he had another header off the post minutes later. The sides were tied at one-all at half-time, but Shane Healy restored the lead five minutes into the second half. The same striker made it 3-1 to Donoughmore in the 80th minute with Aidan O'Shea creating the opportunity.

Munster Senior League

Senior Premier Division

Fermoy v Everton, Carrig Park FERMOY go into this clash in midtable after a good first half to the season. They have three wins and ten points from seven games and the objective for the rest of the season is to build on this. The visitors are a team that Fermoy will hope to beat as Everton are bottom of the table with two draws from six games.

Senior Second Division

Casement Celtic v Mallow United, Casement Park MALLOW United will hope to bring their convincing form into the new year and to close in on league leaders Wilton over the coming weeks. Wilton are in first place with three points on Mallow. The league standings suggest this game away to Casement is one that Mallow are favourites to win as the hosts are bottom of the table with five points from the first half of the season.

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