Killumney fancied to lift AOH Cup, the biggest cup on offer in Cork
Douglas Hall v Killumney United Friday, May 24 Turner's Cross, 7.30pm
Published 27/05/2013 | 00:00
The AOH Cup is the biggest cup competition in junior league football in Cork. The competition is open to each of the 88 sides in the nine divisions. Of the seven cup title available each season, the AOH Cup is the most prestigious and the cup that the top sides most want to win.
Cup games are famously one-off and league form often becomes irrelevant for the duration of the game as teams up their performance considerably. The venue for all junior finals is Turner's Cross and players often respond to the fine setting with fine displays.
Killumney go into this final joint top of the Premier League with 15 wins in 17 league games this season. They have scored 47 goals and have only conceded eight. Douglas Hall play in the Premier A League which is next division below the Premier League. Their league form has not been as scintillating as their cup form this season. They are sixth of ten sides with five wins in 17 games.
No doubt Killumney will know these league stats do not guarantee cup success.
Saturday May 25
The Glebe, 3pm
Killumney United v
Tuesday May 28
Killumney, Park and Coachford are in a three-way race to clinch the Premier League title. Each side has an almost equal chance winning outright over the coming five days.
Going into the weekend, Kilumney and Park are tied at the top with 43 points and 17 games played. They have both got one more game to play.
Coachford are in second place, three points adrift but with two games left to play. It is still possible for each side to take the title.
Another possible outcome is a tie at the top and a title play-off. Without doubt, however, the weekend assures some delirium, some heartbreak and plenty of outstanding football.
Premier A League
Carrigtwohill United v
This is Kanturk's last league game of the season. They go into the contest in fifth place, six points behind Carrigtwohill. The result in this contest cannot change the sides' final league positions.
Kanturk have had a roller-coaster finale to this season. They lost heavily to Kilreen Celtic last weekend but took seven points from their previous four games. That run involved a win over Douglas Hall, this weekend's AOH Cup finalists, and another win over Leeds at the end of April.