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Thursday 24 April 2014

Park United carry momentum into Munster Junior Cup clash with Blackstone Rovers

PARK go into this game with the momentum of three wins in their past three games and nine goals scored. Blackstone Rovers play in the Premier A league, a division below their Premier League hosts, and they are sure to provide stern opposition.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Munster Junior Cup Third Round (2pm)

Park United A v Blackstone Rovers

The sides played already this season in the Mossie Linnane League Cup group stage when Park won the encounter. A win on Saturday will put them into the open draw and a possible clash with teams from outside the county.

Park won their first league game of the season against Macroom last weekend on a 3-2 scoreline. Their left-back was harshly sent off after 20 minutes and Macroom took the lead from the subsequent penalty. Kenneth Barry equalised on the hour with a deceptive, inswinging corner kick that went directly into the Macroom net. Paul Masterson made the second goal with a wonderful run down the wing and his cross was well headed home by Darren Lynch.

While Macroom did well to equalise, centre half Shane Cahill got Park's winner with a powerful header on 87 minutes.

Blarney Street Athletic v Coachford

AS a Premier League side, Coachford had a bye into the second round of the Munster Junior Cup when they beat Glen Celtic A on penalties. They already played Blarney Street Athletic a month ago in the Mossie Linnane League Cup quarter final when Blarney won 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out after extra time. Since then, however, Coachford have regained momentum with two Premier League wins with an incredible 13 goals scored.

Coachford started November with a 9-1 thrashing of Castleview and they continued their free-scoring with a 4-0 win away to Springfield last weekend. All four goals came in a twenty minute blitz on the hour. John Corcoran got the first after second half substitute Ruan Linehan put him through with his first touch of the game. An owngoal minutes later made it two-nil to Coachford, and Alan Jeffers got the third soon after. Mark Long created the fourth for striker John Corcoran to score again and, thereafter, his side ran out comfortable winners.

League 3B (2pm)

Greenmount Rangers v Buttevant

BUTTEVANT go into this game looking for their first win from 11 starts this season and three points will begin their long haul from the bottom of the table. They have scored 17 goals in 11 games but the young side needs to tighten up defensively in order to get points on the board. Tadhg Healy scored both of their goals against Bweeng last Friday from the penalty spot but these goals were not enough to take full points.

Glanworth United v Bweeng

BOTH of these sides are in the league's bottom three but their recent wins could mark a turning point in their season. Glanworth's last game was a 3-1 win at home to Coachford two weeks ago. Then, last Friday, Bweeng finally delivered the win their form deserved when they put five past Buttevant.

Justin McCarthy got the goals going when he scored from the penalty spot early in the first half. Keith McCarthy then rattled the Buttevant net with his side's second and Mark Molloy made it three-nil on the half hour. Justin McCarthy rounded off Bweeng's finest half with his side's fourth on 40 minutes. The goalscoring eased in the second half. Alan Molloy created Bweeng's fifth and final goal with a cross that Keith McCarthy tapped in. Buttevant's goals came from the penalty spot at the end of each half.

Los Zarcos v Newmarket Town

NEWMARKET Town top the table with 21 points from eight games to date, a ten point lead on the hosts who are in fifth place. Los Zarcos will hope to bounce back from a disappointing performance in their 3-1 home loss to Greenmount Rangers last weekend. Adrian Sheehan's goal, a well -hit shot that sailed in from 35 yards, was the only highlight of the game for the sky-blues.

While Newmarket also lost last weekend, the game was against Premier League side Greenwood in the second round of the Munster Junior Cup.

The North Cork side used the contest to expose as many youth players as possible to top level opposition and keeper Patrick Kelly, second half substitute Evan O'Keeffe, and the strike force of Con McAuliffe and John Morgan all put in impressive performances.

SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER

League 3B 10.45 a.m.

Kanturk v Rylane Celtic

KANTURK go into this game on the back of a two-nil win over Casement last weekend when midfielder Damien Finn got both goals. The sides are tied in second place on 18 points.

Coachford v Casement Celtic

THE midtable clash is marginally more important for the home side as they have already played ten games this season, while Casement have played eight. Coachford drew one-all with Rylane last weekend but have an impressive tally of 19 goals scored.

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