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Saturday 19 April 2014

Weekend previews

PRESIDENT'S CUP QUARTER-FINALS

Leeview Athletic v Newmarket (Friday October 19, 7.45pm) THE weekend's action kicks off with this cup tie tomorrow evening with free-scoring Newmarket taking on Leeview Athletic. The President's Cup is open to sides in Divisions 3, 3A and 3B, and it is a cup that Newmarket hope to do well in. Newmarket are top of Division 3B with six wins from seven games and they have a remarkable total of 30 goals scored. Leeview Athletic have only played three games in Division 3A, but they have yet to record a point and they are bottom of that division. Perhaps one advantage that the Mayfield side take into the contest is that the game will be played on Astroturf which the home side are more used to. Eitherway, this quarter final is an important game for Newmarket as a good cup run can make for a memorable season. Dunbar Celtic B v Glanworth United (Sunday October 21, 10.45) THE President's Cup is for third division sides and a place in the semifinal is an enticing prospect for both of these sides. Altogether, 29 teams from the three third divisions battle for this cup and both sides would enjoy and benefit from a place in the last four. There is little between the sides as both have had slow starts to their league campaigns. Dunbar play in Division 3A and they are second from bottom with four points from six games. Glanworth are in a similar position in Division 3B but with four points from five games. With so little between the sides, this quarter-final is also wide open.

MOSSIE LINNANE LEAGUE CUP

QUARTER-FINALS

Kanturk A v Park A (Saturday October 20, 3pm) THE Mossie Linnane League Cup is confined to teams in the Premier and Premier A Leagues. Both of these teams have already qualified from groups of four teams to reach this quarter final stage. And both have enjoyed excellent cup form to date this season. In fact, the sides have been so busy with cup games that Park have yet to play a league game, and Kanturk have played only one. Premier A side Kanturk have had a wonderful start to their season and go into the tie on the back of a remarkable 2-1 win over Cobh Ramblers Munster Senior League side in the second round of the FAI Junior Cup last weekend. Meanwhile Premier League side Park United A also progressed to the third round of the same competition with a 4-3 win over Kilreen Celtic. As both sides have been playing well and scoring lots, a competitive open game is on the cards. Blarney Street v Coachford A (Saturday October 20, 3pm) BOTH of these sides are in the Premier League and again both have been busy with cup games since the season began. Coachford have yet to play a league game while Blarney Street have one point from two games. Coachford had no game last weekend but their last game was a comfortable 4-1 win over Knockavilla in the AOH Cup. A brace apiece from John Corcoran and Alan Jeffers put Coachford into the third round.

SAXONE CUP QUARTER-FINALS

Hibernians v Donoughmore Athletic (Saturday October 20, 3pm) THE Saxone Cup is reserved for teams in each of the two second divisions and a good run in this competition makes for a memorable season for any club. Both clubs have had a good start to the season and they seem very evenly matched. Donoughmore have four wins and a draw from six league games in Division 2. They scored 14 goals in the process and are fourth in the table. Hibernians are second in Division 2A with thirteen points from five games and have yet to lose a league game this season. Last year Donoughmore went out of this competition with a first round loss to Leeside. This year they beat free-scoring DeCourcy Albion in the first round and they will hope to build on this by securing a place in the semifinals on Saturday. CFC Banteer v Strand United (Saturday October 20, 3pm) BOTH of these teams are in Division 2 and Strand have made a slightly better start to the league season. Banteer are midtable with 12 points from seven games while Strand are in pole position with 16 points from eight games. With so little between the sides, this quarter final is wide open.

AUL DIVISION 1A

Rathcoole Rovers v UCC (Saturday 20 October, 3pm) RATHCOOLE have had a good start their first division campaign with three wins and nine points from their opening four games. They are second in the table. With no game last weekend, Rathcoole will hope to bounce back from a 1-0 AOH Cup defeat to Waterloo in their last game. UCC A are at the bottom of the table with no points from two games. A bigger problem for the students is that they conceded 10 goals over the two games though they scored a credible five times. Glenvale v Buttevant (Sunday 21 October, 10.45am) BUTTEVANT travel to take on the Division 1A league leaders on the back of a good win over Richmond last weekend. That win gives them a tally of four points from three games and they are fifth of nine teams in the table. A second consecutive win could make a big difference as there not many points between the midtable sides. Glenvale have won four of their five games and are undefeated in the league. They have scored 20 goals in the process and have conceded only two goals to date. Buttevant's Division 3B side have an away game to Coachford on Saturday. Although they are a young, competitive side they will hope to record their first win in ten starts with this clash against mid-table Coachford.

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