ST Brendan's Park carry the Kerry flag into the Champions League trophy first round when they meet Desmond League side Broadford United at Christy Leahy Park inTralee next Sunday.
This new competition for the league winners from the Munster area was won by Killarney Celtic last year so The Park have a hard act to follow. They face a formidable assignment on Sunday against a strong Limerick side who have a good track record in major competitions.
The Park have a score to settle in this game as they lost to the same opposition in the in the FAI Junior Cup last season and Broadford progressed to the last 16 in the competition and went to the quarter-final of the Munster Junior Cup. The Park will have to be firing an all cylinders if they are to win this game but home advantage should be a big asset.
Tommy Naughton's side has strength in depth and they should be in with a good chance of winning this game. They have signed on Classic F C striker Mike Conway during the week and that will strengthen their squad even further. They are playing very creative football this season but they will have to sharpen up with their finishing if they are to win this game.
Meanwhile the draw for the first and second rounds of the Kerry, Clare and Desmond league section of the FAI Junior Cup has been made: Round 1 Newcastle West Rvs (Desmond) v Adare Utd (Desmond) Shannonside Utd (Desmond) v Dingle Bay Rovers (Kerry) Glin Rovers (Desmond) v Listowel Celtic (Kerry) Lifford FC (Clare) v Rineanna Rovers (Clare) Carrig Celtic ( Desmond) v St. Brendans Park (Kerry) Round 2 Newcastle West FC (Desmond) v Castleisland FC (Kerry) Ennis Town FC (Clare) v Tulla Utd (Clare) Newmarket Celtic (Clare) v Abbeyfeale Utd (Desmond) Rathkeale Utd (Desmond) v Newcastle West Rovers (Desmond) or Adare Utd (Desmond) Kilkishen Celtic (Clare) v Mastergeena FC (Kerry) Shannon Olympic (Clare) v Killarney Ath (Kerry) Coole FC (Clare) v Spa Road Celtic (Kerry) Pallaskenry FC (Desmond) v Carrig Cel (Desmond) or St. Brendans Park(Kerry) Ballingarry FC (Desmond) v Burren Utd (Clare) Classic FC (Kerry) v Shannonside Utd (Desmond) or Dingle Bay Rvs (Kerry) Bridge Celtic (Clare) v Tralee Dynamos (Kerry) Avenue Utd (Clare) v Lifford FC (Clare) or Rineanna Rovers (Clare) Connolly Celtic (Clare) v Killeaney FC (Desmond) Broadford Utd (Desmond) v Ruan Utd(Clare) Glin Rovers (Desmond) or Listowel Celtic (Kerry) v Killarney Celtic (Kerry) Bridge Utd (Clare) v Rhine Rovers (Clare) 1st round ties 15th /16th sept 2nd round ties 13th/ 14th oct