Listowel the outsiders as the Kerry area final draws near
THERE will be a limited schedule of games next Sunday and the main focus of attention will be on The Munster Junior Cup (Kerry area) semi-finals where Tralee Dynamos play Listowel Celtic at Pat Kennedy Park and Premier A Champions The Park travel to South Kerry to play arch rivals Killarney Celtic.
This competition is behind schedule mainly because of the good runs Kerry sides have had in provincial and national competitions and the inclement weather, which has led to many cancellations in recent weeks. Tralee Dynamos will be red hot favourites to defeat Listowel Celtic as they have a very formidable side backboned by most of the team that played in the League of Ireland and has a 100% record in the league so far this season.
However, they would be foolish to take Listowel Celtic lightly as they are a side that play an attractive brand of football similar to their own and are always difficult to defeat at home. If Listowel can curb the goalscoring threat of Danny Roche and Adam Piggott they will be in with a good chance but if the form book is anything to go by it will take a huge effort by the Fealesiders if they are to put Dynamos to the sword.
The game that all soccer pundits will be looking forward to is the clash of Premier A clash of The Park v Killarney Celtic in the other semi-final. It has been longer than usual since these sides locked horns in a major competition and it should be a barometer to judge just how good they are in a new season. The Park have already showed their credentials in the Munster Champions League and FAI Junior Cup so it will be interesting to see how Killarney Celtic fare against them.
Celtic are leading the way in Premier A but that is because The Park have played less games played due to their involvement in provincial and national competitions.
The Park will go into the game as slight favourites as they are now well accustomed to winning big games and are strong in all departsments of play. Meanwhile, Celtic seldom lose a game at home and they will be anxious to show that they are still one of the best sides in the county.
In their favour is the fact that they have a natural goalscorer in Peter McCarthy and he is a man that can change a game in the flutter of an eyelash. Of course he will be up against a very strong Park defence ably marshalled by Con Barrett and Shane Brosnan. It promises to be a fascinating game and it will be no surprise if it takes extra time and even a penalty shoot out to decide the issue.