Monday 23 April 2018

Local clubs in President's Cup action

(all games on Saturday, Oct 27, 3 pm unless stated)



Kanturk A v Springfield A

KANTURK go into this game on a roll thanks to two excellent cup wins already in October. They beat Cobh Wanderers' Junior side in the FAI Junior Cup and last week progressed to the semi-final of the Mossie Linnane Cup at the expense of Park United. They will hope to build on this momentum with a win at home to Springfield on Saturday.

The Mossie Linnane Cup is for teams in the Premier League, like Springfield, and those who play one division below in the Premier A League, like Kanturk. By now, Kanturk are the only Premier A side in the semifinals and they have done well against Premier League opposition so far this season.

Keeper Podsie Morrissey was Kanturk's hero last weekend when he saved two penalties in the shootout against Park United. The sides were tied at two-all after extra time with Anthony Barry putting Kanturk ahead, and James Barry equalising when the game had gone into extra time. In the shootout, John Dennehy, Karl Murphy, Leonard Barry and John Lynch all kept their nerve and scored from the penalty spot.

The match was another memorable cup win for Kanturk and they will hope the run continues against Springfield. Park United A v

Glen Celtic B

The league positions for these sides suggest that Park will be too strong for Glen Celtic B and that this Munster Junior Cup second round should finish with a good win for the homeside. However, the Mitchelstown club know that no game was ever won by just turning up, and they will not take progress to the third round for granted.

Park United are in the Premier League though they have yet to play a league game this season as they have been busy with cup competitions. Their latest cup game ended in a tough 3-4 penalty shootout defeat to Kanturk in last weekend's Mossie Linnane League Cup quarter-final.

Despite the element of misfortune, Park may feel that their performance in normal time needed to be better.

Glen Celtic B play in Division 3A and they go into the game with nothing to lose. Park's first round win was against Pearse Celtic thanks to goals from Darren Lynch and Paul Masterson.

Innishvilla A v Donoughmore Athletic

Donoughmore make the trip to Innishannon as underdogs for this Munster Junior Cup second round game. However, as both sides played in the same division last season, Donoughmore know what to expect from the free-footballing homeside.

Innishvilla are joint top in the Premier A League with two wins and a draw in their opening three games. Donoughmore are midtable in League 2, two divisions below the home side. A win for the visitors would be the perfect response to their loss in last weekend's Saxone Cup quarter final which Hibernians won two-nil. Donoughmore will hope to rediscover their first round form in the Munster Junior Cup when they beat Castlelack five-nil with two goals from Damien Hennessey and one each from Darren Barret, Sean Kelleher and Aidan O'Shea. Coachford A v Glen Celtic A

Both of these sides will fancy their chances of making progress to the third round of the Munster Junior Cup as they have good sides with everything to play for. While Coachford are in the higher Premier League, they have yet to play a league match this season. Glen are a division below in the Premier A league where they are joint top with seven points from three games.

Coachford go into this game following a disappointing exit to Blarney Street in the quarter final of the Mossie Linnane League Cup last weekend. There was little between the sides over the first 90 minutes with Michael O'Sullivan going closest to breaking the deadlock for Coachford with a shot off the crossbar in the second half. Then, despite Colin Keane's effective long throws, the game was tied at nil-all at the end of full-time and extra-time.

Blarney won the shootout 3-2 to progress to the semi finals. FAI INTERMEDIATE CUP

SECOND ROUND Mallow United v Bandon

Town (2.30pm)

The FAI Intermediate Cup is open to Senior League sides from all over the country, however, the first two rounds are confined to each province's senior leagues. This second round clash pits second division side Mallow against a tough, capable Bandon side who are currently in second place in the Senior First Division.

Mallow qualified for the second round thanks to a comprehensive 4-0 win over Passage earlier in the season. Alan Quill got a hat trick with Niall Burke getting the fourth. Mallow are also going into the game on the back of a good league win at home to Crofton Celtic last weekend. Eoin Carroll scored Mallow's first and Alan Quill's goal gave Mallow a two-nil halftime lead. Winger Joe Carroll provided both goals with good runs from the left and clever lay-offs.

Crofton played better in the second half and Mallow struggled to maintain their first half tempo. The visitors then nicked a goal with ten minutes to play and Mallow had to defend in numbers to see the game out. The allimportant three points were secured, however, and Mallow are now joint second with their visitors and Ballincollig. Wilton United top the table with 12 points from five games.


Rylane Celtic v Newmarket Town

While Newmarket are the high-flying side in League 3B, Rylane's league form has also been good making this local derby an important one for both sides.

Newmarket top the table with six wins in seven games. On the way they have scored a remarkable 30 goals and they qualified for the semi-final of the third divisions' President's Cup last weekend.

While Rylane have not been as free-scoring, their league form is impressive and they go into the game in third place, just four points behind Newmarket. They also have a game in hand on the leaders.