Friday 15 December 2017

Los Zarcos and Innishvilla FC meet in rescheduled County Cup first round

Padraig Lankford

THIS game was initially scheduled two weeks ago and neither side has played in the meantime. Both sides are midtable in their third division.

County Cup First Round

Los Zarcos v Innishvilla B in Station Road Millstreet, 2pm


Innishvilla have three wins and three draws from ten games in League 3 and Los Zarcos have the exact same record in League 3B. Innishvilla have scored 13 goals while their opponents have scored 12 goals to date so the sides are evenly matched.

Perhaps Innishvilla will carry some momentum into the game as the Innishannon club's first team qualified for the sixth round of the FAI Junior Cup at the start of January. They beat Donegal side Cappry Rovers 3-1.

AUL Premier League

Macroom v Castleview, Murray

Field, 2pm

Both teams in this clash need a win. On paper this fixture is an opportunity for Macroom to record a third win in their eighth league game of the season. Castleview are bottom of the table with just one point from six games and 27 goals conceded. However, the home side have also lost five games to date and they go into the contest two points above the relegation zone.

AUL Premier A League

Kilreen Celtic v Kanturk,

Murphy's Farm, 2pm

Kanturk will look on this tie as a chance to get their league campaign going again. To date they have won two of their three league games. Kilreen top the table with four wins and thirteen points from their six games to date. The Carrigaline-based side are the league's leading scorers with an impressive 27 goals scored - over four goals per game. A win for Kanturk will be the perfect antidote to their Munster Junior Cup exit two weeks ago.

AUL League 1

Knockraha v Watergrasshill,

Pigeon Hill, 2pm

This is the 11th league game of the season for the sides and a win is vital to both. Knockraha are fifth in the table with five wins and two draws to date. Their visitors are three places adrift with four wins to their name this season. Both sides need to put points on the board especially as other midtable teams also have games this weekend. Both Knockraha and Watergrasshill play attacking football so goals are likely.

AUL League 2

Donoughmore Athletic v Ballincollig, Donoughmore 2pm

Strand United v CFC Banteer,

Ballyanley, 2pm

These two exciting games will have an immediate impact on the top of the table. If league leaders Strand win then they will stay at least three points ahead at the top of the table.

However, a win for fourthplaced Banteer could mean only two points separate the top four sides by Sunday evening. Both Strand and Banteer are high-scoring, attacking sides with defences that do not normally concede more than one goal per game.

Donoughmore know a win at home to Ballincollig will put them second. Ballincollig are in the relegation zone with nine points from ten games but they are difficult to beat. The home side are looking for their seventh win in ten starts.

League 3B

Greenmount Rangers v Glanworth United, Murphy's Farm, 2pm Bweeng v Rylane Celtic, Bweeng Sport Centre, 2pm

Munster Senior League Senior Second Division

Glasheen v Mallow United,

Glasheen Park, 1.30pm

Mallow United were one of the only sides to play last weekend when they had a disappointing two-nil loss away to Casement Celtic. Despite that loss, they go into this game in second place but with only one point on Glasheen who are in third place. Their league form to date suggests very little between the sides and a tough, hard-fought encounter. This is a busy weekend in the second division with ten of the eleven sides playing.



Newmarket v Casement Celtic,

Rathcoole, 10.45am Kanturk v Coachford, Kanturk,


The League 3B title race features a decisive round of games this weekend. Newmarket begin on top of the table with 30 points and Rylane Celtic are six points adrift in second place. A win for the top side, coupled with a loss for Rylane on Saturday, could put Newmarket nine points ahead with six games to play. In the opposite scenario, Rylane will have cut the deficit to only three points by Sunday evening. In short, these are must-win games for the top two sides.

Bweeng go into their game at home to Rylane in sixth place. While goalscoring was a problem earlier in the season, they have now clocked up 15 goals in 11 games. They have three wins and three draws and they go into their clash on Saturday as good midtable opposition.

Newmarket's opposition are Casement Celtic and they are fourth in the table. With nine games played, Casement have games in hand on every other side in the table. The home side go into the clash in swashbuckling style with an incredible 42 goals scored and only eight conceded in 11 games. They have won all but one of these games.

Kanturk go into their home game against Coachford in third place. They are five points behind Rylane. While they lost their last game away to Newmarket, Kanturk beat the league leaders earlier in the season and they have had some good wins since. A win on Sunday morning could bring them to within two points of second place.

Glanworth and Greenmount are both in the lower end of the table but tied on eleven points. The division is congested with only four points between these sides and fourth place. Glanworth will hope to reproduce their recent County Cup form. In mid-January they beat second division side Killowen and advanced to the last sixteen of the competition. Brian Cashman scored twice and Alex Sheehan made it 3-1 to Glanworth late in the game. Corinthians Cup, Second Round

Buttevant A v Greenmount Rangers A, Buttevant, 10.45am

Both these sides play in League 1A. Buttevant are third in that table with Greenmount three places behind them. The sides' league form suggests a win for the hosts but Buttevant will be anything but complacent going into the clash.

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