Coachford face big test in Munster Junior Cup quarter final

Coachford face big test in Munster Junior Cup quarter final
At a recent celebration for team of the month (January), Henry Healy (Cork AUL) presents the accolade to Coachford FC's captain Aidan Buckley. Also in picture is Ian Reidy (Heiniken Ireland). Picture: Barry Peelo.

CATCHING the eye this weekend will be the Munster Junior Cup Quarter-Final clash at the Glebe tomorrow afternoon when Coachford lock horns with Limerick District league Premier side Ashling Annacotty at 2pm.

This will be a tough assignment for the AUL Premier side, but they will be heading into the contest so full of confidence after chalking up two quality victories in their last two outings. With the abundance of talent in this Coachford squad now, they need not fear anyone and I would have every confidence in them producing another big result tomorrow.

The Murphy’s Irish Stout match of the week takes us to Garryduff on Sunday morning where Parkview Celtic welcomes visitors UCC for their first round clash in the Corinthians Cup, but the weekend’s action begins tonight as Glen Celtic aims to get back to winning ways with a victory away to Buttevant in their Premier A clash at 7.45pm.

Let’s go on to tomorrow’s action now with lots of cup and league action to whet the appetite.

And what a clash is in store down in Whitegate when Corkbeg takes on Donoughmore Athletic to battle for a place in the semi-final of the St. Michael’s Cup.

This one is bound to take longer than the 90 minutes to decide the outcome with possibly extra time and penalties to take place before we see a winner emerge.

Then, up in the Fairfield, the Saxone Cup semi-final will feature Blackstone Rovers and Richmond.

This will be another tight game and will be a difficult encounter for both sides after being absent from competition due to the bad weather all along.

Coachford's Matthew Bradley in action against Glen Celtic at the Glebe. Picture: Barry Peelo.
Coachford's Matthew Bradley in action against Glen Celtic at the Glebe. Picture: Barry Peelo.

Corinthian’s Cup first round action will feature four competitive games with Dunbar Celtic travelling to take on Kilmichael Rovers while Central Rovers aims to get the better of St. John Boscos B at home.

And out in Rylane, Rylane Celtic will be going all out to come out on top against Churchvilla while Los Zarcos try to use home advantage to advance over Innishvilla B.

In Premier league action, there will be three big games also on the agenda as Knocknaheeny Celtic travels as favourites to overcome the challenge of St. John Boscos A, but out in Innishannon, we could see a stalemate between Innishvilla and Pearse Celtic.

Kanturk will play host to Glenthorn Celtic and could edge this one.

In Premier A, Greenwood A welcome Tower FC in what should be a close encounter, but City Wanderers will be fancying themselves to come away with a win against Rathcoole Rovers in Rathcoole.

Down in Town Park, Macroom B will be going all out for the points against Ard Na Laoi in league three.

On to Sunday now and again, it’s a mixture of cup and league action that continues unabated with Village United favourites to advance when they host South Coast Athletic in the third round of the AOH Cup, but at the Fairfield, we are in for a real close battle as Cathedral Celtic and Blackpool Celtic come together to challenge for a place in the St. Michael’s Cup semi-final.

There are two Corinthian’s Cup first round ties on the program also and aside from the match of the week featuring Parkview Celtic at home to UCC at Garyduff, Grangevale should have the edge over Strand United for their home tie.

There’s just one Premier league clash on the program for Sunday, but one that should fire up plenty of interest as Grattan United take on neighbours Bohemians in what should be a competitive local derby at O’Neill Park.

Both these sides will be more than anxious to try and get points on the board so, a win here for either one would be a huge result.

In Premier A, Temple United will play host to Waterloo and could edge this one.

In league two, there are three key games on the schedule.

As second place Grangevale will be occupied with cup football this weekend, Castleview will be hoping to take over their spot with a win over Bweeng Celtic at the Bweeng Sports Centre.

Cloughduv finds themselves at home to leaders Hibernians and could cause the table toppers some problems.

Expect a tight affair at Glenthorn Park when Glenthorn Celtic welcomes the visit of Knockraha.

Finally, Pearse Celtic should claim the points at home to Watergrasshill in league three.

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