FAI Junior Cup Preview
By Tommy Naughton.
The 3rd Round of the FAI Junior cup commences on Sunday in the Kerry/Clare/Desmond section. Here we look at the Kerry team’s involvement this weekend .
First off is an all Kerry tie. Spa Road, who defeated Listowel in the last round will host Killarney Celtic who received a bye into this round. Spa Road have been going through a poor patch, not having a win in three matches but as everyone in Kerry knows that they are a dangerous side to meet in a cup competition, especially at home.
Killarney Celtic are on a real high at the moment after last weekend making it to the Kerry area final of the Munster Junior Cup. They will take on Avenue Utd from Clare in the Munster Champions Trophy Semi Final on November 10th. On paper Celtic look like they should have way to much for the home side but never rule out a shock in cup games at Spa Road.
Another all Kerry tie will take place between Castleisland and Killarney Athletic. Castleisland beat Kerry side Mitchels Avenue in the last round and are at present top of the Premier A table. Athletic beat Mastergeeha away in the last round but are not having the strongest of starts to a season as they are missing a few players due to GAA commitments. Castleisland will go into this game as slight favourites, provided the team’s activities at centre back Aidan O’Callaghan’s stag party last weekend haven’t taken too much out of the team.
Premier B side Fenit host Desmond League side Abbeyfeale United. Fenit always at tough side to beat at home and this will be no different on Sunday. In the last round they received a walk over and have had an up and down start to the season having lost last weekend after winning 7-1 the weekend before. Abbeyfeale traveled to Clare in the last round and came away with a two nil win against Ruan Utd. Abbeyfeale lie fourth in the Desmond Premier so will travel to Kerry full of belief.
The final match is the tie of the round in this section. Tralee Dynamos who easily saw off Tulla United in the last round by eight goals to nil will host Desmond League side Broadford Utd. They beat Rathkeale four nil in the last round. Dynamos still have a 100% record in Premier B but don’t let the division they are in fool you as they are easily among the top four teams in Kerry and had four players on the starting eleven last week for the Kerry Oscar Traynor side that defeated the Defence Forces.
Dynamos only defeat came two weeks ago away to Killarney Celtic in the Munster Junior Cup. Broadford are the top team in the Desmond league winning six out of six in the league and still unbeaten in all competitions this season. Last season they put an end to Killarney Celtic’s involvement in this competition and the season before they ended St Brendans Park involvement. Both times they were away from home so will have no problems in travelling to Kerry again.
- 11.30am Spa Road(Kerry) v Killarney Celtic (Kerry)
- 2.00pm Castleisland (Kerry) v Killarney Athletic (Kerry)
- 2.00pm Fenit Samphires (Kerry) v Abbeyfeale Utd (Desmond)
- 2.00pm Tralee Dynamos (Kerry) v Broadford Utd (Desmond)