Ireland versus Moldova may be the big game on Friday and a certain encounter with Wales takes centre stage the Monday following, but in between there some quality clashes in Leinster Junior Cup that might catch the eye.
On weekend were English fans visit non league grounds football nuts around Leinster wouldn’t do to bad by taking in one or more of these clashes.
There are tens of games that stand out for various different reasons, but these are the few we highlighted.
Willow Park vs Rivervalley Rangers-
The might not get the same hype as the likes of Collinstown, St Francis, St Kevin’s and even Newland’s Celtic this season, but Willow Park are one of a number of good Major Sunday sides.
One of only a few sides to take points off eventual winners Collinstown in the league last season, Willow are a side that will fancy a run in the contest.
The side formerly known as ‘Sheriff of the CCFL’ face an intriguing LSL vs AUL battle with Rivervalley Rangers. That cross league rivalry always adds a little spice, but regardless there shouldn’t be too much between these too sides in a first round contest that could prove entertainingly tight.
Rivervalley are under a bit of a rebuild of late having lost manager Stephen Doran after suffering relegation from the AUL top flight last term, while Willow are currently third in Major Sunday after being promoted from the LSL sixth tier last season.
St Pauls Artane vs Sheriff YC
It’s an all top flight clash on Sunday. St Pauls Artane welcome last seasons beaten finalists Sheriff to their ground.
Sheriff will be deemed favourites and are still fancied to win back a trophy the lost at the final hurdle last season. They go into the clash in great goal scoring form with the likes of Stephen Murphy and Jon Rock in great scoring form.
Paul’s haven’t registered a league victory since returning to Premier A, but have enjoyed some success in cups of late.
Indeed, they have won their last two cup clashes and will be hoping to make that three with a big scalp this weekend.
Kilmore Celtic vs Bellurgan United
Bellurgan United got an AUL scalp in the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday and will be all out to repeat the feat this weekend.
United managed to knock Premier A new boys out Raheny out of the prestigious contents thanks to two first half goals on home soil last weekend and will travel Dublin hopeful of defeating newly promoted Premier A opposition of another big cup contest.
Regardless, Kilmore will be confident they can over come the Louth team. They have proved one of the more impressive Premier A sides this term despite and enjoyed a number of AUL cup runs last term proving they are knock out adept.
Dolmen United vs Collinstown
Probably not the most high profile of games, but everyone always keeps an eye out for reigning Champions.
For the Carlow side it’s a big occasion and they will certainly be up for giving the home side a win to celebrate.
It certainly one of the biggest games if the not the biggest in the side, who just formed last season’s history and motivating the players won’t be a problem for the staff.
On the other hand Collinstown are not one for Banana skins. They have won this competition twice in the last three years and did so as a Major Sunday 1 side last term.