By Harry Manning
All four teams competing in this weekend’s FAI JUnior Cup semi finals are packed full of players with talent.
Indeed, some of the best Junior footballers in Ireland will be on display in Saturday and Sunday’s respective semis.
However, we have picked out the players we think could prove to the result. Agreement in the office was hard to come by and no doubt certain fans of all the involved clubs would claim we are wide of the mark, but we compiled the list nonetheless.
Considering all games look like they could be close affairs we went for players that could make the most impact and picked form goal scorers.
Noel McGee- St Peters
Noel McGee has been pivotal for Peters this season with a hat-trick knocking out Abbeyfeale while also notching against Evergreen and Westport. The former Athlone Town target also got the winner from the spot in the quarters. He will be looking to add to his collection against Pike and with the lightning-quick Ethan Nokolo and the ever-impressive Mick Lee by his side, he could well do so.
Cian Collins- Pike Rovers
Former Limerick FC player Cian Collins has been on fire in this year’s tournament. His hat-trick dismantled Ballynanty in round 4 while he also hit an impressive brace in round 6 to help send out Villa FC. His goals could prove vital as Pike look to go all the way this year.
Stewy Glen- Sheriff YC
In a team full of players who could all be potentially deemed as ‘key’, it’s Stewy Glen who gets the nod. The former St Pauls Artane man has been in red-hot form since joining at the beginning of the season, scoring in nearly every game he’s performed in. He has already notched 9 goals in this year’s competition and will be eager to hit double figures and help continue Sheriff’s run on the road to the Aviva.
Shane Clarke- Janesboro
Shane Clarke is the most prolific striker in Junior football today with an average of forty goals per season. This year has been no different for the former Limerick FC striker with over thirty goals to his name already. The Boro will be highly dependent on Clarke to once again deliver the goods when they make their way to Dublin.