By Tommy Naughton
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Killarney Celtic will be hoping to continue their unbeaten run in the Munster Champions Trophy with semi final victory over nine from nine side Avenue United in Killarney this Sunday Afternoon.
Inaugural winners, Celitc missed last seasons campaign as they failed to win the 2011/2012 league, but returned to the cup contest with a bang thanks to an impressive win over Carew Park.
Inspired by Peter McCarthy they defeated the Limerick champs by 5-2 after extra time and will be looking to bring that form into this weekends semi final.
Celtic, who are also in the Kerry area final of the Munster Junior Cup where they will play St Brendans park with the winners going into the open draw, haven’t had the best of starts in the league but a very impressive 7-0 win last weekend in the FAI junior Cup means they go into this clash brimming with confidence.
There are very few weak spots on the Celtic team. They boast a strong defence with David Hayes , Brian Spillane and John McDonagh likely to start and if they can get their passing game going in midfield early they will be hard to stop. The likes of Gary Keane , Rob Watson and Pa McGrath all good ball players . While up top they have two players in Peter McCarthy and Gintaras Paketarus who will give any defence problems .
Avenue travel to Kerry looking to be the first Clare side to reach the final and although they are yet to play a league game in Clare due to the fact they have been involved in this competition, the Munster and FAI Junior Cups. They have played four games in the Clare league cup winning all four, scoring 16 and conceding only 3 . After playing nine games this season they still have a 100% record in all competition’s . They provide the back bone to the Clare Oscar Traynor team with five players involved in their great win over the Limerick AUL a few weeks ago.
Avenue will be looking to players like Rhys Philips , Colin Smith and David McCarthy to get passed the Killarney men .
The winners will face either Clonmel Celtic or Tramore Rovers in the final at the start of December .
Killarney Celtic v Avenue Utd ,
Venue ; Celtic Park , Killarney.
Kick off ; 2.00pm