No shocks in the Munster Junior Cup as league action returns

There was only one surprise casualty in the first round of the Munster Junior Cup last weekend as all other premier sides emerged unscathed against lower league opposition.

Premier Division side Charleville were hammered 9-2 by 1A promotion chasing Moyross despite regular scorers Shane Dillon and Pat Callaghan registering goals for Charleville. 

The PJ Matthews Premier League returns this weekend with five fixtures. The action begins on Saturday night as Aisling Annacotty host Charleville in Annacotty on the astro (7pm).

On Sunday morning, high flying Regional will look to keep pace at the top when they face Prospect Priory in Dooradyoyle. Regional have acquired a few shrewd acquisitions as of late with former Limerick FC under 19s players Clyde O’Connell, Jack Lynch and Sean McSweeney all joining the club.

Testament to Regional’s improvement are the two recent victories over last year’s league champions Janesboro. Dooradoyle appears to be a very difficult place for away teams to travel to. They defeated Mungret 3-0 in the Munster Junior Cup while Prospect had a comfortable 4-1 victory over Abbey Rovers.

League leaders Ballynanty face a struggling Carew Park at home on Sunday. Donal McGhee’s men powered past Pallas in the Munster Junior Cup 2-6 and still maintain a 100% winning record this season. Carew Park have had much documented off the field problems as many key players have departed but they picked up an impressive 2-1 win over Fairview B in the Munster Junior Cup. 

Pike Rovers were utterly dominant as they ran out 9-1 winners against 1A side Cappamore. The squad depth appears to have improved significantly with the likes of Daragh Rainsford and Evan Patterson impressing greatly. Mick Sheil will be expecting another win when they entertain Killmallock at Crossagalla. 

Janesboro will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing exit in the FAI Junior Cup when they host Nenagh. Although many believe ‘Boro are already cut adrift, they remain just two points behind Ballynanty albeit the Northside club have a game in hand. Aidan Ryan and Shane O’Hanlon’s men have only lost one league game from eight. 

There are also more games in the Munster Junior Cup scheduled for Sunday morning as Caherdavin Celtic face Parkville, Glenview are up against 1A side Corbally and Wembley Rovers face Atlunkard Villa in Ratuard. Hyde Rangers will be looking to advance when they face Shelbourne B on Hyde Road. All games kick off at 10.30. 

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Adrian Finnin