The third series of games in Umbro FAI Junior Cup will take place this Sunday and all of the games will provide local followers with plenty to talk about. The following are the ties down for decision:
Dungarvan United v Bohemians (2pm)
This is a very hard match to call. Dungarvan are struggling in the league, as indeed are Bohs, but in the last round of the cup they scored four goals against St Otteran’s. Last week they scored five against Pinewood in the Munster Cup. Bohemians knocked out Southend United in the second round in what was a very tight contest and last week they did very well to beat St Saviours away in the MFA Cup so it is clear to see that both sides are playing their best football in cup competitions.
Grannagh v Johnville (11am)
A repeat of the meeting between the two clubs last year. Grannagh won that game so their manager Nicky Walsh will be hoping for more of the same this weekend. They caused the major shock of the last round by beating St Saviour’s 2-1 in Ballybeg thanks to a late winner from Robbie Kelly. Johnville won away to Bolton in the last stage and last week they also won away in the Munster Cup, defeating Blackwater Rangers 2-1. Extra time could be required here.
Waterford Crystal v Tramore (11am)
Without doubt the game of the round. Crystal, former winners of the FAI Junior Cup were very impressive last tome out when beating Villa in Connors Park, 3-1. Tramore are flying high in the league and they are setting a hot pace at the top. They won without to much trouble against St Joseph’s last time out (4-1) and they also won 4-1 against St Otterans in the MFA Cup. A big crowd will be present to watch what could be a cracker.
Ferrybank v Carrick United (2pm)
Ferrybank have got just one aim this season and that is to win the Division 1A League and get back into the Premier League and they are on course to do just that. They defeated Abbeyside last Sunday to set up a home game against the current FAI Junior Cup champions Carrick United. The holders defeated Hibernians last time out and in the league they are beginning to show their teeth once again, tucked in right behind Tramore and Villa. Having said that they never get an easy game from Ferrybank and during the last five to six years the two clubs have played out some epic contests. This could be another one. Ferrybank beat Abbeyside 4-1 last Sunday thanks to goals from Kevin “Goosie” Roche (2) Brian Mallon and Mark Dalton. Podge Drummy netted for Abbeyside.