FAI CENTENARY FAI CUP THIRD ROUND
Five Kerry teams are on FAI Junior Cup duty next Sunday hoping to advance to the fourth round of the national competition.
One of the teams are guaranteed a passage to the next round due to the all Kerry clash of Killorglin and Listowel Celtic. This is very unfortunate for the two teams involved but that is the nature of this competition.
This is the most exciting stage of the competition as after this the winners go into the open round draw where they can draw teams from any part of the county.
Killorglin v Listowel Celtic
The most appealing tie from a local point of view on Sunday is the clash of Killorglin and Listowel Celtic so both sides will be well acquainted with each other on the domestic scene and a tight game is anticipated.
I saw Listowel Celtic playing Killarney Celtic at Pat Kenendy Park at the beginning of the season and I was very impressed with them.
While they lost the game they matched their opponents well and played some great football in the process. They have a good mix of young and experienced players who play quick free flowing football.
On the other hand Killorglin will be hoping to make home advantage count and will have no fear of their opponents.
They were promoted to the top flight of Kerry soccer last season and while they may struggle there they are a match for any side on their day. It should be a very keenly contested game and Listowel Celtic should have enough fire power to win the game.
Verdict: Listowel Celtic
Fenit Samphires v Bridge United (Clare League)
Fenit will go into this game with a fighting chance of winning if they can play to their full potential.
Their opponents Bridge United from Sixmilebridge in Clare are a formidable side who hammered strong Desmond League side Ballyingarry 5-0 in the last round so Fenit know they have a huge task to try and beat the Bannermen.
Fenit have changed managers this season and with Castleisland man Dan Maunsell at the helm they will fancy their chances of creating a surprise result.
The seasiders have a strong squad this season and in a tight pitch out in Fenit they will use it to their advantage. They will probably go into the game as outsiders as Bridge United are a strong side that always has a good run in the national competition every year.
Still, Fenit have a good chance of upsetting the odds in this game and they could come up with a win in the seaside town if they are on song on the day.
Verdict: Fenit Samphires
Kilcornan FC (Desmond League) v Killarney Celtic
Killarney Celtic travel to West Limerick to face Desmond League side Killcornan FC who defeated Mastergeeha in the last round and will be no pushover by any stretch of the imagination.
Celtic will definitely go into the game as favourites but they would be foolish to take their opponents for granted as they are quite a decent side who will be biting at the bit hoping to upset the apple cart.
However, Celtic boss Brian Spillane will spell out what he wants from the team and will be emphasising that they will have to be firing on all cylinders if they are to win the game.
That said, it will be a big surprise if Celtic don’t come away with a win
Verdict: Killarney Celtic