Richmond and Crosshaven aim to keep heat on leaders Cashel

RICHMOND and Crosshaven battle it out to keep the pressure on table toppers Cashel in the glamour game of this weekend’s Munster Junior League.

Title holders Richmond have yet to play the Tipperary club and will be eager for a win to maintain their challenge. To do so, the likes of Jeff McNamara and Ian Madden must reproduce their recent impressive form.

Apart from a defeat at Cashel, Crosshaven have done well this season and are confident of upsetting the reigning champions. Jake Grey and Michael Buckley will have key roles if the Cork team are to win out.

Cashel are at home to Waterpark with little chance of an upset while Kilfeacle host Thurles in an all Tipperary affair with the home side expected to advance.

Ballincollig are struggling this season and look likely candidates for relegation. They host a Tralee side back-boned by Gareth Walsh and Jason Thong who should heap further misery on the Cork outfit.

Clonmel are at home to Cobh Pirates with the improving Cork side aiming for a win, while home advantage should help see Skibbereen get the better of Old Christians.

There are 15 games in the Munster Junior Cup, with games in both the first and second rounds. Two big names from Limerick; Garryowen and Shannon face tough tasks. The Light Blues make the trip south to play Muskerry where the Mid-Cork team will be fired up to cause an upset. Shannon will enjoy home advantage but will be wary of the threat posed by an in-form Kanturk side who are coached by one of Shannon’s former stars, John O’Neill.

There is a derby in North Cork between two sides bidding to bounce back from disappointing defeats last weekend. Mallow were unable to match the quality of Galbally but will feel confident they can overcome Charleville who were heavily defeated by relegation rivals Youghal last week.

Two of the top sides in the Second Division; St. Mary’s and Castleisland clash at the Kerry venue and the home side’s greater power up front may help them earn a victory.

Kinsale have started to produce some good results in recent games and will want to maintain their good momentum as they host Newport while Division Two leaders Newcastle West face bottom of the table Bandon.

The other second round game will see Ennis hosting Nenagh Ormond and the Clare side will want to end a series of disappointing results.

Abbeyfeale host Presentation in one of the stand-out clashes in round one while Scariff will fancy their chances against Corca Dhúibhne.

Waterford City have a tough test away to Midleton while Douglas should claim local bragging rights against Shandon.

Fermoy should have too much power for Killorglin while Kilrush will be aiming to put in a big performance as they travel to Dungarvan. In West Cork, home advantage should prove decisive for Clonakilty as they take on Old Crescent while Bantry Bay face a tough task if they are to defeat Carrick-On-Suir.

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