Kilfeacle and Crosshaven seek final spot

WITH the Munster Junior League due to commence next week, the main cup competitions are down to the semi-final stage.

Kilfeacle and Crosshaven will meet in the second semi-final of the Junior Clubs Challenge Cup at the Tipperary venue, with Richmond awaiting the winners. Kilfeacle, who are using this competition to blood some of their younger players, reached this stage with a big win over neighbours Clanwilliam , while Crosshaven recorded away wins over Waterpark and Skibbereen.

Last season’s Third Division champions Presentation have made a great start to life in the Second Division, winning both their Shield games against Bandon and Mallow. They travel to Kinsale on Sunday for the semi-final. But the home side have been very impressive so far with big wins over Muskerry and Killarney and must be fancied.

The other Shield semi-final sees Newcastle West at home to Ballincollig. The West Limerick side edged out St Mary’s by a point in the opening round and a battling second-half performance last week saw them come from 3-0 down at half-time to defeat Newport 17-3. Ballincollig had an impressive 34-10 home win over Youghal last week and it will give the side great confidence after last season’s relegation. Home advantage could see Newcastle West book their final place.

The two Martin O’Sullivan Cup semi-finals are also down for decision. Charleville entertain Dungarvan and both sides reached this stage with two away victories. Charleville caused a surprise in the opening round with a 13-5 win over Corca Dhuibhne and followed that up with a 22-11victory against Douglas . Dungarvan defeated Killorglin 15-10 and Carrick-on-Suir 39-24 and the west Waterford side will be confident of making it three away wins in-a-row. The other semi-final sees Waterford City at home to Fermoy. Waterford lost last season’s final to Presentation and just missed out on promotion and this season it looks like they intend to make amends.

Fermoy have yet to play a competitive game but it will take a big effort by them to come out of Waterford with a victory.

There are two surprising contenders for the McElligott Cup with Corca Dhuibhne and Killarney contesting this season’s final in Castleisland tomorrow evening, 7.30.

The west Kerry side defeated Tralee in the semi-final and Killarney overcame Castleisland. Killarney will start favourites and a piece of silverware for either side would be a big boost ahead of their league campaigns.

There are four games in the Cork County Cup. Holders Old Christians begin with a trip to Bandon and should easily advance.

Two other First Division sides should also advance. Cobh Pirates should make their trip to Muskerry a winning one and Skibbereen should prove too strong for neighbours Bantry Bay, while Dunmanway could get the better of Douglas in the all-Third Division tie.

Carrigaline will be bidding to win the Dennehy Cup for the first time when they face Old Christians in the final at Woodleigh Park on Sunday.

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