Tuesday, December 05, 2017

 

The Ferrybank team that defeated Villa in the FAI Junior Cup at Connors’ Park on Saturday night.

The New Balance FAI Junior Cup and the Munster Junior Cup will take centre stage on the local Junior soccer scene this weekend as two Waterford sides will be action in the fifth round of the National competition while two of the Waterford quarter-finals of the provincial cup will be played.
After their impressive win over Villa in last Saturday night’s FAI Junior Cup clash at Connor’s Park, Ferrybank will be on road this weekend when the Village outfit make the trip to Dublin to take on an in-form Railway Union side.
With Ferrybank losing to St. Saviour’s in the Munster Junior Cup two weeks ago, they overcame that defeat with a dominant display against Villa where they kept a cleansheet and managed three goals which will set them in good stead ahead of their trip to the capital.
The men from Abbeylands are having a decent season as they are currently second in the league, two points behind leaders Hibernians but they have a game in hand, but they know that their challenge this weekend will be a massive one.

UNBEATEN OPPONENTS
On Saturday afternoon, they are up against a Railway Union side that are unbeaten in all competitions to date this season after coming from a goal down in the previous round against Cherry Orchard to record a 2-1 success to set up this cup clash.
Based in Sandymount in Dublin, the AUL Saturday outfit have four wins from four games in the league and they prepared for this weekends cup clash with a 4-0 win over Columbas Rovers so Ferrybank will be under no illusions of the challenge that they face.
There’s no doubting that Ferrybank have match winners in their squad and they’ll be hoping that they can bring the same level of performance that saw them overcome Villa in the fourth round if they are going to leave the South Dublin venue with a place secured in the sixth round.
It’s a game that really is a difficult one to call but one that the men from Abbeylands will be hoping that can go their way. The manner of last Saturday’s win will give them great confidence and that could be the key to inflicting a first defeat of the season on Railway Union.

HOME ADVANTAGE KEY
After the disappointment of exiting the FAI Junior Cup at the quarter-final stage at home to Boyle Celtic last season, Carrick United will be hoping that they can once again show their cup qualities in their fifth-round cup meeting this weekend against Mayo outfit Straide and Foxford United.
Alan Ryan’s side hit Division 1B opposition Kilmacow for five goals in last Sunday’s cup tie and they’ll be hoping that home advantage will be key against an unknown quantity this weekend but a club that really impressed in the last round.
They defeated Westport United in the previous round with the performances according to reports of both Michael Guilfoyle and John Duran key to Straide and Foxford United’s success. The club, which was formed in 1989, will be outsiders to upset the odds at Coolnamuck.
Carrick will make life very difficult for the visitors on home turf and with cup specialist for finding the net Jack Doherty in fine form of late in both league and cup, he’ll be a massive player in his sides bid for a place in the draw for the sixth round.
Although Carrick’s league form at home this season as been sticky with a couple of draws in recent games, they will be expected to deliver the goods especially after their win in previous rounds against Hibernians. It won’t be easy however as their Mayo opponents are sure to pose a stern test but Carrick should have enough to progress.

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By Adrian Flanagan
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