This weekend sees the big guns from the RDFL in action in the FAI Junior Cup second round. Confidence will be high following impressive Roscommon performances in last year’s cup competitions.
There are a couple of potential crackers as well as a few all Roscommon ties to look forward to…
Friday, September 29th
Norio’s Takeaway Division One (8.30 pm)
Ballinasloe Town B v CP Ajax
The Castleplunkett outfit were thumped at home last weekend by Kilkerrin and may find the going tough against an in form Ballinasloe side.
Prediction: Ballinasloe Town B
Saturday, September 30th
Killeen Sports Grounds Division Two
Cloonfad United B v Cam Celtic. 7.30 pm
The visitors get the nod for this one. Prediction: Cam Celtic
Shiven Rovers B v Glen Celtic. 7.45 pm
Both sides struggled last time out and there appears very little between them so far.
Sunday, October 1st
Umbro FAI Junior Cup Round 2 (2 pm unless stated)
Boyle Celtic v St. John’s FC. 11 am
Celtic scraped past Moore last weekend but will be hoping for another run in this year’s Junior Cup.
Prediction: Boyle Celtic
Castlerea Celtic v Shiven Rovers
It’s difficult to look past the home side.
Prediction: Castlerea Celtic
Ballymoe FC v Manor Rangers
The RDFL champions have struggled so far this season but this could be the kick-start they need.
Prediction: Ballymoe FC
Ballinasloe Town v Arrow Harps (12 pm)
The Connacht champions should edge this.
Prediction: Ballinasloe Town
St. John’s Athletic v Dunmore Town
Home advantage should swing it for the Premier Division side.
Prediction: St. John’s Athletic
Roscommon United v Glenview Stars
Glenview have turned a corner in recent weeks and should provide stern opposition.
Prediction: Glenview Stars
Ballisodare United v Ballaghaderreen FC
Ballaghaderreen are really struggling this season and this could prove beyond them.
Prediction: Ballisodare United
Ahascragh United v Moore United
The visitors should have enough quality this weekend.
Prediction: Moore United
Melville United v Cloonfad United
Melville are going well so far this season.
Prediction: Melville United
Strand Celtic v St. Peter’s FC
Strand have been impressive in the Sligo Superleague so far but St. Peter’s should have enough.
Prediction: St. Peter’s FC
Rahara Rovers v Dysart FC
The visitors will be confident of progression.
Prediction: Dysart FC
Norio’s Takeaway Division One (2 pm)
Hodson Bay Athletic v Strokestown United
Tough one to call but I’ll side with the hosts because of their better defensive record.
Prediction: Hodson Bay Athletic
Killeen Sports Grounds Division Two (2 pm)
Moylough ‘79 v Skyvalley Rovers B
Prediction: Moylough ‘79