River­side fan­cied to go well in cup

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WE have reached the busi­ness end of the sea­son with the an­nounce­ment of the 2018 Su­perValu West Cork School­boys Shield com­pe­ti­tion draws in­volv­ing a host of the re­gion’s top clubs.

The FAI’s Dave Bell and David Le­nane were on hand to com­plete the Su­perValu Shield draws at a re­cent WCSL Com­mit­tee meet­ing in the Arch Bar, Dun­man­way. Any West Cork club, across all age-grades, knocked out of the Su­perValu Cup(s) at the first at­tempt is au­to­mat­i­cally en­tered into a sec­ond knock­out tour­na­ment, the Su­perValu Shield.

Nine clubs will con­test this sea­son’s U12 Shield be­gin­ning with an open­ing round tie be­tween Sk­ib­bereen United and River­side Ath­letic. Premier League out­fit River­side will be favourites to progress de­spite United’s en­cour­ag­ing cam­paign. Should they make it through, Ath­letic will have home ad­van­tage for the visit of Ard­field in the last eight, a team they over­came 3-2 back in Septem­ber.

Bun­ratty United and Bantry Bay Rovers Cor­nets’ quar­ter-fi­nal has the po­ten­tial to pro­duce plenty of goals with the hosts favoured to edge a young Kealkil side. Also in the last eight, Divi­sion 1A’s Castlelack are ex­pected to over­come Divi­sion 1B’s Beara United while Premier League lead­ers Sk­ib­bereen should have too much qual­ity for Kilmichael Rovers.

Six clubs will con­test this year’s Su­perValu U13 Shield with two quar­ter-fi­nals down for de­ci­sion ahead of the penul­ti­mate round. The meet­ing of Lyre Rovers and Ard­field Rangers is the tie of the com­pe­ti­tion with Premier League Ard­field tak­ing on the cur­rent Divi­sion 1 pace­set­ters on their home ground. Rovers’ Do­minic Lom­bard and Sean White have com­bined for 9 goals; a to­tal Olan O’Dono­van and Dar­ragh Gough have matched for Rangers. The win­ners of that in­trigu­ing match-up will se­cure home ad­van­tage in the last four against ei­ther Castlelack or Lee­side. In the other semi-fi­nal, Dun­man­way Town should have too much fire­power for Ard­field Rovers in Mo­hona.

This sea­son’s Su­perValu U14 Shield prom­ises to be just as ex­cit­ing as its U12 and U13 coun­ter­parts. A lo­cal derby be­tween lo­cal ri­vals Togher Celtic and Dun­man­way Town should pro­duce a crack­ing quar­ter-fi­nal in Togher.

U14 Divi­sion 1 lead­ers River­side Ath­letic host Premier League ti­tlechas­ing Dri­nagh Rangers in the last eight where the Canon Crow­ley Park side will look to Tom Mc­Queen and Owen Tobin for goals. River­side’s hopes of caus­ing an up­set rest with top scorers Wil­liam Hen­ni­gan, Olan Cor­coan and Conor O’Sul­li­van. Castlelack await the win­ners in the semi-fi­nals.

Castlelack and Dun­man­way Town will get this year’s Su­perValu U15 Shield com­pe­ti­tion un­der­way with a quar­ter-fi­nal tie in Ban­don. Two sides that have strug­gled for form in their re­spec­tive leagues will be anx­ious to book a semi-fi­nal berth away to Dri­nagh Rangers.

The top two U15 Divi­sion 1 teams in the other semi-fi­nal where Sul­lane and Bantry Bay Rovers are ex­pected to serve up an­other crack­ing en­counter. Rovers won 3-1 on their pre­vi­ous visit to Coolea back in Oc­to­ber but since then, Sul­lane reg­is­tered a 4-2 vic­tory in Kealkil.

It is straight to the semi-fi­nals in this sea­son’s Su­perValu U16 Shield tour­na­ment with Castlelack wel­com­ing Bun­ratty United to Ban­don and Dri­nagh Rangers cross­ing swords with Kilmichael Rovers. A young Castlelack have strug­gled to make an im­pact in this year’s U16 Divi­sion 1 while their op­po­nents are two points off the top in the U16 Premier League. Paddy O’Driscoll, Dar­ragh O’Shea and Mi­lan Vearn­combe’s com­bined abil­i­ties should see United make it through to the de­cider.

Kilmichael Rovers have en­joyed a pro­duc­tive run in the U16 Divi­sion 1 League, ris­ing to sec­ond in the ta­ble on the back of David O’Donoghue, Shane Hod­man and Alex Wood’s con­sis­tent dis­plays. A Dri­nagh Rangers side with only one Premier League win would love an op­por­tu­nity to reach a Shield fi­nal and look to Jack Payne-Mur­phy, Shane O’Sul­li­van, Cil­lian Fitz­patrick and Rob­bie Mc­Queen for in­spi­ra­tion.

Ard­field are through to the first ever Su­perValu U17 Shield fi­nal by virtue of a three-team tour­na­ment draw­ing out Bantry Bay Rovers and River­side Ath­letic to face one an­other in the soli­tary semi-fi­nal. Premier League lead­ers Rovers will need to be wary of their last four op­po­nents how­ever, as River­side recorded a sur­prise 1-0 league win on their pre­vi­ous trip to Kealkil.

The Sk­ib­bereen United squad that will face River­side Ath­letic in the open­ing round of the 2018 Su­perValu West Cork School­boys League U12 Shield at the Bal­ti­more Road.

Bantry Bay Rovers who have been drawn at home to River­side Ath­letic in the 2018 Su­perValu West Cork Schol­boys League U17 Shield semi-fi­nals

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