Riverside fancied to go well in cup
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