JUNIOR FOOTBALL: North West sides continue Irish Junior Cup quest

Roe Rovers Brendan McGonigle (left) knows this weekend Irish Junior Cup trip Newtownabbey is going to be a tough one.
Roe Rovers Brendan McGonigle (left) knows this weekend Irish Junior Cup trip Newtownabbey is going to be a tough one.

Limavady United/Drummond 6-0 thrashing of neighbours Dromore was the only game in the North West City Cup which survived with two goals each from Mark Averill, Jimmy Crockett and Jason Holmes.

There are five local sides in action this Saturday in the Irish Junior Cup with one all local tie.

Also this weekend there are City Cup ties; Ardmore Reserves face Draperstown Reserves in the Supplementary Cup semi-final and there are games in the Premier, First and Second Division’s.

Claudy Rovers v Churchill

Rovers are in good form as their recent results have moved them into the top four in the league table, however this is the competition that they would dearly love a good run in, they will be strong fgavourites to progress.

Churchill had a good win in the previous round but their league form has been patchy, however they have a hard working committee who are keeping the proud name alive, this looks difficult.

Prediction: Claudy Rovers.

Limavady United/Drummond v Ardoyne WC

The Roesiders had a comfortable win in the City cup and that keeps them involved in all three cup competitions, the one thing they do have is goal scorers throughout the side with three different players on target last week.

The Belfast side are reportedly a more than useful outfit who are a big physical side who like to knock it about that should ensure a good game as the home side are also a good footballing side.

Prediction: Limavady United/Drummond.

Enniskillen Santos v Institute Reserves

The Fermanagh and Western first division side will fancy their chances with a home draw they play in a very competitive league and currently sit in mid table, they have a big panel to choose from.

The young Stute side like their first team and Reserves like to play out from the back and they have some talented youngsters in their side this might find them out.

Prediction: Enniskillen Santos.

4th Newtownabbey Old Boys v Roe Rovers

The home side ply their trade in Division 2c in the Northern Amateur League and they suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat last Saturday at Donaghadee so the visitors should have nothing to fear, they themselves are having a decent season and they might just prove good enough to make the next round.

Prediction: Roe Rovers.

Lower Shankill v Tullyally Colts

The home side are one of the teams who are expected to go far in this cup they had a good 2-1 away win last week in the Cochrane Corry Cup so they will go into this one in a confident mood.

The Colts have reserved their best form for this competition as their league form has been pretty poor as shown by their position in the table this will be tough.

Prediction: Lower Shankill.