Deen Celtic won the Division Two Ken & Michael Byrne Cup last season. Who'll take the title this time? Photo: Michael Brophy
The newest competition in the Premier Division, the Centenary Cup, kicks into action this weekend.
Designed as a one-off competition to give the seven teams competing in this season’s top flight extra games – although it may be reviewed for the future – the competition will be a two-legged affair up to the final.
Teams will play the quarter-finals and semi-finals on a home and away basis, with aggregate scores to count. Should the score be level after two games, the tie will go straight to a penalty shoot-out.
The first game will be played this weekend, when Callan United host Freebooters A at 11am. With only seven sides in the top flight the League decided to enter four Division One sides – Highview Athletic A, Clover United, Fort Rangers and Deen Celtic A – into a draw to find an eighth side. Rathdowney’s Clover came out of the hat, earning a tie with Evergreen B.
1 Stoneyford United v Thomastown United A
2 Freebooters B v Evergreen A
3 Clover United v Evergreen B
4 Callan United A v Freebooters A
Semi-finals: 3 v 4, 1 v 2.
Division One Cup
1 Newpark v Bridge United
2 Clover United v Thomastown United B
3 Lions v Deen Celtic A
4 Highview Athletic A v Fort Rangers
Semi-finals: 2 v 4, 1 v 3.
Division Two Ken & Michael Byrne Cup
1 St Ann’s v Paulstown 06
2 River Rangers v Castlewarren Celtic
3 Callan United B v Brookville
4 St John’s v Evergreen C
Semi-finals: 1 v 4, 3 v 2.
Division Three Cup
Byes: 1 Ormonde Villa, 2 Deen Celtic B.
3 Highview Athletic B v Evergreen 46
4 Ballacolla v Thomastown United C
Semi-finals: 4 v 3, 1 v 2.
Buckley Youths’ Cup
1 Newpark v Thomastown United
2 Castlewarren Celtic v Freebooters
3 Evergreen B v Highview Athletic
4 Deen Celtic v Evergreen A
Semi-finals: 4 v 1, 3 v 2.
The Kilkenny & District League have also made a change in the running of the Under-11 David Doran Cup. In a change to the under-11 game this year’s tournament will be run using the under-12 guidelines, i.e. played 9 v 9 on a box-to-box pitch without a Retreat Line and no offsides, using a squad of 16 players. The changes have been implemented to ensure young players are used to guidelines when they step up to the under-12 game the following season.
David Doran Cup
East End United v Highview Athletic
Stoneyford United Blacks v Fort Rangers
Freebooters Blue v Clover United
Deen Celtic Blacks v Spa United
Callan United v Paulstown 06
Newpark v Deen Celtic Reds
Lions Blue v Thomastown United Whites
1 Evergreen White v East End United/Highview Athletic
2 Evergreen Green v Freebooters White
3 Stoneyford United White v Stoneyford United Black/Fort Rangers
4 Freebooters Blue/Clover United v Freshford Town
5 Bridge United Black v Deen Celtic Black/Spa United
6 Callan Utd/Paulstown v Lions White
7 Bridge United Amber v Newpark/Deen Celtic Red
8 Lions Blue/Thomastown United White v Thomastown United Blue
1 v 2, 3 v 4, 5 v 6, 7 v 8
The FAI’s Referee Course at the Aspect Hotel, Kilkenny has been pushed back to March 25 and 26. To register for the course check out www.fai.ie for information.