Defending champions Evergreen A await the winners of the Tullaroan v Newpark clash in round two of this year's competition PICTURE: PAT MOORE
The Kilkenny & District League have made the draws for the first two rounds of the 2018/19 Maher Shield.
Defending champions Evergreen A have earned a first round bye and await the winners of the Tullaroan - who are back in the Kilkenny & District League - and Newpark clash in round two.
Highview Athletic, beaten finalists last season, will be hoping to go one better this time. They start their campaign with a home tie against Freshford Town. Local pride will be at stake when Brookville entertain neighbours Deen Celtic, while Freebooters will entertain River Rangers on the Fair Green.
The games will mark the start of the new junior soccer season for all clubs, with the opening two rounds to be played in August. The junior league campaigns will kick-off on the first weekend in September.
Maher Shield, first round draw
Brookville v Deen Celtic
Lions v Evergreen B
Highview Athletic v Freshford Town
Tullaroan v Newpark
Bridge United v St John’s
Freebooters v River Rangers
Thomastown United v Ormonde Villa
Byes: Callan United, Paulstown 06, East End United, Castlewarren Celtic, Fort Rangers, Clover United, Evergreen A, Stoneyford United, Spa United.
First round games will be played on August 19
Spa United v Fort Rangers
Paulstown 06 v Castlewarren Celtic
Lions or Evergreen B v Thomastown United or Ormonde Villa
Freebooters or River Rangers v Stoneyford United
Clover United v Brookville or Deen Celtic
Evergreen A v Tullaroan or Newpark
Callan United v Bridge United or St John’s
Highview Athletic or Freshford Town v East End United
Second round games to be played on August 26
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