Cork AUL

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Peelo Takes Stock as Closing Battles Loom

                                                      AUL UPDATE

Once again it’s time to take stock as the momentum gathers towards the end of the season -although with still plenty of battles left, but first of all, its congratulations to Central Rovers who are our first champions for season 2016-17 after being crowned kings of league three following their recent emphatic victory over Los Zarcos at home.
But, for others, it is business as usual so, let’s get cracking and start by taking a look at the Premier league first.

Premier:
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
Pts
Pearse Cel A
13
10
1
2
35
12
31
Park Utd A
12
10
0
2
38
7
30
Village Utd
15
9
1
5
38
27
28
Grattan Utd A
11
8
2
1
26
6
26

Well, I think you all can see quite clearly at this stage that a trend at the top has commenced with Pearse leading the way while Park United look poised menacingly in second spot.
And although Village are in third, I think they have fallen off the pace over the last few weeks.
But, in fourth spot for me is the third horse in the race – Grattan United.
So, this is where the ball game is at right now for me and next Saturday up in Leghanamore, we have a massive Premier tussle when Pearse Celtic face up to title rivals Grattan United.
And although you might say this one is a banker draw, what a result it would be for either one if they could manage a win.
Park are in action on Sunday morning and although Innishvilla are a good enough side to give it a right go here, you would still be fancying Park for a win at home.
So, we still have plenty football left here for these three, but one thing is for sure, they cannot afford any slip-ups whatsoever.

Premier A:
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
Pts
Lakewood Ath
15
13
0
2
42
16
39
Knocknaheeny Ce
15
11
2
2
51
14
35
Bohemians
15
10
1
4
48
16
31
Rylane Cel
16
9
1
6
36
20
28
Macroom A
15
8
2
5
39
25
26

Well, as you can also see here – the picture paints a thousand words.
And if a gun was put to your head, you would be inclined to look at a race between Lakewood and Knocknaheeny for the title with Lakewood having the upper hand at the minute.
But, let’s not forget Saturday’s fixture up in the Fairfield when Lakewood come to take on Bohs which is a huge pressure game for both sides.
Bohs cannot afford to lose this one and if Lakewood take the points here, they will continue to be in the driver’s seat because you will be expecting Knocknaheeny to win away against Springfield on Saturday and if all that happens, then we could be looking at a 2 x horse race.


AUL 1:
This section is quite strange and there were times where you just could not predict results as they were so inconsistent.
Just in case – for anyone who may not be familiar, this was a three round league so, the maximum games will be 21 to play – just to give you an idea as to how far more there is to go here.
Fairview lead the pack with Waterloo in second spot, but for me, after seeing the top sides  playing here, I was mostly impressed with both Buttevant and Tower and on the evidence of that, I believe the title is between the two of them, but you never know.
And it is ironic that they will also be meeting in the County Cup semi-final tomorrow night at Buttevant.
But, like we said before, for these midweek games, if you do not have all your best players available, you could easily drop points you might otherwise have secured.
So, it can still be squeaky bum time for a lot of top teams yet.

AUL 1A:

With one game to play, St John Boscos are on top here with 7 points to spare, but they have three games more played than second place Leeview with a points tally of 36.
So, the most points they can make is 39.
Leeview on the other hand have 29 points with 4 left which means, they can reach 41 points.
If you want to take stats seriously then, Leeview would be favourites, but of course, they would have to make sure they win each game going forward.
I believe, the title is really between these two now.

AUL 2:

The game is over here in league two with Donoughmore running away with it in the end.
But, the scrap for second place is still going on and with two going up from this division, Pearse Celtic, Banteer and possibly Hibs will be battling it out until the final bell.
Pearse did themselves a big favour following their 3-2 victory over Hibs tonight at Shanbally.

AUL 2A:
2A is shaping up to be a 2 horse race between Glenthorn Celtic B and City Wanderers with Wanderers looking like they might have the edge as they can reach a maximum 58 points while Glenthorn can only get as far as 55.
But, looking at statistics before the end of a season does not guarantee you any titles so, let’s keep a very keen eye on this section as there is still plenty of football to be played yet.

AUL 3:

Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
Pts
Central Rovers
17
14
1
2
64
16
43
Temple Utd
17
12
3
2
41
20
39
Grattan Utd B
17
11
2
4
40
19
35

Well, we know Central have already been crowned AUL 3 Champions, but the runners-up spot was claimed also now after Temple’s 1-0 victory away to Macroom tonight.
Although Grattan had a good 4-1 win at home over Knocknaheeny, they cannot catch Temple now as you can see from the table above – with just one game left to play.

AUL 3A:
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
Pts
South Coast Ath
17
12
3
2
48
22
39
Leeview Ath B
16
12
3
1
39
15
39
Churchvilla
15
11
4
0
54
18
37
Greenwood B
16
10
3
3
32
15
33

There is still a bit to go here.
Churchvilla play host to Greenwood B on Saturday afternoon and this one will be far from easy, but if they can manage a win here, they will take over top spot with two games to play.
The next one then to look out for here will be a massive game for both sides when South Coast Athletic and Leeview B come together down in Shanbally next Tuesday evening.


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