Big Weekend Ahead for Dan, Jason and Castleisland AFC

Castleisland AFC managers, Jason McCarthy and Dan Maunsell are heading into a big weekend for their teams. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Castleisland AFC managers, Jason McCarthy and Dan Maunsell are heading into a big weekend for their teams. ©Photograph: John Reidy

It’s a big weekend for Castleisland Soccer Club as both senior teams contest cup semi-finals.

Both games are fixed for this Sunday, July 16th and will be played in the Kerry District League’s Mounthawk Park all weather pitch.

Report by Neil O’Sullivan

First up is the replay of the Greyhound Bar Semi-Final as the first team take on league champions Killarney Athletic at 11.30am.

The teams couldn’t be separated during an exciting 2-2 draw Wednesday night, July 5th.

Castleisland fought back from two goals down with goals from Matthew Browne and a deflected Colin McCarthy free kick earning the Islanders a replay.

Great Character

The performance in the final 20 minutes of the game will give Castleisland huge confidence going into the replay as they showed great character to get a result.

Castleisland manager, Jason McCarthy will be hoping that the first game will stand to his team having not played a game in a number of weeks before hand.

The team members know that they are in for a great battle against the top side in Kerry soccer at the moment.

However, they are quietly confident that they have what it takes to book a place in the final against Mitchels Avenue.

Dominos Pizza Reserve Cup

At 4.30pm Sunday, the B team take on Greyhound Bar finalists Mitchels Avenue in the semi-final of the Dominos Pizza Reserve Cup.

Having already won the Premier B title a few weeks back, Castleisland will be looking to bring home the league and cup double to round off an already fantastic season.

Manager Dan Maunsell noted how good a side Mitchels Avenue are and knows that if his team is to progress they will have to be on top of their game.

Jonathan Downey will be looking to add to his tally of 20 goals for the season and the experience of Mike Cahill, Gerry Byrne and Mazza Moriarty could be key in ensuring the team stay on track for the double.

The club hopes to see a large number of supporters at both games as both teams look to bring home a second and third cup to the Island this season.

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