United look to make final four spot theirs

Soccer: FAI Junior Cup

On the cup hunt: Westport United will be looking to progress to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup this weekend.

On the cup hunt: Westport United will be looking to progress to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup this weekend.

Westport United go in search of a spot in the final four of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday afternoon against Oliver Bond Celtic.

Normally this game would see the black and red faithful in their droves making their way to United Park, but due to Covid-19 restrictions of allowing just 200 people in total at the game, the club have decided that they will only be giving their 60 tickets for the game to families of the players and team management.

In a statement last week the club said: "Hard decisions had to be made for our supporters, as much as we would love to see you in your hundreds at United Park and the hardcore fans that travel the length and breadth of the country supporting the Red and Black, willing the team on, we regret to announce that the club is restricted to 60 tickets and we agonised on the fairest way possible to allocate our tickets; and as a club, we decided that the tickets would be allocated to families of the players and team management. As a club, we profusely apologise to our supporters who are disappointed but in these extraordinary times, we were left with little choice in the matter and your understanding of the situation is appreciated. We ask our Westport United family to protect each other and stay safe."

On the field it's been a long wait for United to get to this stage of the competition, having seen off Newpark FC 1-0 at home in the previous round back in February. They have been in free-scoring form in the competition to date, bagging 22 goals in their six outings so far. They saw off Iorras Aontaithe 10-1, Ballina Town 3-0, Ballyhaunis Town 2-0 in the Mayo stages of the competition, before seeing off Balscadden FC 3-1 in round five, Cork outfit Doolans Cow 3-2 on the road and Newark 1-0 in the last 16 of the competition.

They warmed up for this Sunday's encounter with an 8-1 win over Ballyglass in the Super Cup last weekend and while a much closer encounter looks to be in store this weekend - they will feel they have the ability to see off the Dublin side. Last year United reached the same round of the competition before they were knocked out by Limerick outfit Aisling Annacotty and will be hoping to go at least one better and more this time around.

 

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