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Thursday, 13th April, 2017 1:00am

Senior Football

With Douglas having safely negotiated their way past Newcestown last week, five more teams will endeavour to follow them into Round 2 as there are five games down for decision over the weekend.

Ovens is the venue on Saturday at 6pm for the meeting of Aghada and Doheny’s and here is a game both of them will feel they can win.

Pearse O’Neill remains a key player for the East Cork outfit, who are always hard to beat, and they might just edge this one. 

It’s been a tough few weeks for the Beara Division but their recent difficulties are now behind them as they face Valley Rovers in Dunmanway on Sunday at 4pm and expect a combative display from a proud football division. But that probably won’t be enough against the Innishannon lads who, with Fiachra Lynch and Chris O’Leary in their side, should win. 

A big day for Kiskeam as they make their Senior Championship bow in Banteer, also on Sunday at 3pm, but they face a really tough baptism against an Avondhu team that have quality players in their team; among them Colm O’Neill and Tom Clancy.

Anthony Casey and AJ O’Connor are key men for the ‘black and whites’ but there is great experience in the divisional side and they will be expected to win.

Castlehaven will certainly miss the talented Brian Hurley and have concerns about the fitness of Damien Cahalane; but Michael Hurley, Mark Collins and Shane Nolan’s form has been good of late.

CIT have the usual problem associated with such teams, as many of their players will probably have played over the weekend already, which makes their task all that bit harder when they arrive in Newcestown on Monday at 3pm, and the ‘Haven look like winners in this one.

The final game of the weekend is also on Monday in Kanturk at 3pm between Muskerry and Duhallow with the latter likely to prevail.

Premier Intermediate

A city derby in Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday afternoon at 4pm between Na Piarsaigh and St Michael’s, plenty of talent on both sides and hard to pick a winner, but a slight fancy for Michael’s.

Another city side St Vincent’s are scheduled to play Bantry Blues on Saturday at 6pm in Enniskeane. Sadly, the untimely passing of former Bantry star Michael Moran may alter this, but it should not alter the outcome as the West Cork side should be too strong for Vincent’s.

A cracking game in prospect in Cloughduv at 6.30pm between two very talented sides Ballingeary and Bandon, with the West Cork slight favourites, but this one will surely go the distance – maybe even extra-time. 

Intermediate

There is a 6pm start for all three games in this grade. In Drimoleague, last year’s Junior Champions Gabriel Rangers face a Cill Na Martra side who enjoyed a good run last year, and with Noel O’Leary as keen as ever, they will be fancied in this clash.

Fresh from their outstanding success in the Junior hurling, Mayfield have quickly switched their focus to this clash with Millstreet, in Carrigadrohid, who will have Mark Ellis in their team, but the superior fitness of the city lads with Nicky Kelly, Shane O’Donovan and Dan Lucey guiding the ship, should get them over the line. 

Ballygarvan is the venue for the meeting of Kinsale, who will be without Brian Coughlan, and Glenville who look better equipped to win.

Elsewhere

• With the Division 1 side safely into the final against Kilkenny, the Cork Division 2 camogie team will be determined to make it a Leeside double when they play Carlow in the WIT Grounds on Sunday at 2.30pm.

Carlow have been enjoying good success in recent years at both club and intercounty level and will test Cork, who will need to be at their best to win.

• The semi-final of the Munster Under 17 Hurling Championship goes ahead on Tuesday next in Páirc Uí Rinn with Cork facing old rivals Tipperary at 7pm.

Cork have the advantage of a first round victory over Limerick and that will help them iron out the few flaws in their play that was evident in that game.

Daire Connery, Tommy O’Connell, Colin O’Brien and Declan Hanlon impressed in the win, that and home advantage might just tilt the tie their way.

• It’s a been a sad week in GAA with a number of quality members passing away.

Bantry Blue’s Michael Moran, a dual county medal winner left us; while Glen Rovers/St Nick’s lost the services of two outstanding workers in Michael Joe Mc Carthy, who did trojan work at the twice-weekly bingo sessions which generate valuable finance and he rarely missed a night, while Micky Gal made, fixed and shaped hurleys for a generation of players. It’s fair to say that every player in the back-to-back senior county wins had their hurley sorted in Mickey’s shed in the back garden, he will be sorely missed.

Bobby Keating was a former Chairman of the Carrigtowhill club and a familiar and popular figure at their grounds on days of championship matches, ensuring things ran smoothly.

Liam Ware’s sad passing leaves a void in his beloved Mallow club and I will miss his greeting of “Welcome Mr McCarthy” along with his warm engaging smile and of course, the offer of tea and sandwiches.

Sincere sympathy to all, we as an Association are the poorer with their passing.

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