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Club ties across the weekend

Wednesday, 6th September, 2017 6:02pm

Senior hurling

After a long absence, Sarsfields return to action when they face Killeagh in Páirc Uí Rinn on Friday night, a Killeagh side coming into this game on the back of two good and impressive wins. However this will really test them, and provided they have shaken off the cobwebs of inactivity, Sars should prevail.

A double-header on Saturday night in Páirc Uí Rinn - at 6pm it's Bandon vs Ballymartle, a game both sides will feel they can win and in the process secure a place in the last eight. It’s been a great season so far for Bandon in the Premier Intermediate Football, but Ballymartle’s greater experience at this level gives them a slight edge.

The tie of the round follows at 8pm when champions Glen Rovers go up against their great rivals on the northside, Na Piarsaigh, with a lot at stake not least for the holders, who were very impressive in demolishing CIT last time out.

Na Piarsaigh, a bit like Sars, have been out of championship action for a while but will relish this challenge, and with Padraig Goold, Christopher Joyce and possibly Evan Sheehan in their side, they will fancy their chances of ending Glen’s reign and how they would love that.

Glen, though, are hitting form at the right time, the few niggles are clearing up and in Grahan Callanan, Dean Brosnan, Patrick Horgan and Mark Dooley they have a bit more in attack to win, and they should.

Mallow is the venue on Sunday for the meeting of Duhallow and Erin’s Own, and despite the presence of a strong Cork contingent in the divisional side, the Caherlag side should prevail.

Senior Football

It’s been a fairytale so far for Kiskeam with wins over Aghada and Carbery, but now they face the acid test in Macroom on Saturday night against one of the favourites for the title, Nemo Rangers.

The clubs have met in junior and intermediate previously but this is a first meeting at senior level and the Duhallow side will give it their best but Nemo Rangers will justify their favourites tag and win.

Ballincollig and Carrigaline meet in Kinsale, and while the latter have improved, the 2014 champions look better equipped to make the last eight.

An interesting encounter on Sunday in Ovens between Valley Rovers and Avondhu, who will now benefit from Fermoy’s exit from their own championship, and with Colm O’Neill, Tom Clancy, and a fit again James Loughrey on duty, they will be hard to beat. However this is a very good and big Valley Rovers side who, with only one code to concentrate on, are well capable of winning, but the odds favour Avondhu.

Páirc Uí Rinn on Tuesday will see St Finbarrs, who seem to be hitting form at the right time, taking on CIT who showed great resilience to see off Douglas last time out, but that will only forewarn the ‘Barr’s of the task ahead of them.

CIT are backboned by Kerry players but locals like Eric Hegarty and Matthew Bradley will feature. However Michael Shields, Ian Maguire, Stephen Sherlock and Glenn O’Connor provide the ‘Barrs with enough quality to maintain their impressive and winning sequence.

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