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Wednesday, 21st March, 2018 4:58pm

Cork vs Roscommon

The weather has certainly played havoc with the fixtures schedule and it raises questions as to where will it all end, the fixture crux not the weather.

Depending on results over the coming weekend, it is quite possible that some counties will not complete their league programme, at the risk of a small fine of just €250.

That aside surely the GAA’s second biggest competition should be treated accordingly, and while no one can control the weather, the folly of starting in January certainly needs looking at.

As for decreeing April a club month only, in some counties that is not going to happen, and already there is a concern at their ability to meet Munster Council deadlines, an interesting few months ahead I would think.

Cork’s loss to Clare in a poor quality game last Saturday ended all hopes of promotion from Division 2, and while relegation is unlikely, it would be nice to end the campaign on a win heading into the championship.

Roscommon’s win over Cavan has kept them very much in the race to make a quick return to Division 1, and on home soil, will be very hard to beat.

The last time these sides met was in a Division 1 league game three years ago when the ‘Rossie’s inflicted a heavy defeat on the Rebels that ultimately played a part in our relegation to Division 2.

Ciaran Murtagh, Donie Smith, Fergal Lennon, Brian Stack, Cathal Compton and Niall Kilroy all played important roles in the win over table toppers Cavan and will be keen to maintain their push for promotion, and buoyed by that display, manager Kevin McStay will demand a repeat display.

Ronan McCarthy was very disappointed with the display in Pairc Ui Rinn, and said: “We could have got a draw but would not have deserved it, hard to believe that with four home games you would only collect two points, and that’s a concern.”

By contrast their form on the road has been excellent and the wins in Newry and Navan have kept them just about the danger zone.

In the manager's defence they have been very unlucky with injuries to experienced players and there is little doubt that the likes of Brian O’Driscoll, Ruairi Deane, James Loughrey and Aidan Walsh would add greatly to their options.

It’s not going to be easy in Hyde Park but if Mark White, who is a very competent goalkeeper and in prime position to stake a place for the championship, Mark Collins, Ian Maguire, Colm O’Neill and Kevin Crowley can deliver one more big game, the winning sequence away from home could continue.

County Senior Championship

 

Muskerry provide the opposition in Riverstown at 8pm and they should win with a bit to spare.

UCC will be expected to get the better of Carrigdhoun in Pairc Ui Rinn, CIT likewise should get over Carbery in Cloughduv, while Duhallow, now minus the Kanturk contingent, might struggle against Avondhu, all these games start at 7.45pm.

In football it’s down to the last four and these games are down for decision next Tuesday, when CIT play Beara, surprising but deserving winners over Avondhu, and it what should be a lively contest when Duhallow face UCC, venues for both games will be confirmed later in the week.

Camogie and Ladies Football

 

In camogie, in the Littlewoods Division 2 League, Cork will be expected to maintain their winning run when they travel to play Down on Sunday, while in the All-Ireland Minor Championship Galway are the visitors to Castle Road on Saturday at 2pm where a win will guarantee a place in the last four.

Nemo Rangers

 

It’s been an exciting few months for them and as Larry Kavanagh said after the match: “We will dust ourselves down and go again.”

But that will not include Larry as he steps down from that role, and on my own behalf and others, I must thank him for his courtesy and co-operation at times throughout a long campaign.

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