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Relatively quiet GAA weekend ahead

Wednesday, 11th July, 2018 4:54pm

With the intercounty activity parked for a couple of weeks at least, there is a limited programme of games in the County Championship, and for the participating teams they are must win matches.

Senior Football

Clyda Rovers suffered a very heavy defeat to Nemo Rangers in the first round and will need a big improvement if they are to extend their season.

Aghada, indeed a bit like most Clyda teams, are renowned championship battlers and were somewhat unlucky first time losing - by just two points to O’Donovan Rossa with injuries ruling a few players out of the equation.

Of course, given that both games were so long ago, how the gap has been managed between these matches could be crucial.

Pearse O’Neill remains a key player for Aghada, while his former intercounty colleagues Ray Carey and Paudie Kissane will drive the Clyda challenge.

It’s a hard game to call and should produce a lively and intense contest with a slight fancy for Aghada to edge it.

Intermediate Championships

In hurling, there's a meeting between the second teams of both Inniscarra and Douglas and the latter, with a host of promising underage players of recent years available, should be too strong as Inniscarra have been finding the going tough at this level.

Ballygarvan and Kilbrittain is another tie where it is not easy to predict a winner, but the latter have battled hard in this grade, which might get them over the line.

Similarly the meeting of Ballincollig and Milford is one where both could do with winning for a timely boost. Eoin Dillon is a big player for the North Cork outfit who look better balanced and that looks good enough for them to advance to Round 3.

Camogie and Ladies Football

Two more away trips for the Cork teams in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Championship, as both look to maintain their unbeaten run.

The seniors travel to Trim for a clash with Meath, and given that the latter are in their first year at this level, anything other than a Cork win would constitute a huge surprise.

Cork are moving well and are in the process of racking up big scores and should do so again especially if Orla Cotter, Ashling Thompson, the Mackey sisters, Catriona and Pamela, along with Laura Treacy maintain their current form.

Newry is the venue for the Intermediate meeting with Down, and it’s a second trip north in as many weeks for Cork, who battled back last week to secure a draw with Derry.

If Cork can avoid defeat, they should secure a place in the knockout phase of the championship, and once again, they will look to Lauren Callanan, Niamh Ni Chaoimh, Sarah Harrington and Catriona Collins to ensure such is the case.

Both games are on Saturday with 5pm starts.

The big game in Ladies Football is the All-Ireland Minor Final in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday at 3pm with Cork, under the guidance of John Cleary, chasing a fourth successive title. Galway are the opposition and it’s hard to see them denying a highly-rated Cork side another title.

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