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Some interesting games down for decision

Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 5:00pm

Senior Football Championship

A derby of sorts in Glantane with Kiskeam facing Mallow with a lot at stake, in fact for the losers they will become the second club to exit the championship joining Aghada whose campaign ended last week.

Kiskeam’s league record is excellent, top of Division 2, but they were defeated by St Nick’s in the first round and it was a far more convincing win than the three point margin at the end.

Anthony Casey is a solid performer in goal and Sean O’Sullivan, Donal Lenihan, Sean Meehan and Gene Casey are effective performers and will be key players for the Duhallow side.

Mallow looked to be in control of their game with Valley Rovers but a flat second half left them rueing a lost opportunity, and this is a tricky encounter for them to overcome.

James Loughrey should start, he missed the first round, and with Cian O’Riordan, Ryan Harkin, Aaron Sheehan and Matthew Taylor, Mallow have a wealth of experience and that might be good enough to edge a tight contest.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Macroom is the venue for the clash of Bantry Blues and Na Piarsaigh, and these two sides have crossed swords on a regular basis in recent years.

Na Piarsaigh were somewhat unlucky to lose to Newmarket in the first round, losing out in extra-time, and if they can produce a consistent 60 minutes they will be hard to beat.

The city side had a win in hurling last week and that will help, but they will need to put the shackles on Ruairi Deane, because the Cork star could have a big influence on this game, contain Deane and Na Piarsaigh should win.

Intermediate Championship

Eire Og and Argideen Rangers meet in the hurling in Brinny, and unless the latter show huge improvement on the first round loss to Castlemartyr, they're in for a long afternoon. They also lost two players to straight red cards in that clash which will also limit their options.

Daniel Goulding and Kevin Hallissey remain key players for the Ovens-based outfit who look better equipped to win.

There is one game in football and Glenville will be firm favourites to see off the challenge of Glanworth.

 

Under 21 Hurling Championship

The opening games in this championship should provide some entertaining encounters and I am sure the Cork selectors will be keeping an eye on events with Wexford in the All-Ireland semi-final on the horizon.

Glen Rovers and Fr O’Neill’s meet in Midleton and the city side will look to the bulk of their county winning minor team of last year including Robert Downey, Simon Kennefick, Ruairi Byrne, along with Liam Coughlan and David Dunlea, but they face a tough task against the East Cork side that have Declan Dalton and Billy Dunne in their team.

Blackrock, with Michael O’Halloran and Liam O’Sullivan leading their challenge, should be too strong for St Colmans, while in the all South East encounter Ballymartle look good enough to see off neighbours Tracton.

Camogie and Ladies Football

Cork begin the group phase of the Ladies Football All-Ireland Championship with a trip to Birr on Saturday where Monaghan provide the opposition and the Ephie Fitzgerald managed side will be confident of making a winning start.

In camogie in Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday, Cork will conclude their group phase of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship, and having shown impressive form to date, they will be much too strong for Offaly and then can look forward to the semi-final in a couple of weeks time.

On the club scene the opening games in the SE Systems County Senior Championship gets underway on Friday night with the clash of Sarsfields and Mallow, Killeagh and Sarsfields meet on Monday while on Tuesday it’s Douglas vs Ballincollig, all in Castle Road at 7.30pm.

Colm O’Neill

Yet another link with the All-Ireland winning team of 2010 has been severed with Colm’s retirement, and giving what he has endured with injuries, it is fair to say it does not come as a surprise.

The 29 year old suffered three cruciate knee injuries but after each came back and gave his all for club and county.

Colm leaves the stage with a host of honours and equally with a host of wonderful memories that gladdened the heart of many a Cork supporter and broke the hearts of many an opponent.

A gentleman, on and off the field, the best of luck to a classy player.

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