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Club football games pick of the bunch

Friday, 9th August, 2013 1:00am

Senior Football ChampionshipCarbery v Ballincollig Friday in Cloughduv @ 7.30pmBallincollig are seriously depleted with injuries and players gone away for the summer, but should be able to call on Paddy Kelly. Even his presence, and how Cork missed him, will not make their task any easier.Limited or indeed very little preparation will hamper the divisional side but with players like Graham Canty, Mark Sugrue, the O'Driscoll brothers, Alan O'Connor and Owen Sexton available, it's hard to see them losing.Dohenys v Douglas Friday in Macroom @ 7.30pmDohenys looked impressive in their win over St Nick's and also in their narrow loss to Bishopstown and should be in a confident mood for this encounter, their third against city opposition.Alan Sheehan is an effective operator and with a good supporting cast they are well capable of winning this clash.Eoin Cadogan will hope to put his injury woes behind him and get his season back on track along with his brother Alan, David Hanrahan and Mark Harrington.Close one to call but a nod to Douglas.Ilen Rovers v Aghada Saturday in Ballygarvan @ 6pmYet another West Cork side who have a good record in this championship, actually made a final but like so many lost to Nemo Rangers, and will start this game as favourites.Pearse O'Neill is a vital player for Aghada along with Kieran O'Connor and Cian Fleming.Ilen look a bit better balanced especially in attack with Kevin O'Sullivan and Dan MacEoin good operators, and should point their side to victory.Castlehaven v Newcestown Saturday in Castletownkenneigh @ 7pmPossibly the game of the round between two sides that usually produce   feisty encounters such is their intense rivalry.Quality players on both teams; the Keane's, Hugh Curran, Sean Ryan and Tadgh Twomey for Newcestown, Mark Collins, Damien Cahalane, Brian Hurley and Shane Nolan for the champions who looked like champions in their replay demolition of Nemo.On that evidence it will take an exceptional team to stop them and it won't happen in this round.Clonakilty v St Vincent's Saturday in Macroom @ 7pmWith their status secure for another year the 'Saint's can adopt a relaxed approach to this tie and that could make them dangerous opponents for their West Cork opponents.Clon will hope that Thomas Clancy has recovered from the injury that forced him off in Dublin last Saturday, but they should still have to much in hand for the North side of the city.O'Donovan Rossa v Nemo Rangers Saturday in Dunmanway @ 7pmAnother tasty tie in prospect here with a sprinkling of young talent on view as these teams have recent under 21 wins to bolster them, but Nemo's loss to Clonakilty a few weeks ago was a surprise.Donal Og Hodnett, Thomas Hegarty and Conor McCarthy will anchor the 'Rossa challenge which will be a vibrant one.Nemo may lack the swagger of old but they are still the team to beat, Paul Kerrigan, Luke Connolly, James Masters and Alan Cronin are four very effective forwards and if they click, the 'Rossa defence will really be tested, but might not hold that quartet, if they don't their ambitions will be over for another year, and Nemo will march on.ElsewhereCastlelyon's is the venue on Saturday night at 7.15pm for the senior hurling clash of Avondhu and Killeagh where the availability of a strong panel should give the Divisional side the edge.A real cracker in prospect in Premier Intermediate Hurling in Midleton on the same evening at 7.30pm where Youghal and Cloyne collide. Diarmuid O'Sullivan is doubtful for Cloyne and with Paudie also out, this tilts the balance in Youghal's favour.Caherlag at 7.30pm is the venue for the meeting of Na Piarsaigh and Glenville in Premier Intermediate Football, where the city side should have the edge.Daniel Goulding and Ciaran Sheehan along with Kevin Hallissey should ensure Eire Og advance in the Intermediate Football Championship when they meet Adrigole in Aughaville at 7.30pm on Friday night.Likewise the Cork Junior Football team should enjoy their trip to Manchester over the weekend for an expected win over Lancashire on Sunday at 1pm in the All-Ireland semi-final. The Cork senior Ladies Football team take the unfamiliar qualifier route in their bid for yet another All-Ireland title, when they head to Birr on Saturday at 6pm for a meeting with Armagh, a game in which they should win.  A big game in Camogie with the Under 16 'B' All-Ireland semi-final on Saturday in Urlingford at 2pm where Cork face Dublin.    

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