Kanturk and Mallow battle for senior status
Cork PIHC final Kanturk v Mallow, Páirc Uí Rinn (C Mcallister, Aghada), 7.30pm.
Kanturk are blessed with a fine spread of inter-county talent; there’s Anthony Nash between the sticks, Darren Browne at half-back, Lorcán Mcloughlin at midfield and full-forward Aidan Walsh. Centre-forward Cormac Murphy has been outstanding for Mallow but can’t be expected to haul them up to senior level on his own. Kanturk had nine scorers during their semi-final win over Ballinhassig, whereas Mallow’s scoring threat is largely confined to Murphy, Aaron Sheehan, and Sean Hayes. Mallow last won this title back in ‘72, Kanturk are chasing a historic first.
Cork IHC semi-finals. Mayfield v Aghada, Páirc Uí Rinn (K Healy, Ballymartle), 5.45pm. Mayfield, led by David O’neill and Nicky Kelly, are bidding to reach the intermediate decider 12 months after claiming the junior crown. What could come against them is that they haven’t been subjected to rigorous examination en-route to the semis. Aghada fell at this hurdle in 2014, ‘15 and ‘16.
Ballincollig v Éire Óg, Coachford (G Scully, Killeagh), 4pm.
Éire Óg surprised many with their comprehensive quarter-final win over Sars. Kevin Hallissey has amassed 0-18 in their last two games so if Ballincollig can stifle him, it will go a considerable distance to advancing the club to a first intermediate final since 1999.
Cork JAFC semi-final: Uibh Laoire v Knocknagree, Millstreet (J O’leary, Mallow), 4pm.
Uibh Laoire are chasing a second final appearance in three years, Knocknagree haven’t been seen in the junior decider since 1991. The latter will need Anthony O’connor - the contributor of 1-8 during their quarter-final win over Buttevant - on form if that 26-year gap is to be bridged.
JAHC quarter-final: Ballyhooly v Nemo Rangers, Rathcormac (M Murphy, Bride Rovers), 4.30pm.
Cork IFC relegation playoff round 2 Carrigaline v Kinsale, Brinny, 5pm.
Kinsale may have lost their first relegation game to Youghal but those sixty minutes could stand to them as Carrigaline haven’t kicked ball since May 28.
Kerry SFC semi-finals.
Kerins O’rahilly’s v South Kerry, Fitzgerald Stadium (E Walsh), 3pm. Killian Young is again absent for South Kerry, Bryan Sheehan is rated 50/50. The latter hobbled off during the first-half of their quarter-final win over Rathmore. The teams have met four times in the past five years. It’s currently two wins apiece, although Kerins O’rahilly’s did win the first round meeting between the pair earlier this year (2-16 to 2-12). The Morgan Nix and Mike Quirke managed outfit need a win here to avoid a relegation fixture against Kilcummin. Should South Kerry do the business, it would rubberstamp Crokes as Kerry’s Munster club representatives.
Verdict: Kerins O’rahilly’s.
Dr Crokes v West Kerry, Fitzgerald Stadium (B Griffin), 4.45pm.
These two clashed in the first round last year. It finished 5-19 to 1-9 in favour of Crokes. Fair enough, West Kerry were without Marc Ó Sé, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, and Alan Fitzgerald that evening, but there was nothing contained within that limp and lifeless performance to suggest they were capable of reaching the penultimate round 17 months later. Goalkeeper Tomás Mac an tsaoir, midfielder Roibeard Ó Sé, and forwards Tómas Ó Sé and Eanna Ó Conchúir were prominent members of Kerry’s all-conquering junior class this summer. They’ve taken down Stacks and Legion on the road to Fitzgerald Stadium but Crokes are a different class.
Verdict: Dr Crokes
Cork SHC semi-finals.
Na Piarsaigh v Blackrock, Páirc Uí Chaoimh (J Larkin, Douglas), 2.15pm.
It is 14 years since Blackrock were present on the concluding afternoon of the Cork SHC. It is 13 years for Na Piarsaigh. They last met in the championship in 2014, with the Rockies scoring a 3-14 to 1-16 first round win. Na Piarsaigh’s half-back line of Cian Buckley, Christopher Joyce and Anthony Dennehy, arguably, is their more important line. Further forward, Pádraig Guest and Dayne Lee have been in fine fettle. Alan O’callaghan and Michael O’halloran are key figures on the Rockies team.
Verdict: Na Piarsaigh.
Sarsfields v Imokilly, Páirc Uí Chaoimh (N Wall, Carrigaline), 4pm.
Sars, the most consistent club team of the decade, are bidding to make an eighth final in 10 years. The two games against UCC will have sharpened them no end, but the replay win did come with an exclamation mark as the college were without Jamie Barron and Conor Gleeson. Imokilly left Erin’s Own in both the quarter-final drawn and replayed games. They need to be more clinical. They also need to be tighter at the back having conceded 10 goals in their last three games.
Cork PIHC relegation play-off: Inniscarra v Watergrasshill, Blarney (C Dineen, Douglas), 12pm.
Inniscarra missed Cork U21 Sean O’donoghue when exiting the championship. He could be the difference here.
Cork IHC relegation play-off replay: Ballygarvan v Dripsey, Ballincollig (D Daly, Brian Dillons), 2pm. Ballygarvan to get the job done at the second time of asking.
Kerry SHC final: Lixnaw v Ballyduff, Austin Stack Park (J Murphy), 3pm. Ballyduff have worked their way out of sticky situations in both their quarter and semi-final ties. Hand Lixnaw a lead, as they did with both Causeway and Kilmoyley, and there’ll be no third revival. Lixnaw have never beaten Ballyduff in a county final. They’ll need commanding performances from John Buckley, Darragh Shanahan, Maurice Corridan and James Flaherty if they’re to correct that record.
Words: Eoghan Cormican