Kan­turk and Mal­low bat­tle for se­nior sta­tus

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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.

Ver­dict: Kan­turk.

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.

Ver­dict: May­field.

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.

Ver­dict: Ballincol­lig.

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.

Ver­dict: Knock­na­gree.

JAHC quar­ter-fi­nal: Bal­ly­hooly v Nemo Rangers, Rath­cor­mac (M Mur­phy, Bride Rovers), 4.30pm.

Ver­dict: Bal­ly­hooly.

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.

Ver­dict: Kin­sale.

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.

Ver­dict: Imokilly.

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.

Ver­dict: In­nis­carra

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.

Ver­dict: Bal­ly­gar­van

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.

Ver­dict: Bal­ly­duff

Words: Eoghan Cormi­can

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