Muskerry Ju­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship reaches quar­ter-fi­nals

The Corkman - - SPORT -

THERE was some progress to­wards the con­clud­ing stages of the Ballincol­lig Credit Union Ju­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship in re­cent days with the two sec­ond chance en­coun­ters get­ting re­sults.

Last sea­son’s fi­nal­ists, Kilmichael, bowed out of the cham­pi­onship race when they had to give best to In­nis­carra at Clough­duv. It was a good re­sult for the lat­ter who lined out with­out the ser­vices of four play­ers who had been prom­i­nent in their two first round en­coun­ters with Blarney. There was no doubt­ing their su­pe­ri­or­ity over Kilmichael, how­ever, as the two ex­pe­ri­enced mem­bers on their team, Ger Burke and Liam Ryan, were for­mi­da­ble fig­ures. Kilmichael did man­age a last ditch ef­fort to avoid de­feat when a goal and a point dur­ing the time added on pe­riod re­duced the ar­rears to a min­i­mum but In­nis­carra were not to be de­nied.

The other team to avail of the sec­ond chance were Eire Og who man­aged to fin­ish a goal ahead of Gleann Na Laoi at Ballincol­lig.

Fol­low­ing those hurl­ing re­sults the Muskerry board went ahead with the draw for the re­main­ing rounds of the cham­pi­onship:

The ex­cite­ment in Muskerry this week­end will be in football with the post­poned en­counter be­tween last year’s ju­nior cham­pi­onship fi­nal­ists, Kil­murry and Aghi­nagh, ar­ranged for Mac­room. The re­ar­rang­ing of this fix­ture means that it will clash with another game in the di­vi­sion’s top football cham­pi­onship. The lat­ter game is ar­ranged for Clough­duv where Ballincol­lig and Clon­dro­hid will be in ac­tion.

It is un­for­tu­nate that these two at­trac­tive football games are clash­ing but the suit­abil­ity of the con­tes­tants is taken into ac­count. The Ballincol­lig and Clon­dro­hid con­test in­volves two teams who availed ef­fec­tively of the sec­ond chance sys­tem and they are both ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing en­ter­tain­ing fare. Ballincol­lig lost nar­rowly to In­nis­carra in their first round out­ing but they sub­se­quently over­came Cill Na Mar­tra com­fort­ably. Clon­dro­hid were well beaten by Kil­murry in their first out­ing but they dis­played sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in their next en­gage­ment. Clon­dro­hid were vic­to­ri­ous over Donough­more and they will make a good bid for vic­tory on Fri­day.

Ballincol­lig have an ex­cel­lent goal­keeper in Ciaran Noo­nan and oth­ers in their line-up who should make their pres­ence felt on Fri­day are John O’Brien, Sean Lucey, Bryan Kelly, Peter O’Neill and the Cough­lan broth­ers, Ian and Stephen. Clon­dro­hid have good foot­ballers in their line-up and Trevor O’Brien, Jeremy O’Sul­li­van, Fer­gal Kelle­her, Paddy Lynch and Dar­ren Di­neen should be to the fore­front of their ef­fort at ad­vanc­ing in the cham­pi­onship.

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