Du­con Cup reaches semi-fi­nal stage with pair of at­trac­tive fix­tures

The Corkman - - SPORT -

SEMI-FI­NALS of the Du­con Cup com­mand in­ter­est in two at­trac­tive tus­sles over the week­end.

Drom­tar­iffe and Knock­na­gree meet in an ap­peal­ing clash, lit­tle ex­pected to sep­a­rate the pair to the Cullen host­ing on Fri­day evening.

When the sides met in the open­ing game to the cam­paign in Fe­bru­ary, Drom­tar­iffe pulled off a dra­matic late vic­tory. Re­act­ing to a precarious sit­u­a­tion, Drom­tar­iffe found them­selves two points adrift deep into in­jury time only for Adam Buck­ley net the match­win­ner.

Drom­tar­iffe main­tained an un­beaten run up to the last game, with qual­i­fi­ca­tion guar­an­teed, a weak­ened side had no an­swer to the power of Bo­her­bue. Like­wise, a de­cent run by Knock­na­gree, just a pair of losses to Drom­tar­iffe and Bo­her­bue earned a com­fort­able po­si­tion to the knock­out phase.

Largely a sec­ond string out­fit, Knock­na­gree can op­er­ate with five play­ers of their in­ter­me­di­ate side, they are sure to raise their game to a new level for this ea­gerly awaited bat­tle yet Drom­tar­iffe are fan­cied to suc­ceed.

Bo­her­bue and Cullen come to­gether on a meet­ing at Knock­na­gree on Satur­day evening, as de­fend­ing hold­ers, Bo­her­bue are seek­ing a five in a row of ti­tles and cur­rent go­ing in­di­cates, they are a team in form.

Bo­her­bue en­coun­tered few prob­lems from Cullen in the pre­lim­i­nary stage, a re­sound­ing 2-16 to 0-6 win recorded. At their best, Bo­her­bue held con­trol all over the field, real pen­e­tra­tion in their game to shoot ex­cel­lent points be­fore a pair of late goals put the ic­ing on the cake.

Hardly sur­pris­ing, Bo­her­bue are un­beaten in do­mes­tic af­fairs, a win over se­nior side Kiskeam in the Duhal­low Cup sure to fur­ther boost con­fi­dence. Cullen are ca­pa­ble of rais­ing their per­for­mance for knock­out com­pe­ti­tion, il­lus­trated on a marked im­prove­ment dur­ing the sec­ond half to sweep past Castle­mag­ner in the open­ing round to the JAFC.

This con­test will surely be much more com­pet­i­tive than their last en­counter but by virtue of tak­ing a step closer to a fifth con­sec­u­tive ti­tles, Bo­her­bue wear the favourites hat to suc­ceed.

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