PIFC: Kanturk hoping to balance dual commitments in Aghada clash

PIFC: Kanturk hoping to balance dual commitments in Aghada clash

Richard Dineen, St Michael’s blocking the path of Ian Walsh, Kanturk, in last season's PIFC semi-final replay. Picture: Dan Linehan

KANTURK have grown a liking for playing championship week in, week out.

Whether it’s football or hurling, it doesn’t matter, the same players basically rock up and get the job done.

Tomorrow, it’s football, a quarter-final engagement with Aghada in the Bon Secours Premier Intermediate Championship at Ovens at 2pm.

The other tie involves Nemo Rangers and Knocknagree in Donoughmore at the same time.

The relegation play-off is between Na Piarsaigh and Gabriel Rangers in Ballinacarriga, also at 2pm.

Kanturk are a powerful side as they showed in their 4-14 to 0-16 win over Gabriel Rangers in their concluding Group 3 game.

The Duhallow club had nine scorers, led by Kyrle Holland’s 2-7, with a team featuring a strong spine in full-back Daren Browne, centre-back Aidan Walsh, midfielder Paul Walsh and centre-forward Lorcán McLoughlin.

It was a successful finale to a group in which they handed Nemo Rangers a goal-rush at the start and couldn’t reel them in, but included a priceless win over Macroom.

Kanturk were joint third in the scoring stakes with 5-42, the same as Newmarket’s 7-36.

Aghada qualified from Group 1, containing Newmarket, who advanced to the semi-finals after winning all three games, Castletownbere and Na Piarsaigh.

The east Cork club needed to overcome the city side in their last game and duly achieved their aim with a 1-15 to 2-7 victory.

Aghada sprinted out of the blocks, kicking seven points without reply and while Na Piarsaigh fought back, a goal mid-way through the second-half from Kevin O’Hanlon proved decisive.

Aghada have a nice blend of youth in centre-back Diarmaid Phelan and midfielder Pearse O’Neill, the Cork 2010 All-Ireland winner.

Cill na Martra, the warm favourites to lift the cup, await the winners in the semi-final.

There’s a fascinating game in store between Nemo’s second string and chastened Knocknagree, who shipped seven goals to Cill na Martra last time out.

Nemo were the second-highest scorers in qualifying with 12 goals and 30 points, just squeezed out by the Gaeltacht club on 11-36.

Jack Coogan, Nemo Rangers blasts in a goal against Macroom. Picture Larry Cummins. 
Jack Coogan, Nemo Rangers blasts in a goal against Macroom. Picture Larry Cummins. 

The goals were spread wide, from Luke Horgan’s three to brothers Ronan and Ciaran Dalton netting twice apiece though Ronan has since played senior.

This game, though, will say more about Knocknagree, whose shock 7-11 to 0-13 defeat to Cill na Martra was the stand-out result across the boards.

They’ve half-a-dozen players featuring prominently with Duhallow, ranging from keeper Patrick Doyle to Daniel O’Mahony, Eoghan McSweeney and Fintan O’Connor.

Injuries, though, have impacted and John Fintan Daly’s presence in the full-forward line is doubtful, for one.

Knocknagree struggled defensively, when Cill na Martra ran at them and that has also been a feature of Nemo’s approach.

It’s going to be very interesting with Newmarket keeping tabs on things, as well.

Na Piarsaigh hope their greater experience will tell in the dreaded relegation decider against Gabriel Rangers, last season’s beaten county junior finalists.

Neither won a game in the group stage and their scoring difference was similar.

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