THREE teams from Avondhu, a couple more Duhallow and Muskerry clubs, and Kinsale from the south-east make up the last eight in the Bon Secours county intermediate A football championship at the weekend.
The popular wisdom is that Kilshannig and Mitchelstown will emerge from the quarter-finals and semis to contest the final. Others, though, will have something to say about that and must be factored into the reckoning in what’s shaping up to be a fascinating conclusion, starting with the quarter-finals tomorrow, all at 4pm.
Here, it’s Kilshannig against Glanworth in Killavullen and Rockchapel against Ballinora in Mallow with the winners meeting in the semis.
On the other side of the draw it’s Mitchelstown taking on Kinsale in Carrigtwohill and Milstreet versus Aghabullogue in Ballyvourney and the winners clashing in the last four.
Kilshanning topped Group 4 with a maximum return from their three games, posting the second-highest return of 6-42, and Aghbullogue progressed on four points. The O’Hanlons, Killian and Eanna, and the Twomeys, Killian and Jack, along with Evan O’Sullivan should have too much for Glanworth.
Rockchapel emerged unbeaten from Group 2 with five points, one more than Kinsale. The Duhallow club would appear to carry too much power, know-how and experience in the shape of Seamus Hickey, Jack Curtin and James Forrest in the scoring department and Eamon and Daniel O’Callaghan in defence. Ballinora defeated St Finbarr’s second string 0-14 to 0-10 to secure their place with Darragh Hayes, Dara Corkery and Ben Ahern supplying the bulk of the scores.
It would come as a shock if it’s not Kilshannig against Rockchapel in the semis.
Mitchelstown have done all that’s been asked of them in winning all three games, scorching to 6-43 en route with rising Cork star Cathail O’Mahony scoring 2-15 and Sean O’Sullivan netting three times. The experienced Shane Beston marshals the defence from centre-back. Kinsale deserve a lot of credit from emerging in the group with three Duhallow clubs and they’ll take confidence from the 2-12 to 2-10 win over Dromtarriffe.
Millstreet were shocked by Glenville on the last occasion and there’s sure to be a response from Mark Ellis, Neil Flahive and Padraig Moynihan. Aghabullogue will look to Paul Ring, Mathew Bradley and Evan O’Sullivan.
Tonight, Glanmire meet Mayfield in the relegation play-off at Na Piarsaigh at 7.30pm.