ONLY Mitchelstown and Millstreet are guaranteed quarter-final places in the Bon Secours county intermediate A football championship ahead of tomorrow’s concluding group games.
They are likely to be joined by other section leaders Rockchapel and Kilshannig with a number of make-or-break ties determining those sides progressing as runners-up in the four groups.
Cork forward Cathail O’Mahony is spear-heading Mitchelstown’s march from Group 3 with 2-9 to his name while Sean O’Sullivan scored three goals in the wins over Glanworth and Adrigole.
The north Cork town, who are the biggest scorers in the championship with 6-26, will expect to leave Mayfield rooted to the bottom but it’s all to play for in the other game between Glanworth and Adrigole.
The pair are on two points each with the Avondhu club having a seven point advantage in scoring difference, so a draw will suffice for Glanworth.
Millstreet are similarly well-placed to record a third straight win, when they meet Glenville, who prop up the Group 1 table.
Mark Ellis, Shane Hickey and Neil Flahive, who is top scorer with 1-10, are key figures in the Duhallow club’s bid to continue their winning ways.
The other game in the section is a winner-take-all affair between St Finbarr’s second string and Ballinora.
Darragh Holmes, Neil Lordan and Alan O’Shea will lead Ballinora’s challenge, which is made more difficult by their opponents having a superior scoring difference of nine.
Veteran Robert O’Mahony, Eoghan Finn and Cian Madden were central to the Barrs victory over Glenville last time out.
Group 2 is dominated by Duhallow clubs, Rockchapel, Dromtarriffe and Ballydesmond with Kinsale completing the quartet.
And it’s shaping up to be the most intriguing though the Rock are likely to add to Ballydesmond’s woes at the wrong of the table, particularly if in-form Jack Curtin adds to his 2-8 to-date.
They are level on three points with Dromtarriffe with Kinsale on two points and this pair collide, meaning the seasiders must win to reach the knock-out phase.
In Group 4, Kilshannig, who are on four points, meet Kildorrery, who are on two points, the same as Aghabullogue, who play Glanmire.
Only two points separate Kildorrery and Aghabullogue in scoring difference and the Coachford club appear to have every chance of making the quarter-finals.
TOMORROW: IAFC Group 1: Millstreet v Glenville, Donoughmore; St Finbarr’s v Ballinora, Ballincollig.
Group 2: Rockchapel v Ballydesmond, Kiskeam; Dromtarriffe v Kinsale, Kilmurry.
Group 3: Mitchelstown v Mayfield, Fermoy; Glanworth v Adrigole, Ovens.
Group 4: Aghabullogue v Glanmire, Blarney; Kildorrery v Kilshannig, Mallow. All 6pm.