IF you have a spare half hour then get out your calculator and slide rule as you might need them to figure out some of the possibilities in tonight’s minor football championship ties.
Starting at Premier 1 level Ballincollig make the trip to Douglas again, as they did last week in the hurling, with places in the semi-finals at stake.
Last week the Village were favourites in the hurling and duly won, but now they face another tough encounter tonight.
The other game in this group sees Glanmire at home to Nemo Rangers.
So the two simplest scenario is that wins for Douglas and Nemo would see the former and Ballincollig go through.
The other simple scenario is a Glanmire win and a Ballincollig win and that would see these two going through.
Those results are very possible, but any other combination and it gets more and more difficult to figure it out. For example, a Douglas and Glanmire win would see the two of them and Ballincollig all finish on four points.
It then comes down to scoring difference and at present Ballincollig are well ahead so should be safe and it would be a shoot-out between the other two.
However, if Nemo win and Ballincollig win then the Trabeg side would be in with a chance of qualifying, but would need to win by a big score. Again not impossible so it’s only when the two games are over that the two to qualify will be known in a true group of death.
At least in the other group, it’s simple, both Ibane Gaels and Inniscarra are already through, with the winners of their clash tonight topping the group.
In Premier 2, Castlehaven and Carbery Rangers are both through, but their clash tonight will decide the table-toppers, who most likely would then have home advantage in the semi-final.
In the other group the Barrs look fairly safe, but depending on results could be joined by any of Kanturk, Michael’s or Carrigaline.
In the Mid Region, Ballinora and Ballygarvan are safely through, with both sides on 10 points at present.
In the North Region Division Two is well worth keeping an eye on. Group one sees all sides on two points going into the final round of games, so it’s a winner takes all outcome here. Group two sees Newmarket and Liscarroll/Churchtown Gaels already through, with the winners of their clash tonight deciding who tops the group.
Division Three of the North Region sees St Peters, St Dominics, Kildorrery and Croke Rovers all still in with a chance of qualifying.
In the East Region, Erin's Own and Cobh will take two of the slots in the semis in Division One, with Aghada and either Youghal or Midleton joining them.
Games at 7pm unless stated
Premier 1 Group 1: Gabriel Rangers v Beara; Ibane Gaels v Inniscarra. Group 2: Douglas v Ballincollig; Glanmire Nemo Rangers.
Premier 2 Group 1: Bandon v Valley Rovers; Carbery Rangers v Castlehaven. Group 2: Carrigaline v Kanturk; St Michael’s v St Finbarr’s.
Mid Region Division 1: Ballygarvan v Ballinora; Canovee v St Nicholas.
Mid Region Division 2: Donoughmore v Kilmurry; Grenagh v Blarney; Ballinhassig v Sliabh Rua; Kinsale v Diarmuid Ó Murchu.
Mid Region Division 3: Cill na Martra v Courcey Rovers; Tracton v Lisgoold.
North Region Division 1: BK Plunketts v Kilshannig; Mallow v Duarigle Gaels; Clyda Rovers v Fermoy.
North Region Division 2: Ballycastle Gaels v Kilara Óg; Mitchelstown v Killavullen; Liscarroll/Churchtown Gaels v Newmarket; St Kevins v Charleville.
North Region Division 3: Kildorrery v Dromtarriffe; Sliabh Luachra Gaels v Croke Rovers; St Dominics v St Peters.
East Region Division 1: Passage v Cobh; Aghada v Kiltha Óg; Midleton v Youghal, all 6.30pm.
East Region Division 2: Mayfield v St Catherines; St Vincent’s v Whitechurch; Glenville v Killeagh/Ita’s; St Colmcille’s v Carrigtwohill, all 6.30pm.
West Region Division 1: Newcestown v Sam Maguires; Owen Gaels v St Olans, all 6.45pm.
West Region Division 2: Caha Óg v Bantry Blues; Castletownbere v St Colums; Ilen Rovers v Clondrohid, Macroom v O’Donovan Rossa; Western Gaels v Kilgbrittain, all 6.45pm.
West Region Division 3: Dunmanus Rovers v Tadhg MacCarthaigh; Urhan v Clann na nGael; Kilmacabea v Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh, Kilmeen v Ahan Gaels, all 6.45pm.