THERE are 12 Cork County IHC games on the agenda over the coming days and, similar to the other grades, first-round losers have to make amends this time.
Nearly all the games are scheduled for Sunday and of the best games could be the clash of Mayfield and Dungourney at Lisgoold.
Dungourney won their opening game, but it was a loss for the city side against Kildorrery. Nicky Kelly is still a doubt for Mayfield because of injury and his absence would be felt deeply again. Ryan Denny and Niall Motherway are key figures for the East Cork team.
Kildorrery will be fancied against Argideen in their clash at Donoughmore and Peter O’Brien is their key man again.
Sars and Meelin meet at Glantane. Losers first time out must both need a result this time. Sars will be favourites.
Éire Óg take on Douglas at Ballincollig and the winner here will make the knockout stages after they both won last weekend.
Douglas will look to Conor Russell and Diarmuid O’Mahony, but this won’t be easy after Éire Óg overcame Sars.
Kevin Hallissey, Daniel Goulding, John Cooper, and Ciaran Sheehan might force the issue for Éire Óg.
Aghabullogue and Glen Rovers meet up in Blarney with Aghabullogue the slight favourites. Sean Tarrant and Matt Bradley will lead their charge.
Castlemartyr had a fine win over the Barrs and their clash with Milford at Mourneabbey might decide the top spot.
Kilbrittain and Russell Rovers should be interesting too at Carrigaline, the latter depending a lot on Josh Beausang and Bud Hartnett.
Tracton and Dripsey meet up in Passage while Barryroe face Ballygarvan at Ballinspittle.
Barryroe drew with Kilbrittain last weekend while it was a similar story for Ballygarvan in their game with Russell Rovers.
Cloughduv lost their opener to Aghabullogue and they’ll be hoping that players like Brian Verling, Eoghan Clifford and Aidan Murphy are in form. Their clash with Midleton is a must-win game for them and the East Cork side opened their campaign with a fine win over the Glen.
Aaron Mulcahy put 12 points on the board in that game and there’s a good feeling about this Midleton team.
The clash of the Barrs second team against Ballymartle’s second team is another game that is of crucial importance.
Both lost their opening games, the Barrs to Castlemartyr and Ballymartle to Milford. A defeat for either here and it will spell the end of the campaign.
The Barrs started very poorly against Castlemartyr but recovered thereafter and lost by only a goal at the end.
The belief is that they will be too strong here with Bill O’Connell in fine form right now.