Corn Uí Mhuirí preview: Cork schools look to secure quarter-final berths

Corn Uí Mhuirí preview: Cork schools look to secure quarter-final berths
Fionn Sheehan, St Francis College, Rochestown in action against Skibbereen defender Conor O'Neill. Picture: Larry Cummins

THE remaining teams to make up the quarter-final list in the Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster Post-Primary Schools Senior Football Championship) will be known on Wednesday afternoon with the concluding group games.

Group A is already decided with Cork schools, Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, and Hamilton High School, Bandon, advancing at the expense of Kerry rivals, the holders Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne, and Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee.

It makes their game in Newcestown (1.30) a group decider which has benefits for the winners as they will avoid some of Kerry's big hitters, when the quarter-final draw is made next month.

A number of victorious Cork All-Ireland minor winners will be on opposite sides, Hugh Murphy (Éire Óg) and Neil Lordan (Ballinora), for the Ballincollig school and Adam Walsh-Murphy (Valley Rovers) for the Hammies.

Group B is finely poised even if Pobalscoil Rathmore are already through, following wins over Clonakilty Community College and High School, Clonmel.

De La Salle, Macroom, complete the section, which has the Kerry school leading with four points, followed by Clon on two and one apiece for De La Salle and High School.

Clon and High School clash in Mallow (1.30) in a winner-take-all though a draw should suit the west Cork school with De La Salle facing a tough task against Rathmore in Ballyvourney at the same time.

Clon had three players, Daniel Peet (Clonakilty), Jack Lawton (Argideen Rangers) and Ryan O'Donovan (Barryroe), with the Cork minors and the school reached the semi-finals last season.

They bounced back from losing to Rathmore by 1-14 to 0-9 by edging Macroom by 1-14 to 2-8. Macroom and Clonmel finished 1-8 apiece.

Group C has been won by St Francis College, Rochestown, so the game between Skibbereen Community School and St Flannan's in Millstreet is a decider.

Skib lost to Roco by 17 points, the Ennis school by four, so the onus is on the west Cork school to win. Any other result and St Flannan's progress.

Coláiste Chríost Rí finish Group D looking for the first win. They meet Intermediate School, Killorglin.

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