It’s a Cork and Kerry showdown by four on the club front this weekend

It’s a Cork and Kerry showdown by four on the club front this weekend
Russell Rovers' Eoin McGrath wins the ball from Carrig na bhFear's Dee O'Driscoll. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

IT’S Cork against Kerry on all fronts next weekend with four clubs from the Rebel county taking on opponents from across the county bounds in both codes in the Munster club championship arena.

Nemo Rangers host Austin Stacks in the SFC at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday, Éire Óg welcome Templenoe in the IFC, also on Sunday, while Kilshannig play Tralee outfit Na Gaeil in the junior football at Mallow on Saturday.

In the Munster club junior hurling, Russell Rovers travel in the opposite direction, taking on Kilgarvan at the Dr Crokes Complex in Killarney on Saturday.

Éire Óg’s game with the Kerry champions will be a red-letter occasion for the Mid Cork club when they house their first Munster club championship game at their superb complex in Ovens.

The Kerry champions club won out in the Kingdom and subsequently proved far too strong for St Saviours from Waterford in the opening game of the provincial championship last Sunday.

They will arrive in Ovens with a side that is powered by Kerry senior players, Adrian and Killian Spillane, Tadhg Morley and Gavin Crowley. They won the junior club championship in the province in 2015 and subsequently went on to win the All-Ireland. 

Éire Óg won the PIFC in Cork for the first time recently, defeating St Michael’s and they have former Cork stars, Daniel Goulding and the recently returned from Australia Ciarán Sheehan in their ranks.

St Michael's Tadhg Deasy and Éire Óg's Ronan O'Toole tussle for the ball. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
St Michael's Tadhg Deasy and Éire Óg's Ronan O'Toole tussle for the ball. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Current Cork player Ronan O’Toole will be a key figure too in a game that is sure to attract a huge audience to the Mid Cork venue but Colm O’Callaghan is an injury concern after missing the U21 loss to Ballincollig last weekend.

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