A WHOLE host of current and recent Cork senior and under-age footballers and hurlers decorate the county senior football championship quarter-final tie between Ballincollig and Douglas at Páirc Uí Rinn, tomorrow, at 3pm.
Ballincollig, the 2014 champions, can call on the likes of Pa Kelly, brothers Cian and Sean Kiely, Noel Galvin, Liam Jennings, Cian Dorgan, and Darren Murphy.
Douglas have Cork players scattered throughout their team, including Eoin Cadogan, Kevin Flahive, Nathan Walsh and Sean Wilson at the back, Brian Hartnett at midfield and Sean Powter, Shane Kingston and Conor Russell in attack.
“Obviously Pa Kelly is one of their main players. He ran the show against Kiskeam and everyone knows what a quality footballer he is,” said Douglas coach, Mick Evans.
His Ballincollig counterpart, Tom Dorgan, is mindful of the threat posed by the dual senior football and hurling club, who are the marginal 5/6 favourites to advance.
“They have a lot of inter-county experience, especially in defence, where they are very good and Douglas have the potential to hurt us up front, too. Hurling is gone now, so it’s all football out there. There are no weak teams left in the competition and both are there on merit.
“It’s all about winning your personal battle and the team aspect will look after the result,” Dorgan commented.
The winners take on either holders St Finbarr’s, or the most the successful club in the competition, Nemo Rangers, in the semi-final.
They meet this day week, also at Páirc Uí Rinn, part of a double-header involving another quarter-final between Duhallow, last year’s beaten finalists, and Clonakilty.
The quarter-finals start this afternoon with Ilen Rovers taking on Newcestown in Rosscarbery at 5pm. Duhallow are the fancied side against Clon and the bookies make Newcestown the 10/11 favourites against Ilen.