DENIS Ring and the management of the Cork U20 team will be keeping a very close eye on proceedings at Mallow on Saturday where Glen Rovers and Charleville collide in the third-round of the SHC.
Robert Downey and Simon Kennefick are two key members of the U20 squad that take on Tipperary in the All-Ireland final a week later and it will be imperative for Cork that they come through the senior game without any problems.
Another key member of the Cork set-up, Ger Millerick was due to line out with his club Fr O’Neill’s in the PIHC against Fermoy but that game was postponed.
The Douglas and Na Piarsaigh game in the U21 championship, scheduled for last night, was also postponed.
The Glen, who overcame Midleton in round one, will start as favourites against Charleville who secured a fine win in their opening game with Erin’s Own.
Star player Darragh Fitzgibbon will be available after recovering from a hand injury and they hope to cause another upset in a championship that threw up a few very unexpected results last weekend.
Former Cork star Ben O’Connor, who masterminded Charleville’s county and provincial successes last season and who has been mentioned as having a role in the new Cork set-up will relish this challenge against the 2015 and 2016 title winners.
The GAA/GPA Player of the month for July, Patrick Horgan will be the key figure again for the Glen.
Meanwhile, the Cork U20s have a clean bill of health before the showdown with Tipperary.
Meanwhile, the big football game in the county takes place on Saturday night in Skibbereen where Castlehaven take on Carbery Rangers. Cork stars, Mark Collins, Brian and Michael Hurley will be in action with the Haven who surprisingly lost their opener to newcomers Fermoy.
Carbery Rangers were involved in another West Cork derby in their first-round against Ilen Rovers, a game which they lost as well. Those results add to the intrigue of this game with the loser having their season of football terminated.