ST FINBARR’S were handed even more incentive going into their county senior football championship round 4 tie against CIT at Páirc Uí Rinn Tuesday evening, throw-in, 7.30pm.
That’s because the quarter-final draw has thrown up the possibility of a first-round re-match with the 2014 champions, Ballincollig, who inflicted a 13-point defeat on the Togher club in round 1 back in April.
The Barrs recovered from that 3-17 to 1-10 trouncing to overcome Newcestown and Bishopstown while the students shocked Douglas with a late 1-4 to win by a point.
Holders, Carbery Rangers, face a mouth-watering west Cork derby with Castlehaven, two clubs who received byes to the round of last-eight.
The winners here take on the outcome of the Ballincollig/’Barr’s/CIT games in the semi-finals.
On the other side of the draw, Valley Rovers, who’ve already accounted for Ballincollig, last season’s beaten finalists, and Avondhu, who reached the semis, take on Duhallow in a novel tie.
Favourites, Nemo Rangers, who top the betting at 2/1, face an intriguing game against UCC, who usually improve the longer they remain in the competition.
The quarter-final draw is: (A) Carbery Rangers v Castlehaven; (B) Ballincollig v St Finbarr’s or CIT: (C) Valley Rovers v Duhallow; (D) Nemo Rangers v UCC. Semi-finals: Winners A v winners B, winners C v winners D.