REIGNING county champions Glen Rovers will have to defeat great city rivals St Finbarr’s to stay in the chase for a third Cork County SHC title in a row.
The 2015 and 2016 champions lost to fierce rivals Sarsfields in yesterday’s second round and that defeat was their first championship loss since they lost the opener to Ballymartle at the beginning of the 2015 campaign. An early red card for Donal Cronin didn't help their cause, with former Cork minor Jack O'Connor striking the key goal for Sars.
All the losers from the first round and the preliminary round games are in a similar situation to the Glen and their next assignment is a must win situation.
Killeagh, as a result of their loss to Erin's Own last night, will play Douglas while Newtownshandrum, losers to Na Piarsaigh yesterday, face Youghal while Ballyhea, beaten by Newcestown yesterday, have a losers round game against Bishopstown.
In the final losers group games, Carrigtwohill, beaten by Midleton yesterday, have Bandon for company as they will try to extend their season while Avondhu will take on Bride Rovers.
Cork panellist Robbie O’Flynn secured five points for Erins Own in their win over Killeagh and that provides East Cork patrons with a potentially intriguing tie with Midleton in Round 2A.
Conor Lehane and Luke O’Farrell posted the all important scores for Midleton in their victory over Carrigtwohill.
Sars, delighted with their first win over the Glen since 2014, will play Duhallow next while Blackrock will come up against Ballymartle.
Newcomers Newcestown, after their replay win over Ballyhea, will be in Round 2A action against CIT while Na Piarsaigh will face Carbery.
In the remaining 2A game, Imokilly will play UCC.