EASILY the game of the round. Tralee have been putting this team together for a few years, having won U14 and U16 provincial titles and, more importantly, beating Críost Rí in those grades.
In their three games in the round-robin series, Tralee have scored 48 points, and there was no shortage of goals either - five in two games. They failed to register a major against Castletroy, who gave them most trouble.
Críost Rí could only finish runners-up in their group, losing by a point to St Brendan’s. Eric Hegarty, competing at this level for the third successive year, Shane McCarthy, Ian Madden, Brian Corry and Barry Newman should ensure Tralee don’t have matters all their own way.
However, the Kerry college look to hold all the aces in David Moran, Barry John Walsh, Gavin Duffy, Sean Brennan and Stephen Browne. An all-Kerry semi-final against St. Brendan’s is on the cards.
: Tralee CBS win.
LAST year’s beaten finalists St. Brendan’s will have to tread warily against a Flannan’s side that has amassed 10-20 in their three round-robin matches.
It’s a tribute to the flow of talent in the Sem that they have made it back to the knockout stages with just two of last year’s team which failed to CSN in the final after a replay.
Jamie Doolan, Sean Brosnan, Gavin Tucker and Shane Lynch will spearhead Brendan’s challenge which should be good enough, despite the best efforts of Con Cooney, Donagh Stack, Colm Madden and Declan Clancy to get Flannan’s into the semi-finals.
: St. Brendan’s win.
THE Mid Cork school will have David Gould back and he will further strengthen an already very good side. They have come through their group unbeaten while Dingle suffered a crushing defeat in their last group game at the hands of Limerick Colleges.
This is Macroom’s first time in 20 years competing at this level and they could well reach the final. Peter Lynch has been turning in some great displays at full-back, while outside him Donal Cotter has been equally impressive.
The towering figures of Mathew McDonagh and James Ambrose should give Macroom a grip at midfield and Dingle are likely to spend most of the game on the back foot.
: Macroom win.
HAVING got the fright of their lives last week, Colman’s are unlikely to make any mistakes in this quarter-final replay. They may well have under-estimated Nenagh who were within minutes of causing a huge upset until Adrian Mannix levelled it up.
However, if the Fermoy side are to advance to a semi-final against Flannan’s their forwards will have to deliver.
There is an over-reliance on Mannix for scores (he claimed 10 of his side’s 13 point in the drawn game).
Nenagh will again look for big games from David Gleeson, Ronan Sherlock and Paddy Murphy, but they may well have missed their chance.
: St. Colman’s win.