Carrigaline and Our Lady’s can keep hopes of quarter-final spot alive

WITH Thurles CBS safely through to the knockout stages of the Harty Cup after Christmas, the battle is on for the second spot in Section C.

Three schools, Ballingarry, Carrigaline CS and Our Lady’s, are still in contention, and the picture should become clearer after tomorrow’s games.

* Carrigaline CS v St. Caimins, Dromcollogher, 2 p.m.

THE Cork school have to win this game to stay in contention. The bulk of their team featured on the local club’s minor side which lost the county final last Sunday..

Caimins are pointless after two games and are unlikely to cause an upset, but Carrigaline, even with Steve Corcoran in scoring form, shouldn’t take anything for granted.

Verdict: Carrigaline.

* Our Lady’s v Ballingarry, Littleton, 2 p.m.

THIS all-Tipperary clash should be a cracking affair, spiced up by the fact that victory is vital to both sides. Ballingarry’s 2-13 to 0-5 defeat by Thurles CBS last time out was not a true reflection of how well they played.

The fact that Our Lady’s only failed to Thurles by two points suggests they should win this game comfortably, but they’ll earn their scores off the Ballingarry defence in which goalkeeper Mathew O’Donnell, Michael Fogarty and Tom McGrath are the key players.

Verdict: Our Lady’s.

* St. Flannan’s v Cashel CS, Caherconlish, 2 p.m.

FLANNAN’S need a point to be certain of making the knockout stages, and should have little difficulty in getting it. However the defending champions haven’t been firing on all cylinders this season and will have to tread warily against a side with nothing to lose.

Verdict: St. Flannan’s.

* St. Colman’s v Glanmire CS, Ballynoe, 2 p.m.

LIKE Flannan’s, St Colman’s also need just a point to reach the last eight. However, with a game in hand, they will want to finish top of the group, thereby ensuring a runners-up team in the quarter-finals.

Glanmire made it difficult enough for Flannan’s in their previous outing, with John Halbert and Brian McHugh and Ronan O’Connor very prominent. Colman’s ace forward Adrian Mannix is still carrying an injury although he made a substitute appearance with Kilworth in the county junior final on Saturday night.

If he were to miss tomorrow’s game it would shorten Glanmire’s odds considerably, but Colman’s experience should see them pull through.

Verdict: St. Colman’s.

* Waterford Colleges v CC Rí, Ardmore, 2 p.m.

WATERFORD COLLEGES need a point to be certain of reaching the last eight but will be anxious to top their group, and the Capwell school are unlikely to deny them.

The Waterford side have had two excellent wins over DLS Waterford and Rathluirc CBS and should continue on their winning way.

Verdict: Waterford Colleges

* Rathluirc CBS v CSN, Buttevant, 2 p.m.

A DRAW will move the Charleville school into the last eight. CSN, who are pointless, are unlikely to pose too many problems for Rathluirc, who have recovered well from their surprise defeat at the hands of Waterford Colleges.

However they made hard work of defeating DLS Waterford last time out and will need to be a bit more convincing, particularly in defence which has leaked five goals so far in the championship.

CSN, who have failed to reach the concluding stages of the football championship after last year’s thrilling success, can be expected to put up strong resistence. They are still in with an outside chance of qualification, but must win their remaining three games and then hope other results go their way. A win tomorrow would be a step in the right direction.

Verdict: Rathluirc CBS

* THERE are two interesting finals this week. Today, at Abbeyfeale, Hamilton HS Bandon take on ISK in the Corn na Banndan Cup final (U14 “B” FC) and there is every chance of a Cork victory here as the Killorglin school appear to be going through a very lean period at present.

At Fitzgerald Stadium tomorrow, Coláiste na Sceilge and Tralee CBS clash in the Moran Cup final that has a 1.30pm throw-in.

With their seniors gone out of the championship, expect Na Sceilge to make a bold bid for the spoils, but the Green appear to be on their way back to the glory days and a win would set up their seniors nicely in Corn Uí Mhuirí.

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