Colman’s expected to make their point

TOMORROW is make or break time for a number of colleges in the Dr. Harty Cup.

St. Colman’s need a point from their game with Thurles CBS in Clonmel to be sure of a place in the knockout stages, while the Tipperary school must win and hope Coláiste Chríost Rí can take at least a point from CSN in Church Road, Cork.

Colman’s had big wins over CSN and Críost Rí in the earlier rounds while Thurles did likewise to the Capwell college but failed to CSN by a point.

On that form, the Fermoy college would have to be fancied but, with so much at stake, expect a huge effort from Thurles to stay in the title race.

Críost Rí are playing for pride tomorrow but, after defeating Midleton CBS in the Cork Colleges semi-final last week, could put a dent in the Bishopstown school’s title ambitions.

Cashel need just a point against North Mon to top their group, but given the poor form of the Cork side in their previous games, the Tipp school should have little difficult in picking up full points.

With both sides on two points from two games, the meeting of Midleton CBS and Waterford Colleges in Copper Alley (Youghal) should be well worth a visit. Midleton were shocked by Críost Rí in the O’Callaghan Cup semi-final last week and cannot afford to take any chances with last year’s beaten finalists.

The East Cork school will be hoping that Paudie O’Sullivan has finally put the disappointment of Cloyne’s county SHC final defeat behind him and that Sean Hennessy and Colm Leahy hit top form.

In Section A, the meeting of Shannon Schools and St. Joseph’s (Borrisoleigh) is vital in that both schools meet to win to stay in touch with Our Ladys, Templemore who should pick up the points from their clash with Farranferris.

This is a five team group (the other three have four teams), and it may go down to the final round to decide who goes through with Our Ladys.

Shannon Schools have two points from two games, losing to Our Lady’s by a point. But they recovered well to beat Farranferris after falling seven points down early in that game.

Captain Damien Browne pulled his side together with an inspirational display at half forward and he could well be the key player again tomorrow.

The Saints field a very young team, but do have valuable experience in county minor goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and Brendan Maher, who scored 12 points against Douglas. With so much at stake this could well be the match of the day.

St. Flannan’s and Kilmallock are through to the knockout stages after Christmas and meet tomorrow to decide who tops the group. The champions should have little difficulty in winning against a school who have done extremely well in only their second season competing at this level.

The DLS Waterford v Doon CBS game is of no consequence as both schools are pointless after two games. Expect the former to win against a very young Doon side who lost most of last year’s team which reached the semi-final stages.

There is one Corn Uí Mhuirí game down for decision tomorrow between Coláiste na Sceilge and St. Fachtnas in Kenmare. The Caherciveen school must win to stay in contention, having lost their opening match to Limerick Colleges, while the Skibbereen side are making their championship debut.

It could well be a winning one.

All games tomorrow have a 2 p.m. start.

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