“You could get caught if you went into the game with the notion that a draw would be sufficient,” Criost Rí coach Mick Evans said. “A win and we automatically top the group which would mean you play one of the runners up in the knock out stages after Christmas.
“From past experience I know we’ll get nothing soft from Dingle. It’s their first outing in the championship, and I’m expecting a tough hour.”
The game marks the start of a busy week for Paul Kerrigan, who will line out for Nemo Rangers against Carbery Rangers in the Cork IFC final in Pairc Uí Rinn at the weekend.
Kerrigan is a key man for the Cork side along with captain Colin O’Brien, midfielder Fiachra Lynch and Roy Leahy up front. “All four will have to perform well if we are to pick up the two league points on offer,” said Evans recalling how Dingle shocked Criost Rí with a late goal two seasons ago in a quarter-final.
Tralee CBS are another side needing just a point to be sure of a place after Christmas. They held off a tremendous second half rally by CSN in the opening round and have learned from that scare. Eoin McMahon, Liam Kissane, Sean King, Sean Brennan and Adrian Greaney are the key players for the Green, but they’ll face stiff opposition from Intermediate School Killorglin who are making their initial appearance, in Kilcummin tomorrow.
There are two games in the Dean Ryan Cup (U16) tomorrow.
The Ragg hosts the all-Tipperary clash of Thurles CBS and Nenagh CBS at 1.30 pm. with the former fancied to advance. Charleville CBS and DLS Waterford at Ardfinnan is a replay.
On day one, DLS were expected to have matters all their own way in the first outing as they had all of their White Cup (U-15) winning team of last year. However the North Cork school showed little regard for that statistic and were unlucky not to win.
In Cork, the two semi-finals of the O’Callaghan Cup (“A” SHC) have been fixed. Surprise packet Christian Brothers School face the might of St. Colman’s in Castlemartyr on Thursday and an upset in unlikely.
Caherlag hosts the second semi-final on Friday between Midleton CBS and Criost Rí. The latter have lost their two opening games in the Harty Cup, and shouldn’t pose too many problems for the East Cork school.