Carrigaline competing for the first time in the school’s history need to win to be certain of reaching the knockout stages. On the evidence of their display against St. Caimin’s last week, they are capable of defeating the Templemore school.
A draw would suffice for Our Lady’s as they have a better scoring average than their opponents.
Carrig are a very big, physical team with a number of outstanding exponents of the game. Stephen White and Ray Keohane are superb in defence, the towering figure of Sean O’Regan operates well at midfield for Carrig while in attack, Sean Corcoran has been their top scorer in every game, ably assisted by Mathew O’Riordan and Anthony Murphy.
The one thing needed at this level is experience and tradition, and Templemore have both in abundance. They have reached the knockout stages many times and contested the 2002 final against St. Colman’s.
William Donnelly, Gearoid Ryan, Shane Bourke and Joe Lupton who accounted for the bulk of their scores against the Shannon school, are unlikely to have it as easy against Carrigaline, who are fancied to win and create their own bit of history.