Críost Rí ‘will take no chances’ against Douglas

DEFENDING champions Coláiste Chríost Rí will include eight of last year’s winning team for tomorrow’s opening game against Douglas Community School in the Corn Uí Mhuirí at Bishopstown.

Roy Leahy, Eric Hegarty, Fiachra Lynch, David Coughlan and Paul Kerrigan all tasted victory last season, and with such experience available to them, it’s hard to see Douglas winning this game. Críost Rí coach Mick Evans, said his side will be taking no chances with their opponents.

“Our aim is to win the opening game as it takes the pressure off for the remaining matches in the group,” he said. “The preparation isn’t what I would have liked it to be as we were involved in hurling for the previous two Wednesdays, but we did manage to get in some football practice last week and hopefully, that should help us get over tomorrow’s opponents.”

Douglas will include several members of the local club’s minor team who will contest the city semi-final against Nemo next weekend, and with a number of that Nemo team with Críost Rí, the match will have an added edge to it.

Alan Barry, Pat Carroll and Stephen Moylan will spearhead the Douglas challenge, but it would be a major upset if they manage to win this game. Former champions Coláiste na Sceilge should get their campaign off to a winning start when they play Limerick City Colleges in Abbeyfeale.

The Caherciveen college won three titles on the trot and lost last year’s decider to Críost Rí, all in the four years they have been taking part at this level.

Football is on an almighty high in the Kingdom now, and in particular in south Kerry. Team coach Jack O’Connor guided the fortunes of the college to that hat-trick of Corn Uí Mhuirí wins, while Declan O’Sullivan has the distinction of captaining the first winning side in 2001. Na Sceilge won the last two Frewen Cup titles which will give them a very solid base to pick from, and they should experience little difficulty in getting this year’s senior campaign off to a winning start.

This is Limerick’s third season taking part and so far they have failed to make an impression. However, they are in for the long haul, and a win tomorrow would be a huge boost, but it’s very unlikely they’ll get it.

With their hurlers safely over the first hurdle in the Harty Cup, St Flannan’s turn their attention to the big ball when they face Glanmire tomorrow in Ballyagran. The Ennis college should have little difficulty in this game as Glanmire wouldn’t have anything like the pick Flannan’s have. The saints always do well in the Corn Uí Mhuirí and have reached the knock-out stages on a regular basis. Their last title win was in 1995.

They are in group D along with

St Brendan’s and a win guarantees them a place in the quarter-finals as Brendans would be fancied to beat Glanmire also.

Tralee CBS who lost last year’s junior final (Frewen Cup) to Na Sceilge face a tricky opener to Coláiste Spioraid Naoimh in Ballydesmond.

Former Kerry senior selector John O’Keeffe is in charge of the Green this season and if anyone can get the best out of a team, he can.

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