If the Cork boys lose it would end a glorious chapter in the history of this famed championship, as the former diocesan seminary is due to close its doors at the end of this school year.
Farranferris are one of three schools to win the title four years in a row (1971-74) and provide some of the greatest names to grace Cork teams in all grades.
So Farna are sure to approach this game with all guns blazing. They put it up to Our Lady’s and Shannon Schools in the previous rounds, losing out by one and two points respectively.
If they win tomorrow and Douglas beat St Joseph’s, scoring differences would decide who joins Our Lady’s in the knockout stages after Christmas.
With plenty still to play for, expect Farna, led by Eric Nodwell, Sean Hayes, Aidan Virgo, David Hannifin and Ian Fleming, to make a bold bid to stay in the championship.
Douglas are playing for pride, having lost all their games. They pushed Farna all the way last week, but, despite having fine performers in Stephen Moylan, Fintan O’Leary, Alan Barry and Philip Holland, it would be a huge surprise if they beat Shannon.
Meanwhile, Coláiste na Sceilge anxiously await the result of Friday’s Corn Uí Mhuirí clash between Limerick Colleges and St Fachtna’s in Kilcummin (2pm).
A win or a draw for the Skibbereen side would mean last year’s defeated finalists and three-time winners will not be involved in the concluding stages for the first time in four years. If Limerick win, scoring differences come into play and the South Kerry side could make the play-offs.
Fachtna’s looked good in a recent Cork Colleges semi-final against CSN. They gave the Bishopstown school a 10-point start, but pegged them back to a single point, only to be denied on the run-in.
They vary their game well and have excellent players who will trouble the Limerick side.
Centre-back David Limrick’s performance will be key, as will that of midfielder Damien O’Neill and attackers Noel Kearney, Ger O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll.
Limerick Colleges caused an upset against Coláiste na Sceilge in their opening game and their form suggests they can maintain their winning run.
Tony Barry, David Dalton, Neil Mulvihill, Jason Murphy, Pat Guinnane and Jamsie Carroll are very good players and they will test the mettle of the Skibbereen side.
St Declan’s (Kilmacthomas) meet St Munchin’s in the Corn Mhic Craith Cup final (U16 “C” FC) in Cashel tomorrow.
Principal of the Kilmac school, Sean Aherne, would like a win to set up what could be a great weekend as he is the manager of the Stradbally team contesting the replay of the Munster Club SFC final on Sunday.