Douglas boosted by Cadogan’s return

DOUGLAS Community School welcome back Eoin Cadogan for tomorrow’s crucial Irish Examiner Dr. Harty Cup clash with Our Lady’s at Mitchelstown (2 p.m. throw-in).

Cadogan missed out on the win over Midleton CBS due to injury, but returns to strengthen the Douglas challenge. The Cork city school need a point to be sure of at least a play-off, but outright victory would give them a place in the knock-out stages.

Should Douglas win well, they could top their group ahead of Doon CBS.

With so much at stake, it promises to be a cracking contest. Our Lady’s did well against Doon in their previous outing and only failed in the closing minutes due to lack of physical strength in attack.

Cadogan’s return could swing it for Douglas, but they will have to play out of their skins to make the knock-out stages after Christmas.

The other crucial game in this section involves Midleton CBS against Abbey CBS at Ballygiblin tomorrow where victory for the East Cork school could see them leapfrog Douglas if the city side lose.

With a five-point deficit to make up, Midleton will be looking to put up a big score in the event of Douglas defeating Templemore. The East Cork school will look to Ger O’Leary, who contributed 2-5 of his side’s 2-9 in their previous outing, but can expect a difficult hour from a Tipperary side playing for pride.

In Section ‘A’ Waterford Colleges need just a point from their final game against Youghal CBS, which had been fixed for Ardmore tomorrow, to be certain of top place. However, that match has now been postponed and should take place next Monday in Dungarvan.

It’s the second place which will command most attention tomorrow, however, as Shannon Schools and DLS Waterford battle it out at New Inn. If the Clare side are to have any chance, they must find some way of containing James Quirke who scored 2-6 in his school’s last outing against Críost Rí.

The big centre-forward is a potential match winner, and with an outstanding half backline in Kevin Moran, Noel Delahunty and Tommy Power, the De La Salle side have all the class to make it a Waterford one-two in this group.

In the other two groups, St. Flannan’s and Borrisoleigh from Section ‘C’ and St. Colman’s and CSN from Section ‘D’ will be in the drums for the knockout stages.

The quarter-final draw process is: the four winners will be in one drum and the four runners-up in another; should two teams who have already met be drawn together, there will be a re-draw.

The same system will apply for the Corn Uí Mhuirí.

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