Imokilly get nod to win what could be battle royal with Muskerry

TONIGHT

SHC: Imokilly v Muskerry; Riverstick, 7.30 p.m.

DEPENDING on how much preparation these two divisional sides have done, this could be a great match as both sides pick from strong intermediate and junior clubs.

County senior Niall McCarthy will spearhead the East Cork challenge, along with club colleagues Seanie Farrell and Noel Furlong.

Youghal, Fr. O’Neill’s and Cobh will also chip in with a couple of players and the Mid Cork side will be hard pressed to deny them a place in the third round draw. Muskerry will be backboned by players from Blarney, Aghabullogue, Grenagh, Inniscarra and Ballincollig and if the players give the necessary commitment, they could cause an upset.

Verdict: An Imokilly win.

SHC: Killeagh v St. Catherines: Youghal 7 p.m.

KILLEAGH will be relieved their county senior Joe Deane is such devastating form right now, because they’ll need him and the other 14 all going well if they are to shake off the Saints.

A crushing defeat at the hands of Cloyne in the first round hasn’t been good for morale in Killeagh, but there are enough good hurlers in the club to bounce back. Deane, along with Mark Landers, Brendan Barry and Michael Byrnes will have to pull out all the stops.

Catherines chalked up a good win over Newtown last week in the league and will face into this crunch game with confidence.

Verdict: St. Catherines win.

IHC: Éire Óg v Blackrock: Ballygarvan, 8 p.m.

THIS game is the last call for both sides as they lost their opening round and it should be a lively affair.

The Mid Cork side, who were surprisingly beaten by Kanturk, will have to show a far greater hunger if they are to stay in the hunt as Blackrock will field a team that will include a number of experienced seniors.

Daniel Goulding, better known for his football with the county U-21s and seniors, will again be a key player for Éire Óg, but the Rockies, backed by Gary Norberg, TJ Coughlan and Ian Walsh should make amends for their defeat at the hands of Ballygarvan.

Verdict: A Blackrock win.

TOMORROW

SHC: Douglas v Castlelyons: Caherlag, 7.30 p.m.

GARY WADE is a doubtful starter for Douglas. He broke a toe in the first round against Midleton and will be a big loss should he fail to line out. Since that defeat the city club has played two league games defeating Delanys, but losing out to Glen by six points.

Douglas were very sluggish in the first-half of that game and trailed 5-6 to 1-2 at half time. But, wind assisted, they made a good recovery and will be pleased with that second half display. More of the same against Castlelyons and they would be in with a reasonable chance of victory.

The game is a repeat of last year when Douglas edged out their opponents. There won’t be much in it at the finish. With the losers going into a relegation battle which neither side want, expect this game to be above the ordinary.

Their two inter-county seniors Eoin McGann and Timmy McCarthy, along with Eoin Fitzgerald and Barry Fitzgerald will spearhead the East Cork side’s challenge but a shortage of scoring forwards may prove their undoing.

Verdict: A Douglas win.

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