ALREADY without James Murphy and Martin Hayes, the ‘Town have also lost the services of Brendan Hussey from the team which defeated Na Piarsaigh in round two.
Nick’s have no worries and will pick from a full deck. They rode their luck in the first round against Ilen Rovers, defeating them with a last-second Paul O’Brien goal. Bishopstown are unlikely to be as accommodating, and their comfortable victory over Na Piarsaigh should give them confidence to go on and win this game also.
: A Bishopstown win.
AGHADA will have Brian Crowley back after completing his exams but will be without full back Billy Hennessy because of holidays. Their football results haven’t been great this year, winning just one game, their first round against Na Piarsaigh.
Naomh Abán are one of the few clubs with no injury or holiday problems and pick from a full squad. After a splendid victory over O’Donovan Rossa in round one, they will be anxious to atone for losing the 2004 clash to Aghada at the same stage.
Anthony Lynch, Micheál Ó Croinín and Jonathan McCarthy will spearhead their challenge.
: A Naomh Abán win.
THE Gaeltacht side will hope that with county senior player Noel O’Leary in their ranks, they can cause problems for Delany’s.
The Dublin Hill side, fighting for their hurling lives, can be relied upon to battle all the way. They found themselves nine points down to Ballyclough but recovered to lose by only one.
Mark McElhinney, James Egan, Paul Finnegan and Kevin Foley will insure that Delany’s don’t go out without a fight.
: A Delany’s win.
THE Cork senior football selectors will be out in force this weekend, with two things in mind: hoping that none of their players get injured ahead of the Munster final, and looking to unearth new talent for the panel.
THE ‘Haven are decimated with injuries. Senior county man Dermot Hurley broke his wrist after coming on for the Munster semi-final against Limerick last Sunday; county under-21 player David Limrick broke a cheekbone in a recent game while Bernie Collins broke a bone in his foot.
Ballincollig will be without Conor Barrett, who has gone to the US for the summer but will include Stephen O’Donoghue, Pat Kelly and Brian Cotter who played with the under 21 team in this year’s All-Ireland final.
: A Ballincollig win.
DOUGLAS have lost four of the team which defeated Mallow in round one over nine weeks ago. Jonathan Lane, Ray Keating and Fionn O’Brien have gone to the US for the summer while Gary McLoughlin is in China.
Duhallow have a number of injury worries, to Bernard Breen and Dave Riordan but they are hopeful that the O’Sullivan brothers, Niall and Sean, both of whom were injured in the win over Muskerry will be fit to play.
The loss of the four players is a huge blow to Douglas, and Duhallow with county senior Donncha O’Connor in excellent form, look to have too much power for the club side.
: A Duhallow win.
THE Rangers’s chances of winning this West Cork derby game have been badly hit by the loss of John Hayes and John Murphy.
The county senior has a hamstring injury while Murphy must serve a one-match ban after being sent off against Bantry in the first round.
The Rosscarbery team are playing in senior ranks for the first time and claimed a notable scalp in Bantry.
Clon are a well-seasoned team with Padraig Griffin, Brendan Walsh, Noel Griffin and Conrad Murphy giving them the necessary experience to compete at this level.
: A Clonakilty win.
DOHENY’S must plan without Denis Lyons who is away on his honeymoon and the Collins brothers, Pat and John, who are on holidays.
Doheny’s have been threatening for a number of years and their first round win over Castlehaven would have given them the necessary confidence. However, The loss of three key players could prove too big a handicap.
: A UCC win.