Caimin’s face mighty Flannan’s in Harty battle of the Banner

THE all-Clare clash of St Flannan’s and St Caimin’s in round two of the Credit Union Dr Harty Cup today has generated huge interest.

To facilitate teachers and pupils, the game has been fixed for Cusack Park, Ennis at the unusual time of 4.30pm.

Caimin’s will be boosted by a splendid draw against St Colmans last time out when only the lack of experience at this level cost them victory. The Shannon school led by six points at the break but were caught on the run in.

They have an outstanding centre back in Liam Markham; Sean Collins ensures they win their share at midfield while Sean Collins and Conor McGrath will trouble most defences.

This is a first outing for Flannan’s in the championship which may be a drawback, but a local derby clash is sure to rouse the Ennis boys and they should be too strong.

Another top game is the all-CBS meeting of Thurles and Midleton in Mitchelstown. The East Cork school steamrolled Charleville in round one while the Tipp school were held to a draw by Árd Scoil Rís.

Both teams have designs on this year’s title. Midleton have a number of the winning 2006 team in action which makes them a very formidable outfit. Robert White, Paul Haughney and Luke O’Farrell were in exceptional form in the opening round and will have a big say in today’s outcome.

John O’Neill, Kieran Morris, David Butler and goalkeeper Bill McCormack will spearhead the Thurles challenge, but they’ll have to play well to beat their sister school.

Defending champions DLS Waterford, comfortable winners in round one, travel to Kilsheelan today to take on Cashel Community School, who trounced North Mon in their last outing.

Hard to know how good the champions are, but they certainly know how to score goals. Against Waterford Colleges in round one, they slammed in seven, with Brian O’Sullivan and Stephen Power bagging two each.

Defensively they are very solid, with Noel Connors, Philip Mahony and Stephen Daniels forming an excellent half-back line, and Cashel will earn their scores.

The Tipp side had it their own way against the once mighty North Mon and it’s regrettable nobody appears too concerned about their plight.

The Mon could suffer again today against Waterford Colleges in Rathcormac. Waterford were without a number of players last time after they were withdrawn by their clubs, an unfortunate practice that’s becoming more and more prevalent at this level.

However, Waterford are expected to be at full strength today and that is bad news for a young Mon side.

Today’s game is an entirely different proposition for Cashel who will look to Alan Moloney, Shamey Leahy, Brian Quinn, and Kenneth Horgan to see them through.

Doon CBS made a winning start to the championship against Glanmire CC, but face far tougher opponents in Our Lady’s at New Inn today. Our Lady’s were comfortable winners over Youghal in their opener.

Noel McGrath, probably playing far too many games for his own good at the moment, will be expected to produce another top performance, but the Limerick college, back in the grade after a two-year absence, will test them, provided Michael Buckley, Liam Reale and Jerry O’Neill are on form.

Árd Scoil Rís, a little unfortunate not to take the spoils from Thurles CBS, should find the going far easier against Rathluirc CBS in Feenagh.

They were denied the win when Thurles netminder Bill McCormack made a fabulous point blank save from Kevin Brennan. The Limerick school will look to Nicky O’Connell, Tom O’Brien, Donncha Honan and Barry Hennessy to keep their winning sequence going, but the North Cork school will be hoping that Mattie Ryan and Michael Reidy can find their scoring touch.

All games have a 1.30pm throw in, except the game at Cusack Park.

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