Cork JAHC semi-finals: Kilbrin v Charleville, Buttevant, 3pm
CHARLEVILLE’S hurling fortunes have been boosted by their U21’s divisional triumph last week.
Andrew Cagney, Mark Kavanagh and James O’Brien are excellent young talents who will be to the fore against a Kilbrin team that got the better of St Oliver Plunkett’s last week thanks to the efforts of William Egan and Liam Daly.
THERE is plenty of intrigue in this clash, with Mayfield manager John Boylan a native of Dungourney and the principal of the primary school in the East Cork village.
His focus here will be on maintaining Mayfield’s fine recent form that has seen excellent displays produced by Nicky Kelly, Dan Lucey and Ian Looney.
Dungourney overcame Carrignavar after a replay in the East Cork final and they’ll be hoping Shane Casey and Kenneth Kelleher can produce the same impressive form.
MIDLETON aim to bounce back from the disappointment of their senior semi-final reversal against Carrigtwohill, with James Nagle, Paul Haughney, Conor Lehane and Luke O’Farrell amongst the survivors. Blackrock, who have already county minor, U16 and U14 titles this year, have plenty of momentum with Richard Dineen, Kevin O’Keeffe and Eoin O’Farrell excelling in their city final success over Douglas.
AFTER last week’s county intermediate hurling triumph, Bandon switch their attention to football with dual stars Mark Sugrue, Jason Hickey and Darren Crowley central to their aspirations.
St Finbarr’s qualified Tuesday night with a city final replay win over Douglas and have experienced men in Aidan O’Shea, Paul Murphy and Rory McCarthy but it will be interesting to see how they have recovered since then.
Verdict: St Finbarr’s
FOUR years ago these sides clashed in the intermediate county final but both are now aiming to avoid the drop to that grade. A late Gary Harrington point rescued Carrigaline in a drawn game where David Drake and Niall Coakley starred in their attack, while DD Dorgan and John Russell were Grenagh’s main men.
KERINS O’RAHILLY’S suffered a setback last weekend when exiting the club championship against Laune Rangers but still possess a powerful core in midfielders Brian Moran and Micheal Quirke along with an attack that contains Tommy Walsh, Barry John Keane and Declan Quill. West Kerry have the An Ghaeltacht inter-county trio Tomas Mac an tSaoir, and Tomás and Marc Ó’Sé, Annascaul’s Eamonn Hickson and Castlegregory forward Alan Fitzgerald.
Verdict: Kerins O’Rahilly’s
BOTH clubs have been striving to escape from the premier intermediate ranks in recent seasons and will view this as a golden opportunity to realise their ambition. Courcey Rovers have married the experience of figures like Vincent Hurley and Timmy Lordan effectively to the youth of players like Stephen Nyhan and Dara Lordan this year. The tight nature of their semi-final success over Kilbrittain should stand them in good stead. But Youghal will be formidable opponents and carry serious scoring potential in Brendan Ring, Leigh Desmond and Bill Cooper. Having knocked out two other title contenders in Tracton and Newcestown, they may edge this tie.
CASTLETOWNBERE have challenged strongly at this grade in recent years with a key core of operators in Andrew O’Sullivan, Alan O’Regan and the Wiseman brothers in defence. They have displayed an ability to chisel victories out of tight situations this year with good recent wins over Aghabullogue and Cloyne. Kinsale are similarly resilient, particularly during their quarter-final win over Youghal, and impressed against last year’s beaten finalists Kildorrery in the last four. Cork All-Ireland junior winners Richard O’Sullivan and Brian Coughlan are their key figures.
DOUGLAS, powered by Jamie Davis, Kevin Hayes-Curtin and Alan Cadogan, seek to atone for last year’s final defeat to St Finbarr’s. Ballincollig are backboned by county minors in Sean Kiely and Luke Prendergast.
GLANMIRE overcame Macroom in the semi-final by three points with Cillian Burke, Darragh O’Rourke and David Brien spearheading their efforts. Valley Rovers overturned Beara last weekend thanks to fine contributions from John Cottrell, Darragh Murphy and Gary Farrell.
Verdict: Valley Rovers
RATHMORE bid to harness the momentum from last weekend’s win over Dr Crokes in the club championship. But they will hope to avoid a repeat of their slow start in that clash where Tom O’Sullivan and Aidan O’Mahony offered expert leadership while John Moynihan and Mark Reen emerged brightly. The divisional team have had their preparations hampered by club commitments but Darran O’Sullivan has been in outstanding form while Donnchadh Walsh, Gavan O’Grady and Gary Sayers offer strong support.
DR CROKES had plenty regrets last Saturday as they left their club championship tie against Rathmore slip away. The return of Colm Cooper will be welcomed to a team that is also dependent on Eoin Brosnan, Johnny Buckley and Kieran O’Leary. They will be on their guard against an Austin Stacks side gunning for revenge after last season’s county final defeat and spearheaded by Kieran Donaghy, Daniel Bohane, Barry Shanahan and Mikey Collins.
Verdict: Dr Crokes
Milford v Douglas, Pairc Ui Rinn, 4pm
MILFORD face 2009 champions Douglas in a bid to collect their first county title. The North Cork side are backboned by Cork seniors Anna Geary and Elaine O’Riordan while Douglas will look to the Mackey sisters, Pamela and Catriona, to lead their attack. Milford defeated Courcey Rovers to reach their third county final in eight years while Douglas had a comfortable victory over last year’s Munster champions Inniscarra in their semi-final.