UCC will have Cork star Séamus Harnedy in their ranks along with Robert O’Shea, who was a sub against Clare on Sunday, while Cormac Murphy, a member of the extended panel, featured for the county intermediate side. Though Colm Spillane is injured, his brother Anthony, a Cork minor last year, is likely to figure in attack. The Fitzgibbon Cup semi-finalists are without their Tipperary contingent, however, including James Barry, Stephen Maher and Dan McCormack.
CIT are likely to be without Mark Ellis, who sustained a knee ligament injury on Sunday, while Bill Cooper is ineligible as Youghal are now senior. John Cronin, David Drake and Michael O’Sullivan all featured for the intermediate side and will be central to their hopes here.
Since UCC won the 1970 title, the colleges have only reached one final each, UCC in 1999 and CIT in 2011.
Kildorrery will have been stung by defeat to neighbours Mitchelstown in the opening round. While they are without defender Richie McEniry, they still possess plenty attacking firepower in the shape of James O’Sullivan, David Kelly and the O’Brien brothers, Andrew and Peter. Cloyne found like difficult against Fermoy but possess more than enough potential to give a better account of themselves this time round. Paudie O’Sullivan will not tog out, but brothers Diarmuid, Eoin and Colm are fine footballers, as is the unrelated Paul O’Sullivan.
Kildorrery triumphed by 2-12 to 0-6 when the sides met in Division 4 of the league in February.