Brendan’s and Coláiste na Sceilge set to battle it out for top spot

Today’s Corn Uí Mhuirí Group B clash between St Brendan’s College and Coláiste na Sceilge is the second meeting of the Kerry schools in eight days.

Brendan’s and Coláiste na Sceilge set to battle it out for top spot

Last Wednesday, St Brendan’s triumphed 0-11 to 0-8 in the O’Sullivan Cup semi-final (Kerry PP schools SAFC) in Listry.

With wins over Tralee’s Mercy Mounthawk and St Flannan’s, both have qualified for the quarter-finals.

However today’s game in Cromane will determine who tops the group and are seeded in the last-eight draw.

“It’s a big game,” St Brendan’s manager Harry O’Neill admits, “not least because if you win then you’ll avoid the bigger names in the quarter-finals.

“We’ve had injuries all along so it’ll be nice to have fellas available and be able to try out a few different things.”

Last year, Brendan’s needed a win against St Francis College, Rochestown on the final day to reach the quarter-finals. Having the luxury of knowing they’ll be in action after Christmas allows for a longer-term approach.

“Because we haven’t had a full panel, it’s been difficult to work on things,” O’Neill says.

“We’ll focus on the game against Sceilge and then the O’Sullivan Cup final game against the Green (Tralee CBS) next week, and after that we’ll look ahead to the knockout stages.”

The meeting of already-eliminated side Mercy Mounthawk and Flannan’s decides who avoids the wooden spoon.

Three of the four groups have at least one school qualified already, but Group A has a number of permutations.

Tralee CBS — who beat Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in the other O’Sullivan Cup semi — have four points after wins against Macroom’s De La Salle and Coláiste Choilm of Ballincollig and the avoidance of defeat against Clonakilty CC at Clondrohid will ensure their passage as winners.

Were Clon to win, however, then they too would be on four points as would Coláiste Choilm if they beat De La Salle. In that scenario there would be a three-way tie and scoring difference would decide the standings.

CBS High School Clonmel will qualify from Group C, though they must not lose against Rochestown in Mourneabbey if they want to top the section.

A Rochestown win would leave them at the summit but if the Cork school fail to get the two points then they will be hoping that St Fachtna’s of Skibbereen don’t beat West Limerick Colleges at Fitzgerald Stadium. Fachtna’s and Rochestown drew their opening game, meaning scoring difference would be applied if they finished level on points.

There is only one game in the three-team Group D. With holders and All-Ireland champions Corca Dhuibhne having won both of their games, they can’t be caught, so the game between Coláiste Chríost Rí and Killorglin at Knocknagree is a straight shoot-out for second. Were the sides to draw, Críost Rí would progress.

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