Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett was a notable absentee in LIT’s win over Maynooth and it remains to be seen if the Premier corner-back will be involved today. Peter Duggan (1-6) and Niall Maher (1-3) did the damage last week and more of the same will be required for the visit of Nicky English’s UCD.
The Belfield outfit will be brimming with confidence following their win over UCC at the Mardyke and a second victory over Davy Fitzgerald’s side would guarantee their place in the knockout stages. Oisín O’Rorke, who hit 1-7 against UCC, will be a key figure.
A must-win for Ger Cunningham’s side as they attempt to pick up the pieces from their opening day defeat at home to UCD. Waterford’s Tom Devine, Cork’s Cormac Murphy and Clare’s Shane O’Donnell were all used off the bench last week and it is expected such talent will not be overlooked from the off on this occasion.
Maynooth were trounced by LIT and it is hard not to see a repeat dose again for the home side.
DCU lost by 13 points to IT Carlow in the opening round and a second defeat would put an end to their hopes of a first quarter-final. Peter Hogan and Cormac Curran (both Waterford) were among their better performers last week and they’ll be keen to make an impression. Full-back Rob Lennon is unlikely to be present owing to Bennettsbridge’s involvement in the All-Ireland Club final
Waterford IT had nine scores in their 1-19 to 0-9 dismissal of St Pat’s and the strength-in-depth of their squad should secure them a second win.
NUIG will be without Ger Hennelly, who received a straight red last week in what is a do-or-die clash for both teams after their respective opening round defeats. DIT put up a decent showing against holders UL, but NUIG’s greater balance — DIT appear overreliant on the accuracy of Westmeath’s Derek McNicholas — could be the difference.
Mary I are without Limerick’s Cian Lynch for this derby stemming from the red card he picked up against NUIG. That was the sole negative of their opening round win, Declan Hannon turning in 1-9 UL weren’t anything special in their six-point win away to DIT, but local opposition is sure to bring out the best in them.
Pat Mulcahy didn’t learn much about his team in their 3-22 to 0-7 hammering of GMIT and it is debatable how much sterner the examination will be second time out as Colin Hayden, Christy McNaughton, Eoghan Campbell, and Ryan McCambridge are unlikely to line out for the home outfit owing to Cushendall’s involvement in the All-Ireland Club SHC semi-finals.