Youghal face tough Bruff trip

THERE are several mouth watering clashes in the Munster Junior Cup while a couple of games that will have a big bearing on the relegation places in the top two divisions will also take place.

The cup action starts tonight under lights with a fourth round clash as Youghal travel to take on Bruff, with the game having an 8pm kick-off. The Limerick side impressed in the last round as they dismantled a Castleisland team who are running away with Section A of Division Three. On such form they will be expecting to advance tonight.

Youghal will have their work cut out but there is plenty of experience on their team and if they click on the night they are capable of an upset.

After their dreams of a third league title in a row evaporated last Sunday, Cashel will now hope that they can claim the cup for the first time in their history. They won’t find it easy this weekend as they host a Shannon side who are always up for this competition.

Richmond are the team in pole position for league glory but will focus on the cup this weekend, as they travel to play another form team in Clanwilliam. Clan’s primary focus is on their promotion push meaning both teams may not want to risk any players carrying knocks but they will also want to maintain momentum going into the final rounds of league games. Richmond’s greater intensity at a higher level may just see them prevail.

It is a battle of the students at the Mardyke as UCC will hope to upset champions UL Bohemian. It should provide for a very exciting game as both sides like to play an expansive fluent game and the Cork University will need their defence to be on top form.

Muskerry caused the shock of the last round having knocked out Garryowen and face another tough trip as they travel to play Galbally. The Tipperary club won a very narrow affair between the two sides last week and their ability to grind out results may once again see them advance.

Skibbereen will fancy their chances of advancing to the quarter-finals as they host an inconsistent Clonmel team. The West Cork team can be a match for any team on their day. Clonmel were many people’s favourites for glory at the start of the season but a blight of injuries hampered their assault for league glory and they may hope that a good cup run can compensate for that.

There is one outstanding game in round three as Highfield host Old Christians in a Cork derby. The Rathcooney team have produced excellent performances under the stewardship of Tommy Crowe and if their pack can come out on top they should be able to advance to a fourth round tie with Crosshaven. There is a big clash at the bottom of Division One as both Kilfeacle and Thurles can secure their top flight security with a win. Kilfeacle will enjoy home advantage and while having a couple more games to get the win they need, will be eager to get the job done this weekend.

In Division Two, Ennis and St Mary’s are tied at the bottom on seven points and are involved in a scrap for survival with Youghal. The Clare team already lost a big relegation battle against the East Cork team last week and can’t afford another slip up.

The battle for the top two places in Section B of Division Three appears to be a battle of the north Cork clubs. Charleville, Mallow and Fermoy will all be expecting to get wins in their bid for a play-off spot as they take on Douglas, Waterford City and Shandon respectively with any bonus points also likely to be crucial.

In Section A it is last chance saloon for Presentation as they must get the better of Killarney with the Kerry’s side game in hand likely to see them pull further away if they can get the win this weekend. The other games will see Abbeyfeale hosting Killorglin while Scariff take on Kilrush.

There are also four games in the Munster Junior Plate. Corca Dhuibhne and Bandon proved to be well matched with a draw in their previous clash and with home advantage, Bandon’s experience should see them through.

Waterpark will see this as a good opportunity to aim for some silverware and should prove too much for a visiting Newcastle West side. Two Seconds League sides; Sunday’s Well and Midleton take on Carrick-On-Suir and Kanturk respectively.

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