Kickers key as Galbally bid to upset Richmond

ALTHOUGH they haven’t been in action recently, it has proved to be a good period for Richmond’s Munster Junior League ambitions with some of their main challengers losing valuable ground.

The job for Richmond is still not done and this weekend they face what is probably the biggest hurdle of the run-in as they travel to second placed Galbally.

Richmond hold a six-point advantage and will be tops whatever the result but would put the pressure on the chasing pack going into the last three games.

Both sides have enjoyed good wins against fellow challengers Skibbereen lately. Galbally will have received a big confidence boost from their win last Sunday and it should be a very intense encounter.

The battle of the kickers could prove crucial and while Richmond’s title-chasing experience could be a help, this is a game where home advantage could give Galbally an edge.

Skibbereen will be happy to be back on their own patch after those defeats as they host a Kilfeacle side battling for survival.

The west Cork men will be ready for a difficult game but should keep their outside hopes of the league alive with a win.

Kanturk’s hopes also took a major dent as they went down at Crosshaven and they will be eager to bounce back against Waterpark.

The Duhallow side will hope their strength and experience from numbers one to 10 can see them gain control but Waterpark will aim for their dangerous runners to punch holes in the visitors’ defence.

The other games will all have a big say on the battle to avoid the drop.

Thurles are cut off at the bottom and must win as they host a resurgent Tralee side.

Clonmel looked to be among the favourites for the titles, but recent events both on and off the field mean they have now found themselves in the middle of a relegation battle.

They are currently one point ahead of Senan’s, who they travel to, and given the Tipp side’s recent form the Shannon team will fancy their chances.

Old Christians’ worries eased with an impressive win at Clonmel and they will fancy their chances of doing the treble over Premier County sides as they travel to Clanwilliam, who will want to bounce back from some big defeats.

There is also a local derby in Cork as Crosshaven host Cobh.

The hosts have improved throughout and won’t be sympathetic to the visitors’ relegation fears.

The top two also come face to face in Division Two, with leaders Mallow hosting St Mary’s.

Mallow lost their 100% record just before Christmas and will be fearful of giving up top spot. If Mallow can put in a high work rate in defence they should be able to get enough points on the board to win out.

Kinsale could move up to second this Sunday. They face a derby against Bandon, who desperately need to get some results. While the hosts will be full of commitment the Kinsale team should have too much quality for them.

Fourth-place Killarney travel to Ballincollig, with the Kerry side expecting to get the win.

Presentation and Newcastle West each have two games in hand on their rivals and can’t be discounted from the promotion race. They will expect to keep the pressure on with wins against Scariff and Ennis respectively.

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