Muskerry likely to face Clonmel backlash

After last weekend’s break, the Munster Leagues return to action with a busy fixture list across all three division.

Despite Muskerry’s excellent start to the season, they will be underdogs away to Clonmel in the standout Division One fixture.

The Mid-Cork side suffered a heavy home defeat at home to Newcastle West in the Challenge Cup while their Tipperary opponents were sensationally beaten in the last minute of their All-Ireland Cup tie with Bangor.

However it is difficult to look beyond the hosts claiming victory

In Division Two, Castleisland and Thurles are unbeaten ahead of the big game in Kerry on Sunday. Kieran Downey is the Castleisland danger-man but Thurles’ robust defence could decide the outcome.

Back in the top flight, Newcastle West will want to maintain their free-scoring form away to St Senan’s while Kilfeacle face a tough test away to Old Christians. Tralee and Skibbereen will be eager to escape the bottom end of the table while Cobh Pirates will fancy snatching a first win at home to Galbally in a match that doubles up as a Challenge Cup game.

However, Kinsale may find it tough to get a first victory when hosting Clonakilty.

In Division Two, Bandon should maintain their place at the top when they host Abbeyfeale.

Clanwilliam also made a good start and while they do enjoy home advantage at the weekend, they will be wary of the threat posed by Ennis.

It should be a very intense encounter in Tanner Park as Mallow make the short trip to Ballincollig.

Presentation should pile further misery on Crosshaven while Youghal will travel in hope of getting a result at Newport. Waterford City’s poor away form is likely to continue away to Killarney.

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