The Tipperary side are firm favorites to advance to the quarter-finals this weekend, despite traveling to Division 3 high-flyers Youghal. Denis Leamy may see the game as an opportunity to test fringe players; but there will be fresh legs as well after the postponement of last weekend’s Richmond game.
Youghal’s open style will be tested against Clonmel, but the were impressive in defeating Dolphin and should relish the opportunity to measure themselves against one of the strongest clubs in Munster.
Dungarvan’s progress has been the other big story in this competition so far. Having struggled in Division Two, they pulled out a big performance to win away at an experienced Midleton side. Their reward is a home tie against Old Christians, who look to be regaining some form and prove too strong. But Dungarvan will play with plenty of pride.
The other six fixtures look too close to call with a series of mouth-watering clashes in prospect.
Cashel proved their capabilities with a win over defending champions Shannon last time out with a big defensive effort. They travel to take on a UCC side who can exploit space but if the Tipp’ side can win up front; they could get the better of the students.
Divsion 2 Thurles host a powerful Young Munster team who ran a big score up against Killarney but will expect a tougher test this time round. The winners face the victors from Kilfeacle, where Highfield will be the visitors.
With their league aspirations gone, Kilfeacle will focus a lot of energy on the Cup but Highfield have a decent second side with Johnny Sheehan impressing of late.
In-form Galbally host Clanwilliam, who have picked up some big league results lately as well.
Skibbereen and Richmond will expect to make full use of home advantage as they take on Waterford City and Old Crescent respectively.
There are five matches in the Junior Plate, with the pick of the matches at Newcastle West as they host strong Division 2 outfit Presentation. Form is with the visitors but Newcastle West should battle to a win.
Charleville can upset visitors Waterpark while Dolphin will be wary of Douglas-Carrigaline in the Cork derby.
Abbeyfeale should win in Killarney, while Muskerry will be favorites to win at Midleton.
Tomorrow night in Division 2 Castleisland host Mallow, who have traveled well lately.
On Sunday, Cobh Pirates will aim to solidify second place at home to Ballincollig.