Chat 5:30 p.m.
Banteer has put on many big games over the years, but few will be as expected as the one that arrives this Saturday night – as Charleville takes on Blackrock’s might on the local GAA field.
For Charleville, this is a real opportunity to show the hurling community how far it has come over the years after successfully making the jump from junior to senior senior over the past decade or more.
Last weekend these two teams came out on the wrong side in their opening encounters with Charleville against the might of St Finbarrs, while Blackrock was shown the door by an equally impressive Erins Own.
Blackrock are the current PSHC champions, but they’ll have to go if they want to keep that crown, while for Charleville they’re not much bigger than that – especially when you’re back to the wall.
While Blackrock will line up with Niall and John Cashman, Mark O’Keeffe, Daniel Meaney as well as Alan and Gavin Connolly. , Danny O’Flynn and James O’Brien. No shift likely to be requested or given.
Neither team can really afford to shoot, let alone lose, so expect all to be left out on the pitch as a host of the county’s top pitchers battle it out to survive in 2021. .
Douglas vs. Newtownshandrum
Saturday, September 18
Glantane, 4 p.m.
The Glantane GAA Club will host another big game this weekend as two big teams come face to face at PSHC this Saturday afternoon.
After drawing a draw with Ballincollig last Sunday, Newtownshandrum is heading towards it with a lot to prove after blowing up a winning position against a two-club team.
In this one, Newtown seemed under pressure from the start, but settled down well and watched all the way down to the 10 winners, but at the final whistle they were disappointed that they only got one point. – that said, it could have been worse, so this Saturday the men of the green will be looking to improve.
On the other side, this Saturday, a Douglas team backed by a brilliant 11-point victory over a highly prized Glen Rovers.
Newtown will need to be on guard this weekend, but with players of the caliber of Tim O’Mahony, Jamie Coughlan, Cormac Griffin, Mattie Ryan Conor Twomey, Cathal Bowles and Cork Under 20 captain Cormac O’Brien, they have all the firepower going forward, as well as in defense, to make sure Douglas doesn’t steal their feet.
For Douglas Mark O’Connor, Shane Kingston, Brian Turnbull, Diarmuid O’Mahoney as well as Eoin and Alan Cadogan all pose significant threats and all will fly after taking down Patrick Horgan’s Glen so categorically last time around.
Aside from the very believable 0-24 that Douglas scored last time around, the most impressive stat of this game was their ability to keep a previously fluid Glen Rovers just 1-10 – a serious achievement in anyone’s book.
Newtown has it all here, but count the Avondhu side at your own risk as they have a lot more to give than was shown last Sunday.
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Mauve vs. Ballyhea
Saturday, September 18
Buttevant, 5:30 p.m.
Mallow and Ballyhea will stick together this Saturday night, with both teams clinging to their hopes of qualifying for the round of 16 depending on the outcome.
Both teams failed to achieve anything in their first round matches last weekend, meaning another loss for either team means their championship aspirations will stop. trembling way – even before the last lap is displayed.
Mallow did well for periods of their match with Ballymart on last Sunday, but was ultimately blown away – while Ballyhea was simply blown away by the Bride Rovers team looking to establish a scorer for all comers.
Ballyhea will look to John Morrissey and Pa O’Callaghan this weekend to improve their situation, but they will lose Jamie Copps who saw red in their loss to Bride Rovers.
O’Callaghan came in late in that one, so everyone involved with the black and white squad is hoping he can make an impact early on.
For Mallow, Gary Sweeney will be crucial (12 points in their opener) with Ronan Sheehan another top quality player who can hurt Ballyhea. Denis Hayes scored in the first round and that threat will be required again this time around.
A win here for each team puts them firmly back in the mix while a loss is most likely fatal for their 2021 hopes – that said, anything that can be harvested has to be harvested as no team wants to end up on their way to them. relegation playoffs – and with two losses on the rebound, this sword will hang firmly over the head of the loser.
Fermoy vs. Bandon
Saturday, September 18
Blarney, 5:30 p.m.
It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Fermoy GAA as their footballers and howlers became a crop in their respective opener – last weekend it was the howlers who descended on Blarney in Riverstown.
In that game, Fermoy was good in the chase for long stretches and even led to the break, but Cork star Mark Coleman coached Blarney with a personal total of 10 points which was ultimately enough to knock out the men in black and amber.
Fermoy comes into this game with little to lose after failing to take anything from Blarney’s meeting, so there will be a lot of focus on Martin Brennan, Ruairi O’Hagan, Kieran Morrisson and Jake Carr as they seek. to see another quality opponent in Bandon.
This weekend’s opposition is another serious test for Fermoy and like the North Cork side they also came out on the wrong side of what was another serious encounter.
Kanturk had way too much for Bandon last Saturday, although Adam Murphy, Michael Cahalane and Eolann McSweeney did well.
The trio will have to do even better this weekend if they want to stop a Fermoy side that will spare no effort in the search for that first momentous victory.
Hard to call but Fermoy showed in the opener that they have what it takes to compete, now they have to show it for over 60 minutes.
Kanturk vs. Blarney
Friday September 17th
Purple, 7:30 p.m.
Two undefeated teams face off in anticipation of a crack competition.
Of course, Blarney excelled last season by winning the County Premier IHC title. This earned him Senior A status, a perfect start to the 2021 campaign which saw a dignified, but hard-fought, victory over Fermoy.
It took a flurry of late goals from Blarney to decide the outcome where midfielder pair Mark Coleman and Denis McSweeney contributed a whopping 0-13 on the scoreboard.
With the contest up for grabs Blarney looked on the quieter side, Declan Hanlon, Alan McEvoy and All Ireland Under 20 medalist Pádraig Power also caught the eye.
Kanturk delivered a strong statement of intent to return Bandon in their opener, a proficient full display, Kanturk emerged a much more organized and ruthless force when it is necessary to rule out the best of intentions of rough opponents with goal Alan Walsh confirming the destination of the loot.
Aside from Bandon’s pushes at the start of both halves, there was no challenge from Kanturk’s class to repeat a quarterfinal victory over the same opposition from the previous season. Kanturk gained a foothold, at the heart of their growing superiority was the powerful play of defenders Ryan and Paul Walsh alongside Darren Browne and John McLoughlin with impressive Aidan Walsh at the center-forward, well supported by his cousin Ian and Liam O ‘ Keeffe.
Kanturk will be boosted by Lorcán McLoughlin’s return from suspension, which is sure to give the Duhallows extra momentum. This has the makings of a fantastic game, Kanturk should have enough to cross the line, but not without a serious test from a side with Blarney holding the firepower up front.