Having missed last weekend’s defeat to Passage, Austin Gleeson should return to the Mount Sion side to take on Portlaw on Sunday in Walsh Park. Photo: Sean Byrne.
The rush to complete the senior Hurling championship continues this weekend with the penultimate round of Group fixtures getting underway tonight (Friday).
Friday – Fraher Field 8 p.m.
Group B gets the round under way on Friday in Fraher Field with the meeting of Roanmore and Lismore at 8 p.m.. The pressure is off Lismore for this game having already qualified for the quarter finals with three victories to date but Roanmore are desperately in need of points before facing Passage in the final round and their greater urgency may see them to victory here.
Sunday – Walsh Park 2 p.m. Mount Sion V Portlaw
Both sides are badly in need of points here following defeats last weekend. Mount Sion will have Austin Gleeson back for this game but will need to show a big improvement on a stale performance against Passage last Saturday. Portlaw really put it up to Lismore and might have caused the upset had they not shot an unacceptable amount of wides. They will see this as the game they can win though Mount Sion will still be favourites to take the points.
Saturday – Fraher Field 5.30 p.m – Fourmilewater V Passage.
Both sides had victories last weekend without being entirely convincing. A win for either here will clinch a quarter final places we can expect to see both sides going flat out. Though it is a particularly busy time for Fourmile’ players Jamie Barron and Conor Gleeson who had two big games last weekend with their commitment to U.C.C. in the Cork championship they can be expected to see their side through here against a Passage side that is much better than they showed last weekend.
Sunday – Walsh Park 3.30 p.m. Abbeyside V Ballygunner
There can be only one result here and that is a win for the defending champions. Abbeyside will give it their best but lack the firepower to trouble this Gunners side, depending almost totally on Mark Ferncombe up front. They will be looking beyond Sunday to the following week’s meeting with Ballyduff to see them to safety and a possible quarter final place.
Sunday – Fraher Field 5.30 p.m. De La Salle V Tallow
The meeting of De la Salle and Tallow will get the Sunday double header under way here and while Tallow will be bouyed by their win over Ballyduff last Friday they will have it all to do here against a De la Salle side that is hitting form at just the right time.
Sunday – Fraher Field 7 p.m – Ballyduff Upper V Dungarvan
The pressure is now on Ballyduff following their defeat by Tallow and they now face a difficult task against a Dungarvan team that pressed Ballygunner all the way last Sunday. Ballyduff will always feel they have a chance against Dungarvan and will put in a big effort here but I feel that for them it will all come down to their meeting with Abbeyside the following week.