Weather playing havoc with U21 Football Championshhips......................


The heavy rain fall last weekend affected many games in the Muskerry Division with the two final group stage games coming from group A in the U21 “A” grade called off. Ballincollig v Macroom was scheduled for last Friday, with the pitch unplayable, and it was the same situation in Coachford 24 hours later, with Aghabullogue’s clash against Éire Óg postponed. At the time of writing, there were no dates scheduled for those two games, but are expected to be played in the next ten days. Just to recap on the situation in the this grade. A Ballincollig win over Macroom will send them through to the semi-final, along with Éire Óg. Kilmurry and Cill na Martra have already qualified for the last four from Group B.

Moving onto the “B” grade, Cloughduv’s sand based pitch held up well last Monday, as Blarney took on Canovee in the qualifying round to determine who takes on Donoughmore in the Q-Final. In a game that was always going to be tight, a goal was going to be crucial, and midway through the second half, a goal from the penalty spot from Canovee sub Conor Hughes, just returning from injury proved decisive, as the Carrigadrohid side prevailed, 1-11 to 0-10 over a gallant Blarney side.

That victory meant Canovee will face Donoughmore in the Q-Final tomorrow with the winners playing Naomh Aban in the semi-final. It is expected to be close, but on the basis that Canovee have played that extra game on Monday, they get the nod to advance to the last four.

The first semi-final is taking place tomorrow, Ballinora meeting Aghinagh in Coachford. It has all the ingredients to be a cracking game, with both sides impressing in the group stage, with both sides winning their two games, and raking up high tallies. It is very difficult to predict this contest, with the slightest of nods going to Ballinora.

Finally, in the “C” grade, just a reminder, Ballingeary will lock horns against Iveleary in the final, with that game scheduled for Sunday week (19th). At the time of writing, there was no venue and time finalised. ( report by Barry O'Mahony)