July 17, 2017

Muskerry GAA


Ballincollig qualified for the Muskerry JAHC Q-Final after overcoming Gleann na Laoi last Friday night in Round 2 (back-door), on a score line of 2-20 to 2-8. It was a fine all round team performance and Ballincollig have now firmly put behind their heavy defeat to Cloughduv in the opening round. Gleann na Laoi’s championship season is over.  After the game, the JAHC Quarter-Final and Semi-Final draws took place. Quarter-Final: Donoughmore v Ballinora, Ballincollig v Iveleary, Blarney v Kilmichael. Semi-Final: Cloughduv (Bye to semi-final) v Donoughmore/ Ballinora, Ballincollig/Iveleary v Blarney/Kilmichael.

Looking ahead to this weekend, there are four JAFC games down for decision, with no more second chances. It all kicks off tonight in Macroom, as defending champions Kilmurry face Aghinagh in the Q-Final. It took a replay for Kilmurry to get over Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh in Round 1, but there was a lot to be admired in that replay, with Kilmurry showing why they will be a force to be reckoned with this summer.

Aghinagh will provide a tough test for Kilmurry and will be eager to replicate their performance in Round 1, when they prevailed over Inniscarra, 1-13 to 0-14. Youngster Micheal Horgan on his debut was Aghinagh’s star performer. If Kilmurry can fire, they should win.

Moving onto Sunday, there are two further games in the JAFC. First up at 2pm, Iveleary spearheaded by Cathal Vaughan and Chris Óg Jones meet Éire Óg in Round 3. Anything other than an Iveleary victory would be a big shock.

Later in the evening, a big crowd is expected in Macroom, as Canovee lock horns with Clondrohid in the Q-Final. A Canovee goal blitz was enough to get the better of Dripsey in Round 2, but an improvement is needed in this contest. Clondrohid’s second half performance propelled them to victory over Blarney in Round 2. Canovee look to be more balanced and get the nod to advance.

On Monday night, Coachford is the venue as Kilmichael and Donoughmore clash in Round 3. Kilmichael had to navigate the scenic route, beating Inniscarra in Round 2, while Donoughmore were too strong for Blarney in Round 1. Kilmichael might shade this one.

By Barry O’Mahony


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