WITH LESS than five miles separating these two clubs there is little one can hide from the other making victory all the sweeter when it comes.
In recent years the Bagenalstown outfit have made more progress than their neighbours who have been forced to retire many of the old guard but neither team has clinched a title for a long time; Erins Own last winning in 1970 and Ballinkillen in 2001.
Ballinkillen will look to two of the county's finest hurlers in Andrew Gaule and Darryl Roberts, particularly Roberts who excites as soon as possession is his.
If their neighbours keep these two men quiet they should well have enough to see them through with Craig Doyle, the Corcorans and John Rogers all in fine form of late. Drag out the old cliché of form counting for nothing in a local derby and this game is almost too hard to call. Craig Wall is another exciting prospect for the blue and gold charges of Ballinkillen and himself, Roberts and Gaule will all score.
Likewise for Doyle and co and although we are tempted to say Erins Own by two, Ballinkillen will not lie down, therefore:
Verdict: A draw