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Friday 18 April 2014

Ballincollig get off to a flyer against Innascarra in U-21

LAST weekend saw the commencement of the Macroom Motors Muskerry Under 21 Football Championship and with one exception the games played all produced competitive entertaining fare.

The one sided encounter involved the holder Ballincollig and Inniscarra and the former were always in control so they are clearly the team to beat in the current year's Under 21 football championship. At this stage it appears clear that Ballincollig will finish first in the group (2) section of the competition and they are likely to secure another victory on Saturday next when they will have home advantage for their encounter with Cill na Martra. Another team who performed well in the group (2) section last week were Canovee where a strong second half performance ensured them a five points victory over Cill na Martra and they will travel to Ballyanly next Sunday confident of securing another victory when they face Inniscarra.

Canovee had three players in the Muskerry Under 20 team in the division's recent outright victory in the Duhallow Invitation Tournament and these three players William Ahern, Sean O'Connor and Darragh Ring will be to the forefront on Sunday in their quest for another victory. Donoughmore's victory over Kilmurry in group (1) last week was one of the surprise results in what proved to be an exciting contest and Shane Healy's strong play at centre field was a huge factor in securing a two points victory for the former. In group (3) on Sunday last the game between Aghabullogue and Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh at the latter's venue went right down to the wire before Aghabullogue were victorious by a goal.

Beal Atha will consequently be hoping for a change of fortune in their second outing on Saturday next at home but they will expect nothing easy form their neighbours and fellow parishioners Iveleary. In group (4) Blarney face an intimidating task when they travel to Ovens to face one of the favoured sides Eire Og, but they are boosted by their exciting victory over Ballinora last weekend. In the second game in group (4) Naomh Aban, who gave an excellent performance last Monday when they were unlucky to lose to Eire Og by the narrowest of margins will have home advantage for their second outing.

They are strongly fancied to defeat Ballinora on Saturday and looking at those who lined out in their colours on Monday last this strong football club appear to have plenty of talented footballers coming on stream. The two Muskerry Cup semi-finals are also down for decision this weekend and they will both commence on Sunday at 11:30am. Kilmurry are expected to have the better of Aghinagh at Rusheen while Iveleary are fancied to overcome the Clondrohid challenge.

Fixtures

Saturday February 16

Under 21 Football Championship Group (2)

Ballincollig v Cill Na Martra 3:00

Under 21 Football Championship Group (3)

Beal Athan Ghaortaidh v Iveleary 3:00

Under 21 Football Championship Group (4)

Eire Og v Blarney 3:00

Naomh Aban v Ballinora 3:00

Sunday February 17

Under 21 Football Championship Group (2)

Inniscarra v Canovee 11:30

Kilmurry v Aghinagh 11:30

Iveleary v Clondrohid 11:30

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