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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Iveleary fancied to advance in Junior Championship

Last weekend saw the Muskerry Junior Football Championship very much centre stage in the division and in all the games played at the time of writing there were winners, so progress is reported.

The outstanding game in the first round of this competition will be decided on Sunday afternoon next at Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh where Iveleary will play Macroom and the former will be strongly fancied to advance at the expense of their opponents second choice adult football side.

Iveleary qualified for a divisional final as recently as 2012 when they lost narrowly to Kilmurry and it was a year that saw them produce an amount of good football, but injuries to leading players in the last two years knocked them out of their stride and they lost form. They have one injury to contend with again for Sunday's encounter, with their team captain Pat O'Riordan unlikely to be fit for the fray but players like Cathal Vaughan, Donal Cotter, Brian Cronin, Ger O'Riordan and Barry Murphy are sure to make a significant impact and ensure they make a good start to their championship campaign.

In the first round games decided at the time of writing the most exciting one involved Kilmichael and Donoughmore. This was a very entertaining game of football that had those attending on their toes and Kilmichael eventually won a 4-10 to 4-7 scoreline.

Peter Kelleher and James O'Leary were formidable figures in their victory. In the other games played Kilmurry showed that they will make a bold bid to retain their crown when they secured a comfortable victory over Clondrohid while a last minute goal gave Blarney a dramatic victory over Naomh Abán. Canovee as expected were too good for the Cill Na Martrás second team.

In the most recent game played the encounter involving Inniscarra and Ballincollig on Tuesday at Blarney went right down to the wire. Inniscarra dug deep to finish two points ahead and they had to overcome the loss of a player in the 28th minute.

Sean O'Donoghue, Kevin Burke, Aaron O'Raw and Liam Collins were prominent for Innsicarra while Ballincolling's outstanding performer was their goal-keeper Ciarán Noonan.

MUSKERRY GAA FIXTURES

SATURDAY MAY 9

Junior Hurling League

Inniscarra v Kilmichael, 7:30pm

Gleann na Laoi v Aghabullogue, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 10

Ross Oil Junior Football Championship

Iveleary v Macroom at Béal Athan Ghaorthaidh, 1:30pm

MONDAY, MAY 11

Quish's Super Value Junior Football League Division 4

Dripsey v Ballincollig, 7:30pm

Junior Hurling League

Gleann na Laoi v Cloughdov, 7:30pm

Junior (B) Hurling League Section 1

Grenagh v Donoughmore, 7:30pm

TUESDAY, MAY 12

Junior (B) Hurling League Section II

Iveleary v Laochra Óg, 7:30pm

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