Glenbeigh/Glencar, Duagh, Na Gaeil and St Pats all fancied to advance
County JFC quarter-final Previews
Beaufort v Glenbeigh/Glencar
REMAINS to be seen if district board familiarity will breed any contempt when these two Mid Kerry clubs clash in Beaufort on Saturday. Glenbeigh/Glencar are off to a flyer in division 3 of the county league, with three wins from three, and they started their JFC campaign with a win over Tuosist. Darran O'Sullivan will lead their attack , but Beaufort will alos have to be mindful of players of the quality of Gavan O'Grady, Bernard Murphy, Kieran McKenna and Pa Kilkenny.
Beaufort are finding division 3 football somewhat tougher, with just two draws and a loss from their opening three games. Ronan Murphy is a key figure around the middle of the field, while Eanna O'Malley and James Coffey are others who will lead the lines for them. A six-point win over Ballyduff in the first round will send Beaufort into this tie with good confidence, but Glenbeigh/Glencar look to have the superior forwards to send them through.
Duagh v Cordal
A rare example of two teams two divisions apart meeting in the championship, and on this occasion the lower ranked side might be favourite to win. Duagh sit joing-top of division 5 with three wins from three, while Cordal prop up division 3 with no point from three, so there are really just 12 county league places between these two. Duagh will be without goalkeeper Ger Kelly and defender Aaron O'Connor for this one after both were sent off for their part in an unsavoury melee against Scartaglin in the last round. They will rely heavily on Anthony Maher for midfield dominance.
Cordal saw off fellow division 3 strugglers Firies in their delayed first round match, which sends them to Duagh with some momentum, and in Eamon John O'Donoghue, Philip O'Connor and goalkeeper Sean Og O Ciardubhain, among others, they have some very fine footballers who will give it their all.
Playing on home soil will be a great advantage to Duagh, who are capable of getting the better of a division 3 side here.
Na Gaeil v Keel
TWO division 4 clubs engage here with only a point between them in the table - with Na Gaeil ahead by the narrowest of margins. Both teams have a few excellent footballers capable of winning matches single-handedly almost. Gary Sayers and Liam Sheehan can be a match winner for Keel, while David Culloty and Darragh Carmody can do likewise for the Tralee town club.
Na Gaeil had a comfortable first round win away to Churchill, while Keel had arguably the harder task with a trip to Tarbert, winning at the north Kerry venue by three points.
A tough game to call, with Keeel more than capable of going to Killeen and winning, but Na Gaeil at home are very tough to beat and get a tentative nod to shade it.
Verdict: Na Gaeil
Brosna v St Pats Blennerville
Another contest between clubs two divisions apart in the county league with division 2 outfit St Pats travelling to Brosna who operate in division 4. The Blennerville club have had a solid start to division 2, with a win, a loss and a draw, while they needed to draw on all their reserves to get past Sneem/Derrynane in the first round of the junior championship. Na Gaeil's goal in that 1-10 to 0-10 win was scored by David O'Callaghan and he is the player Brosna need to watch most.
Tom McGoldrick and Eamon Kiely are crucial players for Brosna, who are second in division 4 with four other teams. Their 0-9 to 0-8 win over Ballymacelligott was unexpected but fully deserved, but it's difficult to see them pull of a giant-killing of this proportion, with St Pats warmly fancied to advance.
Verdict: St Pats