THE omens are not good for Currow. Similar to two years ago they are playing a team they lost to in the County League the week before an Intermediate Championship match and they subsequently lost the Intermediate match the following week.
The one difference this time between this and Waterville in 2011 is that they are at home for the Championship match and not playing in a neutral venue like they were for that year's semi-final. Their loss to An Ghaeltacht last weekend was also without Tomas O Se being present for the West Kerry side, making Sunday's return match all the more difficult for the St Kierans side.
O Se is expected to return for his club this weekend after the back injury that bothered him before the Dublin game saw him rested as a precaution. Rob MacGearailt is definitely out for the West Kerry side having played a big part for An Ghaeltacht in their first round win over Ardfert back in June.
It seems a long time since Currow beat Castleisland Desmonds in the first round and while they have progressed well in Division Two this year, last week's defeat is really something that they could have done without. If they are to reverse last weekend's result then they will need massive performances from Seamus Scanlon, John Buckley and Mike McCarthy to name a few. However, with John and Cathal Daly along with Eugene Cronin on the injured list and with at least 10 players who have emigrated in the last year, this is a big ask for the home side.
The fact they will be at home will give Currow encouragement but we appear to be seeing the merging of the old with the new in the An Ghaeltacht ranks as Padraig O Se, Eanna O Conchuir and Cathal O Luing (left) take their place alongside the marquee names of Tomas and Marc O Se.
One senses that they are ready to rise again, and while it might not be this year they might not be too far off it if they keep them all together over the coming years.
Verdict: An Ghaeltacht