Knocknagoshel v Scartaglin
(Saturday April 21 6.30pm in Knocknagoshel) THE first of two big derbies in the quarter-finals sees last year's runners-up come up against what is generally believed to be an improving Knocknagoshel side.
Scart certainly won't want to start like they did against Moyvane (failing to score in the opening 20 minutes and needing the post to prevent a Moyvane goal) and whether that proves to be the wake-up call they need will very much be judged by their opponents.
Knocknagoshel have James and Edmund Walsh nicely maturing into class players and will feel very confident of victory especially on home turf. Padraig Reidy's full-time availability for the moment should help his club but this is one where Scart can't really allow any complacency and a repeat of last year's agonising defeat to Brosna may be on the cards for them if they fail to stamp their authority on the game.
The pain of last year should be enough warning though.
Renard v Valentia
(Saturday April 21, 6.30pm in Renard) MORALE might not be high around both clubs as the wave of emigration takes its effect on playing numbers, but at least both clubs can concentrate on football this weekend and the prize of a place in the semi-finals.
Valentia are arguably in the better position coming into this one, they defeated a fancied Ballydonoghue side while Renard struggled against Kilgarvan needing extratime to advance. Considering both victories were by tight margins expect this one to go all the way as well.
Killian Young played a big part in his club's victory with a splendid goal in that game and certainly seems to be fulfilling a more advanced role for Renard. John Shanahan continues to carry Valentia's big threat in the scoring stakes yet Paul O'sullivan is another impressive performer and should they negate Young's influence on the game then, the Young Islanders might very well replicate their victory over the same opposition of two years ago.
Templenoe v Beale
(put back to weekend of April
28/29 in Templenoe) TWO Division Four sides with a lot to prove. In the case of Templenoe, it means showing that their young players will bring a new period of success to the club.
In terms of Beale, they are a club that managed to halt their slide down the footballing ladder last year and are anxious to get back to where they once were. Both had close games in the First Round but Templenoe looked probably the more impressive of the two, holding off Listry on their own, whereas Beale needed Liam Cummins' heroics along with the woodwork to keep St Senans at bay.
With Tadgh Morley, Gavin and Brian Crowley along with Patrick Palmer to name a few the Kenmare District side look impressive and Beale will need a big day out of Cummins, Tom Joy and the team as whole if they are to advance. The overall momentum is with the home side at the moment however and expect them to make it to the semifinals.
Lispole v Ballylongford
(Sunday April 22, 2.30pm in Lispole) A LACK of games so far provides Ballylongford with their biggest obstacle ahead of their entry into the competition at the quarter-final stage.
Not only have they had a Bye in this competition but they have also already sat out two rounds of the County League while Lispole have had a full complement of games. The West Kerry side had a good victory away to Fossa in the opening round and considering their position in Division Four will be expected to advance to the semifinals.
David Culhane needs a big game for the visitors if Ballylongford are to cause an upset but the twin threat of Cathal and Declan O'sullivan should be good enough to see them earn a victory that will put them in a very enterprising position in the competition overall.