AFTER an epic in Foilmore can this weekend's revival live up to it?
More than likely not. Lightening doesn't strike twice and for one of the teams in action that will be very welcome indeed. Do you judge the form line going into this game on the basis of the first half that afternoon? Or do you judge it by the second? Or by the first half of extra-time or the second? It's very hard to know. The smartest thing to do would be to take it in the round. St Michaels / Foilmore were surely somewhat disappointed to ram home their advantage in the second half having led at the break. Then again they were impressive in injury time.
And what of Kenmare District? Disappointing in the first half, classy (if somewhat profligate) in the second. In danger or going out with seconds left on the clock and yet gutsy enough to battle back and secure this replay. This replay on their home soil in Templenoe.
That's a big advantage to them. As indeed is the fact they're playing their second competitive game in the space of two weeks as opposed to their first in three or four months.
Will St Michaels / Foilmore be left to rue the fact they didn't beat them when they were somewhat rusty and when they had them on the rack in their own backyard? Quite possibly. If there's one thing about this St Michaels / Foilmore side that we should be aware of it's their resilience. After their humbling by a Colm Cooper inspired Crokes, afterall, they bounced back and on their travels defeated a fancied St Brendans side in Blennerville.
That's the game they'll be looking for inspiration to as any other. They'll need their star performers – Mark Griffin, Sean Fogarty, Ronan O'Connor and Eanna O'Connor – to rise to the level of Kenmare's impressive bunch of young footballers – Stephen O'Brien, Mark Crowley, Brian Crowley, Tadhg Morley. They'll need to avoid lapses in concentration like the one which allowed Legion in for a draw at the weekend, despite being the home side and despite leading by four.
Still it's hard to escape the notion that Kenmare District are the better positioned side to win through here. They have home advantage. They have a slighty psychological advantage having snatched that late draw. They have the game they needed under their belts. It won't be easy by any means, but they can do it.
Verdict: Kenmare District