High hopes of another win
Published 13/03/2013 | 05:44
Casey O'Brien's hurlers are also away in the national hurling league on Saturday. They play Kerry at Tralee in their third match and hopes are high that they can pull off another win.
Casey O'Brien is quietly confident that they can get a result in the Kingdom.
'We beat them in the championship last year,' he said, 'and there is no reason why we can't do it again'.
In fact that was a very good win in Arklow last May. We won by a clear five point margin in a high scoring game - 2-20 to 2-15, all our top scorers in that game are available for action again.
Jonathan O'Neill scored 0-11; Andy O'Brien got 1-5; Wayne O'Gorman scored the other goal while Eamonn Kearns, Ronan Keddy and Christy Moorehouse also got on the score sheet.
In fact all of the players involved last year with the exception of Graham Keogh and Stephen Kelly, who are still on the injured list, are available again.
So Casey has every reason to be confident of another win that would go a long way towards guaranteeing him his place in this division.
Of course he is in a much better than the footballers insofar as there is a play off at the end of the league where the two bottom teams will meet to decide who goes down.
No such comfort for Harry Murphy's men in the football league. Two teams will be relegated there and no play-offs. The team will be short of their centre half back Liam Kennedy and his absence will be a big loss in the defence.
Other than that Casey is expecting a full turnout of players and that will include his new signing from Tipperary, Alan Kelly and it is likely that Alan will get more match time on Saturday.
A lot of league matches on the home front but only one in the top division where the champions St Pat's are at home to Eire Og on Saturday.