A DUCON Cup quarterfinal clash of Cullen and Millstreet is sure to raise interest in Knocknagree this Friday. Indeed, a close battle looms for the right to play Rockchapel in the second semi-final with Boherbue in the happy position of progressing to the decider.
Cullen utilised experience with a number of promising newcomers for the preliminary rounds. Dwelling on those games, Cullen emerged the only team to overcome top of the table Rockchapel, recording six wins from nine starts and they remained in contention to securing a semi-final place but came up just short of Knocknagree.
Those who were tempted to write Millstreet off following a mixed start were proved wrong. Though dropping points earlier in the campaign on draws against both Castlemagner and Kilbrin, Millstreet recorded key wins over Knocknagree and Dromtariffe.
When the sides clashed in the preliminary round, the game's lone goal from Gearóid Twomey proved crucial for Cullen to gather a three point win.
Cullen achieved their target thanks to a gritty first half performance on parading against the elements and Twomey's spectacular strike created a significant impact on the proceedings where the strong resistance of James O'Sullivan, Dermot and Denis Hickey stood out. And stepping forward, Mike Fleming and Alan O'Regan gathered some key points.
Millstreet were forced to survive a nervous finish to edge past Dromtariffe by the narrowest of margins to secure the last position in the play-off stages. Millstreet got down to business through the convincing play of Brian G Murphy, Patrick Coleman and Mark Ellis with Kevin Crowley and Tadgh Collins netting goals.
Meetings between the pair are noted close affairs, much of the same can be expected on Friday where the winners advance to the penultimate hurdle.