Monday 23 October 2017

Muskerry travel to Killarney for must win clash

Diarmuid Sheehan

SUNDAY will see Muskerry make the trip to Kerry as they face Killarney in a must win fixture in the J2. The Mid Cork outfit have had a season to forget as they have struggled right from the off and currently find themselves sitting second from bottom and in real danger of going down.

Killarney will be a huge challenge this weekend as the Kingdom side are showing great form of late and disposed of Kanturk in the Plate last Sunday. Muskerry have to get something from this game as they are fast running out of time and games to save their disappointing season.

The big game this weekend is most certainly the clash of Kanturk and Mallow in the J2. This tie was originally scheduled to take place around the Christmas break but like many other fixtures at that time it fell afoul of the adverse weather conditions and had to be pushed out till later in the season.

The importance of this clash to both sides cannot be understated when one considers the implications of a loss for either team. A defeat for the visitors on Sunday will put an end to any hopes of promotion come season's end. Mallow have been very erratic of late and will be thoroughly disappointed about how their season has panned out considering they have been well in the hunt for one of the top spots all year long.

The home side have been building up for this opportunity all season as they have gone from strength to strength since the New Year. A win for Kanturk in this one will guarantee promotion to the top division for next season while a loss could put that dream in real jeopardy.

Sunday's game should be a real humdinger as all concerned will be hunting the victory at all costs. This one kicks off at 2.30 and will be a real advert for the game at this level. The final local side in the action this weekend is Fermoy. The North Cork side have been a little unpredictable of late but they have been consistent high scorers with a great ability to put sides away by running in numerous tries in a single outing.

Waterford City are the home side in this one and with both sides still hunting one of the promotion places this game will be a tense affair right from the off. Without doubt a defeat for either send will end their chances of going up for another year but a victory will keep them well in the hunt for the chance of elevation.

The visitors currently sit in third with the home side only one point and one place behind in fourth.

Advantage in the run-in will probably sit with Waterford as they have played one game less than their next opponents. Another game that looks like it will go all the way with a decisive score probably coming in the last five minutes. SUNDAY MARCH 20 Killarney v Muskerry Kanturk v Mallow Waterford City v Fermoy