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Kerry star Paudie Clifford in action for his club Fossa Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Kerry star Paudie Clifford in action for his club Fossa Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Kerry star Paudie Clifford in action for his club Fossa Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

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COUNTY PREMIER JUNIOR QUARTER-FINALS

Fossa v Listry

Sunday, October 3

Fossa, 2.30pm

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Looked at from before the weekend’s action the power of the home quarter looks like it should be fairly powerful. In a lot of cases just because of the distance involved for the travelling team. That really won’t be an issue for Listry, with little more than a ten minute journey between the two clubs according to Google Maps.

Add to that the fact that Marc Ó Sé’s side operated this season in Division 2 of the county league – albeit that it was something of a struggle – while Fossa plied their trade in Division 4 – and failed to emerge from it – and we should have a really competitive game, shouldn’t we?

We should and, yet, because of the absence of the two Clifford brothers for the County League it’s not really an accurate guide. What they've done so far in this competition is much more telling and Fossa are unbeaten with a plus thirty point scoring difference.

Listry have been pretty tasty too in a group with last year’s finalists, Gneeveguilla, just losing one game. There probably won’t be much between these sides, but with the Cliffords on board that could be the difference.

Verdict: Fossa

Annascaul v St Michaels/Foilmore

Sunday, October 3

Annascaul, 2.30pm

Annascaul have really hit the ground running in the Premier grade ever since their victory over Castlegregory in the 2020 junior decider just a couple of weeks ago. Three wins from three in the group has set them up for this home quarter-final and we’ve a feeling it's going to be a pretty powerful advantage.

After all they were hugely impressive there last weekend seeing off Keel with the Hickson brothers and Killian Falvey in fine form. Still St Michaels / Foilmore with the O’Connor brothers in equally fine form won’t fear a trip to Paddy Kennedy Park.

Ballyfoilmore’s sole defeat came at the hands of Fossa – no shame there – and in that game last weekend gave it a right rattle (in Fossa as it turns out), going down to just a 3-13 to 1-15 defeat. This is a really good outfit.

Again there really shouldn't be much in this, but we’ll give the nod to the home side. Just about.

Verdict: Annascaul

Skellig Rangers v Brosna 

Sunday, October 3

Portmagee, 2.30pm

Were this game being played even at a neutral venue we might be more inclined to give the nod to a Brosna side who seem to be very much in a rich vein of form over the last twelve months or so.

They are a side who operated a division above an improving Skellig Rangers in the county leagues and very much know what they’re all about with some quality players all over the park, with young Paul Walsh possibly standing out most of all.

All that said the game isn’t being played just anywhere. It’s being played in Portmagree, quite a trek from Brosna of a Sunday afternoon. That alone is enough to put them on the back foot before you even consider how well Skellig are going at the moment. 

They earned home advantage with three wins from three in a group containing an up and coming Churchill, recently relegated Waterville and 2019 finalists St Senans. Never say never, but it does look advantage to Skellig.

Verdict: Skellig Rangers


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