Cork IT can halt NUI Galway's Fitzgibbon giant-killers
Cork IT have never won this competition but they have come close in recent years, reaching the final in 2012 and 2014, and their form in the competition to date, along with some of the big names on the team sheet means they look to have the raw materials to make a serious assault on honours this year.
They went unbeaten through Group A, taking out St Pat's, Drumcondra, DCU and UCD in the process with the likes of Tipperary's John O'Dwyer and Cork trio Aidan Walsh, Bill Cooper and Mark Ellis providing the inspiration as part of a well balanced side.
NUI Galway's form has fluctuated wildly in the competition to date.
They were expected to struggle in Group B and were hammered by UL in the first round but caused a major shock when beating one of the pre-tournament favourites in UCC, who boasted the likes of Shane O'Donnell (Clare) and Conor Lehane and Alan Cadogan (both Cork) in their line up.
Bobby Duggan (Clare) and Cathal Mannion (Galway) have been doing the bulk of the damage for the Connacht side, who will need to be at their best to progress any further in the tournament.
However, their win over UCC serves as a warning to Cork IT of what they are capable of and they should have enough to clear this tricky hurdle to make it to the weekend.
Cork IT v NUI Galway, Cork IT, 2.00pm, B Gavin (Offaly)
Odds: Cork IT 3/10, NUI Galway 11/4, Draw 10/1
Verdict: Cork IT