Nash and Kennedy set for mouth-watering clash
The last eight of the O'Neill's All-Ireland Senior Singles Championships serve off tomorrow, with the meeting of No 1 seed Clare's Diarmaid Nash and former champion Eoin Kennedy the tie of the round.
The Banner man (27) is a regular sparring partner of Kennedy's and is preparing for a stern test.
"Every shot he hits has a purpose. We train together a fair bit. He's so good defensively. He's very wily, keeps you constantly moving," said Nash, who has been in stunning form of late, winning two of the four pre-championship tournaments.
"Eoin is a very, very good player but if you want to win the championship, you have to beat everybody and I think if I play well, I should win."
Along with the Dubliner, three other former champions are still standing, namely Armagh's Charly Shanks, Robbie McCarthy of Westmeath and holder Martin Mulkerrins (Galway), who meet Patrick Funchion, Peter Funchion and Gavin Buggy respectively.
Meanwhile in the ladies' senior singles, champion Martina McMahon (Limerick) has her maiden outing of the competition when she meets Kildare teenager Leah Doyle.