PREVIEW: St Brendan’s And Abbeydorney To Battle For Semi-Final Place

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Austin Stack Park will host a showdown between St Brendan’s and Abbeydorney in Round 3 of the Garvey’s Supervalu Kerry Senior Hurling Championship on Saturday at 7pm. Mike O’Halloran gives his opinion on who will make the semi-finals…

Action from Abbeydorney v St Brendans back in 2015. Photo by Dermot Crean.

St Brendan’s take on Abbeydorney on Saturday night and will fancy their chances.

St Brendan’s have the experience of three games in the championship already and will surely haveĀ ironed out any glitches in their game plan that might help to overcome Abbeydorney.

Abbeydorney went down to Ballyduff in the opening round and were well in contention despite missing frees and a penalty, they got their wagon back on track against Ballyheigue and surely by now must have some idea of their best starting fifteen.

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David Egan ended up at full forward against Ballyheigue and Aiden Healy returned to the fray to bolster their challenge.

Brian Donovan is a rock between the posts, Kiearan Dineen will provide his services for any man marking job, expect him to pick up the St Brendan’s scoring machiene Cian Hussey or John Egan.

I expect that St Brendan’s will persist with the Carlow IT starĀ Kevin Hannafin at full back as he was excellent there when they lost their fullback to a second yellow in the game against Kilmoyley.

Nigel Roche will face his stiffest test yet when he comes up against one of Kerry’s greatest Darren Dineen.

Ronan Donovan will test the legs of the Horgan’s in close to goal, Abbeydorney will need to compete at midfield if they are to curb Daithi Griffin and Seamus Skinner.

Verdict: St Brendan’s to advance.

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