PREVIEW: Two Games Up For Decision In Hurling Championship This Weekend

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Mike O’Halloran previews this weekend’s Garveys SuperValu Senior Hurling Championship action in Austin Stack Park…

Friday 7pm Round 2B — Crotta O’Neill’s V Causeway

Paul McGrath in action for Causeway earlier this month. Photo by Dermot Crean

Causeway come into this game having two games under their belt after drawing with St Brendan’s in the first round.

Crotta O’Neills went down to Kilmoyley in the first round after battling hard in the first half, they ran out of steam in the second half.

Crotta are severely hampered by injuries and will find it difficult to overcome Causeway, who will see the return of Jason Diggins and one would suppose that the two games against St Brendan’s will sharpen their challenge and will have allowed them to iron out any difficulties they experienced on the field.

While the extra games will stand to Causeway, Crotta have been confined to training since July 1st. Causeway to progress.

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Saturday 7pm, Round 2A —  Kilmoyley V St Brendan’s

Kilmoyley and St Brendan’s in action last year. Photo by Dermot Crean

Kilmoyley, like Crotta, have not played in the championship since July 1.

I witnessed some of their training last night and they seem to be giving it holly. They will need to be at their best to challenge St Brendan’s who have found their mojo in the replay against Causeway.

St Brendan’s relied on the scoring exploits of Cian Hussey in the drawn game and even though he was quieter in the replay, they still prevailed. Kilmoyley will not worry about their opposition and have the confidence of champions.

Their sprinkling of Kerry stars like Aiden McCabe, Tom Murnane, James Godley, Paudie O’Connor and, of course, Daniel Collins, should be enough to see them over the line. Kilmoyley to continue their challenge via the front door.

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