It promises to be a very tight affair. Both teams have amassed six goals so far, with Daniel Sheehan scoring four for Mallow while Fermoy has had more goalscorers. This balance could give them the advantage.
The West Cork side will always be complaining about how they left a five-point lead against Fermoy last time out. With Edmund Keneally and Luke Meade in fine form, they should pick up the win against an improving and unlucky Cloyne.
Declan Dalton and Billy Dunne continue to shine for O’Neill’s as they look favorites to secure the seed. Killeagh will look to Eoghan Keniry to turn the tide of losing close games.
At Father O’Neill’s
This is a highly anticipated clash between the last two PIHC champions. Blarney will need Cork players Mark Coleman and Shane Barrett to be fit while Courceys will rely on Sean Twomey and Jerry O’Neill.
Ballyhea managed to limit the influence of Bride’s Brian Roche last time out and Ballymartle will need to do the same and secure the support of Darren McCarthy up front to avoid the relegation play-off.
Roads of the bride
Pa O’Callaghan’s form propelled Ballyhea top of the group with Bride Rovers while in Seán Walsh Carrigtwohill has its own match winner. How the respective defenses limit these two players will be key to progress.
Douglas, starring Shane Kingston and Mark Harrington, have been the most impressive team in the Championship to date and they should face a stern challenge from an improving Newtown for whom Conor and Jack Twomey have impressed.
The Magpies need to win to progress and the struggling Kanturk will be wary of the threat from MM. Lehane, O’Farrell and Beausang, although Colin and Aidan Walsh have the potential to trouble Midleton’s backline.
Conor Lenihan had an outstanding performance for Erin’s Own last time out and the emergence of some young talent will have them feeling optimistic about the knockout stages. Bishopstown will like their chances but could find themselves ruining their score difference.
The Glen dusted off the cobwebs by easily beating Bishopstown last time out with Patrick Horgan in worrying form. Their Northside neighbors miss the Daire Connery drive.
The form of Jack Doyle and Darragh Fitzgibbon is a source of optimism for Charleville as they seek to reverse the result of last year’s clash. Alan Connolly made the difference then, because he could be here.
Barr’s young guns, played by Ethan Twomey, led them to victory over Blackrock last time out when the break was a welcome one for both of them. Aaron Myers was the best for a Sars team that needs to win.
Castlelyons, with Alan Fenton in the forefront, should have too much for an injury-stricken Éire Óg side.
Brian Kelleher continues to be Carrig’s talisman while Sean Desmond shone for the ‘Hill. A hard one to call.
Inniscarra, with excellent Seán O’Donoghue and Colm Casey, has been the form team. This form should continue here.
Bill Cooper is a big loss for Youghal while Michael Cahalane and Darren Crowley should see Bandon win.
Evan Cullinane has impressed for the Blues, and they will need his form to continue against a Castlemartyr side led by Ciarán Joyce and Brian Lawton.
Kilworth will look to Noel McNamara to lead them to the meaningful victory they need to progress against a Ballincollig side who failed to draw.