? Cork Business League Weekend Preview 22nd – 24th October 2021 ?

IN the first division all eyes will be firmly fixed on Father Ferris Pk.,Castlelyons on Sunday morning as unbeaten Brew Boys entertain the leaders Lion’s Den in what promises to be the first Super Sunday clash of the season. Anthony Cody’s home side have really impressed in the league, notching up seven straight wins while scoring more goals than any other team in the division. Tom McGrath, Mike Aherne, Gavin Quirke and Adam Byrne have featured regularly among the thirty-one goals scored to date. The Lion’s Den have also enjoyed a fruitful start to the campaign, staying in pole position since mid August and having only suffered one defeat in nine outings. David Gaffney has been in fine goal scoring form throughout with Sean Lynch and Sam Kelleher chipping in with crucial goals along the way. A win for Brew would see the hosts go top for the first time on goal difference and have the luxury of having two matches in hand over their opponents. On the other hand, a Lion’s Den victory would consolidate their lead at the top and would make up handsomely for the recent two-nil home loss to Suro Cars. A win for either team would be music, in the form of jazz in the weekend’s that’s in it, to the ears of either contingent.

Daz Barbers will have more than a passing interest in the result between the top two, as, if either slip up they are right back in contention should they extract full points from their home fixture with mid table Cork Hospitals at Mayfield Community School on Friday night. Arainn McGrath’s charges are a force for any opposition on their day. Jay Clow has been pulling the strings in midfield for striker Kieran Buckley to display his prowess in front of goal. The Hospitals have been hampered by the lack of a regular number one but managed to steady the ship last week with an eye catching 5-1 win over Suro Cars. Jay Bazz, with have only three league matches played due to their exploits in the shield, have a tough encounter at home against Longboats at Mayfield Community School. The visitors lost for the first time to Brew Boys two weeks ago and won’t want to record another draw to add to the four they’ve managed so far. Two teams struggling at the wrong end of the table, VIP Barbers and Telus International meet at Crosshaven while Trend Micro could move up to the heady position of fifth with a win over Derrow Rovs.

In the premier division, shield finalists Satellite Taxis will attempt move six points clear with a sixth straight win, this time over District 11 who have yet to find their feet in the top flight. Kick-off is at 10.45am at Deerpark Secondary School on Sunday morning. Davie O’Mahony’s Harp Celtic will be looking to pick up their first points should they overcome Jason O’Neill Electrical at Mayfield Pk. on Saturday afternoon. Harp emerged 2-1 winners when the teams met in a shield group encounter back in early August. On that occasion Aaron Roche and Jake Smith put Celtic two up before Paudie Cotter reduced the deficit from the penalty-spot with two minutes remaining. Experienced referee Grahame Duffy makes a welcome return from injury and will take centre stage at Mayfield Pk. Ringmahon Park is the venue on Sunday afternoon for the two Solicitors’ teams, Martin Harvey and Healy O’Connor, to do business. A point separates both teams in the table and a draw is a likely outcome.