Pearse Og and St Peter’s are out to revive their season after suffering relegation from their respective leagues.
Pearse Ogs head to Lurgan as St Peter’s make the short trip to Davitt Park for an intriguing outing.
The Ogs, under new management, will be the big favourites having featured in a division above this year.
Shane McConville stepped away mid-season, and Conor Clarke has taken over the bainisteoir bib.
‘Shorty’ was part of the last Ogs team to win the championship. That class of ’09 remains the backbone of the current team.
Gerard Barton continues to man the square, while Chris Rafferty is still doing the business at centerfield.
The Duffy brothers, Paul and Anto, are the main players and Sean Moore has returned to the fold this year.
Vincy Brady one of the younger generation and will look control the tempo of game from the number six spot.
If St Peter’s are to cause an upset, their former county men are going to have to be on form.
Aaron Findon and Niall McConville are expected to carry the fight on Friday evening.
The midfield partnership of Findon and Ciaran McCavigan will certainly pose the city side plenty of questions.
Robbie Geary is set to compete with Paul Duffy in the white’s defence and that will be an interesting tussle.
Caolan Cush may favour a long kick out, in an attempt to get early ball into the likes of McConville and Niall Creaney.
While St Peter’s may cause some problems, the Ogs should make their way through to the quarter finals with a little to spare.