THE draw for the 2021 Bandon Co-op Carbery junior A football championship was made at the Co-op headquarters in Bandon on Tuesday afternoon.
A big difference in the championship this season, a once-off change, is that the second teams of senior and intermediate clubs, seven in all, were paired together in the first round as those clubs will not have played their senior and intermediate championship Round 1 games before the Carbery championship begins on August 6th/7th/8th.
There were 21 teams in the draw and Newcestown’s second team, who won the junior B in 2020 and upgraded to junior A, are the team with the bye into Round 2.
Kilmacabea, who are due to play the 2020 county junior A semi-final in a few weeks, are included in the draw but if they win that county and are promoted to intermediate, then their opponents, in this case St Mary’s, will get a bye into Round 2 of the Carbery championship. Ironically, Kilmacabea were the first team out of the cup in the draw.
Likewise, if Randal Óg win the county junior B championship, 2020, they will be promoted to junior A and will have to be included in the championship at the second-round stage.
The 2021 Bandon Co-op Junior A Football Championship draw is as follows: 1) Kilmacabea v St Mary’s; 2) Kilmeen v Barryroe: 3) Dohenys v Castlehaven; 4) St James v Argideen Rangers; 5) Muintir Bháire v Clann na nGael; 6) Clonakilty v Bandon; 7) St Oliver Plunkett’s v Diarmuid Ó Mathúna; (8) St Colum’s v Ballinascarthy; 9) O’Donovan Rossa v Carbery Rangers; 10) Kilbrittain v Tadhg MacCárthaigh. Newcestown – a bye.