Oran v St. Dominic’s on Saturday in Johnstown at 5.45 pm (Group A): Oran were excellent against Kilmore with Jack Earley in lethal form and they will expect to beat St Dominic’s in what looks likely to be a closely-fought tie. There won’t be much in this one but Oran look a really good young side. Prediction: Oran
Kilbride v Kilmore on Saturday in Strokestown at 5.45 pm (Group A): Both sides were well beaten in round one and will not want to lose two in a row. This is a hard game to predict. Kilmore rely a lot on Derek Connellan for their scores while Kilbride rely on Conor Devaney. It’s a toss-up to be honest. Prediction: A draw
Tulsk v Fuerty on Sunday in Fuerty at 3.30 pm (Group A): Fuerty are a decent outfit and they will be looking forward to this test against favourites Tulsk at Mulhern Park. After a couple of seasons where their potential has been unfulfilled, Tulsk are determined to win the IFC once and for all. This could be one of the best games of the weekend. Prediction: Tulsk
St. Barry’s v St. Aidan’s on Saturday in Tarmonbarry at 5.45 pm (Group B): Barry’s scored a hard-fought win against St. Michael’s in round one and they will be hoping to make it two on the trot against St. Aidan’s, who are slipping down the ranks with every passing year.
David Keenan and the McGowans should have enough influence to inspire a home win. Prediction: St. Barry’s
Shannon Gaels v St. Michael’s on Saturday in Croghan at 7.30 pm (Group B): Not much to choose between these two at Croghan. The junior champions will be hoping that home advantage will count – but Michael’s might just have too much for the home side on the night. Prediction: St. Michael’s
Éire Óg v Clann na nGael on Sunday in Loughglynn at 3.30 pm (Group B): A very long journey for Clann’s second string, who scored a good win in round one against Shannon Gaels. They won’t find it as easy here against the home side, who beat St. Aidan’s in round one.
Paul Freeman, Ross Nolan, Liam Creaton and Colm Lavin have the experience to lead Éire Óg to victory. Prediction: Éire Óg