Kildalkey v Kiltale the pic of the opening SHC round

Kildalkey v Kiltale: This repeat of last year's Jubilee Cup final is undoubtedly the tie of the opening round in Pairc Tailteann on Friday evening, 7.30pm. Kildalkey's disappointing display against Trim in the league final suggests they have yet to hit peak form and Kiltale could get revenge here. Verdict - Kiltale.

St Peter's v Ratoath: Ratoath are keen to rediscover their 2020 form and will be at full strength for the first time this year at Dunshaughlin on Friday, 7.30pm. Dunboyne are capable of beating anyone on their day, but they will need to be at their best and Ratoath won't allow that happen. Verdict - Ratoath.

Na Fianna v Trim: It is a return to Rathmolyon on Friday (7.30pm) for these two in a repeat of last year's crucial meeting which determined who would advance. Trim were struggling last year, but they appear much better equipped this time around and it should be a bit more comfortable for them. Verdict - Trim.

Blackhall Gaels v Clann na nGael: Clann na nGael struggled to make any impact in A HL Div 1 and that might have hurt their confidence. Blackhall Gaels didn't set the world alight in Div 2, but when it comes to championship they can raise their game in Trim on Friday at 7.30pm. Verdict - Blackhall Gaels.

Killyon v Kilmessan: Undoubtedly the tie of the group and the game most likely to determine top spot. Killyon will be hoping to carry their A HL Div 2 final form into this game against Kilmessan in Boardsmill on Friday, 7.30pm and they should prevail. Verdict - Killyon.

Longwood v Boardsmill: This is a massive game for both sides at Killyon on Saturday, 6.30pm, if they are to maintain any hopes of advancing to the last six. Boardsmill are still bouncing from their IHC success, but Longwood will welcome back key players and that might be telling. Verdict - Longwood.