Two local derbies top the bill tonight as football leagues continue
There’s a full programme of football league games tonight but the ones likely to cause the greatest interest are the meeting of neighbours, Erin’s Own Cargin and Kickham’s Creggan in Toome (7-30)
Creggan make the short journey down the road as league champions but after a good start to this year’s league campaign they suffered defeat last time out at the hands of St. John’s while Cargin have put back to back wins together after losing on the opening day to St. Enda’s.
Rivalry between these two are fierce and both will be keen to claim the bragging rights but home advantage could sway it in favour of Damian Cassidy’s side but don’t rule out the possibility of a draw.
Over at O’Cahan Park the rivalry is likely to be no less intense as Casement’s meet up with old foes, St. Mary’s Ahoghill. The Casement’s have recorded a couple of wins on the bounce after losing narrowly to Creggan on day one.
The home will start this one as favourites but form can go out the window when these two meet. Ahoghill despite a lengthy injury list will travel with some confidence after wins over Gort na Mona and an O’Cahan Cup win over St. James’ Aldergrove.
Elsewhere unbeaten St. Gall’s will be hoping to take their unbeaten run to four as they entertain St. Brigid’s while pointless Aghagallon face another stiff test when they travel to Corrigan Park.
There is a full list of fixtures in all three divisions. Saffron Gael will endeavour to cover as many games as possible but we will need the support of the club’s PROs to send us details and match reports to get as wide as coverage as possible.
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