The footballers of division one and two are quickly in action again, and another round of fixtures on Wednesday evening follows Sunday’s fare. Geordie McGuckin makes his predictions
DIVISION ONE – THROW-IN 8.15pm
Aghagallon v St Gall’s
A smashing performance to gain a victory up at Hannahstown on Sunday past and the 3-17 to 1-16 win over Lamh Dhearg did underline improvement from Aghagallon.
The points gained over Mairtin Lynch’s men will most likely boost morale as the St Mary’s men play hosts to St Gall’s.
The Milltown Blues are proving a trifle enigmatic thus far but although being held to a draw at home last time they will most likely travel with optimism.
The home side will seek to continue on the upgrade but they may well have to settle for second best this time.
Casement’s v St Paul’s
The Bannsider’s looked to have gained in confidence last time as they travelled to Milltown and returned with a point secured.
That looked a good return for the Portglenone men and back on home soil this time they play hosts to St Paul’s.
The Shaw’s Road men impressed as well last time when they proved surprise winners over the visiting Creggan and they will travel down the country with confidence boosted.
Casement’s will start as favourites and the Portglenone men may gain the day.
Cargin v Rossa
Cargin had to come with a late run to gain a share of the spoils at Corrigan Park at the weekend to finish on level terms with the Johnnies.
The Erin’s Own men were possibly not at their best in that Corrigan top of the table affair and will return to their own sod this time as they play hosts to Rossa.
The Shaw’s road side have struggled to gain the positive this term and losing out to the visiting Ahoghill last time will have not served to raise morale as they travel down to the Toome arena.
Cargin will start this one as firm favourites and they should collect the points.
Ahoghill v Aldergrove
This all South West affair which features Ahoghill and Aldergrove looks likely to be a well contested affair.
The home side did more than well to gain a full return of the points at Rossa last time when a late point earned them a 1-07 to 0-09 win and back on the Clooney sod they will step out in confidence.
Aldergrove did make it two wins on the trot when they followed a win over Rossa with a victory gained over St Teresa’s on Sunday.
The Crumlin men will travel in a positive mode but home advantage may play a part and the nod is given to the Ahoghill men.
Lamh Dhearg v St Teresa’s
The Hannahstown men have proved more than enigmatic thus far in 2017 as they continue to mix the good performances with the mediocre.
Having been on the wrong side of a 1-16 to 3-17 result on their own turf last time making concession to Aghagallon they will be hoping for a better performance this time as St Teresa’s pay a visit.
Glen road based St Teresa’s do remain too close to the bottom of the table for comfort as yet and will travel seeking better.
Lamh Dhearg will start as the strong favourites and if they can regain form then they should collect the points.
Creggan v St John’s
The Creggan men did lead the way in the divisional ratings for the opening phase but a couple of poor recent results has seen the Kickham’s men slip down the ratings.
Kevin Madden’s men will seek recovery and back on their own base they will face another stiff challenge here as the unbeaten St John’s come a calling.
The Johnnies have continued without defeat thus far in 2017 and although they ended all square with the visiting Cargin men last time that was a good performance against John Brennan’s charges.
This one does look ‘the match of the day’ with ground advantage possibly tipping the balance in favour of Creggan.
DIVSION TWO – THROW-IN 8.15pm
St Enda’s v Rasharkin
St Enda’s did continue on the positive vein on Sunday with a big win 4-12 to 0-2 gained over the visiting Davitt’s to remain on top of the pile.
The Glengormley men, despite having a long way to travel do seem to be on the upward trail and will look to remain on course as the welcome Rasharkin to their Hightown abode.
Rasharkin did come a cropper last time when beaten at St Brigid’s but the Dreen men have looked improved this term with ten points already in the bag.
St Enda’s will start as firm favourites again and they may well collect the points.
All Saint’s v Glenavy
Ballymena based All Saint’s having endured relegation last term have found consistency a problem thus far in 2016 lost out to Moneyglass last time and they do need to return to winning ways if they are to retain interest in the promotion stakes.
They have nine points gathered thus far and cannot contemplate many further reversals as they play hosts to second placed Glenavy this time.
The St Joseph’s men are faring well this term and with just a single defeat thus far the Chapel Hill are just a point behind the top placed St Enda’s.
This does look a close one with the points at stake certain to be a prize to be secured for both but ground advantage may tip the balance in favour of the Ballymena men.
Michael Davitt’s v St Comgall’s
Antrim based St Comgall’s having done more than well to secure promotion last term are struggling to retain their hard earned status.
Having failed to secure a win as yet the Dunsilly residents await their opening victory in the second grade as they travel to the Twinbrook based Michael Davitt’s.
The Davitt’s men also remain far from comfortable in the second division but with a couple of victories gained they are just above the relegation zone.
Davitt’s will start as favourites and although it may not be at all easy they may secure the points.
Ardoyne v Moneyglass
After a slow start the Moneyglass men seem to have adjusted to life without a number who have decided to call it a day and several who have travelled down under.
The St Ergnat’s are now in a better place and another win last week and a 1-12 to 0-13 victory gained over All Saint’s sees progress on the upward way and they will travel in confidence to the North of Belfast and Ardoyne.
Kickham’s Ardoyne really enjoyed an excellent 2016 campaign and the promotion which followed but they have struggled to retain such in the higher grade with just a single win to date.
The home side really require the points but the in-form Moneyglass may well gain the win.
Dunloy v Tir na Nog
Cuchullian’s Dunloy having started the present season in confidence have failed to sustain such positivity and Sunday’s defeat endured at Glenavy was their second in succession.
They will return to their own sod again for this one and will seek better as they play hosts to Randalstown based Tir na Nog.
The Whitehill men having proved sluggish in the early part of the season have hinted at better of late and a home win gained over Gort na Mona on Sunday last may well have aided morale as they take the road to Dunloy.
The Cuchullian’s will start as favourites and if they do return to early season mode they may well gain the verdict.
Gort na Mona v St Brigid’s
West Belfast based Gort na Mona are based on five points at present and although not in the relegation zone they need points to gin the upward.
They are back on home soil again but playing hosts to the in-form St Brigid’s may well cause concern.
St Brigid’s are really impressing at the present and they do seem to be scoring for fun.
The racked up an impressive 5-11 last time and leading the way in the division they look focused on a return to the top division.
Gort na Mona will be hoping for improvement but the Biddies will arrive as firm favourites and should return to the South side of the city with points secured.