Geordie McGuckin looks at this weekend’s football fixtures
Following a mid-week list the footballers are in action again at the week-end as a full list is prepared.
This is the penultimate round of games prior to the split and although the top four places are claimed in the top grade three sides, Lamh Dhearg, Casement’s and Aghagallon remain in contention for the remaining two places.
In division two there is a similar position as the sides who will proceed in section A with the top four places seemingly claimed with four in contention for the remaining two with Rasharkin, All Saint’s, Dunloy and Tir na Nog involved.
Division one and two will proceed further as in last year.
Another round of games fixed in division three which proceed on a home and away basis until conclusion.
Sat 24th June at 8.00pm
Cargin v Ahoghill
The Cargin men are firing on all cylinders it seems and with just a single reversal thus far, and despite that defeat endured at Creggan in round two the Toome men remain top of the pile.
An impressive win at Aldergrove last time ensured they gained an uncontested lead with the Johnnies dropping a point and they will play hosts to St Mary’s Ahoghill in a confident frame and they will start as hot favourites.
Ahoghill are struggling to gain composure this term as yet and the Clooney men with just a five point total gathered as yet will look for improvement.
They lost out to St Teresa’s last time and this looks a more difficult assignment.
Cargin will enter the fray as firm favourites and in the current climate they look the likely winners.
Sunday 25th June at 3.00pm
Lamh Dhearg v St Paul’s
Although Lamh Dhearg are in strong contention for a place in the A section for the next phase they have proceeded in quite an enigmatic fashion thus far in 2017.
The Hannahstown men have recorded five wins but they have endured four defeats in their programme to date and will look for better as they play hosts to St Paul’s this time.
Shaw’s road based St Paul’s looked a trifle out of sorts for most of the year with just two wins to date.
They did look good in an eye catching win gained over the visiting Creggan men at the start of the month and they will travel up the mountain road hoping they can replicate such form.
Lamh Dhearg will start as firm favourites and they should gain the points.
Aghagallon v St John’s
St Mary’s Aghagallon are the ‘new kids on the block’ in the top division this term and although it did take the reigning division two league and Intermediate champions they do seem on the positive trail of late.
They recorded a win up at Hannahstown a couple of games back and although losing at Milltown next time they returned to form on Wednesday night with an emphatic away win at St Paul’s.
The Johnnies visit Aghagallon in this one and the Corrigan men, who have slipped a little down the ratings of late losing at Creggan in their penultimate game and held to a draw on home turf last time as Casement’s shared the spoils.
The Corrigan men will travel looking to get back to winning ways.
This looks an interesting pairing and could well be a close one but St John’s may well gain the day.
Casement’s v Rossa
Portglenone based Casement’s seem in search of a place in the top six this term and they seem to be on the way.
The Bannsider’s travelled up to Corrigan last time and held the residents to a draw to follow a home win when St Paul’s came a calling and they will look for another positive return here as Rossa come calling.
O’ Donovan Rossa are struggling to gain a foothold in 2017 and the Shaw’s road side are much closer to the bottom in the ratings than the top.
They have only managed a couple of wins thus far in the current season and dwell in company with their near neighbours St Paul’s at the foot of the table.
Rossa need points and they will travel seeking a return of such but in the present climate a home win looks most likely.
St Gall’s v St Teresa’s
St Gall’s seem to have their eyes firmly fixed on league issues this term and the Milltown men remain within striking distance of the front running Cargin men just a couple of points in arrears at present.
They recorded a three point win over the visiting Hannahstown men last time and this looks easier as St Teresa’s pay a visit.
Glen road based St Teresa’s have gathered five point thus far and they will look for improvement as they travel up to the Lower Falls this time.
They gained a good win over the visiting Ahoghill last time and such may well have provided a timely boost to morale.
St Gall’s will start this one as short priced favourites and the Milltown men should take the points.
Creggan v Aldergrove
Kickham’s Creggan remain just a point behind the front running Cargin men and Kevin Madden’s charges will look to keep in such proximity here as the play hosts to Aldergrove.
They had a good win at St Paul’s last time and will return to their own sod looking to retain the winning habit.
St James’s Aldergrove were stopped in their tracks last time, when a defeat inflicted by the visiting Cargin saw a three game winning run come to an end and they will seek better here at Creggan.
The Crumlin men took a time to warm to the task this term remaining without a point in the opening five rounds, and looked good until that last offering.
Creggan will start as favourites and they should gain the day.
Sunday 25th June at 3.00pm
Dunloy v Gort na Mona
Cuchullian’s Dunloy hinted at a return to form last time when they travelled to Belfast and shared the points in a drawn affair with St Brigid’s.
The dual club had lost form for a while after a promising start to 2017 and they will return to home base this time to welcome Gort na Mona to Pearse Park.
West Belfast based Gort na Mona having struggled to gain in consistency for most of the season came good last time when they gained a win at Rasharkin.
That 2-07 to 1-08 win at Dreen was not anticipated and the West Belfast side will take the country road again possibly in confidence as they visit Dunloy.
This may well be a close one if the Gorts continue in positivity but a home win looks the most likely scenario.
St Enda’s v Moneyglass
Glengormley based St Enda’s seem to have sights firmly fixed on promotion and they seem on track thus far with only a single defeat endured thus far in 2017.
They claimed an easy win over St Comgall’s last time out and will return to their own Hightown base in confidence as they anticipate a visit from Moneyglass.
St Ergnat’s Moneyglass have hit form of late and they impressed last time with a 1-16 to 1-09 win gained over Davitt’s.
Moneyglass have a good blend of youth and experience within and they look in business now. St Enda’s will start as favourites but they will have to be at their best if they are to claim a full return.
Michael Davitt’s v Glenavy
Former Junior champions Michael Davitt’s are struggling to gain a foothold this term and with just a couple of positive returns to date they remain too close to the bottom for their own comfort.
The Twinbrook side were well beaten at Moneyglass last time and this looks another difficult assignment as they take the country route again and visit Glenavy.
St Joseph’s Glenavy are faring more than well this season and with just a single defeat endured thus far the Chapel Hill residents are just a point in arrears of top placed St Enda’s.
They had another win over the visiting Ardoyne last time and will look for a similar return again this time.
Glenavy will start as firm favourites and they should collect the points to remain close to the top.
All Saint’s v St Brigid’s
Ballymena based All Saint’s have proved rather disappointing in their offerings to date in the 2017 leagues.
They endured relegation from the top grade at the end of last season but more than a few had expressed an opinion that the All Saint’s would soon return upwards but such looks out of reach at present as they struggle in mid-table.
St Brigid’s are certainly in the mix at the top end of the table and the South Belfast side are currently holding third spot in the ratings.
They were held to a draw on their own domain last time as Dunloy claimed a share of the points in a high scoring affair and they will travel looking a return to winning ways.
All Saint’s are most likely capable of better than produced to date and if they bring their A game to the table they are more than capable of securing the verdict.
Ardoyne v Tir na Nog
Having impressed in the 2026 season when the strolled through the third grade to secure the league title and promotion North Belfast based Ardoyne are finding life more difficult in their new niche.
They have but a single win gained to date and points are required if they are to halt the slide backwards.
Randalstown based Tir na Nog took time to get it together this term but the Whitehill Blues do seem to have gained the positive of late.
Having remained unbeaten in their last three outings, including a win gained over All Saint’s, they look on the upward way as they play hosts to the bottom dwelling Ardoyne.
Tir na Nog will start as hot favourites and they should collect another couple of points.
O’Donnell’s v St Patrick’s
Mc Crory Park residents O’ Donnell’s are going well at the moment and having claimed a good win over the high flying Glenravel last time underlines such.
They are back on home turf for this one as Lisburn based St Patrick’s come calling and they may well add another couple of points.
St Agnes v St Malachy’s
This all Belfast affair brings together St Agnes and St Malachy’s in what does look to be a keen affair.
The Aggies will enjoy home advantage but the Mal’s do seem to have found form of late and men from the Markets area of the city may well gain the points.
Sarsfield’s v Glenravel
This top of the table clash brings together Sarsfield’s and Con Magees Glenravel first and second respectively in the ratings in what looks a close affair.
The Paddies enjoy home advantage and that may well give them the edge and they may well claim the points.