O’ Cahan Cup Preliminary round (Sunday 18th Feb)
The opening phase of the O’ Cahan Cup competition, the premier event in the South West Division has been scheduled for Sunday next and no doubt the organising body will be keeping an eye on the skies in the next few days hoping for the weather taking a turn for the better.
O’ Cahan Cup (preliminary round)
All games at 2.00pm
St Mary’s Aghagallon v St Mary’s Rasharkin
The Aghagallon men enjoyed a good 2017 season both in league and championship, having finished in the top six in the premier division they gave Cargin a run for their money in the senior championship.
The St Mary’s side will be keen to make further progress in 2018 and will fancy their chances in this opener as they play hosts to Rasharkin.
The Rasharkin men have hinted at improvement of late but this looks a tough assignment as they take the road up to Aghagallon with a home win most likely.
Tir Na Nog v All Saint’s Ballymena
This looks likely to be a close one as All Saint’s leave their Ballymena base and take a trip up to Randalstown to meet up with Tir na Nog on their Whitehill arena.
The home side did fare quite well last term concluding the season with success in the under-21 grade taking the title against Cuchullian’s Dunloy following an exciting final on the Portglenone sod.
All Saints did not make the progress expected by most observers in 2017 in the league, but they made it all the way to the Intermediate championship semi-final and although losing out to a good St Brigid’s in that one they certainly underlined potential within
A close encounter is on the cards and it could go either way but All Saint’s with several county seniors on board may well gain the verdict.
Con Magee’s Glenravel v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass
Glenravel have struggled against adversity for a while but the Con Magee’s men with a youthful panel at disposal are quite capable of improvement sooner, rather than later.
They did produce excellent under-16 and minor teams last term and such are the building blocks of better times ahead and they will look forward to this visit of Moneyglass.
The St Ergnat’s side did well in the second grade last term and with a youth based panel at disposal they are more than capable of improvement.
The home side will most likely give their visitors a run for their money but an away win is most likely.
The full draw of the competition was as follows;
1 Kickham’s Creggan (bye)
2 St James Aldergrove (bye)
3 Erin’s Own Cargin (bye)
4 St Mary’s Aghagallon v St Marys Rasharkin
5 St Mary’s Ahoghill v St Enda’s
6 Tir na Nog v All Saint’s Ballymena
7 Con Magee’s Glenravel v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass
8 Casement’s Portglenone v St Joseph’s Glenavy
A 4 v 2
B 6 v 8
C 7 v 1
D 5 v 3
B v D