The football leagues are almost at completion but more than a few issues remain to be resolved as the winners and those to move upwards, and those who will contemplate life in a lower division remain to be decided.
Sunday’s fare may well ensue a clearer picture will emerge but all should be resolved in the last scheduled date for completion on 28th Oct.
Sunday 14th Oct at 2.30pm
Division One Section A
St Gall’s v Lamh Dhearg
Although the league title 2018 seems bound for Creggan, St Gall’s remain in touch and although they will look for the Kickham’s men to trip up in their last couple of games the Milltown men will try to keep them in sight as they play hosts to Lamh Dhearg in their penultimate game of the season.
A full return is required if they are to keep hopes alive and they will look to brush away post championship blues following that last gasp defeat endured at the hands of Cargin last week.
Lamh Dhearg have struggled to make impact this term as they sought to follow the same positive trail as in last season but they remain in contention for a top four finish and the Hannahstown men may well have an eye on that finishing berth.
This one could be firmly contested as both look to claim the points but home advantage may aid the ‘Milltown Blues’ to a full return.
Kickham’s Creggan v Erin’s Own Cargin
A local derby affair which usually would attract a good audience but with this duo set to cross swords in a history making senior championship decider next week it is doubtful if either side will be focused on the outcome.
Creggan are in the driving seat in the race for the league title however and it is most likely that they will be better equipped to gain the verdict.
O’ Donovan Rossa v St Mary’s Aghagallon
Rossa are drinking in the last chance saloon at the minute with their division one status hanging by the proverbial thread as they contemplate their remaining couple of games.
The stark reality for the Shaw’s road side is that their destiny is not in their own hands and as they look to play hosts to St Mary’s Aghagallon in this one they will have one eye fixed on the goings on elsewhere and fully aware that if St Teresa’s are successful in their fixture with St Enda’s then their fate will be sealed.
Rossa will start as favourites in this one as their hosts are only participating with pride the only motivator but even a full return of the points may not be enough.
St Enda’s v St Teresa’s
Glengormley based St Enda’s will most likely have championship on their minds as they play hosts to St Teresa’s with an arranged date with Gort na Mona on the horizon as they will line out against Sean McKenna’s side to decide the destination of the Intermediate title the following Saturday.
St Teresa’s will take the road up to Hightown in need of points to secure status and they will be hoping to find their hosts with minds firmly fixed on other matters.
In ordinary circumstances a confident vote would most likely be awarded to Frank Fitzsimmons’s men but this one is hard to evaluate and it could go either way depending on commitment.
Division Two Section A at 2.30 pm
Tir na Nog v St James Aldergrove
This looks a cracker and indeed is a strong candidate for the ‘match of the day’ tag as Tir na Nog play hosts to Paddy Nugent’s Aldergrove side with the result certain to have a bearing on promotion and 2019 status.
Both are on 20 points a couple behind the front running St Brigid’s and the points at stake will be of the utmost importance in the race for promotion.
Tir na Nog, under former Casement’s player Damien ‘Scotchy’ Hagen have fared well this term and are usually strong at Whitehill and they may well enter this one as slight favourites.
Aldergrove have proved a trifle enigmatic in their performances this term but when in the mood the Crumlin men who have experienced life in the top grade can be a match for most, and they will travel in search of the win.
Gort na Mona v St Brigid’s
Another top of the table clash in this one as the table topping St Brigid’s take a trip up to the west side of Belfast as they are set to meet up with Gort na Mona.
The Gorts have a date with St Enda’s in the upcoming Intermediate championship decider next week but they are also on the promotion trail only trailing their visitors by a couple of points and they are on level terms with both Tir na Nog and Aldergrove.
This looks another intriguing affair but with their hosts most likely having eyes firmly fixed on the next week-end and championship fare St Brigid’s may seize the moment and the points.
Cuchullian’s Dunloy v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass
There is nothing at stake in this one and only pride is the motivator as Cuchullian’s Dunloy play hosts to Moneyglass in a game which is the proverbial ‘dead rubber’.
Both made exit from the intermediate championship last week and little separates them in the ratings with only a single point the difference.
Dunloy will start as favourites and may well gain the win in what is a meaningless affair.
St Mary’s Rasharkin v All Saint’s Ballymena
Another ‘dead rubber’ affair in this one as St Mary’s Rasharkin play hosts to All Saint’s Ballymena in a game in which the destination of the points are of little significance.
Rasharkin currently lead the way in the B section with the Ballymena men a point in arrears but the outcome will have no bearing on status.
Rasharkin are favoured with ground advantage and may well take the points but without reward in status.
Division Three at 2.30pm
Laochra Loch Lao v St Patrick’s Lisburn
Having lost out in the Junior Championship final to Glenravel St Patrick’s still have a chance on promotion and such will not be hindered in this one as they travel to the new kids on the block, Laochra Loch Lao.
The home side has struggled to gain impetus as yet and they may well find their visitors ‘too hot to handle.’
Kickham’s Ardoyne v Eire og
Kickham’s head the ratings in the third grade and with the end in sight the North Belfast men should consolidate their front running position here as they play hosts to Eire Og.
The Eire Og man have not proved at all impressive this term and they may well struggle to get a result here in their visit to the front runners.
Con Magees Glenravel v St Comgall’s Antrim
Con Magee’s Glenravel, having been crowned junior champions last week when they edged out Lisburn at a windy Chapel Hill look for the double as they play hosts to the visiting St Comgall’s.
The Glensmen remain on level terms with Ardoyne at the top of the table and will seek to remain in step with another couple of points added.
Antrim based St Comgall’s will not take the road down to the Glen without hope however as they do remain in with a shout on the promotion trail and Adrian Dougan’s charges will be focused on a positive return.
St Agnes v Patrick Pearses
Nothing at stake in this one and another ‘dead rubber’ affair in prospect as North Belfast based Pearses travel west to meet up with the Aggies.
Pride is the single motivator in this one with the home side given a tentative thumbs up.