Football Fixtures (Sat 27th Oct)
The last leg of the football fixtures are scheduled for the week-end but most are meaningless affairs with nothing at stake except pride.
Division One and three are all but completed as is the third division, but division two will proceed right to the wire as to the potential winners as the top two finishing berths remain undecided.
Sat 27th Oct
Division One Section A (all games at 2.00pm)
Kickham’s Creggan v Casement’s Portglenone
Creggan stand on the brink of the division one title and compensation for the gut wrenching defeat in last week’s championship decider.
Kevin Madden’s charges just require a single point from their last assignment against Portglenone if they are to give residence to the ‘Eddie Fitzsimmons memorial trophy’.
Casement’s have enjoyed a good 2018 campaign but they will travel up to the Staffordstown arena safe in the knowledge that no reward for victory or indeed punishment for defeat awaits
The Kickham’s men will start as the firmest of favourites and anything other than a home win would be a huge surprise.
St Gall’s v St John’s
St Gall’s led the way in the ratings for a lengthy period but back to back defeats inflicted by the Bannsider’s, both home and away saw them fall into arrears and behind the Creggan men.
The Milltown side do still harbor a chance of taking the title but such is small in the extreme as they need the Creggan men to lose their remaining game and for them to complete with back to back wins.
The Johnnies will travel up to Milltown at leisure and with nothing at stake but with the home side still involved in the Ulster IHC the Corrigan men may well gain the win.
Erin’s Own Cargin v Lamh Dhearg
With the MacNamee trophy already secured and with the focus now on an upcoming assignment in Ulster Cargin may well use this one as Lamh Dhearg travel to Toome as opportunity to give game time to the extended bench, and to include those recovering from injury.
Lamh Dhearg will travel with nothing at stake and this one will most likely proceed in the guise of a ‘friendly’
Nothing at stake and this one could go either way.
St Enda’s v O’ Donovan Rossa
Most certainly another ‘dead rubber’ here as the newly crowned Intermediate champions St Enda’s play hosts to the men from Rossa following contrasting fortunes in the 2018 season.
The Glengormley men may well use this one as a chance to give their panelists a run out prior to their assignment on the Ulster Way the following week, whilst Rossa look towards a life in the second grade in 2019.
The Hightown men will start as firm favourites and they should collect the points in a meaningless affair.
Division Two Section A (all games at 2.00pm)
St Brigid’s v Tir na Nog
If some of the games down for decision on Saturday carry the meaningless, dead rubber tag this one certainly does not fit into such category as St Brigid’s play hosts to the men from Tir na Nog in their South Belfast abode with the side which takes the point on the way to the top grade.
A draw would suit if Gort na Mona fail in their quest down in the South West but such unlikely occurrence will ensure a keenly contested affair.
St Brigid’s with home advantage will start as favourites but they will have to be at their best to get the better of the Whitehill men who looked good on their latest win gained over Aldergrove.
St James Aldergrove v Cuchullian’s Dunloy
Aldergrove did look major contenders for most of the season but the Crumlin men lost momentum in the latter stages and that last time out reversal at Whitehill ended their chances.
Dunloy will travel with nothing at stake and ground advantage may well ensure a win for the Crumlin men.
St Ergnat’s Moneyglass v Gort na Mona
Gort na Mona have been in good form this term and following defeat in the Intermediate championship decider last time the west Belfast men will travel down to Moneyglass safe in the knowledge that a full return of points will ensure a place in division one for 2019.
Moneyglass have had a fair season in a year in which the St Ergnat’s men were forced to deal with an extensive injury list and although there is nothing at stake in this their last assignment they will possibly look for a good finish.
The Gorts will travel with full intent on securing the points and they should secure the verdict.
Division Three (all games at 2.00pm)
St Patrick’s Lisburn v St Malachy’s
Lisburn based St Patrick’s having lost out to Glenravel in the junior championship decider have secured a good consolation prize as they are to accompany the Con Magees on their upward journey.
Second place already guaranteed the Lisburn men will proudly take their place in the second division 2019 and a win by a margin of nine points could see them go up as champions.