The second round of the under-21 football championship in its new look structure continues in phase one with the second round at the week-end.
The opening round did proceed almost to plan last week, with a couple of necessary postponements but with a less than favourable weather forecast for the weekend will ensure the CCC will be casting hopeful eyes on the skies above over the next few days.
The first round games were scheduled for neutral venues but in round robin system to follow in the first phase which will proceed until conclusion on a home and away basis.
Sat 10th Nov (all games at 2.00pm)
St Joseph’s Glenavy v Kickham’s Creggan
Creggan participated in an exciting opening round affair last week and shared the points on offer with Casement’s.
The Kickham’s with several high profile seniors included in their formation may well be contenders and will look to go one better this time as they visit Glenavy.
This will be the first test for the St Joseph’s men in the competition and although they do have the advantage of home soil they may struggle to get the better of their hosts.
St Comgall’s Antrim v Casement’s Portglenone
Antrim based St Comgall’s did not have an outing in the opening round and they will look forward to their opening assignment as they welcome the Portglenone men to Dunsilly.
Casement’s did really well to share the points on offer when they held a fancied Creggan formation to a 1-13 apiece draw last week and may well return with another couple from this one.
Con Magees Glenravel v Erin’s Own Cargin
Con Magees Glenravel are enjoying life at the moment and after claiming both league and championship titles this term they opened their under-21 account with an opening round win gained over Aldergrove.
The Glensmen do play hosts to Cargin in this one and they will be seeking another full return.
The Cargin men have also celebrated a successful 2019 season with another visit of the MacNamee trophy underlining the securing of another senior championship.
The Toome men will have a number of their senior panel on duty in this one and will enter the fray carrying the favourites tag.
Gort na Mona v St Brigid’s
South Belfast based St Brigid’s are fancied in many quarters to make impact in this competition and indeed their opening game suggests such is more than likely. They proved 3-18 to 3-04 winners over the Johnnies in that one and will travel across to the west of the city again to meet the challenge of the in-form Gort na Mona.
The Gorts who completed their senior campaign having secured the second division title to gain compensation for Intermediate championship reversal at the final hurdle also opened with an eye catching 1-12 to 1-09 win gained over Aldergrove at this level, and may well look forward to more of the same.
This may well be a close affair but St Brigid’s are given the nod.
St Gall’s v Lamh Dhearg
St Gall’s opened account with an emphatic win gained over the defending champions from Rossa and if the 3-16 to 0-06 win is taken at face value the Milltown Blues may well be contenders in the under-21 series this term.
The Hannahstown men will have their first outing in the competition and although they may well prove capable a home win looks the more likely result.
St Paul’s v St John’s
The Johnnies slipped up in their first assignment in the competition when they lost out to St Brigid’s and the Corrigan lads will look for a better return in this one as the take the short trip to the Shaw’s road and to cross swords with St Paul’s.
The St Paul’s men also lost their opening assignment against the in-form Gort na Mona and will also be in search of victory.
St John’s will enter the game as favourites and should gain the verdict.
St Enda’s v Rossa
Things are a buzzing in the Hightown base of St Enda’s at present and the reigning Intermediate champions do remain on the Ulster way as they anticipate a provincial semi-final against the representatives for Tyrone looming large on the horizon.
The Glengormley men may well prove more than well-equipped in this grade and will welcome the visit of Rossa in anticipation.
Rossa lost out to St Gall’s in the opening round and this looks another difficult assignment for the Shaw’s road side.
Sunday 11th Nov (at 1.00pm)
St James Aldergrove v Tir na Nog
Randalstown based Tir na Nog did claim the B title in this grade last term and they will he seeking further impact in the under-21 grade again this term.
The Whitehill men are travelling to Crumlin for their first outing this term and in hopes of a positive opening.
Aldergrove did have an outing last week but failed to cope with the challenge of Glenravel in that one ensures a better return is required here as they return to home base.