U21 football championship continues this weekend

Under-21 Fixtures Sat/Sunday 24th and 25th November

As the under-21 football championship moves closer to the quarter final stages there remain a few fixtures to complete the first phase.

The competition will move forwards towards the knock out stages at the week-end with several games scheduled.

Sat 24th Nov at 2.00pm (phase one)

Cuchullian’s Dunloy v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass (at Ahoghill)

Having treated the onlookers to a super contest mid-week in an absorbing encounter under the lights at Clooney nothing separated the under-21s of Dunloy and Moneyglass and a repeat performance is on the cards again as they line out to do battle at the same venue on Saturday afternoon.

The prize is again a place in the quarter finals of the competition and weather permitting a big attendance may well be in attendance at the pristine Ahoghill venue.

The Cuchullian’s, having bridged a nine point gap to overhaul the Moneyglass men in the second portion will be looking for a better start on this occasion and if they do manage a smarter exit from the start traps they will fancy their chances, but the Moneyglass lads may well have other ideas.

Another close one is in prospect and this looks too close to call.

Lamh Dhearg v O’ Donovan Rossa (Woodlands)

Although the reigning under-21 champions O’ Donovan Rossa have failed to impress thus far the Shaw’s road side have a chance to make the quarter finals of the competion again if they can get the better of the Hannahstown men in this group five playoff.

St Enda’s have understandably pulled out of the competition to concentrate on their upcoming assignment in an Ulster Intermediate championship final.

This may well be a close encounter but if the Rossa lads can rediscover a semblance of their 2017 form they may well gain the day.

Qtr final (preliminary round)

St Gall’s v Erin’s Own Cargin (3.30pm)

St Gall’s having impressed with back to back wins gained over Rossa and Lamh Dhearg in their section will start as firm favourites in this one as they line out against Cargin on the artificial surface at Woodlands.

The Milltown men had big wins in both of their assignments and will start again in a confident mode.

Cargin having taken the points at Glenravel in their opening round found the going a lot tougher next time out and lost out to a very strong Tir na Nog side.

JC Devlin’s charges are possibly capable of better however and they will take the road to the city looking for such improvement on the Woodland’s surface.

St Gall’s will start this one as firm favourites and their form to date would suggest they may well make further progress.

Sunday 25th Nov at 2.00pm (Crumlin)

Qtr Final (preliminary round)

St Mary’s Aghagallon v Casement’s Portglenone

This looks a close one as St Mary’s Aghagallon and Portglenone based Casement’s go head to head on the artificial surface at Crumlin Leisure Centre.

Both have impressed en route and indeed both may well fancied their chances of making impact in the latter stages.

Aghagallon did lose out to a good Dunloy side in round one but they followed up with wins gained over Moneyglass and All Saint’s and some would suggest they are more than capable of going all the way.

Casement’s remain unbeaten thus far and followed a share of the points with a strong Creggan outfit with back to back wins over St Comgall’s and Glenavy and will take the road to Crumlin in a positive mood.

This does look a close one but although little may well separate the sides at the long blast the Aghagallon lads are given the nod.



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