The quarter final stage of the South West premier competition, the O’ Cahan cup is down for decision on Wednesday evening, 17th, with the opening round of the Breslin Cup scheduled for Sunday 21st April.
Wed 17th April
O’ Cahan Cup (2nd round) at 7.30pm
(Extra time if required)
St Mary’s Ahoghill v St James Aldergrove
Both these sides have gained the positive trail in the All County Leagues following respective slow starts to 2019 proceedings and a close one may well be in prospect as Aldergrove travel down to Clooney to meet up with St Mary’s.
The Ahoghill men, despite being without a few regulars had a good win over Gort na Mona on Sunday past and they will be hoping to continue with another win tomorrow night.
Former Cargin player Dualtagh Johnston has taken the reins down at Ahoghill and his squad seem in good form at present.
Paddy Nugent’s Aldergrove, having lost out to Rossa in game one of the league division two followed with a home win against Davitt’s before claiming a full return at Rasharkin and they will travel again in some confidence.
This should be a keenly contested affair and may well be close, but ground advantage may well tip the balance in favour of the Clooney men.
Erin’s Own Cargin v St Joseph’s Glenavy
O’ Cahan Cup specialists, Cargin lost their grip on the silverware last year when they they were beaten by neighbours Creggan in the decider.
They gained consolation when they went on to claim the senior championship but Damien Cassidy’s charges would be delighted to regain the South West division’s premier trophy again.
St Joseph’s Glenavy were relegated from the top grade at the end of last season and they may well be focusing on promotion again this term.
The Chapel Hill men have two win from three starts in the All County league to date and they will travel to Toome as underdogs.
Cargin will start this one as favourites and they should claim the verdict.
Kickham’s Creggan v Casement’s
Creggan enjoyed a hugely successful 2018 season and although Kevin Madden’s lost out to their near neighbours in the senior championship decider they gained consolation in taking home both the league title and the O’ Cahan cup.
They will be looking for similar progress on all fronts this term and will he seeking a step forward in this one as they play hosts to Casement’s Portglenone.
The Portglenone men hosted the Kickham’s in the opening round of the league this term and on that occasion only a couple of points separated the sides with the Kickam’s winning by two points.
The Bannsider’s have shown improvement in league games since that opening round reversal and will travel up to the Staffordstown road hoping to avenge that defeat.
Another closely fought affair is in prospect but ground advantage may well play a part with a win for cup holders Creggan predicted.
Tir na nOg Randalstown v St Mary’s Rasharkin
Tir na nOg’s game with Rasharkin is cancelled tonight after the Randalstown side withdrew from the O’Cahan Cup
Sunday 21st April
Breslin Cup (under-16)
At 7.30 (Extra time if required)
Clan na Gael v Erin’s Own Cargin is cancelled following Clan na Gael’s withdrawl from the Breslin Cup
St Ergnat’s Moneyglass v St Comgall’s Antrim
St Joseph’s Glenavy v Tir na Nog Randalstown
Casement’s Portglenone v St James Aldergrove
St Enda’s v Con Magees Glenravel
All Saint’s Ballymena v Cuchullian’s Dunloy