A depleted list of football league fixtures for Sunday as the Saffron’s prepare for the visit of Kildare in the next round of the All Ireland Qualifiers.
The ‘Lily Whites’ are the guests of Lenny Harbinson’s side at Corrigan on Saturday next, 22nd and those sides with players involved in that one will not be involved in Sunday’s list.
The postponed games are to proceed on Tuesday 25th June as the completion of the first phase approaches.
Sunday 16th June (3.00pm)
Gort na Mona v Erin’s Own Cargin
Cargin lost their opening game of the 2019 season when beaten at Hightown by St Enda’s but the Toome men have continued unbeaten since that one.
Damien Cassidy’s side have been held to a draw on a couple of occasions when finishing on par with both St John’s and St Gall’s but the Toome men will take the road to Belfast and this visit to Gort na Mona leading the way in the ratings.
The Gorts, having gained promotion at the end of last term took time to adjust to life in division 1 after a lengthy period in exile.
The West Belfast men have gained three wins to date and no doubt they will be keenly anticipating the visit of the current county champions.
The home side will give this one their best shot but Cargin will start as firm favourites and they should collect the points.
Patrick Sarsfield’s v St James Aldergrove
Sarsfield’s have had a fair season thus far but after a good start and three wins from their first four games the Stewartstown road residents have not been as successful in their recent outings.
They were beaten in their last two games against Dunloy and Tir na nOg and they will return to base looking for better.
Aldergrove have proved quite enigmatic this term as they struggle for consistancy. Paddy Nugent’s charges defeated their neighbours from Glenavy last time and will take the road up to Belfast in a feel good mode.
This could be a close one which could go either way but the Crumlin men are given the nod and an away win is anticipated.
Michael Davitt’s v Con Magees Glenravel
Glenravel were halted in a winning run last time when they lost to the visiting Rossa and will travel to Davitt’s looking for a return to form.
The Con Magees, having won promotion last term have gained a foothold in division 2 and have recorded some good results to date.
Davitt’s have struggled in the present season and they will be looking for improvement if they hope to move up the table.
The Falls Road side have just a couple of wins to date and points are required if they are to move out of the relegation zone.
This looks another close one but the present climate suggests an away win and another couple of points for Glenravel.
O’ Donovan Rossa v Tir na nOg
Rossa lead the way in this division without a blemish on their record to date having suffered relegation at the end of a poor 2018 season and the Shaw’s road side seem intent on a quick return to the top flight.
They gained the verdict over Con Magees down in the South West last time and will return to familiar terrain as they play hosts to the Whitehill men.
Tir na nOg having collected the Ulster Intermediate league in what proved a successful preseason campaign have proved a trifle hit and miss this year but a nine point win over the visiting St Patrick’s last time will have boosted their confidence as they make the journey to Shaw’s Road.
Rossa are the in form team in the division and anything other than a home win looks unlikely.
St Patrick’s Lisburn v Cuchullian’s Dunloy
St. Patrick’s Lisburn gained promotion from division 3 last term but have struggled to gain foothold in division 2.
They have failed to collect a point and will look for better in this one as they welcome Dunloy to Kirkwood park.
The Cuchullian’s have proved a little erratic to date but they have loads of ability and can be a match for anyone on their day. They will look to make it three wins in a row following wins over Aldergrove and Sarsfield’s and will start as firm favourites here.
St Patrick’s will give it their all but anything other than an away win is difficult to envisage.
St Paul’s v Eire Og
Although it took a while for St Paul’s to get going this year the Shaw’s road side are the in form side in the division at present and they look set to continue in winning ways here as Eire Og visit.
Cardinal O’ Donnell’s v Patrick Pearses
O’ Donnell’s endured a reversal last time when well beaten by promotion favourites Ardoyne and they will hope to return to winning ways in this one as Pearses pay a visit to their Mc Crory Park venue. Pearses have been going well however and an away win would keep them in the promotion race while a draw is not out of the question.
St Agnes v St Comgall’s Antrim
With just a single defeat to date Antrim based St Comgall’s lead the way in the ratings and they should have too much in the tank for the Aggies at Woodlands.
Kickham’s Ardoyne v Mc Quillan’s Ballycastle
Ardoyne remain in contention for promotion with St. Comgall’s and St. Paul’s and anything other than another win here against the visiting McQuillan’s would be a shock.