Football League Fixtures (round two)
A few games were played last week in division 3 with Tir na nOg and Ardoyne the only division 2 fixture to survive the weather but there is a fuller programme down for decision this weekend.
Division Two (all games at 1.00pm)
Tir na nOg v Michael Davitt’s
Tir na nOg have taken a first step on the 2020 trail and the Randalstown men returned home with a victory a Ardoyne.
The Whitehill side will return to their own abode for this one as they play hosts to Davitt’s in their second assignment.
Davitt’s are more than capable when in the mood but a home win looks the safest bet this time.
St Joseph’s Glenavy v Con Magees Glenravel
An all South West affair in this one as Glenavy play hosts to Glenravel at Chapel Hill.
St Joseph’s failed to impress in 2019 but they have been working hard in pre-season and will be hoping for better this term.
Glenravel enjoyed a good 2019 season and consolidated their position in division 2 after gaining promotion the previous season and will be hoping to push on in 2020.
A close one is in prospect but ground advantage may well tip the balance in favour of Glenavy.
Patrick Sarsfield’s v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass
Moneyglass endured more than their fair share of disappointment last term and the Marian Hill side will be keen to erase painful memories this term.
The St Ergnat’s men have made a shrewd managerial appointment and may well prove major contenders in 2020.
Sarsfield’s are formidable opponents for all who visit their Stewartstown road residence and they will be well prepared for the season ahead.
Certain to be a keenly contested town versus country affair but Moneyglass may well gain the verdict.
St Paul’s v All Saint’s Ballymena
St Paul’s, having endured relegation from the second grade in 2018 returned after one season with the division 3 league title in tow.
The Shaw’s road men will seek a good start to their 2020 programme as they entertain Ballymena.
All Saint’s, are certainly more than capable of challenging for honours in the grade but the Quinn Park side have proved disappointing on occasions.
They have a strong management team assembled this term with Damien (Scotchy) O’ Hagen on board and they will be hoping to challenge for honours in 2020.
St Paul’s will be keen to get a good start to the season and with home advantage they could push the visitors all the way.
St James Aldergrove v Cuchullian’s Dunloy
Aldergrove enjoyed the fruits of their labour last term when they captured the Intermediate title and Paddy Nugent’s men will be more than keen to get their 2020 season off to a winning start.
Dunloy are certainly more than capable of beating anyone in the division on their day abut much will depend on the availability of players as the season progresses.
Dunloy are quite capable of causing an upset but a home win is probably the safest bet.
St Teresa’s v Ardoyne Kickham’s
Ardoyne Kickham’s gained promotion last term but the North Belfast men lost to the visiting Tir na nOg on day one.
They are on the road this time but only a short journey awaits as they travel over to the West of the city to visit Glenn road side St Teresa’s.
St Teresa’s suffered relegation from division 1 at the end of 2019 and will be hoping to be amongst the challengers in division 2 this season.
Ardoyne will travel hoping for a positive return but a home win does look the most likely scenario.
Division Three (all games at 1.00pm)
St Patrick’s Lisburn v St Agnes
Lisburn suffered defeat in round one when they lost narrowly to Rasharkin but will enjoy home advantage here for the visit of St. Agnes.
St Agnes opened with a win over O’ Donnell’s but this looks a tougher assignment with the St Patrick’s men given the nod.
Cardinal O’ Donnell’s v Eire Og
O’ Donnell’s have struggled to get it together for a few years and the Mc Crory Park residents lost out to St Agnes in their opening game last week.
Andy Mc Gowan’s Eire Og hinted at improvement last term and they may well gain an early win over a disappointing O’ Donnell’s side.
Laochra Loch Lao v St Comgall’s Antrim
St Comgall’s just missed out on promotion last season and with Adrian Dougan back at the helm this term they will be considered as contenders with a first win anticipated on this trip to the city
Patrick Pearses v St Mary’s Rasharkin
Having suffered relegation from division 2 last season St Mary’s Rasharkin have opened their account with a win over the visiting Lisburn last week and they will be looking for more of the same as they visit Pearses.
St Malachy’s v Mc Quillan’s Ballycastle
Mc Quillan’s had a forgettable league campaign last term but the sea-siders showed improvement in the championship in the championship.
St Malachy’s will start as firm favourites and they may well collect the points.