Reserve Championship tomorrow night (Friday)

Reserve Championship Opening Phase (Friday 17th July)

By Geordie McGuckian

A sigh of relief by many and in more than a few feelings of anticipation as the Gaels of the county look forward to the resumption of our games.

Such will be restricted in attendance at the outset and it is hoped that this will be a short lived measure in these strange times.

The opening phase of the reserve championship gets under way on Friday evening with both the Cup and Shield competition scheduled.

Both are divided into sections, one and two and to be completed on a round robin, home and away basis with the respective table toppers at conclusion progressing to the final.

PRO’S: Could you please send us a short report on tomorrow nights games to ptrckmclwn@yahoo.co.uk or to john.mcilwaine@yahoo.co.uk

Friday 17th July (all games at 7.30pm

Reserve Football Cup

 (Section one)

Gort na Mona v St Gall’s

The odds do look in favour of St Gall’s in this one but with preparation having been restricted in both camps the favourites tag may well mean nought.

Lamh Dhearg v St Mary’s Aghagallon

A strong youth manel available in the St Mary’s camp their second string may well take the mountain path with some expectations and they may well contemplate an upset at Hannahstown.

Casement’s Portglenone v St Enda’s Glengormley

Casement’s did have a good 2019 season and with a strong panel available they will start as favourites in this one as the Glengormley residents come a calling.

(Section two)

St Mary’s Ahoghill v Erin’s Own Cargin

Cargin backed up by a strong panel which does include a 2019 championship winning minor side will look to start their campaign on the positive and they will take the short trip down the Clooney as firm favourites.

St Brigid’s v Kickham’s Creggan

Reserve Football Shield

(Section one)

All Saint’s Ballymena (bye)

Cuchullian’s Dunloy v St Mary’s Rasharkin

Home advantage will ensure that Dunloy will start this opener as firm favourites and the Cuchullian’s can open account at the expense of the visiting Dreen contingent.

Con Magees Glenravel v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass

A close one is anticipation in this one as Moneyglass take the road down to Glenravel and home advantage may well take a hand here with the Con Magees side given a tentative nod.

(Section two)

Tir na nOg Randalstown v St Joseph’s Glenavy

Randalstown based Tir na nOg have proved strong in the under-21 ranks over the past couple of years and with a strong youth based panel at disposal the Whitehill men are given the nod as Glenavy come a calling

St James Aldergrove v St Paul’s

The St Pauls side did gain in stride again last term after a short exile in the basement and they may well take the road down to Crumlin on the positive and may well return with the points on board.

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