Championship Sunday Preview (Sunday 26TH July)

The championship continues on Sunday in a packed programme with games scheduled in Senior, Intermediate and Junior with the opening games in all of the grades down for decision.

Senior Football (all games at 2.00pm)

Section One

St Mary’s Ahoghill v Casement’s Portglenone

A local derby affair in this one as near neighbours and close rivals Ahoghill and Casement’s cross swords at Clooney.

Casement’s will line out burdened with the tag of favourites but the home side will not be found wanting and the St Mary’s men may well gain the day.

Section Two

Lamh Dhearg v St John’s

A close one is on the cards here as the Johnnies take the mountain route as they visit Hannahstown.

The home side were just pipped at the post in last year’s senior final and they will look forward to making amends this term.

A close one is likely and may well end up all square with a draw a possibility.

Section Three

St Mary’s Aghagallon v St Brigid’s

This looks another close affair as St Brigid’s visit Aghagallon and little may separate them at conclusion.

Aghagallon are never easily beaten on their own sod and the St Mary’s men may could edge it.

St James Aldergrove v Erin’s Own Cargin

The reigning senior champions Erin’s Own Cargin travel to Crumlin and a meeting with last year’s Intermediate winners, St James Aldergrove.

The Toome men impressed in their opening win in the league and they will start as firm favourites for this one.

Section Four

St Enda’s v Gort na Mona

St Enda’s play host to Gort na Mona in this one with the Hightown men starting this one as firm favourites.

Gort na Mona will have other ideas and they are not to be discounted but the Glengormley men may well gain the day this time.

Intermediate Football (all games at 2.00pm)

Section One

Michael Davitts v Con Magees Glenravel

Con Magees Glenravel have gained in confidence and have moved onwards of late and such may well prevail as they take the road to Belfast to meet Michael Davitt’s.

The home side are certainly more than capable if a trifle enigmatic at times and they will not make things easy for the Glensmen.

St Joseph’s Glenavy v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass

An all South west affair here and this looks a contender for ‘match of the day’ as St Joseph’s play hosts to Moneyglass.

St Ergnat’s lost out in the Intermediate final last year and they will be hoping to go all the way this season and may well just get off to a positive start at Chapel Hill.

Patrick Sarsfield’s v Cuchullian’s Dunloy

Sarsfield’s play hosts to Cuchullian’s in this one and both will be more than keen to get off to a good start.

The Paddies are never easily beaten at the Bear Pit but Dunloy are more than capable in this grade and if they travel with all hands on deck they should gain the win.

Section Two

St Teresa’s v St Mary’s Rasharkin

Having endured relegation from division 1 last term St Teresa’s will be more than keen to regain status and may well be contenders for honours in this grade.

Rasharkin have started the season well after suffering relegation last year but this looks a tough assignment for the Dreen men.

All Saint’s Ballymena v Tir na Nog Randalstown

Another close one looks in prospect in this one as All Saint’s play hosts to Tir na nOg at Quinn Park.

Both can be considered as real contenders in this competition and a positive start would be considered most beneficial in both camps but ground advantage may well tip the balance in favour of the Ballymena men.

St Patrick’s Lisburn v St Paul’s

St. Patrick’s Lisburn took the Junior title back home last term and will seek to get away to a good start in this one as they play hosts to St Pauls.

St Paul’s gained promotion back to division 2 last year and they will travel out to Lisburn on the positive and may well return to the Shaw’s road with a win secured.

Junior Football Championship (all games 2.00pm)

Section One

Mc Quillan’s Ballycastle v Laochra Loch Lao

Mc Quillan’s made it into the semi finals of this competition last term and if they are to repeat that form again this term a win in this one would be beneficial.

St Malachy’s v St Agnes

This all South Antrim affair sees the men from the Markets play hosts to the Aggies, and the Mal’s may well gain the verdict.

Section Two

Cardinal O’ Donnell’s v John Mitchells

Mc Crory Park residents O’ Donnell’s have failed to make impact recently but they should start this term on the positive and a win over the visiting Mitchells is anticipated.

Kickham’s Ardoyne v Eire Og

North Belfast based Kickham’s are certainly contenders in the competition and they should start with a win at the expense of Eire Og.

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