Casement SC JHC Group 1
There are a full round of games in the Casement Social Club Junior Hurling Championship tomorrow but the one that really catches the eye is the meeting of Latharna Og and Shane O’Neill’s at Brustin Braes. The Glenarm and Larne clubs have a long time association with Latharna Og playing their home games at Feistown in the past and a number of players from the Larne club playing for Shane O’Neill’s when the club folded.
The Larne club reformed a couple of years back and have gone from strength to strength and last year they won the Junior B championship, beating a fancied All Saints in the final
This year Latharna Og opened their JHC campaign with a very creditable win away to Michael Davitt’s while Shane O’Neill’s suffered defeat at the hands of a strong St. Paul’s team in Feistown. Last year’s beaten Junior Championship finalists St. Paul’s had too much in the tank for the home side but Shane O’Neill’s will be hoping to get off the mark at Brustin Braes tomorrow and should win but you never know in a local derby.
In the other game in Group 1 championship favourites St. Paul’s should prove too strong for Davitt’s at Shaw’s Road and go top of that group.
In group 2 Glenravel got their campaign up and running with a win over St. Teresa’s in a bruising contest on the Glen Road and I would expect them to keep on the winning trail when Lamh Dhearg visit Fr. Maginn Park.
In Group 3 Loch Mor Dal gCais suffered a heavy defeat away to Cushendun but they were always up against it against an Emmet’s team who, like St. Paul’s will fancy their chances of going all the way. I saw Loch Mor in action in Ballymena a few weeks ago in a league fixture and was very impressed by them and I fancy them to edge it against the Aggies tomorrow.
In Group 4 All Saints entertain Ardoyne in Ballymena and will fancy their chances of getting their campaign up and running after losing away to Rasharkin on day one. The Ballymena side performed admirably in Dreen against a strong home side and were in contention until late in the game and a repeat of that performance, plus home advantage should see them gain their first win.