Senior Football Leagues Previews

(Sunday 16th May)

The opening round of the All County senior football leagues are set to commence on Sunday and will proceed without clubs having the services of their county players as per a rule introduced this season.

Such will remain in force while the county team remains in competition and is certain to have impact within more than a few sides.

 There will be no relegation involved at seasons end and this will certainly ensure game time aplenty for the panel and management will be able to research their strength and depth.

Division One (all games at 2.00pm)

St Mary’s Aghagallon v St Enda’s Glengormley

Aghagallon are usually a match for any visitors to their venue and will welcome Glengormley based St Enda’s.

The St Mary’s men have a strong youth based panel and should be ready for 2021 action.

St Enda’s struggled to make impact at the top level last term but the Hightown men are more than useful when in form and they will travel in a positive mode.

St Gall’s v Gort na Mona

St Gall’s may not be the force of old but under the watchful eye of former player Padraig O Muiri the Milltown men will be seeking for improvement again this term.

The former net minder has assembled a strong back room team to lend a hand and they will be looking for a good start to the 2021 campaign as the play hosts to Gort na Mona.

Michael Johnston is at the helm at the Gorts and the former Johnnies player will be striving to gain an early positive start and the Gort na Mona men will travel in hope but a home win does look the likely result.

Casement’s Portglenone v St Brigid’s

Casement’s enjoyed a good 2020 season and the Bannsider’s, with Barry Dillon and Eoin Doherty at the helm again, will feel confident as they play hosts to St Brigid’s.

St Brigid’s are useful when in the mood and they may push the Bannsiders all the way but a home win does look the likely conclusion.

O’ Donovan Rossa v St John’s

Both will be without their county panellists as old rivals O’ Donovan Rossa and St John’s cross swords again on the Shaw’s road and another close affair looks in prospect.

Paddy Nugent is back with a firm hand on the tiller at Corrigan and he will be seeking an opening win to his credit but this one looks too close to call with a share of the spoils and a draw possible.

St Mary’s Ahoghill v Kickham’s Creggan

St Mary’s Ahoghill having worked hard in their preparations for the 2021 season will be in search of an opening win as they welcome South West rivals Kickham’s Creggan to Clooney.

Creggan will travel shorthanded with several absent due to county commitment but the Kickham’s side have a strong panel at their disposal and will travel in confidence but the odds do seem to favour the home side.

Lamh Dhearg v Erin’s Own Cargin (5.00pm)

Lamh Dhearg will play hosts to the reigning county champions as Cargin visit Hannahstown and although both will be shorthanded with respective county commitments a good game looks in prospect.

The Cargin men did underline strength and depth in their opening win in the ‘reserve’ competition and such may well pave the way to victory.

Division Two (all games at 2.00pm)

St Joseph’s Glenavy v Kickham’s Ardoyne

Glenavy have proved quite enigmatic at times but there is no doubting ability within their ranks and the Chapel Hill men will look for a positive opening as Ardoyne pay a visit.

North Belfast based Kickham’s enjoyed an excellent 2020 season taking both Junior championship and promotion in their stride but they will do well to gain anything from this one.

Cuchullian’s Dunloy v St James Aldergrove

Last terms beaten Intermediate finalists Dunloy are more than capable in this division but the Cuchullian’s will go into action without more than a few ‘county players’ as they play hosts to Aldergrove.

The Crumlin men having installed former Armagh star Ronan Clarke in the management role and will be in search of a positive start to the season and in the present circumstances the Crumlin men may well take the points.

Patrick Sarsfield’s v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass

Having enjoyed an excellent 2020 campaign St Ergnat’s Moneyglass will be seeking to continue in such positivity as the take the road to Belfast and a date with Sarsfield’s at the ‘bear pit’.

The Paddies are more than capable in this grade but although they will give their guests a run for their money an away win and a positive start to the season for Moneyglass looks the answer.

St Paul’s v St Teresa’s

This all city affair sees St Paul’s play hosts to St Teresa’s in what may be a close one.

St Paul’s showed a lot of improvement last term and if such is maintained in 2021 they may well prove a match for their visitors but the Glen road men will ask serious questions to their hosts.

All Saint’s Ballymena v Tir na nOg Randalstown

An all South West affair in this one as Tir na nOg take to road to Ballymena and a match up with All Saints and a good game looks in prospect.

All Saint’s may not have reached full potential last term and if they can get their game together they may well be in the hunt for honours and an opening day victory can signal intent.

Michael Davitt’s v Con Magees Glenravel

Con Magees Glenravel have continued to improve in the recent past and they will seek to continue improvement in this one as they pay a visit to West Belfast to meet up with Michael Davitt’s.

The home side are more than capable of giving their visitors a run for their money but the South West side can gain the verdict.

Division Three (all games at 2.00pm)

St Agnes v Mc Quillan’s Ballycastle

This may well prove a close affair as St Agnes play hosts to Ballycastle with home advantage possibly proving the difference with a win for the Aggies suggested.

Cardinal O’ Donnell’s v Laochra Loch Lao

Cardinal O’ Donnell’s has disappointed over the recent past but they may well gain the verdict in this one as Laochra Loch Lao visit McCrory Park.

St Comgall’s Antrim v Patrick Pearses

Last year’s beaten Junior championship finalist’s will be seeking to go a step further this term and Adrian Dougan’s charges can start off with a win against North Belfast based Pearses.

St Mary’s Rasharkin v St Malachy’s

This does look a close affair as St Malachy’s visit the South West and a trip to Dreen with a win for the home side possible.

St Patrick’s Lisburn v Eire Og

Lisburn based St Patrick’s may well be challengers in this division again this term and if such is a realistic suggestion the 2019 Junior champions should start with a win as they play hosts to Eire Og

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