Football Fixtures and Previews (Wed 9th June)

An evening slot for round five of the football leagues which continues without the involvement of county panellists and gives opportunity for management to test the depth of their respective squads and ensures plenty of activity for reserve players.

Homefit ACFL Division One (all games at 7.30pm)

Casement’s Portglenone v Lamh Dhearg

Casement’s have proved a trifle enigmatic in their offerings this term and the Portglenone men were certainly not at their best for the visit to Toome last time out.

The Bannsider’s are capable of better and they will welcome the Hannahstown men to O’ Cahan Park seeking improvement.

Lamh Dhearg akin to their hosts are continuing league fare without the services of several county players and they lost last time out to the visiting Rossa.

They will travel in search of a win and although they are capable of better they may struggle to get a positive return this time.

Gort na Mona v St John’s

Gort na Mona have been gaining in impetus this term under the watchful guidance of former County stalwart Niall Ward and have a couple of wins to their credit this year.

They did lose out to St Brigid’s last time but they gave their hosts a run for their money and only went under by a couple of points.

The Johnnies have been forced to look to their extended panel, but the Corrigan residents have recorded a couple of wins to date.

They had a good win over Aghagallon last time and they will travel up the Whiterock road in search of another couple of points.

This does look a close one but ground advantage may well tip the balance in favour the Gorts.

St Mary’s Aghagallon v Kickham’s Creggan

Creggan having won their opening game have finished on level terms in their next three assignments.

The Kickham’s played out respective draws with Rossa, Casement’s, and St Gall’s in sequence and they will travel up to Aghagallon seeking a slightly better return.

Aghagallon have a couple of good wins to date and although they lost out to the Johnnies last time by a narrow margin they will return to home base hoping for better.

The St Mary’s side are unbeaten at home this term and although Creggan will give them plenty to think about Aghagallon may well gain the verdict.

St Gall’s v Erin’s Own Cargin

St Gall’s have struggled thus far in the 2021 season with just a single positive return to their credit.

The Milltown side hinted at better to come last time out when they gained a draw at Creggan and will look to add to that performance as they welcome old rivals Cargin.

Cargin had a good win last time when they proved too strong for the visiting Portglenone.

Damien Cassidy’s men did lose out to Rossa in their previous visit to Belfast and with a strong panel they will start as favourites in this one but they will get nothing easy at Milltown.

St Enda’s Glengormley v St Brigid’s

St Enda’s opened their 2021 account last time when they proved too strong for the visiting Ahoghill and they will look for a similar return from the visit of St Brigid’s.

St Brigid’s have only lost once this season and they will be hoping for another win as they take the road out to Glengormley.

The home side will hope to add to last week’s win but they may well have to make do with a share of the spoils as a draw looks the possible outcome..

O’ Donavan Rossa v St Mary’s Ahoghill

Rossa leads the way in the division and are unbeaten to date and

the Shaw’s road men continued to impress last time on their visit to Hannahstown with another good win.

St Mary’s Ahoghill have failed to gain a point to date and they look up against it this time as they take the road to Belfast.

Rossa will start as firm favourites and although the Cloney men will give it a lash, a home win looks the probable outcome.

Division Two (at 7.30)

Patrick Sarsfield’s v Michael Davitt’s

Davitt’s have improved as the season has progressed and following a good win over St Paul’s last time out they may well fancy their chances as they visit the ‘Bear Pit’ to play Sarsfields.

Sarsfields have no points to date but they will see this as an opportunity to break their duck and this one could go either way.

St James Aldergrove v St Teresa’s

 St. James lost last time out to a strong Moneyglass but will be hoping to get back to winning ways when St. Teresa’s visit Crumlin and home advantage could sway it in favour of the Aldergrove side.

St Joseph’s Glenavy v Tir na Nog Randalstown

Tir na nOg lead the way in the division and they will take the road up to Chapel Hill in a positive mode.

The Whitehill men are undefeated to date and will be hoping to continue that trend.

Glenavy are proving a little enigmatic in their offerings this term but they are more than capable when in the mood but they may struggle to contain the Randalstown side.

Cuchullian’s Dunloy v Con Magees Glenravel

Dunloy are without a number of county players this term and have struggled and they remain without a point as yet and will hope for better as they play hosts to Glenravel.

The Con Magees have been in good form this year with just a single defeat to date and can gain another win in this one.

Kickham’s Ardoyne v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass

Reigning Junior champions Kickham’s Ardoyne are finding the going fairly tough but were unlucky to lose to All Saints last time out but they face another stiff test this time as the unbeaten Moneyglass men visit Fennell Park.

St Paul’s v All Saint’s

Although All Saint’s lost at home to the visiting Tir na nOg in their opening game they have remained undefeated since but haver been less than impressive.

The Ballymena men made it three in a row with victory at Ardoyne last time thanks to a late Brendan McDonnell point but they face a stiff test as they visit Shaw’s Road.

St Paul’s have only one win to their credit this year but came mighty close on their visit to Tir na nOg and are capable of much better than they have produced to date and All Saints will need to be at their best to get anything from this one

Division Three (at 7.30pm)

St Agnes v St Comgall’s Antrim

St Agnes have been in fine form this year remaining unbeaten to date but this looks their toughest assignment to date as unbeaten St. Comgall’s visit with an away win on the cards.

Mc Quillan’s Ballycastle v Laochra Loch Lao

This looks likely to be a close affair as Laochra Loch Lao visit the north coast and Ballycastle with the possibility of a draw and a share of the spoils possible.

St Mary’s Rasharkin v Eire Og

Rasharkin lost their unbeaten record last time when they conceded six goals at Pearses but back home on familiar terrain again they should get back to winning ways as they welcome Eire Og to Dreen.

St Patrick’s Lisburn v Cardinal O’ Donnell’s

This looks another close one as St Patricks play hosts to O’ Donnell’s with ground advantage possibly tipping the balance in favour of the Lisburn men.

St Malachy’s v Patrick Pearses

The Mal’s remain without a point to date and they may well struggle to take anything from this one as the in-form Peares visit.

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