Fixtures and Previews
It is football championship time again with the opening round in all of the adult grades scheduled for Wednesday evening.
All of the grades will proceed in the round robin system again with home and away fixtures for the opening phase before the knock out stage from quarter finals onwards.
Senior Football Championship (all games at 7.45pm)
Erin’s Own Cargin v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass
This one sees reigning champions Cargin play hosts to near neighbours and reigning Intermediate champs Moneyglass. St. Ergnat’s had a great season last year, winning the Intermediate championship but have been decimated by injuries this year with more than half of their side missing through injury and as a resdult have struggled in the league this term.
A visit to Erin’s Own would have been a daunting prospect at the best of times but with the Toome side having already collected the division one league title it is difficult to envisage anything other than a Cargin win.
St John’s v O’ Donovan Rossa
A close one is in prospect here as the Johnnies play hosts to Rossa and this one may well may well prove the match of the day.
Rossa led the way in division 1 of the league for a time and they will be more than ready for this one but ground advantage may tilt the balance in favour of the Whiterock road side.
Casement’s Portglenone v St Brigid’s
Casement’s have enjoyed a fairly productive season in the league and the Bannsider’s will look forward to the championship and this opening tie with St Brigid’s..
St Brigid’s are blessed with a strong youth based panel and they only finished a point behind their guests in the league and indeed recorded a win over Wednesday’s opponents in Portglenone. Although the home side will start as favourites the city men will give them a run for their money.
Lamb Dhearg v St Mary’s Aghagallon
Aghagallon had a poor league campaign but the St Mary’s men are capable of better and with their county panellists back on board they will travel to Hannahstown determined to get off to a good start in the championship.
Lamh Dhearg have been contenders for this title in the recent past and having taken the podium as winners in 2017 they look capable of starting this campaign with a win.
St James Aldergrove v St Enda’s Glengormley
Although they are based in the second division St James Aldergrove opted to play in the senior championship and will hope for a good start as they welcome St Enda’s to Crumlin.
St Enda’s have proved a trifle inconsistent in the league but the Hightown side are capable of better and they should open their account in this one with an away win.
Kickham’s Creggan v St Gall’s
Last year’s beaten finalists Kickham’s Creggan will hope to go a step further in 2021 but the Staffordstown road side face a stiff opening test as they welcome the Milltown men to the South West.
Former all Ireland club champions St Gall’s are in the process of team building under the watchful eye of Padraig O Muiri but although this is a work in progress they may well ask their hosts a few questions.
Intermediate Football Championship (all games at 7.45pm)
Kickham’s Ardoyne v All Saint’s Ballymena
All Saint’s will hope for a positive start as they Ardoyne but were lucky to get anything from their league visit to the Cricky and will be weary of Wednesday night’s opponents.
The Kickham’s took the junior title last term and the North Belfast men will hope to make further progress in this year’s Intermediate championship and look capable of providing another stiff test for the Ballymena side.
Tir na nOg Randalstown v St Teresa’s
Having already secured the second division league title Tir na nOg will be aiming for a league-championship double as they begin their championship campaign with a home meeting with St. Teresa’s
St Teresa’s have plenty of experience within their ranks and will travel to Whitehill hoping to cause an upset but ground advantage may well tilt the balance in favour of the Randalstown men.
Con Magees Glenravel v Michael Davitt’s
Glenravel have enjoyed a good league campaign and the Con Magee’s will be hoping for a run in the as they play hosts to Davitt’s in this opening round encounter.
Davitt’s have shown improvement as the season progressed but although they are more than capable of causing problems the Glensmen should gain the win.
Naomh Padraig v Cuchullian’s Dunloy
Naomh Padraig Lisburn had a solid league campaign in division but this opening game at Intermediate level is a step higher as they play hosts to Dunloy.
The Cuchullian’s did not fare at all well in the league but this is championship and a different Dunloy may well emerge and an opening victory for the Dunloy men looks the likely outcome.
St Paul’s v Patrick Sarsfields
This all local derby sees St Pauls welcome their near neighbours Sarsfield’s to Shaw’s Road
This could be a close one but ground advantage may well tilt the balance in favour of the men in red and white.
Junior Football Championship (all games at 7.45pm)
St Comgall’s Antrim v Cardinal O’ Donnell’s
Last year’s beaten finalists St Comgall’s will be hoping to go a step further this term and they may well start with a win from the visit of O’ Donnell’s.
Laochra Loch Lao v Patrick Pearses
Pearses enjoyed a good league campaign before losing in a tight final to Rasharkin and they should take the opening step in championship with a win.
Mc Quillan’s Ballycastle v St Agnes
The Aggies had a better league campaign than their hosts and the city men will travel to the North coast anticipating a championship win at Ballycastle.
St. Mary’s Rasharkin v St. Malachy’s
St. Mary’s Rasharkin were winners of this year’s division 3 league and will be aiming to add the Junior championship to their trophy cabinet this term. They should get off to a winning start as they welcome St. Malachy’s to Dreen on Wednesday night though the Market’s side could give them a run for their money.