Fixtures and Previews
Tuesday 24th August
The Junior Hurling championship gets under way tonight with teams from division 3 of the league carrying the strongest threat and if I had to make a prediction before a ball is struck my money would be on Shane O’Neill’s, Glenarm.
Championships are not played on paper however and the rest of the sides setting out on their championship campaign tonight will have plenty to say and could very well prove me wrong before the 2021 Junior Championship is over.
Group 1: All games (7-00PM)
JHC Group 1
Lamh Dhearg v All Saints
This will be the third meeting of these sides this year. They met in Ballymena in the league earlier in the season with Lamh Dhearg emerging narrow winners in a game that was arguably their toughest game of the league campaign. Both sides met again the division 4 league final with the Hannastown side running out convincing winners. All Saints put that defeat behind them to win the Junior B Hurling championship, thus qualifying for the A competition but home advantage should swing it Lamh Dhearg’s way.
St. Mary’s Rasharkin v Davitt’s
Ten points separated these sides when they met in the league at Dreen back in June with Rasharkin recording three wins from seven starts and Davitt’s just the one in the division 3 campaign. Davitt’s are capable of better however as they showed last year and I would expect this one to be closer but home advantage should swing it Rasharkin’s way.
JHC Group 2
Con Magee’s Glenravel v St. Teresa’s
Glenravel enjoyed a similar division 3 campaign to Rasharkin with three wins from seven starts while St. Teresa’s had a poor league campaign, losing all seven games but the Glen Road side should never be underestimated in the championship. |Ground advantage should see the Con Magee’s begin their championship campaign with a win however.
Loch Mor Dal gCais v Shane O’Neill’s
Loch Mor had a good Junior B championship campaign before losing to All Saints in the final with both sides then qualifying for the A championship. It might take the Feystown side a while getting used to the unfamiliar surroundings of the Crumlin pitch but I would expect my favourites for the competition to emerge with something to spare.