Intermediate Football Championship (semi-finals) at 2.00pm
Fr. Maginn Park Glenravel
All Saints Ballymena v Cuchullian’s Dunloy
This is a repeat of last year’s semi-final where Dunloy proved too good for All Saints at Ahoghill and the Cuchullain’s have held the Indian sign over the Slemish Park side for some time and will start Sunday’s game as favourites.
Dunloy are blessed with excellent dual players and with the Senior Hurling championship under their belt they will have a stronger side fielding than played in the league. They will be aiming to go one further than last year when they lost to Moneyglass in the final but a couple of their top individuals have opted out of the football panel this season and are concentrating on hurling
All Saints have impressed recently and are unbeaten in the qualifiers but they will have to be at their very best if they are to reach a first championship final since 2011.
Because of their record against All Saints, Dunloy would normally start as favourites but their lack of preparation this season might just tip the balance a little. All Saints have been excellent so far and have 100% record in the championship campaign so far, but this will be their toughest test to date and one that could go either way.
Davitt’s Park Belfast
Patrick Sarsfield’s v Tir na nOg Randalstown
Tir na nOg have impressed this term with a place in division 1 already secured and the Division two league champions will be striving to make it a double.
The Whitehill side have lost just one game in the qualifiers at Ballymena but they will be fully focused on this one.
Sarsfields fared best in their section, topping the table, albeit on score difference over Dunloy and the Paddies will be intent on going a step further with a place in the Intermediate championship final the aim.
The ‘Bear Pit’ residents were not at their best last time when they lost to the visiting Dunloy in the preliminary round but they will be fit and raring to go this time.
Tir na nOg will start this one as firm favourites and although the Paddies will provide a stern test the Whitehill Blues should have enough to advance.