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Football League Fixtures (previews) Sunday 15th May

Another round of the football league games are down for decision back in the prime time viewing slot of Sunday afternoon, with games scheduled in all of the divisions.

Division One (all games 2.00pm)

O’ Donavan Rossa v Casement’s Portglenone

Rossa have certainly improved in the last few weeks as their recent results will prove.

The Shaw’s road side have remained unbeaten in their last three assignments and they will await the visit of the Portglenone men in this their latest game in search of four wins on the trot.

Casement’s have led the way in the ratings since the start of the sesaon, with only a single concession made to date when the lost out to the visiting Cargin men The Portglenone men will look to retain their front running role, and John Mc Keever’s men appear to be in good form at present but this does look a serious test in prospect with a draw or a share of the points possible.

Lamh Dhearg v St Enda’s

Although they have proved a little enigmatic in their games to date Lamh Dhearg do remain in sight of the pace setters and with eleven points gained so far, which includes three drawn games and are holding fifth spot in the ratings.

They did return from Randalstown and a coming together with Tir na Nog with points secured in their mid-week and now await this visit of St Enda’s.

The Hightown residents have struggled in the league but the Glengormley men are more than capable of better.

The Lamh’s with their ‘county players’ still available will start this one as firm favourites and they may well gain a full return of the points.

Kickham’s Creggan v Tir na Nog

A local derby affair in this one as the reigning senior county champions play hosts to the ‘new kids on the block’ as their near neighbours, the current Intermediate and Division Two league champions pay a visit to the Staffordstown Road.

The Kickham’s men obviously with an eye firmly fixed in the retention of their hard earned title but not forsaking the league as only a single defeat endured so far and they will look forward to this visit of their parish rivals.

Tir na Nog have settled in to their new niche gaining for the experience and they will travel out the road to the home of the champions intent on an upset, but although the Blues are more than capable og giving their hosts a game the points will most likely remain at home.

St Mary’s Aghagallon v St Mary’s Ahoghill

Ahoghill with a couple of wins gained to date will require all hands on board as they take the road up to Aghagallon hoping for a change in fortune.

The Cloney men have endured a lengthy injury list from the outset of the season and will seek a return to fitness for more than a few if they are to take the upward trail.

Aghagallon, county finalists last term, and minor champions as well have not been seen at their best this term and will look for better if they are to make impact in 2022.

They went down by five points at Portglenone in their latest assignment and the St Mary’s men will seek better as they return to home base and will start as firm favourites to gain a full return of points against Ahoghill.

Erin’s Own Cargin v St Gall’s

This is another coming together of close rivals as Cargin welcome the former All Ireland club champions St Gall’s to the Shore Road

The Toome men proved a trifle sluggish from the start traps this season but Ronan Devlin’s charge have grabbed a firm grip of the baton as the present term makes progress and they will look forward to this visit of the Milltown Blues.

Cargin have gained in momentum of late as the management look to give experience to an extended squad with the young guns really firing and posting firm intentions on a senior berth.

St Gall’s do seem in the midst of team building but more than capable of giving good account but the current climate would suggest a home win is likely.

Division Two (2.00pm)

St Mary’s Rasharkin v St James Aldergrove

Following an excellent brace of points earned on the road Rasharkin will return to home base in anticipation as Aldergrove visit Dreen.

Mark Dougan and Ciaran Mc Cartney’s men returned from a visit to Chapel Hill with a win gained over the resident Glenavy last time and confidence will be high as Aldergrove visit.

Aldergrove have been faring well in recent games and a share of the spoils with the pace setters,

Davitt’s last time out underlines current well being.

The Crumlin based men will take this trip down to Rasharkin in a quietly confident mode and although they are certain to be asked questions a plenty in their quest for the points they may well gain the day.

St Teresa’s v St Ergnat’s Moneyglass

Moneyglass struggled to cope with the test provided by Ardoyne in their visit to North Belfast last time the St Ergnat’s men had travelled short handed and will look for a fuller compliment this time as the visit the city again and visit the Glen road base of St Teresa’s.

They have lost their leader of the pack position following that reversal and the Marian Hill men will travel seeking a full return this time.

St Teresa’s, long time residents of the top division have struggled in recent times and results thus far would suggest they are struggling to regain lost status.

The Glen road men lost out at Sarsfields last time and although they will not lack in effort they may well be forced into a secondary position again in this one with a win for the Moneyglass men probable.

St Paul’s v Cuchullian’s Dunloy

Having led the way in the second grade for a term St Paul’s have lost a little ground of late and they need to press the recovery button soon if they are to regain composure.

They went down by a big margin at Glenravel last time and they will return to their Shaw’s Road base this time looking for better as they play host to the Cuchullian’s.

Dunloy have proved quite enigmatic thus far in the season but the dual club most likely have their eyes firmly fixed on hurling as they prepare to defend their senior title.

St Paul’s will start as firm favourites and although Dunloy are more of capable of asking questions the home side may well provide the answers..

Con Magees Glenravel v Michael Davitt’s

League leaders Davitt’s have impressed to date and although the West Belfast men were held to a draw on their own sod last time they have looked good thus far.

A trip down to the South West is the task on hand this time for the pace setters and a trip to the in form Glenravel is the challenge.

The Con Magee’s men have improved of late and if they can reproduce the form the displayed last time against  St Paul’s they may well retain that winning thread again with a home win possible.

St Joseph’s Glenavy v Kickham’s Ardoyne

The in-form team in this division is Ardoyne who have gained in composure as the league has progressed. They are on the road in this one as they take a trip down to Glenavy and meet up with St Joseph’s at their Chapel Hill venue.

The North Belfast side made more than a few sit up and take notice last time when the put the high flying Moneyglass to the sword and close attention will be paid as they go out of town this time.

Glenavy continue to prove erratic in their progress as they continue to mix the good with the mediocre.

The St Joseph’s failed to cope with the threat posed by the visiting Rasharkin last time and much better will be required if they are to prove up to this challenge as the Kickham’s men pay a visit.

Patrick Sarsfield’s v All Saint’s Ballymena

Sarsfield’s have struggled this season but they did gain a positive result last time when they proved too strong for the visiting St Teresa’s.

That 1-14 to 0-08 verdict gained may well aid morale at the Bear Pit but such may well be required here as they prepare for the visit of the Baker Boys as All Saint’s Ballymena visit.

All Saint’s did dally a little in the early part of the season but recent back to back wins gained over Dunloy and Rasharkin would suggest current wellbeing and a win at Sarsfields looks probable.

Division Three (2,00pm)

St Patrick’s Lisburn v Bhulf Ton

St Patricks lead the way in the division and refreshed after a couple of weeks at rest they should prove as too strong for the ‘new boys in town’ as Bhulf Ton visit.

St Malachy’s v St Gall’s (b)

St Malachy’s may well be a trifle enigmatic in their offerings but more than capable when in the mood and they are more than capable of securing the points hers as the St Gall’s third string pay a visit.

St Comgall’s Antrim v Eire Og

Strong favourites to take this division at the outset Niall Ward’s St Comgall’s have fluffed their lines a couple of time in progress to date but they are more than capable of recovery and a home win looks likely in this one.

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