The First phase of the football leagues are nearing completion or in fact completed in the case of Division Two. Division 1 and 3 will proceed further on Sunday with a full list of fixtures in these grades.
Sunday 28th May
All games at 2.00pm
St Mary’s Ahoghill v St Enda’s
Chris Mc Glone’s Clooney Gaels have performed well this season and have a total of eight points from 9 starts but with only four points separating 5th and 13th nothing can be taken for granted.
Ahoghill have a good record on their home sod and will look to add another couple of points prior to the ‘split’ in this one as St Enda’s visit.
St Enda’s have had a good season to date but they do seem to struggle without their ‘county’ men on board.
They were well beaten by the visiting Creggan last time and will look for better here as they visit Clooney.
This may well be a close one but the in current circumstances another win for the St Mary’s men looks probable.
Lamh Dhearg v St Brigid’s
St. Brigid’s gained a much needed victory over St. Gall’s last time out and will travel to Hannahstown hoping to build on that win but Lamh Dhearg are likely to provide a more difficult test.
It took Lamh Dhearg a while to get going this term but such lethargy has been left behind of late.
They overcame the challenge of Aghagallon last time in a 2-05 to 0-08 away win and they will hope to build on their recent good form.
St Brigid’s will probably give this one a lash, but a home win and another couple of points for Lamh Dhearg does look the more likely result.
Tir na nOg v St John’s
Tir na nOg lost to Rossa last time but only by a single point at Shaw’s Road and have home advantage for this one as St. John’s visit Whitehill.
St John’s shared the points with Cargin last time at Corrigan Park and will travel to the South West hoping for their first win for quite a while.
This may well be a close one which could go either way with ground advantage possibly tilting the balance in favour of the Whitehill men.
Kickham’s Creggan v St Mary’s Aghagallon
Creggan have picked up the pace in recent weeks following a poor start to the season but face another stiff test as they travel to second place Aghagallon.
Aghagallon currently hold a lofty spot in the ratings and they will start as favourites to gain another win but the inform Creggan will give the St Mary’s men a run for their money.
St Gall’s v O’ Donavan Rossa
St Gall’s have been inconsistent this year but the Milltown men are more than capable when in the mood.
They are in the process of rebuilding and sit in mid-table at present but, like the teams around them could do with another win.
Rossa have also been a trifle hit and miss to date and are likely to be without the services of their county players in this one and a home win is possible.
Tuesday 30th May
At 7.30 p
Erin’s Own Cargin v Casements Portglenone
Casement’s top the division as they approach the split but face a tough test as they travel to Toome to meet Cargin.
Cargin have used their extended panel this term but it hasn’t hampered league progress and they will go into the split in a snug position in the top three.
This one should attract a good crowd where a close contest is anticipated.
Casements will be hoping to retain their place at the top of the table but face a stiff test in this one with ground advantage possibly tipping it Cargin’s way.
All games at 2.00pm
Patrick Pearses v St Mary’s Rasharkin
Rasharkin are flying high at the moment and currently top the table with maximum points and enjoy home advantage here after their first round meeting was switched to Cliftonville and the Dreen men should have enough to take the points against last year’s Junior Football Champions.
St Agnes v St Malachy’s
St. Agnes sit two points above Sunday’s visitors with two games in hand and they will start as favourites as the men from the Markets visit Woodlands.
St Comgall’s Antrim v Cardinal O’ Donnell’s
Antrim based St Comgall’s have lacked somewhat in consistency this term and they will be looking for a positive display in this one as the in-form O’ Donnell’s visit Dunsilly.
Laochra Loch Lao v Eire Og
Laochra Loch Lao have taken a stride forward this term and in their present form they will start as firm favourites as South Belfast Eire Og visit.