Football League Fixtures (Sunday March 15th)
With both the county footballers and hurlers in action at the week-end, the fixtures as established by the CCC may well be subject to change.
The Hurlers play Kerry in Croke Park in the Division 2A final while the footballers are away to Wicklow in a ‘must win’ division 4 game.
Division Two (all games at 1.00pm)
Kickham’s Ardoyne v St James Aldergrove
Newly promoted Ardoyne have struggled in their opening two games. They lost out to Tir na nOg in the opening round and fared no better last time at St Teresa’s and they are faced with a similar searching task again as reigning Intermediate champions Aldergrove visit.
Aldergrove did lose their opening game to Dunloy and the Crumlin men will be hoping to make amends on this their first trip to the city in 2020.
Ardoyne will hope to open their account but they may well struggle this time with an away win the most likely result.
St Teresa’s v Tir na nOg Randalstown
This one features likely contenders for honours in the division as St Teresa’s, who were relegated from division 1 last year play hosts to Tir na nOg who have been up there in contention in this grade for a while.
Tir na nOg have recorded a couple of wins to date with victories over Davitt’s and Ardoyne and they will be hoping to retain that winning habit.
St Teresa’s did open account at the expense of the visiting Ardoyne last time and that victory suggested they are well prepared and intent on a quick return to the top flight.
A close affair does seem in prospect in a game which could go either way, but ground advantage may just tilt the balance in favour of the Glen road men.
Cuchullian’s Dunloy v St Paul’s
A win at Crumlin in the opening round of the league strongly suggested that Dunloy have wintered well and the dual club look to have an eye firmly fixed on the big ball at present.
That win underlined current well-being as they welcome newly promoted St Paul’s to Pearse Park.
All Saint’s proved too strong for the Shaw’s road men last term and this looks like another stern test as they take the road to the country.
Dunloy will start this one as strong favourites and they may well gain another positive result.
All Saints Ballymena v Patrick Sarsfield’s
All Saints were impressive in a win over St Paul’s in the opening round but will face a much stiffer test against the visiting Sarsfields.
Sarsfield’s lost out to the visiting Moneyglass last time and they will be hoping for a better result at Quinn Park.
The Ballymena men will start as favourites and they should secure another couple of points.
Division Three (all games at 1.00pm)
Eire Og v St Patrick’s Lisburn
St Patrick’s Lisburn, the reigning Junior champions have suffered back to back defeats in their two outings to date and they will be seeking to turn the proverbial corner in this one as they visit Eire Og.
St Agnes v Patrick Pearses
St Agnes have started the season very much on the positive with back to back wins over O’Donnell’s and St Patrick’s ensuring table topping status at present.
The Woodlands men will be looking to keep on the winning trail here as the play hosts to Pearses and they may well prove up to that task.
St Comgall’s Antrim v Cardinal O’ Donnell’s
Adrian Dougan’s St Comgall’s got off the mark with a win over Laochra Loch Lao last time and they may well retain the winning habit again in this one as Mc Crory Park residents O’ Donnell’s pay a visit.
St Malachy’s v Laochra Loch Lao
St Malachy’s opened their account with a win over Ballycastle in round one and although this looks a tougher assignment the men from the Markets may well gain another brace of points over visitors Laochra Loch Lao.