Naomh Ultan and Red Hugh’s meet in the tie of the weekend in the Junior A Championship on Saturday evening in Dunkineely.
The game, in Group One, is one of four ties that are down for decision with Robert Emmetts and Urris going head to head in Castlefin, in the other tie, in the group.
Naomh Padraig, Lifford versus Letterkenny Gaels and the clash of St Mary’s, Convoy and Naomh Padraig, Muff are the two games in Group Two.
Naomh Ultan have full points from their two games so far, Na Rossa (walk-over after Na Rossa failed to field) and a good away win against Urris, last weekend.
Red Hugh’s have played only one game, a narrow first round home win against Urris. All of which tees this one up nicely to be an interesting encounter with Brendan McCready’s charges on their home sod the slight favourites to take another step towards a place in the last eight.
But it will be no walk in the park for the men in black and amber against a young Red Hugh’s outfit that have potential match winners in Marty Bonner, Damien Browne, P J Gallagher and Calvin Bradley.
Verdict: Naomh Ultan
Robert Emmet’s got their campaign up and running with a comfortable seven point victory over Na Rossa in Dooey last weekend. However, they lost goalkeeper Paul Lafferty to a straight red card following a confrontation with referee Andrew Mullen. They may be also short a number of first choice players due to work commitments.
Urris, last year’s junior finalists, are struggling to find last season’s form. They have lost twice so far in the championship - away to Red Hugh’s and home to Naomh Ultan and Danny Kelly and his men will not relish Saturday evening’s trip to Castlefin.
Verdict: Robert Emmet’s.
Letterkenny Gaels will be anxious to find the winning formula once again following last Saturday’s defeat away to Moville. They host struggling Naomh Padraig, Lifford, with two defeats from their two outings.
With Conor McBrearty leading the way in the scoring charts in the championship, John McDermott’s side are expected to get the show back on road.
Verdict: Letterkenny Gaels
Convoy should build on last weekend’s opening round 11 point win over Naomh Padraig, Lifford when they face Muff, in St Mary’s Park.