After the dizzy heights of Donegal’s championship summer, the action in the county this weekend switches to the club championship.
The race for the Sam Maguire Cup is replaced by the race for the Dr Maguire Cup, with eight second round championship ties down for decision.
Four of the games- Sean MacCumhaills versus Gaoth Dobhair, Four Masters versus St Michael’s, Naomh Muire versus Termon and Killybegs versus Kilcar - are on Saturday night.
Three of the ties are on Sunday afternoon with Dungloe hosting Ardara, Glenswilly at home to Malin and Cloughaneely entertaining Glenfin. All three of these games have 3 pm throw- in times.
The fourth of the Sunday games, the heavy weight clash of champions St Eunan’s and one of their serious challengers Naomh Conaill, in O’Donnell Park has a start time of 6 pm.
With no major upsets, in the first round of games which were played over 12 weeks ago in the middle of May, all the major contenders are in good positions heading into the weekend’s games.
Defending champions St Eunan’s are still very much the firm favourites to retain the Dr Maguire Cup for another year. Kilcar, St Michael’s, Glenswilly and Naomh Conaill in that order, are their biggest challengers.
Race for Cathal McLaughlin Cup
There are three groups of four teams in the Intermediate Football Championship. And all 12 teams are in action this weekend.
The games in the Intermediate Championship are divided evenly between Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, with three on Saturday evening and the other three on Sunday afternoon.
There is also one game in the Junior A Championship when two of the favourites Downings and Letterkenny Gaels go head to head on the Burn Road, on Sunday afternoon.
And there are three games down for decision in the Junior B Championship, two on Saturday evening and one on Sunday afternoon.