With the second round of games in the RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta senior championship this weekend, the groups will begin to take shape.
The standout game from last weekend, Glenswilly v Kilcar, proved to be something of an anti climax.
Over two thousand people flocked to Pairc Naomh Columba looking for fireworks, either on the field or on the sideline, but it was a tame affair.
Indeed the sideline was probably the safest place John McNulty found all week.
The win for Kilcar means that they are almost guaranteed a quarter-final place, with the final game in the group, on Saturday week in Pairc Naomh Columba between Glenswilly and St. Michael’s a shoot-out to see who joins Kilcar in the last eight.
Kilcar will have to be on their toes against St. Michael’s this Sunday, but should be good enough, while Glenswilly look to be too strong for a Bundoran side who have managerial problems - something of a perennial problem for the Seasiders.
Group 4 Table
St Michael’s 1 1 0 0 22 6 2
Kilcar 1 1 0 0 9 6 2
Glenswilly 1 0 1 0 6 9 0
Bundoran 1 0 1 0 6 22 0
The one group that could be decided in the championship this weekend is Group 1 where St. Eunan’s and Naomh Conaill will be expected to confirm their places in the quarter-finals.
Naomh Conaill have the toughest assignment, but at home to Malin, they will not want to make the same mistake as last year and should have too much for Malin.
St. Eunan’s play Naomh Muire at home on Sunday and wins for the top two would mean that this group would be decided before the final group games
Group 1 Table
St Eunan’s 1 1 0 0 20 12 2
N Conaill 1 1 0 0 12 10 2
N Muire 1 0 1 0 10 12 0
Malin 1 0 1 0 12 20 0
Group 2 will go down to the wire, just as it did last year. Four Masters, who scraped a draw against Ardara at home, have their final two games away from home and will need to get something on Saturday evening from their trip to MacCumhaill’s, who had a very good win in the local derby against Glenfin.
Ardara have Glenfin at home on Sunday and are fancied to get back on track before their final round game away to MacCumhaill’s.
This is not the easiest group to predict, but Four Masters may be strong enough to win in Ballybofey and that would put them and Ardara on track for the last eight.
Group 2 Table
MacCumhaill’s 1 1 0 0 13 8 2
Four Masters 1 0 0 1 9 9 1
Ardara 1 0 0 1 9 9 1
Gleann Fhinne 1 0 1 0 8 13 0
Group 3 is also in the balance with all four teams in contention. Termon, who have their last two games at home, are the only team without a point.
The big game this weekend is the Gaeltacht derby clash of Gaoth Dobhair and Dungloe. The Magheragallon men need to win after only getting a draw in Fintra on Saturday evening last as they go to Termon for the final game. That should motivate them to get the win on Sunday
Dungloe are in pole position after defeating Termon last week and they have Killybegs at home in the final game.
Killybegs go to Termon on Saturday evening and this could be a huge game with both sides needing the win to remain in contention.
Gaoth Dobhair and Termon are tipped to win.
Group 3 Table
Dungloe 1 1 0 0 11 8 2
Killybegs 1 0 0 1 9 9 1
G Dobhair 1 0 0 1 9 9 1
Termon 1 0 1 0 8 11 0