Cockhill Celtic currently sit on top of the Ulster Senior League with two wins from two but it’s early days yet.
Eamon McConigley’s Letterkenny Rovers side were pencilled in to play Fanad United last night at home, while the weekend’s other fixtures see Drumkeen United welcome Swilly Rovers, Bonagee play host to Cockhill Celtic. Kildrum Tigers are also due to take on Donegal League Premier Division champions Glenea United in the semi-final of the Knockalla Caravans Cup with Bonagee awaiting the winners.
Drumkeen United v Swilly Rovers
Drumkeen United take on Swilly Rovers at St Patrick’s Park on Saturday evening in a match up of the basement dwellers. Both teams have had very difficult opening games in this year’s campaign with Drumkeen already travelling to both last season’s champions Fanad United and Cockhill, runners-up, games that were sandwiched by a home game against Kildrum, who came third last time out.
Philip Whyte has been in top form all season and has been ably assisted by Sean Ferry, Shaunie Gallagher, Richard Moore and player-manager Benny Bonner. They are always a tough nut to crack at home. With the Bohemians match beginning to loom large, Bonner can expect full effort from his squad as they all battle to be in the first 11 when they travel to Dalymount on Friday week. Jason Gibson’s Swilly have also had a tough opening few fixtures, meeting Derry and Cockhill in their opening two fixtures, losing both. Columba O’Donnell has been a rock for Swilly so far this season and has been well supported by Laurence Toland, Keith Hegarty, Marty McDaid and youngster, Dylan Hegarty.
Bonagee United v Cockhill Celtic
Knockalla Cup finalists Bonagee United will host high-flying Cockhill Celtic on Sunday at Dry Arch Park.
Over the last couple of weeks Bonagee have taken the scalps of both derby rivals Letterkenny Rovers and League Champions Fanad United to progress to the Knockalla Caravans Cup final. Those results will have boosted this young Bonagee side who often didn’t get the just reward for the football they played last season. Aidan McLaughlin is always one to watch but youngsters Anthony Appiah and Dean Larkin have also been in top form with Craig Magee playing a leading role in the middle of the park.
The Inishowen men have been flawless to date in their two league games played. Donal O’Brien is starting to see a return to the form they showed for 18 months before faltering late last season. Aiden O’Donnell has been finding the back of the net regularly and Gerry Gill and Malachy McDermott have also been in fine form in the early going this term.
Division One League Cup
There are two more League Cup group games down for decision in Division 1 with Swilly Rovers hosting Kildrum Tigers on Thursday and Drumkeen hosting Letterkenny on Monday.
Swilly and Kildrum both recorded good wins last time out, Swilly getting the better of Drumkeen while Kildrum beat Bonagee. The group table is already very tight and a win for either team here could put them in a strong position for reaching this years decider.
Drumkeen United v Swilly Rovers, S Toner
Bonagee United v Cockhill Celtic, P Coll
First Division League Cup fixtures
Swilly Rovers Res v Kildrum Tigers Res, T McAree
Drumkeen United v Letterkenny Rovers Res, T Moyne