After notching his first every point at intercounty level against Galway in Marckievicz Park on Friday evening, Paddy McGrath will have ample opportunity to add to his tally with two Division One games over the weekend.
Ardara face neighbours Naomh Conaill on Friday night in Ardara and then host Four Masters, in what is also a dress rehearsal, on Sunday afternoon.
Ardara have been struggling in the league with just one win from five games and these two games against Naomh Conaill and Four Masters are crucial to their survival, even at this early stage of the league.
Ardara and Four Masters are due to meet on the June Bank Holiday in the first round of the championship, which gives Sunday’s game added bite. Four Masters will have Luke Keaney back after injury and it will take a might effort from Paddy McGrath and Co. to ensure they something out the two games.
On Saturday evening Killybegs, who look in a real battle to survive after losing their opening seven games, host Malin but a victory would give them some hope.
On Sunday also, Kilcar host St. Michael’s while St. Eunan’s are at home to Naomh Conaill. The game in Towney is now a top of the table shoot-out after Kilcar picking up four points from two games last weekend, while games between St. Eunan’s and Naomh Conaill are always mouth-watering affairs.
With the county players allowed to participate, Jim McGuinness will be hoping that his ‘phone remains silent over the weekend and that all players come through unscathed.
Predictions: Ardara v Naomh Conaill (draw); Killybegs v Malin (Killybegs); Kilcar v St. Michael’s (Kilcar); St. Eunan’s v Naomh Conaill (St. Eunan’s); Ardara v Four Masters (Ardara).
In Division Two Glenswilly host Cloughaneely on Friday evening, while on Sunday Naomh Muire face Sean MacCumhaill’s; Glenfin host Dungloe and Cloughaneely take on Termon.
There are quite a number of county players involved and again the county management will be keeping their fingers crossed that all come through unscathed before they begin their final two week countdown to the Ulster championship clash with Tyrone.
Predictions: Glenswilly v Cloughaneely (Glenswilly); Naomh Muire v MacCumhaill’s (Naomh Muire); Glenfin v Dungloe (Dungloe); Cloughaneely v Termon (Cloughaneely).
There are also fixtures in Division Three, Four and Five.