This Sunday, August 30th sees the Ulster Senior League’s return to a winter football season.
Only time will tell if the return to a winter calendar will see an upturn in the fortunes of Donegal’s Intermediate league. There has been a lot of debate on social media forums in recent years on the best way forward to retain a strong Intermediate football league in Donegal but as of yet, there have been no obvious solutions.
Over the past two seasons the Ulster Senior League has won the Michael Ward Trophy (the Inter Provincial Cup) so that certainly points to a good standard of player and football within the league but at present there is a reluctance on the part of Junior clubs from both the Donegal League and Inishowen League to test the Intermediate waters.
This weekend sees the return of the USL to a season in sync with that of Junior football with just six teams set to compete – the lowest ever since the inception of the league in 1986.
The League Cup gets the season underway with one game each in Groups A and B.
For a full preview of all the action, see Thursday’s Donegal Democrat