Donegal club football takes centre stage all on it’s own this weekend with a full programme of games in all four divisions of the All County Football Leagues.
After three rounds of games, Gaoth Dobhair are the early pace setters in the top division and have one point to spare over Kilcar and St Eunan’s, who have both dropped two points. Kilcar suffered their first defeat away to Gaoth Dobhair in last weekends ‘Star’ game while St Eunan’s have dropped points in their away draws to Gaoth Dobhair and Naomh Conaill.
Naomh Conaill, Termon, Ardara and St Michael’s have only played two games; all the rest have three played.
Malin and Cloughaneely, with three wins each from their three opening games, are setting the pace in Division Two.
Aodh Ruadh, Buncrana and Downings share top spot in Division Three and Naomh Padraig, Muff, Moville and Red Hugh’s are level at the top of Division Four.
In an age of blanket defences an interesting feature of the leagues so far is the high scoring rate especially in the top flight and in particular goals. In the 26 Division One games played so far, a total of 39 goals have been scored. St Eunan’s, on seven, have raised the most green flags.
Gaoth Dobhair have hit six goals while Kilcar and Dungloe have bagged five each so far with Bundoran next on four; Glenswilly, Ardara and Naomh Conaill have scored three each; St Michael’s two and Termon one.
The goals conceded also makes interesting reading. Bundoran and Kilcar share the dubious honour of having the most porous defences when it comes to conceding goals. They have conceded seven each with surprisingly, too, St Eunan’s, next highest on five.
Patrick McBrearty and company have clocked up an impressive 5-49 in their three games and have already put daylight between themselves and St Eunan’s, who have registered 5-39 in their three games.
County champions Naomh Conaill have conceded four goals in just two games. Termon, Dungloe and Glenswilly have conceded three; St Michael’s two while Ardara, with just one in their two games, have the meanest defence in the top flight.
The goal strikes drops as you move down the divisions. The 30 games played in Division Two
has produced 25 goals; 21 goals have been scored in 24 games played in Division Four.
In this weekend’s games, in Division One, Gaoth Dobhair, St Michael’s, Kilcar, St Eunan’s and Naomh Conaill get the verdict to win their games against Ardara, Bundoran, Glenswilly, Termon and Dungloe.
In Division Two, Sean MacCumhaill’s, Four Masters, Naomh Muire, Cloughaneely and Naomh Columba should shade their ties with St Naul’s, Malin, Killybegs, Glenfin, and Milford.
In Division Three, Burt, Naomh Brid, Aodh Ruadh, Fanad Gaels and Buncrana are the favourites to bag the points against Letterkenny Gaels, Urris, Downings, Naomh Ultan, and Naomh Colmcille.
Naomh Padraig, Muff; Red Hugh’s, Naomh Padraig ,Lifford and Na Rossa are expected to get the results against Robert Emmetts, Convoy, Pettigo and Carndonagh.