For a good number of teams in the top three divisions of the AllSportStore.com All County Leagues, the half-way stage will be reached this weekend with many of the clubs having their ninth league game.
In the top flight, a clear gulf has emerged with five teams close to the top and the other five already in a mighty relegation battle.
Indeed, the margin at the bottom is so close that there are four teams on 2 points and digging deeper, three of them (Bundoran, Dungloe and Ardara) have the same scoring difference -42 while the fourth, Glenswilly, are a point better off at -41. Bundoran have a game more played than the others.
The big clash at that end of the table this weekend sees Bundoran host Glenswilly and the winners could put some daylight between themselves and the bottom.
At the top Gaoth Dobhair continue to lead the way but have to travel to St. Michael’s this Saturday evening, while second placed Kilcar travel to take on Termon. Ardara and Naomh Conaill face off once more after meeting twice in quick succession recently in league and Gaeltacht.
Going on form there should be wins for Bundoran, Naomh Conaill, Kilcar, St. Eunan’s while the game at The Bridge, Dunfanaghy could end all square.
The big clash in Division 2 is in Donegal Town where the top two - Four Masters and MacCumhaill’s - meet. MacCumhaill’s are two points adrift of the Donegal Town side but have a game in hand.
Third placed Milford travel to Mountcharles to take on St. Naul’s. Naomh Columba make the journey to Glenfin; Malin travel to The Banks to take on Naomh Muire while Cloughaneely host Killybegs.
There should be wins for St. Naul’s, Naomh Columba, Malin, Cloughaneely and it won’t be a surprise if there is a draw in Tirconaill Park in the big game.
Aodh Ruadh stretched their lead to five points at the top of Division 3 with their win over Fanad Gaels last week while Naomh Brid slipped up at home to Downings.
The Ballyshannon side face a tricky assignment on Saturday with an away trip to Letterkenny Gaels. The Gaels put it up to Aodh Ruadh in Fr. Tierney Park a few weeks ago and unless they can handle Conor McBrearty, then they could be in trouble.
However, they are given the nod to get a narrow victory, while there should be wins also for Naomh Brid (v Naomh Colmcille), Fanad Gaels (v Buncrana), Naomh Ultan (v Burt) and Downings (v Urris)
In Division 4 there should be wins for Naomh Padraig, Muff (v N Padraig, Lifford); Red Hugh’s (v Na Rossa); Moville (v Pettigo) and Robert Emmet’s (v Carndonagh).