Downings and Urris frontrunners in Junior Championship

Downings and Urris frontrunners in Junior Championship
Tom Comack sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Downings, the newly crowned Comórtas Peil Na Gaeltachta All-Ireland Junior champions, are one of the early favourites for the Michael Murphy Donegal Junior A Championship which throws-in this weekend.

Downings, 2014 champions Urris and Letterkenny Gaels are the three teams from Division Three of the All County league.

The other seven teams that get the championship up and running this Sunday are all playing in Division Four of the All County League.

Of the three division three teams, Andy Connors’ Downings are the form team. They are currently equal on points with second placed intermediate championship contenders, Buncrana, in the Division Three table.

Downings are facing a tricky assignment this Sunday away in Group B to an in-form Moville, who are flying high at the top of the Division Four table.

The championship is made up of three groups, with four teams in groups A and B and three in Group C.

Pettigo, who are still searching for their first points in the league, are at home to Robert Emmetts in the other Group B game.

Downings and Moville are the fancied teams to emerge from this group.

In Group A, potentially the most competitive of the groups, St Mary’s, Convoy, who got a confidence boosting win over Moville, last weekend, host Letterkenny Gaels in Convoy.

League standings would suggest a Letterkenny Gaels win, but the Letterkenny men have yet to establish a championship pedigree and against St Mary’s on their home sod this is very much a 50- 50 game.

In the other game in that group Na Rossa, who are managed this year by former Kilcar player, Barry Doherty, make the long trek deep into Inishowen, where 2014 champions Urris provide the opposition.

The men from the Rosses have a proud championship tradition and they take a three game unbeaten run to Clonmany and are currently lying in third place in the Division Four table.

Urris and Na Rossa are tipped to make the quarter-finals with Letterkenny Gaels also likely to make the last eight as a best third placed team.

Naomh Padraig, Muff are home to Red Hugh’s, in the only game in the three team Group C. Naomh Padraig, Lifford are the third team in this group.

In the Junior B, Naomh Padraig, Muff are home to Urris; Red Hugh’s host Downings and Letterkenny Gaels entertain Naomh Padraig, Lifford. These games are on tomorrow night (Friday).

In the Senior C Championship Sean MacCumhaills are home to Ardara and St Eunan’s host Glenfin.