Na Rossa to get back on track against Convoy


Na Rossa, one of the Junior A Championship favourites, will be hoping to get their championship ambitions back on track when they host Convoy on Saturday evening in Dooey.

The meeting of Na Rossa and Convoy is one of five second round games in the Junior A championship, which takes centre stage this weekend. All five games are on Saturday night.

After losing their opening game away to 2014 junior champions, Urris, Na Rossa, will be anxious to find the winning formula once again.

They are also at home to Letterkenny Gaels, another side with genuine designs on the Dr McCloskey Cup.

And with their promotions prospects suffering a setback away to Carndonagh on Saturday evening, Barry Doherty’s men may have got the wake up call required ahead of Saturday’s clash.

This is a big game for Convoy too. Hugh Harkin’s men lost at home first day out against Letterkenny Gaels.

And they need to take at least a draw from their trip to the Rosses if they are to be in with any chance of making the knockout stages of the championship.

They face an away trip to Urris for the third round.

Hugh Harkin is going to have to get big performances from James Kee, Liam Prunty, Raymond McNamee, Brendan Bonner, Laurence McMullan, Peter Blake and Anthony Browne if the are to have any chance against Na Rossa.

Na Rossa have a good championship pedigree and with John McDyre, Darryl Devenney, Adam McHugh, Eugene Molloy, Donal Trimble, Christian Bonner , Sean McMonagle, John Paul McCready, Conor McCahill and Odhran Molloy in their lineup they are a formidable junior outfit.

Verdict: Na Rossa

Letterkenny Gaels and Urris, both first round winners, meet in the Glebe, in the other game in Group A, with the victors assured of a place in the last eight.

The teams - the only two Division Three sides in the Junior A championship - have met already once this season the league.

And Letterkenny Gaels, who are managed by former Kilcar player Sean McBrearty, will be anxious to overturn a 3-16 to 1-15 defeat in the league down in Straid.

And with home advantage and if Darren Hunter, Brendan O’Brien, Paddy Doherty, Shane McGlade, Mark Hunter and Conor McBrearty are in form, Letterkenny Gaels should be looking forward to the knockout stages on Sunday morning.

Urris, Junior A champions in 2014 have been struggling for consistency in the league. But as their first round win over Na Rossa shows, the Inishowen men have championship pedigree and in Alan Friel, Kevin and Mark McLaughlin they have the forwards to test the Gaels rearguard.

Verdict: Letterkenny Gaels

Robert Emmett’s, who received a walkover against Pettigo in the first round, are away to Moville.

Moville are the form team in Division Four and top the Division Four table with ten wins from 12 outings in the league. They also had a narrow one point, 2-13 to 2-12, win over Downings, away, in the first round.

Robert Emmett’s are in mid table with five wins and two drs from their 13 games in the league. Their championship ambitions may rest on the outcome of their final game at home to Downings.

With Pettigo pulling out of the championship the points are going to be awarded to the remaining three teams.

Verdict: Moville

The local derby clash of Red Hugh’s and Naomh Padraig (Lifford) is the only game in Group C.

Of the two, Red Hugh’s are the form team and under former Naomh Conaill stalwart, Seosamh McKelvey, they have won seven of their ten league games.

And they are only six points adrift of league leaders Moville with two games in hand on the Inishowen men.

Naomh Padraig are really struggling and firmly lodged second from the bottom of the league table, with two wins from 11 games.

Red Hugh’s drew the first round game away to Naomh Padraig, Muff and with two from three qualifying for the last eight Red Hugh’s will be expected to clinch one of those two places on Saturday night.

Verdict Red Hugh’s