O'Donnell's Milford on the verge of history

Division Four in 213 - Division One next year almost assured

O'Donnell's Milford on the verge of history

It seems to be an incredible journey. From Division Four in 2013 to Division One in 2017. All that’s required for Milford to make history is two points from their four remaining games.

The first opportunity presents itself on Saturday evening when they travel to Pairc Taobhoige, Glenfin for the stand-out game in the AllSportsStore.com All County League this weekend.

Milford’s amazing journey is one of those fairytale stories. Two league points will take them to the top flight for the first time in their history.

Promoted last year from Division Three, they have lost just two games so far and those were at the start of the campaign. Presently they sit top of Division Two, a point ahead of Four Masters and six ahead of third placed MacCumhaill’s. Their other three remaining games area away to Killybegs and home to Malin and bottom club St. Naul’s, so few would bet against Danny O’Donnell’s side getting the points needed. And after leading the table for most of the season, they will be determined to go up as champions.

An amazing journey.

The big game in Division One will take place on Friday evening in Towney where joint leaders Kilcar and Gaoth Dobhair clash. The winners of this game will be taking a big step towards getting their hands on the Democrat Cup and Kilcar will fancy their chances at home.

Kilcar are obviously thinking ahead a week as well as they host St. Michael's in a crunch championship tie and last night (Wednesday) they were in Tyrone for a quiet challenge game.

The other games are on Saturday evening with Naomh Conaill travelling to O’Donnell Park to take on St. Eunan’s. The Glenties based side are probably the only other team in contention for honours, although St. Michael’s are not out of the equation.

There will be plenty of attention on the games in Termon and Dungloe, which are all about avoiding relegation. Termon host Ardara and one would feel that this may be Ardara’s Last Chance Saloon. A win for Ardara would put them back in the mix, but defeat would leave them four (or possibly five) points adrift with four games left (and only one of them at home).

The other crunch game is in Dungloe where Bundoran are the visitors. Bundoran have dragged themselves ahead of the rest and this is a big game for Dungloe to do something similar.

Division One Verdicts: Wins for Kilcar, Naomh Conaill, Termon, Dungloe and St. Michael’s.


Other than the fairytale game of Milford against Glenfin, second placed Four Masters travel to the Banks to take on Naomh Muire; Cloughaneely host St. Naul’s; Naomh Columba host Malin and Killybegs are at home to MacCumhaill’s.

The bottom clubs, St. Naul’s and Naomh Muire are in danger of being cut adrift and need points quickly, while Naomh Columba also need points to get away from the danger area.

Verdicts: Wins for Milford, Cloughaneely, Four Masters, Naomh Columba and Killybegs.


With Aodh Ruadh clinching promotion on Sunday last, the battle in Division Three is for the second promotion place. Buncrana are in pole position but Burt and Letterkenny Gaels (both with games in hand) are not out of the equation.

Burt host Aodh Ruadh; Buncrana host Fanad Gaels; Urris v Downings; Naomh Ultan v Naomh Colmcille and Letterkenny Gaels v Naomh Brid are the fixtures.

The Naomh Ultan v Naomh Colmcille clash is an important clash at the bottom of the table with the Dunkineely side hoping to edge away from the relegation battle against the bottom side.

Verdicts: Wins for Buncrana, Downings, Burt, Naomh Ultan and Letterkenny Gaels.