Arranmore United are the first of the Donegal clubs in FAI Junior Cup action this weekend when they host last year’s cup kingpins Glengad United at Ranagh Park.
Arranmore, Saturday League champions last season, could hardly have asked for a more difficult test in the Junior Cup. The Inishowen League side went all the way to the last eight of the competition last year before losing to the eventual beaten finalists Pike Rovers of Limerick.
The tie takes place on Saturday at 1pm, and it’s sure to generate plenty of interest on the island.
There are 14 more first round ties on Sunday with some fascinating fixtures taking place.
Among the games that catch the eye is the local derby involving Ballybofey United and Castlefinn Celtic. Ballybofey surprised their Premier Division opponents in the Brian McCormick Cup earlier this season.
Cappry Rovers host Drumoghill FC in another all-Donegal League fixture while there should be a big crowd at Moyle View Park to see the all-Premier Division derby fixture of Milford United and Rathmullan Celtic.
The other two all-Donegal League ties both involve the Gweedore clubs - Drumkeen United host Gweedore United and Lagan Harps are at home to Gweedore Celtic.
There are also some exciting ties ahead involving Donegal and Inishowen League clubs.
Erne Wanderers have home advantage against Culdaff FC while Convoy Arsenal face a difficult test against Illies Celtic.
Kilmacrennan Celtic, Kildrum Tigers, Keadue Rovers and Glenree United are all on their travels to take on Cavan/Monaghan opposition.
There are only three games fixtured in the league on Sunday.
Raphoe Town host Deele Harps in Division One and in the CT Ball Division, Dunkineely Celtic play Eany Celtic and Copany Rovers are at home to Letterbarrow Celtic.
There are games too in both divisions on Saturday with Drumbar at home to Dunlewey Celtic and Strand Rovers v Glencar Celtic the stand-out matches.
Saturday 17th September
K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
FAI Junior Cup
Arranmore United v Glengad United (K.O. 1 p.m.)
Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Orchard F.C. v Fintown Harps AFC
Drumbar F.C. v Dunlewey Celtic
Strand Rovers v Glencar Celtic
Saturday Reserve Division
Castlefin Celtic Reserves v Keadue Rovers Reserves
Milford United Reserves v Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves
Glenree United Reserves v Glenea United Reserves
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves v Cappry Rovers Reserves
St. Catherines Reserves v Donegal Town Reserves
Sunday 18th September
K.O. 2 p.m. (All FAI Junior Cup matches K.O. 1.30 p.m.)
FAI Junior Cup
Cappry Rovers v Drumoghill F.C.
Clones Town v Kilmacrennan Celtic
Ballybofey United v Castlefin Celtic
Convoy Arsenal v Illies Celtic
KS Eagles v Glenree United
Erne Wanderers v Culdaff F.C.
Milford United v Rathmullan Celtic
Glenea United v Cavan Rovers
Drumkeen United v Gweedore United
Cockhill Celtic Youths v Cranford United
Greencastle F.C. v Lifford Celtic
Monaghan Town v Keadue Rovers
Lagan Harps v Gweedore Celtic
Cavan Town v Kildrum Tigers
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Raphoe Town v Deele Harps
CT Ball Division Two
Dunkineely Celtic v Eany Celtic
Copany Rovers v Letterbarrow Celtic