The Junior A Championship will be down to the last four after this weekend with two quarter-finals down for decision.
The winners will join Naomh Ultan and Moville, who have already qualified for the last four.
Red Hugh’s v St. Mary’s, Convoy
It’s derby time in the Finn Valley as Convoy and Red Hugh’s collide on Saturday evenikng in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.
And although Red Hugh’s are operating in the higher Division Three sector, their mentor Stephen Friel says League slots count for nothing.
“We are struggling in Division Three while Convoy are near the top of Division Four.
“We got a bad hammering from Naomh Ultan last week and have picked up a number of injuries.
“We can’t play Stephen McMenamin because of his county minor commitments and we have a few players who are on duty with the Irish Army on Sunday.
“It should be a very tight affair and we are just hoping to give a very good account of ourselves.
“I know Oliver Prunty and Convoy very well and soldiered along with him in the county minors so we kind of know what to expect” said the Dungiven native and ex Derry hurler.
Meanwhile Convoy mentor Prunty will be looking to the likes of Joe Doherty, Johnny Kee and Tom McHugh to spur their efforts.
“We are a very young side with the average age around 23-24 and so are Red Hugh’s so it could be a very close encounter.
“But we will be without one of our older lynchpins Lawrence McMullin who damaged a medial ligament while playing against Moville at the weekend.
“This match could go either way, but Red Hugh’s have some real quality in Damian Browne who hits their frees and Colm Melaugh can be pretty prolific also.
A close call but maybe Red Hugh’s Division Three experience might just be crucial.
Letterkenny Gaels v
Can youthful Letterkenny Gaels put it up to last year’s beaten Junior Championship finalists, Urris in an intriguing quarter -final clash in Buncrana.
Ten of the Gaels team are Under 21 and they are also sitting at the top of the Division Four table.
But opponents Urris are sitting in a mid table slot in Division Three so there seems to be relatively little between the sides.
Urris had the better of the Gaels when the sides clashed in home and away fixtures in last year’s.
But the nimble Gaels have a real match winner in explosive full-forward Conor McBrearty.
The talented 20 year-old DCU Accountancy student was superb in the Under 21 Championship against Aodh Ruadh and was on the county U-21 squad earlier this year until Injury badly hampered his county chances.
Midfielder Ciaran Cannon and young Sean McDonagh are also influential figures for the Gaels.
Meanwhile Urris boss Danny Kelly will be coming face to face with his nephew Patrick Doherty so it is a case of do or die.
“We will have to win for peace sake” quipped Kelly.
But Urris will be minus his son and regular full back Kieran Kelly who has a ling term groin injury. Urris will also be minus Dean and Eddie Kelly who are currently abroad.
And they will be looking to the likes of Kevin, Niall and Mark McLaughlin for the bulk of their scores.
But if McBrearty and Cannon hit form then the Gaels will be very hard to halt.
For full reports see Monday’s Donegal People’s Press/Donegal Democrat