There are three games down for decision in the 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League this weekend.
Drumkeen will host Kildrum for the third time in just a month, having already met in both the Knockalla Cup (Kildrum won on penalties) and in the League Cup (a 1-1 draw). Drumkeen ran Fanad very close in their opening league fixture last week away from home, taking the lead through ace marksman Sean Fery before going down narrowly by 2-1.
They will be aiming to keep out a Kildrum side that will be anxious to get their league campaign off to the best possible start and get on the coat tails of Fanad, Cockhill and Derry City straight away after a strong finish last season. Kildrum put Kilmacrennan Celtic to the sword in the Knockalla Cup quarter finals last week to advance to this years semi-finals with a comfortable 4-1 victory.
In-form Derry City Reserves will travel to take on Swilly Rovers on Thursday in a game that has been reversed to Ramelton. Derry will hope continue the good form that has seen them claim top spot in the Group A League Cup standings and begin their League campaign last Sunday with an impressive win in Castle Park against Buncrana Hearts. Kevin Barr has found himself on the scoresheet on a regular basis and they have been well supported by the impressive McNamees, Barry and Tony, who are from Ramelton.
Swilly put up a spirited performance in their opening fixture in Cockhill last weekend before going down by 4-0 after a late flurry of golas from the hosts. Michael Doherty and Brian Coll got their marching orders on Saturday.
Buncrana Hearts will entertain Letterkenny Rovers at Castle Park on Sunday. Hearts put in a good first half show against in form Derry City last week – taking an interval lead before ultimately going down by 3-1 to the Candystripes. Rovers will be without their talisman Darren McElwaine this week however, after he received his marching orders in controversial circumstances last week against neighbours Bonagee in the Knockalla Cup. Rovers will welcome Mark Forker into the squad this week after he missed last week’s defeat and Ryan Carlin will be pushing for a start in McElwaine’s absence.
First Division League Cup Preview
The USL First Division League Cup gets underway this Saturday with two games down for decision. Last years beaten finalists, Letterkenny Rovers will have a home game against Kildrum Tigers.
Bonagee will welcome Swilly Rovers to Dry Arch Park on Saturday afternoon. Bonagee have been the nearly team of the First Division over the last couple of seasons and they will hope to get an opening victory here to set them on course for the final.
4 Lanterns USL
Swilly Rovers v Derry City Res C McLaughlin
Drumkeen United v Kildrum Tigers T McAree
Buncrana v Letterkenny Rovers T. Moyne
Knockalla Caravans Cup Q-Final
Milford United v Fanad United
First Division League Cup
Letterkenny Rovers v Kildrum Tigers S Toner
Bonagee United v Swilly Rovers D McCafferty