The Saturday and Sunday Divisions of the Donegal Junior League get back to something resembling normality this weekend.
The last couple of weekends have been dominagted by Cup football.
One team to have come through this period unaffected is Arranmore United who have built up a healthy advantage at the summit of the Glencar Inn Saturday Division Two.
Arranmore United currently sit at the top of the Glencar Inn Saturday Division Two of the Donegal Junior League. From their seven matches to date they have the full compliment of twenty one points amassed and are credited with a goal difference of plus sixteen.
On Saturday last they defeated Tullyvinney Rovers at the Crossroads by three goals to one, Rovers’ first home League defeat of the season.
On Saturday they travel to play new boys Strand Rovers in Maghery and while Stephen Barrett’s side have been improving as the weeks have past the Islanders will be favourites to claim all three points on this occasion. Elsewhere in the Division the Reserves of Milford United and Glenree United clash at Moyle View Park and the second strings of Donegal Town and Curragh Athletic meet at the Hospital Field.
Tullyvinney host Keadue Reserves in a battle of the Rovers while the fifth match sees Cranford United Reserves in action at home against Gweedore United Reserves who will be looking to keep the pressure on Gerry Early’s side at the top of the table.
In the Old Orchard Saturday Division One it is St. Catherines Reserves who lead the way. Still undefeated the Emerald Park lads have won four and drawn the other in a five match series that has seen them collect thirteen points.
Hot on their heels are Glencar Celtic who have secured twelve points from four matches, a 100% start to the campaign. It promises to be exciting as the pair meet on Saturday in a top of the table clash. Ramelton Mariners, who still have to collect their first points of the season, host Castlefin Celtic Reserves at Rabs’ Park in Kerrykeel.
Current Champions Erne Wanderers travel to Letterkenny this weekend to play Orchard F.C. The Ballyshannon outfit have so far failed to find the consistency that they had last term but nonetheless have secure nine points from five games. Sean O’ Donnell will be hoping that his Orchard side can at least get a draw from this home match.
Last season’s Brian Mc Cormick Cup finalists meet in the Premier Division on Sunday when Glenea United visit Flag Pole to play Rathmullan Celtic. Rathmullan are currently in third position with Glenea two places further back in fifth.
A win for the visitors would see them leapfrog their hosts but a home win would put some daylight between the sides at this early stage of the season. Rathmullan also have a game less played to date. Cranford United travel to Gweedore Celtic, both sides having registered Ulster Junior Cup victories last weekend are in good form at the minute.
Kilmacrennan Celtic host Lifford Celtic in a re-match of last Weekend’s Ulster Junior Cup match. Kilmacrennan Celtic will be hoping for a change in fortunes having conceded four without reply last Sunday. Current Joint leaders Milford United will have home advantage in a top versus bottom battle as Curragh Athletic chase their first League points. St. Catherines entertain Donegal Town at Emerald Park in the remaining Premier Division fixture.
In the Watson Hire Division One League leaders Castlefin Celtic host Bonagee United. Castlefin, under Joe Mc Gee, are one of three teams in this Division who are still unbeaten. Second placed Cappry Rovers host Dunkineely Celtic at Cappry Park and third positioned Gweedore United travel to Rabs’ Park to play Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. Drumoghill F.C., currently on six points, have a home match against Keadue Rovers who are still pointless. Lagan Harps will be the visitors to Eany Park as local side Eany Celtic look to move off the foot of the table.
CT Ball Division Two League leaders Convoy Arsenal have no match this weekend so second placed Copany Rovers can make the most of their game in hand by leapfrogging the Orchard Park men with a home victory in their match against Whitestrand United.
They won’t have it all their own way however as Whitestrand have yet to taste League defeat this season. Ballybofey United will be looking to open their points account when Raphoe Town visit Finn View Park.
Raphoe had a useful League victory over Letterbarrow Celtic on Sunday last while Ballybofey progressed in the Ulster Junior Cup by defeating Lagan Harps. Deele Harps welcome Dunlewy Celtic to the Athletic Grounds for a mid-table battle with both sides currently on seven points.
Third placed Glenree United are at home against Letterbarrow Celtic and will fancy their chances of keeping the pressure on the top two. Altogether another exciting weekend of action lies in store on the local Junior scene. Get out and support your local team.