Kilcar begin the second half of the AllSportsStore.Com League Division One in the top position when they host St Eunan’s in Towney on Sunday. .
The game, a Star game, is one of three ties in the top division pencilled in for this weekend. The other two are Gaoth Dobhair at home to Glenswilly and Bundoran at home to Termon.
Naomh Conaill and Ardara are in All-Ireland Comórtas Peil Na Gaeltachta action in Cork this weekend which means Dungloe and St Michael’s have no games.
Kilcar went to the top of the Division One table by virtue of their three point victory over Termon at the Burn Road and Gaoth Dobhair’s defeat to the Colm McFadden inspired St Michael’s in Dunfanaghy.
Kilcar and St Eunan’s have met once this season so far. That was in the championship and it ended in a draw, Kilcar 1-10, St Eunan’s 0-13.
With both teams without their county contingent - Mark, Ryan and Eoin McHugh, Patrick and Stephen McBrearty for Kilcar and St Eunan’s without Rory Kavanagh, Caolan Ward, Rory Carr and Eamonn Doherty, predicting the outcome of this tie is something of a lottery.
However, with St Eunan’s the least of the two affected by county defections, the general view is that they have the depth in the squad to carry the loss better than most, and they get the nod.
Gaoth Dobhair, despite the absence of the McGee brothers, Neil and Eamon; Kieran Gillespie, Odhran MacNiallais and Michael Carroll, should still be too strong for struggling Glenswilly. Glenswilly will be minus Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher.
The meeting of Bundoran and Termon is the big game at the bottom of the table and a definite four pointer.
They are both on four points and hovering in relegation territory, two points better off than the bottom three of Glenswilly, Ardara and Dungloe.
The winners of this tie will take a giant step away from relegation territory and saving their top flight status.
Bundoran go into the tie on the back of narrow two point win over Glenswilly at home while Termon will travel with a fair deal of confidence after giving table toppers Kilcar a run for their money, before losing by three points last Saturday evening.
Bundoran will be without county tied Jamie Brennan, but with Paul Brennan, a class apart in recent weeks, and Christy Keaney in good scoring form up front, Bundoran get a hesitant nod. But don’t rule out a draw.
There are two games on Saturday evening in the AllSportStore.com Division Two and three on Sunday.
On Saturday evening Cloughaneely make the long trip to Connolly Park in Malin, where fourth placed Malin may prove too strong on home ground.
In the other Saturday evening fixture Naomh Muire, after draws in recent weeks against Milford and Malin, will be hoping for only their second league when they host second placed Sean MacCumhaill’s at the Banks. And with Paul ’Yank’ Boyle expected to return from his soccer commitments they may just upset the form book against the Finnsiders, who will be without Marty O’Reilly.
The big game in Division Two is the top of the table clash of Milford and Four Masters in Milford. Four Masters top the table on 13 points, with Danny O'Donnell’s Milford hot on their heels, just one point behind them on 12. They both have nine games played.
And with Four Masters minus Karl Lacey, home advantage and the chance to go to the top of the table may be enough to inspire Milord to take the two points.
Elsewhere in the division Killybegs have been showing good form in recent weeks and they may just have a little too much for Glenfin in Eamonn Byrne Memorial Park.
Home advantage should be enough to see Brendan Doherty’s Naomh Columba return to the winning enclosure when they host St Naul’s in Pairc Na nGael.
In the All SportStore.com Division Three, Fanad Gaels and Letterkenny Gaels should win on the road away to Burt and Urris respectively, while the runaway leaders Aodh Ruadh should have too much fire power for Naomh Ultan in Fr Tierney Park.
The top game in the AllSportStore.com Division Four is the all Inishowen top of the table clash of Moville and Naomh Padraig, Muff, in Moville.
They are locked on 12 points along with Red Hugh’s so this game could easily be a mid season title decider. Moville at home to win.
Red Hughs, the other title contenders, will be expected to bounce back from last weekend’s heavy defeat away to Na Rossa, when the make the short trip to Emmett Park, Castlefin for their clash with Robert Emmett’s.
Na Rossa are expected to maintain their march up the table when they entertain St Mary’s, Convoy in Dooey. All the games in Division Four are on Saturday evening.