Club action returns this weekend after Donegal’s exit from the All-Ireland Championship last Saturday.
The biggest question mark over this weekend’s action is whether or not those who represented the county against Dublin last weekend will return to the fold for their clubs in the upcoming round of fixtures.
In the AllSportsStore.com Division 1 the two table-topping sides, Gaoth Dobhair and Kilcar will have home advantage as the face Ardara and Glenswilly respectively. Both sides currently sit on 20 points apiece, with close competition from Naomh Conáil in third place on 19 points. Naomh Conáil travel to Dungloe this weekend for a local derby.
With Eamon McGee announcing his retirement mid-week Gaoth Dobhair will hope to have his full attention as they try and edge Kilcar for the league championship over the final stretch of the campaign.
Gaoth Dobhair took a thumping from Naomh Conáil in mid-June but have turned their fortunes around since, culminating in sweet revenge over the Glenties side at the end of last month. They will fancy their chances to stay on track against bottom club Ardara. The return of county players to the Kilcar squad will be a huge boost to the team. Patrick McBrearty, Ryan McHugh and co. would significantly impact any side, not to mention the great form they are showing.
This week’s round of fixtures are completed as Termon play St. Eunan’s and Bundoran prepare to do battle with St. Michael’s.
It’s a significant weekend in AllSportsStore.com Division 2 as the top of the table could appear quite different come Sunday night, depending on how the results pan out. Milford currently sit atop the pile on 19 points, giving themselves a one point gap over second-placed Four Masters.
Milford will look to extend their fine form in this year’s league as they take on Naomh Columba at home. After gaining promotion from Division 3 last year, Milford are unbeaten in the league since April. Their opponents have suffered two defeats on the hop and may find it tough against the inform side this time around.
Four Masters travel to Malin in what could be the pick of the ties from this weekend’s fixtures. Second play third as Malin will look to return the defeat which they suffered at the hands of Four Masters earlier in the year.
The remaining fixtures in Division 2 this weekend see Cloughaneely welcome Glenfin, St. Naul’s take on Sean Mac Cumhaill’s and Killybegs face Naomh Mhuire.
With a game in hand and a three point lead over the rest of the league, Aodh Ruadh will be high in confidence coming into their game against Downings in the AllSports.com Division 3 this weekend. However, their closest rivals, Buncrana, have put together a string of victories, including a win over Aodh Ruadh at the beginning of last month. Buncrana are away to bottom of the table side, Naomh Colmcille and will look to stamp their authority on their promotion aspirations with another win this weekend.
Other fixtures in Division 3 this weekend include a bottom three tussle between Naomh Ultan and Fanad Gaels and a mid-table clash between Urris and Naomh Bríd.
There are three games down for decision in Division 4 - Lifford play Na Rossa and Naomh Padraig, Muff take on Carndonag on Saturday evening while on Sunday, Pettigo entertain Red Hugh’s.
All the Sunday games have 3 p.m. throw-in times.