It promises to be an exciting day of action on Sunday as the first series of league games are played in the Donegal League Sunday divisions.
Premier Division champions Drumoghill FC begin the defence of their crown with a home match against Glenea United - not an easy opening test for Michael Lynch’s side.
Indeed, predicting a winner of this year’s Premier Division title isn’t easy either. It’s generally felt the standard in the top division has been improving in recent seasons and any number of clubs will fancy their chances of achieving the kind of success enjoyed by Drumoghill last season.
St. Catherine’s, for many an outside bet for the title, open against another strong outfit in Kilmacrennan Celtic. The Killybegs side won the Area Shield Final last Sunday, maintaining their great start to the new campaign.
Another side who enjoyed cup success was Rathmullan Celtic who beat Lagan Harps in the Letterkenny Area Final. The two sides meet again this weekend and newly promoted Lagan, will be hoping for an improvement in fortunes from last Sunday.
In the other games, Kildrum Tigers host Milford United while the division’s other new club, Convoy Arsenal, make the short trip to play Castlefinn Celtic.
In the Temple Domestic Appliances Division One, one of the big games of the day will be in Ballyshannon where newly promoted Erne Wanderers face one of the title favourites, Keadue Rovers.
Gweedore Celtic, relegated from the top division, take on Raphoe Town, one of the top sides in this league last year. Donegal Town, who missed out on promotion in the play-offs, open with an away match at newly promoted Glenree United.
In the other game, Deele Harps, also up from Division Two, host Bonagee United.
Ballybofey United’s form in the Brian McCormick Sports Cup this season has been very impressive and they will be hoping to maintain their good start when they travel to play Letterbarrow Celtic in the CT Ball Division.
Eany Celtic host Copany Rovers; Curragh Athletic are at home to Dunkineely; Kerrykeel play Lifford Celtic and there’s a local derby with Whitestrand United at home to Cranford United.
It’s the second weekend of action in the two Saturday divisions with the top games in the Glencar Inn Division involving Arranmore United at home to Strand Rovers and Glencar Celtic hosting Orchard FC. The other match sees Drumbar FC at home to Fintown Harps.
There’s a full programme of games in the Reserve Division.