Dylan Gallagher in possession for Erne Wanderers against Cappry Rovers. The young centre half is enjoying a fine season for the Ballyshannon side.
Erne Wanderers might well have moved into a challenging position in Division One of the Donegal League last weekend, but manager Alan Dorrian has been around too long to start talking about promotion just yet.
The Wanderers manager, who is in his eighth season in charge at the Lakeside, said Erne were flying after six games of the campaign last year.
“But we fell away after that,” he pointed out.
“It’s a very tight division again this year and it’s way too early to be even thinking about promotion.
‘We’re joint third in the table, but there’s only five points between us and the teams that are second from bottom. So if you were to lose a couple of games, you could be sucked right back into trouble.”
Erne moved joint third along with Ballybofey United last Sunday after beating the Twin Towns side 1-0 in Ballyshannon.
“We played well,” Dorrian said. “It was probably our best performance of the season so far.
“Up until now, it hasn’t been easy because players have been away, and then there’s the gaelic too.
“But we’re finally getting a bit of a settled side together which is great.”
Erne have had to make-do without the services of the experienced Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward while former captain Barry Mulligan joined Donegal Town at the beginning of the season.
Bundoran’s Alan Russell came in for his first game of the campaign last weekend and is a welcome addition. Add to that the emergence in the side of some of the club’s younger players like Dylan Gallagher and Sean Taylor, the County Minor goalkeeper, and there’s plenty of reason for optimism.
“We’ve been going well and we’d a great result against St. Catherine’s recently. We beat them 2-1,” Dorrian said.
“But we’ve a couple of tough games coming up now over the next two weeks. We’re away to Convoy Arsenal on Sunday and then Lifford the week after that.”
Along with Sunday’s game at Orchard Park in Convoy, the meeting of St. Catherine’s and Lifford Celtic at Emerald Park will be considered another key fixture in the Temple Domestic Appliances Division this weekend.
St. Catherine's will move top of the table ahead of Keadue Rovers if they can pick up a win. Keadue have no game on Sunday.
In the other games Gweedore Celtic play host to Raphoe Town and Dunkineely play Bonagee.
In the Premier Division, the big game is in St. Johnston where the league leaders Kildrum Tigers play a Cappry Rovers side who have won all their league games up to now.
Cappry were also one of the sides to progress in the FAI Junior Cup last weekend.
In Division Two, Deele Harps, the leaders, play host to Letterbarrow.
Saturday, 18th November - 2pm
Glencar Inn Saturday Division One
Strand Rovers v Cappry Rovers
Donegal Town v Milford United
Old Orchard Saturday Division Two
Drumkeen United v Dunlewey Celtic
Sunday, 19th November - 2pm
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Castlefinn Celtic v Milford United
Donegal Town v Kilmacrennan Celtic
Rathmullan Celtic v Glenea United
Kildrum Tigers v Cappry Rovers
Lagan Harps v Drumoghill F.C.
Temple Domestic Appliances Div One
Gweedore Celtic v Raphoe Town
St. Catherines v Lifford Celtic
Convoy Arsenal v Erne Wanderers
Dunkineely Celtic v Bonagee United
Donegal Physiotherapy & Performance Centre Division Two
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Drumkeen United
Deele Harps v Letterbarrow Celtic
Gweedore United v Whitestrand Utd
Copany Rovers v Curragh Athletic
Eany Celtic v Cranford United