Delegates of the Donegal Junior League clubs met on Monday night at league headquarters in Ballyare when the format for the new season was finalised.
During what was a lengthy affair many ideas were considered with the following details been approved.
There will be ten teams in each of the three Sunday Divisions. Promotion and Relegation will be straight forward this season with the bottom two been automatically Relegated and the third bottom team going into the play-off. Likewise the top two will be promoted automatically with the third top team going into the play-off.
This will apply between the Brian McCormick Premier Division and the Watson Hire Division One as well as the Watson Hire Division One and the CT Ball Division Two. The League will commence on Sunday 6th September.
St Catherine’s (pictured above by Gary Foy, League PRO) won the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division last season.
The new structure agreed at the League’s AGM will commence in September. No Promotion / Relegation can now happen between these Divisions. One change to the previously announced details is that Kildrum Tigers will not be fielding a reserve team therefore the Reserve League will contain 11 teams instead of 12.
Teams will play each other twice, home and away, in both divisions with all Saturday teams competing for the newly named Voodoo Venue Cup which has replaced the Downtown Cup after many years. The League will commence on Saturday 12th September.
Draws for the two Cups were then made. The format for the Brian McCormick Cup remains unchanged with Shield Competitions in the four areas producing the four Cup semi-finalists. The Shield will remain as the season opener with action taking place on 16th, 23rd and 30th August.
As normal the Brian Mc Cormick Cup will conclude towards the end of the season. The new Voodoo Venue Cup will be a straight forward knock-out between the twenty Saturday teams. The Preliminary Round is scheduled for 22nd August with the 1st Round on 29th August and the Quarter Finals on 5th September. The Semi Finals and Final will be held to later in the season.
A: Whitestrand United v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
B: Lagan Harps v Drumoghill F.C.
C: Kilmacrennan Celtic v Bonagee United
D: Milford United v Rathmullan Celtic
Donegal Town Area
A: Dunkineely Celtic v St. Catherine
B: Copany Rovers v Cappry Rovers
C: Donegal Town v Erne Wanderers
D: Eany Celtic v Letterbarrow Celtic
A: Gweedore Celtic v Cranford United
B: Bye v Keadue Rovers
C: Bye v Gweedore United
D: Glenea United
A: Kildrum Tigers v Convoy Arsenal
B: Curragh Athletic v Raphoe Town
C: Ballybofey United v Lifford Celtic
D: Deele Harps v Castlefin Celtic
Game 1: A v D
Game 2: C v B
Winners Game 1 v Winners Game 2
Brian Mc Cormick Cup Semi-Finals
Letterkenny Area v Donegal Town Area
Lifford Area v Gweedore Area
Voodoo Venue Cup
A: Erne Wanderers Reserves v Strand Rovers
B: Donegal Town Reserves v Keadue Rovers Reserves
C: Orchard F.C. v Cappry Rovers Reserves
D: Mulroy Celtic v Castlefin Celtic Reserves
E: Winners Match B v Winners Match D
F: Ramelton Mariners v Winners Match A
G: Winners Match C v Curragh Athletic Reserves
H: Milford United Reserves v Glenree United Reserves
I: Glenea United Reserves v Drumoghill F.C. Reserves
J: Fintown Harps AFC v St. Catherines Reserves
K: Drumkeen United v Glencar Celtic
L: Arranmore United v Drumbar F.C.
M: Winners Match J v Winners Match L
N: Winners Match F v Winners Match E
O: Winners Match G v Winners Match I
P: Winners Match H v Winners Match K
Q: Winners Match M v Winners Match P
R: Winners Match O v Winners Match N