THE meeting of Greencastle and Glengad at Chapel Lane is the Premier Division match of the day this Sunday and will draw a big crowd to the venue.
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Moville and Clonmany is another cracking encounter in Glencrow which should also draw a crowd.
There is a local derby clash at the Lakeside when Aileach entertain QPS while the final game sees a youthful Buncrana entertain an equally youthful Culdaff at Castle Park.
In the First Division, Redcastle and Carn clash in a crucial game while Carrowmena travel to Cockhill and Rasheney and Dunree meet in what should be a cracking encounter.
JACKIE CROSSAN PREMIER DIVISION, KICK-OFFS 2pm
Greencastle FC v Glengad United (W Harvey)
THESE two met in the League Cup a fortnight ago and honours were even with Greencastle coming from behind to score a late equaliser.
Michael Barr, James Henry and Sean Cavanagh will be three big players for Pat McLaughlin’s side this year.
Glengad (last year’s champions, pictured above) have lost the services of keeper Kevin McLaughlin who has departed for Australia and he will be a huge loss but the defending champions have plenty of experience and know how to overcome this obstacle.
But they will need to get someone in sooner rather than later. Glengad will expect to get something from the game.
Buncrana Hearts v Culdaff FC (T Moyne)
KIERAN McDaid will be a huge loss to the Hearts as they look to build on the success of their first Cup victory in 22 years.
Other players will need to step up to the mark and the likes of Liam McCarron and Stephen McHugh will be expected to lead the charge.
Culdaff have also lost a big player in Brendan McLaughlin but they have enough players like Dillon Ruddy, Darren Mullarkey and Matthew Crampsey to remain competitive. It could go either way.
Moville Celtic v Clonmany Shamrocks (G McLauglin)
MOVILLE will soon learn what effect the loss of Nigel McMonagle and Joe Doherty will do to their attacking threat this term.
They negotiated a tough group to get to the quarter finals which will have delighted Maurice McCauley.
Clonmany made a good start and welcome back Jason Doherty from Australia and he could be a huge signing.
Aileach FC v QPS (Eamon Doherty)
MICKEY Barr will be all too aware of the slow start which his team made last season which ultimately cost his side the league title.
Key men for him this year will be Anthony Doherty and Gavin Doherty who if they remain on form will continue to trouble defences.
It remains to be seen what effect the Brian Bell factor will have at the Point. He looks to DJ Canavan, Stephen McCarron and Oisin McCool to inspire.
STRAND HOTEL FIRST DIVISION, KICK-OFFS 2pm
Cockhill Youths v Carrowmena FC (M McGonigle)
SHAUN McLaughlin has taken over the reins at Cockhill this season while Raymond Dougal continues in charge at the Warren.
Cockhill were in contention for along time last season but McLaughlin will expect from his squad. Carrowmena had a reasonable season but with only six teams in the division they are expected to struggle but will not want for lack of effort.
Rasheney FC v Dunree United (T McAree)
BOTH teams will probably be in the running for a period of time with Rasheney coming back after relegation and Dunree expected to be very competitive.
Rasheney under John Doherty have lost Johnathan Noone and John McLaughlin and for their squad that is a massive loss. Dunree have a good mix of youth and experience and look to Liam Baldrick and Philip McGuinness in particular.It could go either way.
Redcastle United v Carn FC (D McLaughlin)
REDCASTLE will look to use their reprieve to strengthen their squad and the addition of Harry McCormick has been a positive move and already he is among the goals. Niall McGuinness has returned to the fold at Carn FC and faces a huge job to rebuild after their startling relegation last season. He looks to Shane Doherty and Declan McGonagle in particular and having drawn in the league cup here two weeks ago they could emerge with a point at least.Tags: