Jackie Crossan Premier Division
Glengad United v Aileach FC
Glengad for the third year running have started the season well and this is another crucial encounter for them.They have scored two narrow 1-0 victories and will look to add another win at home.They look to JG McDermott, John McDaid and Terence Doherty to shine.Aileach under Bryan Bell have added a few new faces with Darren McCarrick in goals, Eddie McIntyre returning and Sean Friars.They too have started well but this is a big test.Traditionally Aileach do well in the Crua but Glengad will need to win their home games if they harbour title ambitions.
Dunree United v Buncrana Hearts
Of the two Buncrana have made the better start to the season but in local derbies form usually goes out the window. Neil McCarron in his first season in the hotseat in Dunree has a familiar expereinced squad with Philip McGuinness & Liam Baldrick the mainstays.Buncrana under Gerard Boyle have surprised many and the likes of John McLaughlin, Stephen McHugh and Johnny Eccles are all good players.
Edge: Buncrana Hearts
Culdaff FC v Carn FC
Games between these two are usually close hard fought affairs and both sides have been undergoing a transition. John McFeely has introduced alot of young players like Matthew Crampsey, Darren Mullarkey & Darragh McLaughlin and it will take them time to adjust.Carn are in a similar phase but they have added experience with the likes of Cathal & Gerard Doherty and Gerard McEleney. In a close game Culdaff are tipped to sneak this.
Redcastle United v Clonmany Shamrocks
Cathal Faulkner has seen his Redcastle side get a couple of early wins against teams around them in the league and that will have boosted their confidence.He looks to Martin Farren, Peter Breslin and Gary McDonald to inspire.Clonmany have suffered two defeats in their opening three gmes and will be keen to go on a winning run to try and get back into contention.Michael Barr needs the likes of Steve Harkin,Niall McLaughlin and Jason Doherty to shine.On form Clonmany will be many peoples choice.
Edge: Clonmany Shamrocks
Moville Celtic v QPS
This is another game that will be well worth seeing as both teams will have ambitions of being in the shake up later in the season. Moville suffered an early defeat to Aileach but will look to go on a winning run.Darren Bredin has been joined in the hot seat by Eunan McDaid.The Point are under Paul Hegarty again this season and despite a poor league cup they have started the season well with three wins.They have lost Bob Buchanan through inury and will hope to have him back asap. In another tight game Moville may edge it at home.
Edge: Moville Celtic
Strand Hotel First Division
Carrowmena FC v Greencastle FC
These two met a fortnight ago in Chapel Lane and Greencastle scored an emphatic victory.Gerard Gill will be hoping his side can respond to avenge that defeat and he looks to Eamon Doherty,John Lynch and Jason Crumlish to shine.Greencastle boss Paddy Keys will look to Jamie McCormick, Charlie Gill and Cathal Kelly to continue their goalscoring feats.On form Greencastle are fancied.
Gleneely Colts v Cockhill Celtic Yths
The Colts have been blowing hot and cold all season and Gary Curran will be hoping that the likes of Martin Mooney, John Doherty and Christy Smith can lead by example. Cockhill have started the season well making the quarter final of the league cup, advancing in the FAI Junior cup and started well in the league.Under Shane Galvin they have a very youthful squad which will be looking to bounce straight back up.Cockhill are fancied to collect the points.
Edge: Cockhill Celtic
Illies Celtic v Rashenny
Illies will be boosted by a superb and deserved win in the Charlie O Donnell cup in Culdaff last week in which William McLaughlin was superb at centre back , Paddy Doherty and Andrew Mclaughlin excellent in midfield.They entertain a Rashenny side who have opened with three straight league wins and who rarely get good results at the Stranaclea Road venue.John Doherty will look to John Mclaughlin, Damien Friel and Denis Hegarty to continue their good run.But on form Illies will expect to take something from the game at least.
Edge: Illies Celtic