FAI Junior Cup, 1.30pm
QPS v Cockhill Celtic
This all Inishowen clash ensures at least one of the peninsulas teams will be given a shot at reaching the national stages. The Point under Paul Hegarty have made a flying start to their league campaign winning their first five league games to set the pace at the top of the Premier division. Cockhill under Shane Gallivan have made a poor start to their campaign and lie eight points off the leaders. On their day they are capable of causing an upset and while the Point will be favourites they must not underestimate Cockhill.
Moville Celtic v Deele Harps
Moville have made a typical inconsistent start to their league campaign while seeming to reserve their best form for the cup competitions. They have made the semi final of the league cup and will be hot favourites to advance to the next round here when they entertain a Deele Harps side who ply their trade in the third tier of the Donegal league and on all known form should not be a match for the Moville men.
Edge: Moville Celtic
Buncrana Hearts v Glencar Celtic
This is a good draw for Gerard Boyle’s side and an extended run in this competiton could be on the cards. They have adjusted superbly to life back in the Inishowen league and have found the games to be tough and competitive but they are holding their own as evidenced by last weeks 1-1 draw with Clonmany. Glencar their opponents are in the second division of the Saturday league but have won their opening two league games and are in good form. Buncrana should be too strong and it will be a major surprise if they do not advance.
Edge: Buncrana Hearts
Glenea United v Aileach FC
This is a tough tie for Brian Bell’s side as they make the long journey to Glashercoo to face Premier division Glenea boosted by the return of Joe Coll, Kevin Mulhern & Ryan McFadden from the Ulster Senior League. Aileach will look to the likes of Andy Porter, Ciaran Ferry, Caolan Doherty and Neil McElhinney to match the strength and physicality of the home side and if they can get enough supply of ball into Anthony & Gavin Doherty then they could cause the home side some trouble. A tough one to call.
Edge: Glenea United
Jackie Crossan Premier Division, 2pm
Culdaff FC v Redcastle United
The home side have a very young outfit and have struggled with injuries to date but they badly need to get a couple of wins on the board to boost their confidence.
They have had chances all season to take something from each game but have failed to take them.
Redcastle started well with a couple of early wins but have suffered a number of defeats on the trot recently. Cathal Faulkner will see this game as a very winnable one and will be hoping his players can rise to the challenge.
Clonmany Shamrocks v Killea FC
Clonmany have made a difficult start to the season losing two of their opening four games and drawing in Buncraana.
Michael Barr has also lost the services of Brendan Devlin to Carn FC but has still assembled a strong squad. Killea on the other hand had struggled up until they recorded a narrow 4-3 win over Dunree United a fortnight ago. Emmet McLaughlin will look to John Logue and Emmet Lynch in particular but they face a tough one here.
Edge: Clonmany Shamrocks
Glengad United v Dunree United
Glengad will be keen to get back to league action after their reverse to Carn and will be at full strength here when they face a Dunree sid who they beat 5-1 in the league cup. Glengad will look to the Doherty & Byrne brothers to stabilise things and get back to winning ways. Dunree are already in a relegation dog fight but they will fight tooth and nail with players of the calibre of Philip McGuinness, Ryan Bradley and Neil Moran. But on form Glengad are tipped.
Strand Hotel First Division,2pm
Greencastle FC v Rashenny FC
Paddy Keys side have surprised a few of the other sides with their bright start to the season after an horrendous league cup competition.
But this is their stiffest league game yet against the league leaders and they need the likes of Michael Barr & Jack Keys in top form. Rashenny have their own dangermen and in John Mclaughlin and John Grant they have an atatcking threat.
Rasheney scored a high 6-0 win in the opening league game but it is likely to be much closer this time.
Carrowmena FC v Gleneely Colts
(G O Kane)
The clash of the bottom two sees Carrowmena and Gleneely meet at the Warren for the second time with Gleneely recording a narrow 3-2 win in the opening encounter.
Carrowmena have added ex Colts player Barry Diver to their squad and while he will be a big help they will need to be at their best. Gary Curran’s Colts side have put some useful performances together this season and he will look to John Doherty and Patrick McLaughlin in attack.
The Colts will hope to get something from this game.
Edge: Gleneely Colts