Big two all set for crunch tie

Terence Doherty (Glengad) and Cathal McElhinney (Aileach) will battle it out again this weekend at Lakeside as last year’s ‘big 2’ look to land an early blow in the title race.

UNDOUBTEDLY the biggest game of the weekend in the Inishowen Premier Division is the clash of the big two from last season when Aileach host champions Glengad at Lakeside.

BY GERARD MCLAUGHLIN

Both teams got off to a winning start on the opening weekend with Glengad putting six past Redcastle and Aileach winning easily in Carn.

The Lakesiders have had a change of boss this season with Tony O’Carroll taking over from Davy McGeady and although he has lost the likes of Gareth McGlynn and Tommy McMonagle from last year’s squad, Aileach will still fancy their chances of being in the mix this season.

Ronan Coyle could be back in the squad this weekend, while Peter Devlin could also make a return.

For O’Carroll this will be his biggest test to date and if they can get a win against the champions, it will do his side the world of good in terms of confidence for the season ahead.

With Malin in championship action it’s likely that Glengad will have to manage without the likes of Stephen McLaughlin, John Gerard McLaughlin, Seamus Doherty and Adam Byrne and that will make things very difficult for the champions to get anything from this game.

With the four boys possibly missing, Aileach will never get a better chance to lay down a marker and they quite simply have to be taking advantage.

Glengad certainly will not roll over and they still have the quality to give Aileach a run for their money but with so many key men missing, we are going for an Aileach win in this one.

Redcastle v Buncrana Hearts

Both Redcastle and Buncrana Hearts will get a chance to make amends for a poor start to the season when they face off in Foyle Park this weekend.

The home side were hammered 6-0 by Glengad while the visitors slumped to a very disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to neighbours Illies.

Redcastle look set to struggle this season for sure and Stephen McNutt will be very keen to make sure Buncrana bounce back to avoid sliding into a rut at such an early stage of the campaign.

Redcastle should be better this week with home advantage but it’s a Hearts win for us here.

Illies and Clonmany both recorded impressive wins on the opening day and the sides will meet in the Illies this weekend.

It’s a very difficult one to call, so we are going to sit on the fence and go for a draw in this one.

Pat McLaughlin’s Greencastle will get their campaign underway this weekend when they welcome John D O’Kane’s Carn to Ballybrack.

The Greeks have been tipped by many as a possible challenger to Glengad this season and if they are to make a sustained title challenge this season, this is the type of game they simply have to be winning.

Carn will put it up to them and try to make things difficult but it’s a Greencastle win for us and a good start for McLaughlin’s men.