THE standout tie of the round sees Gavin Cullen’s Cockhill Celtic play host to fellow Ulster Senior League side Bonagee Utd.
Cockhill have dominated the Intermediate grade for the last six years, winning six league titles and six league cups but Cullen will be disappointed with the fact that they have only managed one Knockalla Caravans Cup in that time – they beat Glengad 3-0 in the final in 2016.
The two league games between the sides this season have been tight affairs with Cockhill winning 1-0 in Bonagee and 2-1 in Cockhill, so Jason Gibson’s men will believe they are not that far away from eventually getting over the line against Cullen’s side.
Home advantage could be crucial though and it could well sway things in favour of the Ulster Senior League champions. It’s a Cockhill win for us.
Pat McLaughlin’s Greencastle are the form side in Inishowen this season so far and they have been handed a tough trip to Tri-a-Lough to take on Ulster Senior League side Fanad Utd.
Arthur Lynch’s side are not the force of old but even still, it’s always difficult for any side going to Fanad and this will be something completely different for the Greeks, although it is a test they should still come through.
Kildrum v Harps Res
The other game sees Kildrum Tigers meet in form Finn Harps Res at Station Road and it would be a surprise to see anything other than a Harps win in that one.
Shane Byrne’s Glengad have been drawn at home to Ulster Senior League side Letterkenny Rovers, although that game will not take place this weekend as Glengad are in Tipperary for their FAI Junior Cup quarter final clash with Clonmel Town.
Having avoided the big two teams left in the competition, Glengad will fancy their chances of making the last four for the first time in their history and we are going for a Glengad win from this one.
There will be one game in the Buncrana Credit Union Cup this weekend when Buncrana Hearts host Carn at Castle Park. It’s a fairly tough game to call in all fairness but with home advantage, we’re going for a Hearts win.
In the Premier Division, we expect Illies to be too strong for Redcastle in the Illies, while Moville should be able to go to Malin Head and beat Sea Rovers in the First Division.
In the Fr. O’Gara Cup, we expect to see wins for QPS, Dunree, Aileach Youths, Clonmany Res, Rashenny and Cockhill Youths.