Dolan’s face make or break Championship tie

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Drum will be anxious to put the disappointment of last week’s opening round reversal against Ardmore behind them when they take on a Doire Colmcille side who will simply be content to put in a competitive performance.

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Championship Round 2

Drum v Doire Colmcille

Tomorrow, Slaughtmanus,

throw-in 2.30pm

With Ardmore having already registered a victory in this group, last week’s opener may have already decided how the top two will finish and subsequently who will go forward to the last four. Drum can take plenty of heart from last week’s defeat, Barry Gormley’s contentious penalty just before the break proving the difference between the teams.

From that team that started last week’s game in Celtic Park, captain Donal Brolly and Liam Miller are two who could be missing along with St. Colm’s main source of scores, Rory O’Reilly.

The decision to move O’Reilly back from full-forward last week backfired on as it took him away from the areas in which he was hurting Ardmore. That said, with Drum expected to see a lot more possession, if the lively O’Reilly is available, he could remain in a deeper role to try to run at what is usually a very open Colmcille rearguard.

For the Derry City men, this will be as much about performance as result. Few expect Colmcille to get a result but they will be hoping to make sure they remain in touch for as long as possible. The key will be containment early on as if they allow Drum put a few early scores on the board, it could be a long afternoon.

Sean Dolan’s v Magilligan

Tomorrow, Slaughtmanus,

throw-in 4.00pm

Last week’s controversial Celtic Park draw between Dolans and Glack has thrown this group wide open with a positive result for either side here ensuring qualification. What last week’s draw basically did was hand St. Aidan’s two opportunities to qualify because should they gain a victory over either Dolans or Glack, they will be through regardless of how they get on in the other game.

Dolans will want to see a marked improvement on the discipline front but despite the second half dismissals of Oran Cassidy and Anthony Rabbet, the Creggan men showed superb spirit to fight back and hold Aaron O’Connor’s team who have been the form side in Division Three this season and will fancy their Championship chances.

The return to form of Gary Cassidy last week was a major boost for Dolans and they appear to have unearthed a player of real potential in half forward Caolan McCusker who helped himself to six points against Glack, five from play. The city men are in the process of rebuilding a side they hope will be able to compete at Intermediate level in two or three years but they will still feel they have a good chance at a second ever Junior Championship title. This one could be close.