Desertmartin v Foreglen
Desertmartin’s form has been patchy this season with just one win from three games and they sit just one point above three teams on two points. They are in transition at the moment and will struggle to reach the top half of the table. Foreglen are in second place with three wins, the latest against Castledawson and are showing the kind of form that could see them challenging for a promotion place.
This is an intriguing top of the table clash between unbeaten Slaughtmanus and second placed Ballymaguigan who have lost just one game to date. Slaughtmanus are in sparkling form with wins over Faughanvale and Newbridge among their four wins. With a number of players coming back they will get stronger but this will be their toughest game so far.
Limavady v Faughanvale
Faughanvale started the season in fine form but they have slipped up in their last two games and are in danger of getting bogged down in the lower reaches of the table. Limavady have won just one game to date and face a tough battle to avoid the relegation battle. It’s a local ‘derby’ that will have an extra edge after the recent transfer of Aaron Canning from Limavady to Faughanvale.
Swatragh v Ballerin
Ballerin have lost their last three games but have still shown some good form, rather unlucky to lose to Castledawson. Swatragh are one of the top contenders for promotion. With one defeat already they cannot afford too many more slip ups as this will be a very close division. With home advantage they should continue their climb up the table.
Ogra Colmcille v Claudy
These two are locked together on five points each, just one point off second place, but I’d guess that their main concern will be to pick up enough points to achieve mid-table comfort as soon as possible. Martin Donaghy’s return has boosted Claudy and he, along with Aaron Kerrigan, have the scoring threat to give them victory. However the Drummullan side are very difficult to beat at home so the Mitchel’s will have to be at their best.
Castledawson v Lissan
Castledawson were in Division One last season having won the Division 2 League and Championship double the previous year. They were expected to bounce straight back under new manager Paddy Campbell but they have dropped three points so far. Lissan have won two of their games this season and could make life difficult for the Broagh side.
Moneymore v Drumsurn
Played four, lost four! That is Moneymore’s form so far this season. They have lost seven of their championship side from last season and have a real battle on their hands to get away from the bottom of the table. Drumsurn’s form has been up and down but they will be favourites to win this game.
Newbridge v Doire Trasna
Doire Trasna have one win from four games and are finding life in the Intermediate grade a difficult ask. Now they face a Newbridge side that will have been stung by their defeat to Slaughtmanus in the last game.
It will be a long journey for Waterside team and a very testing hour to follow.