Greenlough v Glen
This is a vital game for both sides as they languish at the bottom of the table, Glen with one point, Greenlough yet to get of the mark. A win for Glen would open a three point gap and put early question marks over Greenlough’s ability to avoid getting stuck in the relegation zone. Glen have a plethora of injury worries, Emmett Bradley, John McCamley and Stephen Convery among them. If Brian McCallion and Enda Lynn can get the home side in the mood from an early stage they could get their first win of the season.
Slaughtneil v Loup (Tonight at 7.30pm)
The Emmet’s are one point clear of unbeaten Loup and showed possibly their best form with a comprehensive win over Bellaghy on Monday night. Sean McGuigan scored their goal and is fast becoming one of their most impressive young ‘dual’ stars. Still, it is the experienced ‘guard’ of Jim Kelly, Paul Bradley, Conan Cassidy and Fergal McEldowney that is plundering the scores. Loup have dropped just one point, against Glen, but are otherwise motoring along nicely with a young, developing side. Yet this could be the first real test of their early season form.
Ballinascreen v Bellaghy
Reigning league champions Ballinascreen got back to winning ways with a nine point win over Banagher at Fr. McNally Park, Gavan Bradley the scoring star with 1-07. It was a timely victory for Tony Scullion’s side after three defeats and they will be keen to continue their climb into the top half. Bellaghy suffered their first defeat of the season when, without Fergal Doherty, they succumbed to an eight point defeat at home to Slaughtneil. If Fergal Doherty is again not available they could struggle at Dean McGlinchey Park.
Craigbane v Magherafelt
Craigbane will have been heartened by their battling draw at Lavey and their excellent display, even in defeat, against unbeaten league leaders Ballinderry the game before. However, now they must pit their wits against the surprise packets of the league to date, Magherafelt. Rossas have won all four games and have shown a level of commitment and determination that suggests they can carry this form forward. Emmett McGuckin is in excellent form and his scoring prowess, allied to a tight defence, will test the Craigbane credentials.
Ballinderry v Lavey
They’ve had many cracking encounters over the years, their rivalry as enduring as it was years back when Lavey were the top dogs and Ballinderry were threatening their supremacy. Ballinderry have won all four games to date, even though their form has been patchy at times. Even then they have the forward power to hit a team with a scoring surge in a short space of time and that has ensured a winning start. Lavey could muster just one point in the second half of their low-scoring draw with Craigbane on Monday night and could struggle at Shamrock Park.
Steelstown v Dungiven
After three defeats by narrow margins in their opening three games, last year’s beaten league finalists Dungiven got off the mark with a nine point win over Glen, Cathal McKeever in terrific form in the middle of the field alongside Cathal McNicholl, who scored 0-04 from play. Now they head to Pairc Bhrid for their first ever league meeting with Steelstown who also have two points from four games. Steelstown are very dependent on Stephen Cleary for the bulk of their scores and his availability for this game could make the difference between winning or losing. Dungiven will be without the suspended Mark Craig and Cathal Grieve.
Coleraine V Kilrea
Kilrea are one of the form teams of this division, with four wins from four and they will head to Owen Roe’s brimming with confidence, even though James Kielt could be an injury worry. Brian Og McAlary could also be an absentee with a hamstring injury but the Pearses injury concerns pale to insignificance when compared to those of Coleraine. Barry McGoldrick picked up a knock in the defeat to Loup and is a doubt. Eamon Morgan will be a Kilrea absentee through suspension but Kilrea could well get something from this game.
Glenullin v Banagher
There has been a big dip in Banagher’s form and they will be further hampered by the red cards for P.J. McCLoskey and Peter O’Kane that rule them out for this game. Glenullin have won two of their four games but could be without Paddy Bradley who missed their last game through injury. The return of Gerard O’Kane is a boost for a game that both clubs will want to win. Mark Lynch and Eoin Bradley could have major says in the result.