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Greenlough v Loup
Loup’s Tuesday night 0-13 to 1-06 victory at home to Dungiven means they will head to pointless Greenlough confident they can pick up the two points. But for keeper Vinny McDonnell the Clady side would surely have shipped at least three more goals against Bellaghy. The Clady side scored just one point from play. Anthony O’Neill will pose the biggest threat to the Greenlough while Enda Lynn is the key forward for the home team.
Dungiven v Kilrea
Dungiven gave themselves a mountain to climb against Bellaghy, behind by seven points at half time, but they came back strongly to tie the scores and then be a point down when they spurned a gilt-edged goal chance near the end. They then lost a difficult away game to Loup but could have Mark Craig back for the visit of Kilrea. The Pearses are unbeaten but James Kielt and Benny Quigg were injured in the win over Glen and must be slight doubts.
Slaughtneil v Banagher
Both these sides have to bounce back after unexpected defeats at the weekend. Banagher put in a very poor display against Eoghan Rua and lost out to a Colm McGoldrick goal in a low-scoring game. The Emmet’s were also involved in a low scoring clash at Rossa Park, and again one goal was the decider with Phillip McCusker the scorer. Slaughtneil scored just 0-06, Banagher 0-05, both needing to score a lot more in this one.
Ballinascreen v Magherafelt
When the opening day of the season came around and you’d have been asked to predict the respective fortunes of these sides after two game it would have taken a fortune teller to predict that Magherafelt would have four points from two games and Ballinascreen none. But that’s the way it stands as they head to Dean McGlinchey Park for this encounter. Now try and predict the winner in this one! All Ireland winning colleagues, Tony Scullion and Gary Coleman are the respective managers and Ballinascreen are likely to be without Phillip Bradley who was red carded against Lavey in the first half. Tony Scullion and Gary Coleman the respective managers.
Craigbane v Ballinderry
Not unexpectedly, Ballinderry are again one of the pace setters in this division even though they have played in fits and starts in their wins over Ballinascreen and Glenullin. Colin Devlin scored 0-06 in the first game and 0-02 in the first half against Glenullin before departing with a hamstring injury that could keep him out of this one. However Ryan Bell and James Conway were back after injury and could be included against Craigbane. Blain Gormley and Lee Moore were the stars against Steelstown and they will need big games again to stop the Shamrocks bandwagon.
Steelstown v Glen
Steelstown were undone by their own inexperience and the scoring brilliance of Lee Moore against Craigbane while Glen came a cropper, primarily to a two-goal salvo from Lee Kennedy against Kilrea. Stephen Cleary is unlikely to be available for this game but Daniel Jackson may return from a hamstring injury for Hugh McGrath’s side. Mark O’Donnell has scored 0-03 in each of Glen’s two games but they will need to be wary of a Steelstown side that was not out of their depths against Kilrea or Craigbane.
Coleraine v Bellaghy
Bellaghy lead the way in this division with Eoghan Brown 1-13 and Joe Diver 2-01 the chief scorers in victories over Dungiven and Greenlough. But Fergal Doherty and Ryan McNally have been the midfield cement that has joined defence and attack to pave the way for such scoring returns. However although Coleraine have won just one of their two games they had a stronger and better balanced team in the win over Banagher. Both sides have scoring forwards, both have tight defences but can Eoghan Ruas cope with McNally and Doherty in the middle of the field. That’s the conundrum?
Glenullin v Lavey
Ben Dodds was the scoring hero for Lavey in their two point win over Ballinascreen on Monday evening with his goal coming five minutes from time when Ballinascreen were four ahead. Glenullin followed a narrow win over Craigbane with a nine point defeat to Ballinderry after a bright opening quarter. The Mitchel’s will not be easily beaten at home, especially if Paddy and Eoin Bradley can get into their scoring stride. Caolan O’Boyle scored 1-04 against ‘Screen and will pose a huge threat to the Glenullin defence.