Trasna face tough Magilligan test

Drum V Doire Colmcille

(Peadar Lagan)

Drum’s manager Declan O’Connor has not found the transition from taking charge of games to taking charge of teams easy and has decided to step down, informing Drum of his decision after the five goal defeat to Ardmore. The Gortnaghy men had started out as one of the teams fancied to do well following their relegation last year but crushing defeats by Doire Trasna, Magherafelt Thirds and Ardmore have been a sobering reality. They also had Niall Burke red carded in that game and he will miss the visit of the city side. However that said they should be able to get back on track at home to Doire Colmcille, another team struggling for points.

Doire Trasna V Magherafelt Thirds

(Adrian McGilligan)

High flying Doire Trasna have a stern home test against a surprisingly good Magherafelt Thirds team at Lisnagelvin. The Waterside team who have already won the Neil Carlin Cup have breezed past all opposition so far this year but the experienced Magherafelt team with Ciaran Higgins in top form have beaten Ardmore and Drum and look the main challengers to Trasna for the league title. However Rossas surprisingly dropped both points at Magilligan at the weekend. Still the big midfield duo of Quigley and Doyle should give Doire Trasna a grip in that vital area while full-forward Cormac Carlin is sure to find the net at least once.

Ardmore V Magilligan

(Dan Mullan)

Ardmore are at home to an improved Magilligan team and should have the edge in experience and scoring ability. They did slip up unexpectedly against Glack but a good win over Drum will have settled their nerves again. Magilligan have plenty of pace and fitness but the experience of the home team allied to the scoring prowess of Eddie Bell and William McLaughlin should be the key to an Ardmore success.