But they would be well warned against complacency as Rasheney have shown that they revel in the underdog status.
Aileach will have the reliable David McGeady in goals and have a load of experience in the form of Stephen O’Donnell, Gregory Doherty and the lively Graeme Brown in attack .
In addition they have young players like Darren McMonagle and Ruairi Bradley who have come through the Inishowen youth ranks and both are excellent players.
Rasheney too have a good mix of youth and experience with John Doherty, Corny McCole and Paul McConalogue three players who have won at a higher level and will bring good steadiness to the Rasheney ranks.
In addition they have the premier reserve division one top scorer in Johnathan Toland in their ranks and the likes of Christopher Ivers.
All in all a good game in prospect and one which means as to the player s and the clubs involved as any of the other prizes up for grabs.
Aileach will be many peoples favourites to win the shield but Rasheney will not roll over.
Ulster Junior Cup Semi Finals
Clonmany Shamrocks v
This all Inishowen clash will see Clonmany Shamrocks under Shaun Devlin host Darren Bredin’s Moville Celtic in a tie which will draw a big crowd to Shamrock Park.
Both sides have had recent successes in this cup with Clonmany winners in 05/06 and 07/08 while Moville took back to back wins in 2008/9 and 09/10.
In the league clashes they drew in Clonmany before Clonmany won four one in Glencrow. Both are attack minded teams with good mixes of youth and experience.
Clonmany have the likes of Jason and Brendan Devlin and Steve Harkin in great form at the moment while Michael Devlin, Mark McLaughlin and Paul McLaughlin will give the Moville defence plenty to think about.
Moville have power and pace aplenty with Joe Doherty the fulcrum of their attack and the likes of Nigel McMonagle, PJ Barr and Ritchie McElhinney feeding off him.
In addition they have Graeme Doherty and Shane Canning on top of their game in midfield. This really is a fifty fifty game and one which could go all the way.
Jackie Crossan Premier Division
Redcastle United v
Given the turmoil the home side began the season in they will be delighted to face into their last game with no threat of relegation hanging over them.
John Logue deserves great credit for the effort he has put in and players like Gavin McCauley, Colm McLaughlin and Cathal Faulkner have stepped up to the mark among others.
Much will depend how Carn react to their cup final defeat but a part of their problem is a lack of pace in attack and they struggle to get behind defences to create chances.
No doubt they will look to improve that and they will look to I finish as high a possible in the league with a top four position still attainable.
Strand Hotel First Division
Moville Res v
Depending on how Illies fared last week this could be a massive game for them as they would be in the frame for league honours if they beat Culdaff last week. Moville have had an excellent season in the first division and John L Coyle will hope that they can ende their season in mid table with a couple of more victories.Games between the two have seen plenty of goals with Illies recording two narrow wins.On the back of that Illies will be favourites.
Rasheney FC v
Culdaff could still be searching for something from this game to clinch the league and if they are it will not be easy against a Rasheney team who seem to rise their game against the so called bigger teams. Indeed they have already defeated Culdaff in a league fixture coming from two down to win three two. Culdaff will be without top scorer Conor O’Brien and if they fail to get something in Illies the previous week it could be a nerve wracking game.
Dunree United v
Buncrana Hts Res
No matter where local teams are in the table the clash always produces local rivalries with bragging rights at stake.Dunree are two ahead of Buncrana with a game in hand and are not totally out of the running for promotion but would need to win all four remaining games.Buncrana are in a similar position as four wins in their final four games could see them in the promotion shake up.It can go either way.
Carrowmena FC v Gleneely Colts
The bottom two meet in this clash at Tremone and Denis McGuinness will know that this is the best chance his side will have of registering a league win this season. Both teams will know each other well but Gleneely have recorded their only two wins over Carrowmena in the league and that will make them firm favourites.But Carrowmena have improved since the Christmas break and if they could get their heads in front then they would have something to hang on to. But Gleneely start favourites.