DERRY SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND ONE
MAGHERAFELT V KILREA
Saturday, Swatragh, 2pm
2019 CHAMPIONS Magherafelt fared well in the group stages and are strong favourites to get the better of Kilrea, who received a boost with a one-point win over Bellaghy in their final group stage match.
GLEN V BALLINASCREEN
Saturday, Swatragh, 3.30pm
REIGNING champions Glen have been tipping along nicely and should get the better of Ballinascreen in this knock-out clash. Malachy O’Rourke has quashed fears about Emmett Bradley’s fitness and they should come through this one.
DUNGIVEN V BANAGHER
Saturday, Banagher, 5.45
A TOUGH one to predict. Dungiven are coming off the back of a good league campaign while Banagher have some championship pedigree, reaching the semis in 2019.
BELLAGHY V SWATRAGH
Saturday, Owenbeg, 7.15pm
BELLAGHY will be smarting after their surprise defeat to Kilrea, while Swatragh will have gained confidence from their narrow defeat to Glen. Swatragh are improving and might take this one.
SLEACHT NÉILL V CLAUDY
Sunday, Dungiven, 1.30pm
SLEACHT NÉILL have been in imperious form with a perfect record in the group stages. Claudy haven’t won a game so this will likely mark the end of their championship campaign.
Verdict: Sleacht Néill
LAVEY V STEELSTOWN
Sunday, Dungiven, 3pm
LAVEY topped their table and have picked up a winning habit, while All-Ireland Intermediate Champions Steelstown Brian Ógs have struggled in the senior ranks.
BALLINDERRY V EOGHAN RUA
Sunday, Owenbeg, 5pm
EOGHAN Rua fared a little better than Ballinderry in the group stages, picking up two wins from their three games. Ballinderry had a poor day at the office against Sleacht Néill and they may be about to bow out.
Verdict: Eoghan Rua
LOUP V NEWBRIDGE
Sunday, Owenbeg, 6.30pm
A VERY tough one to call as both teams have been competitive thus far. Newbridge have been sticky opponents and the Loup will have to produce a top performance to beat them.
DERRY JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL
GLACK V BALLERIN
Friday, Owenbeg, 7.30pm
GLACK have dished out a series of hammerings en route to the quarter-finals. Ballerin have had to take the long way around to qualification with a qualifier win over Doire Colmcille. We’ll go for Glack to maintain their good form.
MONEYMORE V DOIRE TRASNA
Friday, Banagher, 7.30pm
CITY side Doire Trasna claimed an impressive quarter-final win over Ogra Colmcille to make the quarters. Moneymore, meanwhile, have bounced back after a bruising defeat to Ballymaguigan. This promises to be a close game.
Verdict: Doire Trasna
BALLYMAGUIGAN V MAGILLIGAN
Saturday, Ballerin, 12.30pm
BALLYMAGUIGAN have been in imperious form all championship and will strongly fancy their chances of booking their place in the last four. Magiligan claimed a good win over Drum to make the quarters but this is another step up.
CRAIGBANE V ARDMORE
Sunday, Celtic Park, 12.30pm
MINNOWS Ardmore claimed a surprise win over Sean Dolans to make the knock-out stages. Craigbane are in great form so they should prevail here.