Kilcar and Naomh Conaill in Towney, tomorrow evening (Friday) is the big game of the weekend in the Donegal All-County Football League Division One.
Two of the title contenders, Kilcar are in second place one point adrift of early pace setters Gaoth Dobhair, while Naomh Conaill are in fourth place, but only one point down on Kilcar, and have a game less played.
Naomh Conaill will be without former county man Marty Boyle for tomorrow night. Hes serving a one match ban after he was sent off in Gaelic Park, against Bundoran last Sunday.
However, with Leo Mcloone, Anthony Thompson, Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy and Leon Thompson back, the county champions have a formidable look about them.
This is the first meeting between the sides since last November’s postponed All-Ireland Gaeltacht final which was won easily by Naomh Conaill. The teams also met in last September’s championship semi-final with Naomh Conaill cruising into the final on a 4-10 to 0-11 scoreline.
Kilcar have been without Eoin McHugh because of a hamstring injury in recent weeks, but with Martin McHugh patrolling the sideline and Stephen McBrearty and Ryan McHugh, on top of their form, they will be anxious to make up ground on Naomh Conaill from those last couple of meetings.
They may just do that and don’t be surprised at a Kilcar win. Home advantage may just swing it.
In the other top flight game tomorrow night, struggling Ardara are at home to St Eunan’s who are moving on nicely under new manager David McGinley.
St Eunan’s are unbeaten with three wins and two draws from their five games and while they will be without Rory Kavanagh due to a back injury, they should have too much firepower for Ardara.
St Michael’s and Termon meet in a North West derby at the Bridge on Saturday evening. They both are on four points and will be anxious to pick up full points in this one, though I suspect they have different agendas for the season.
In young Daire McDaid, Termon have a real gem of a forward and how St Michael’s cope with the McDaid threat will go a long way in deciding the outcome of this one. Expect it to be close.
In the final game, Bundoran host table-toppers Gaoth Dobhair in Gaelic Park. Gaoth Dobhair are the form team and should have a little too much for their hosts.
Gaoth Dobhair will be without Noel Kelly who suffered a broken bone in his foot last Sunday against Dungloe.
In Division Two, Milford, Naomh Muire, Sean MacCumhaills, St Nauls and Four Masters should make home advantage pay against Killybegs, Naomh Columba, Malin, Glenfin and Cloughaneely.
In Division Three, Naomh Brid, Buncrana, Aodh Ruadh and Burt are given the nod over Fanad Gaels, Letterkenny Gaels, Urris and Naomh Colmcille.
And in Division Four, Convoy, Naomh Padraig, Lifford and Red Hughs are fancied to win their games against Pettigo, Robert Emmetts and Naomh Padraig, Muff.
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