By Michael McMullan
ULSTER champions Glen will be fancied to keep their winning run going this week when they travel to Ballinascreen (Saturday, 5.30pm).
Malachy O’Rourke has yet to have his full hand on the pitch at any one time.
Despite being hit by an early Swatragh onslaught, the Watties never reached for the panic button and edged themselves back towards victory.
Ballinascreen will be underdogs this weekend, but their situation has been helped with the return of Benny Heron.
Heron missed their midweek win over Coleraine when Aodhan O’Hagan’s goal and Carlus McWilliams’ late save were vital in a 1-8 to 0-8 win.
Swatragh host Bellaghy on Saturday night (5.30pm) with Lavey at home to Dungiven on Sunday afternoon (3.30pm).
In the other section, there are two games that will have a big say on the placings at the top.
Sleacht Néill welcome Newbridge to Emmet Park (Sunday, 5.30pm) having beaten Kilrea on Wednesday night.
Peter McCullagh kicked 1-5 from play, in front of new Derry selector Gavin Devlin, in a comfortable win.
They will need all they have against a ‘Bridge side who are pushing towards the chasing pack.
Earlier in the day (3.30pm), Steelstown will host a Magherafelt team who have a 100 per cent record so far.
With Cormac Murphy and Shane Heavron up front, Damian Barton’s side have a focal point with Dan Higgins and Danny Heavron forming a formidable midfield duo.
The third game in Group B will see Loup take on Ballinderry at Shamrock Park (Sunday, 3.30pm) with neither team able to make the quarter-finals.
Ballinderry are guaranteed to finish in the relegation zone, but a Loup win could see them go into the final round of games with a chance to avoiding a relegation play-off.