DOWN SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND ONE
GLENN V BREDAGH
Thursday, Liatroim, 7pm
BREDAGH secured promotion to the top flight for the first time since 1976, a boost that should help overturn a Glenn team that beat them in the league.
LOUGHINISLAND V CASTLEWELLAN
Thursday, Darragh Cross, 7pm
CHAMPIONSHIP is always a different animal, but Loughinsland escaping relegation will be a relief as they go into this game. Two goals separated the teams earlier this month and Castlewellan could again be on the wrong side of the result.
KILCOO V CLONDUFF
Friday, Páirc Esler, 7pm
REGARDLESS of Friday’s showdown, both teams will have a say in where the Frank O’Hara Cup spends the winter. Kilcoo to bounce back from their recent defeat and grind out a win.
DOWNPATRICK V AN RIOCHT
Saturday, St John’s, 5pm
AN RIOCHT come into the game on the back of three wins at the end of an inconsistent season, but Downpatrick have the players to get off to a winning start.
BALLYHOLLAND V LONGSTONE
Sunday, An Riocht, 3pm
LONGSTONE ended their promotion run with victory over Bredagh and face Ballyholland who won just once in their last five games.
CARRYDUFF V BRYANSFORD
Sunday, Downpatrick, 6pm
BOTH teams ended level on points. Carryduff pushed Kilcoo all the way last season and could find a way to beat one of the household names on the Down club scene.
WARRENPOINT V SAUL
Sunday, Clonduff, 6pm
THE ‘Point were a kick of a ball from winning the title in 2019 and will be fancied to beat Saul who moved up after lifting the Intermediate title last season.
BURREN V MAYOBRIDGE
Monday, Páirc Esler, 7.30pm
ANOTHER humdinger in prospect. League champions Burren have all the tools in the locker to do the double. A tough game against another team from the top four. Burren to edge it.
DOWN SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND THREE
BALLYCRAN V BREDAGH
Sunday, Ballycran, 2pm
THE champions bounced back after their defeat to Portaferry to see off Ballygalget. It will be a tough assignment for Bredagh.
PORTAFERRY V BALLYGALGET
Sunday, Portaferry, 4.30pm
ANTRIM League champions Portaferry sit top of the pile with two clean sheets thrown in. Ballygalget have hit the net six times in their two outings, so something is going to give.
DOWN INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND ONE
CLANN NA BANNA V ANNACLONE
Thursday, Mayobridge, 7pm
VERY little separates the teams in terms of league positions. Annaclone lurked at the bottom of Division Two with Clann na Banna at the top of 3B. Recent form could sway it.
Verdict: Clann na Banna
BRIGHT V DRUMGATH
Friday, Dromara, 7pm
DRUMGATH’S recent league win will fill them with confidence as they tip toe into the championship and it’s hard to see them slip up against a Bright team without a win this season.
ATTICALL V AUGHLISNAFIN
Saturday, Glasdrumman, 2pm
SCORE difference separated them in the league, with Atticall dishing out a 18-point hammering when the sides met in a recent ‘dead rubber’ counting for little. Last year’s Junior champions have been marginally more consistent.
LIATROIM V ROSTREVOR
Saturday, Páirc Esler, 6pm
ROSTREVOR were senior champions 24 years ago, but haven’t been close since. Liatroim have won three of their last five games, but at a lower level that Saturday’s opponents.
TULLYLISH V DARRAGH CROSS
Saturday, Kilcoo, 7pm
RELEGATED Darragh Cross lost their last three games and will be up against a Tullylish side who finished strong at the top of Division 3A
NEWRY BOSCO V BALLYMARTIN
Sunday, Rostrevor, 1pm
BOSCO have struggled at the bottom of Division 3B all year and face a tough task on Sunday in Rostrevor. Ballymartin haven’t been setting the world alright either, but should start with a win.
SAVAL V ST PAUL’S
Sunday, Castlewellan, 1pm
DANNY Hughes is in his first season as Saval boss and was on the heels of Bredagh and Longstone. On form, they should have enough to see off St Paul’s.
ST JOHN’S V NEWRY SHAMROCKS
Monday, Newcastle, 7pm
SHAMROCKS have the most impressive score difference in Division 3A and it’s hard to see them slipping up against a St John’s side struggling for consistency.
Verdict: Newry Shamrocks