Bready may have won the title on Sunday but there remains plenty of unfinished business heading into the last couple of matches of 2018.

Davy Scanlon's team has opted to wait until their final game of the summer- against Eglinton next Saturday- before receiving their trophy and medals as they prepare to host this Saturday's All-Ireland T20 blitz. That competition features the four Provincial T20 champions with a couple of semi-finals at Magheramason and Beechgrove followed by the final itself back at Bready.

Clontarf and Cork County will meet at the International ground at 11am while at the same time, Brigade will host Waringstown with the winners there heading down the A5 for a 4pm decider.

It should be an entertaining afternoon for local spectators who might not often get the chance to see games like this too often.

Clontarf and Waringstown will start favourites to make the final however T20 is a useful leveller and it would be no surprise at all to see either Cork County or Brigade to spring a surprise.

That being the case there are now just three Premiership games down for decision on Saturday with Ardmore v Fox Lodge by far the most key.

The Bleachgreen side go into the match knowing that defeat will almost certainly send them into the Championship next season while the same could well be true of the visitors.

On paper you wonder how the hosts are in this predicament but that sums up what a wonderfully weird campaign it has been. You keep waiting for Gary Neely's team to come good, and they certainly did that at Eglinton a couple of weeks ago, however that performance has clearly been the exception rather than the rule.

There is definitely a big performance in Ardmore's locker and boy do they need it now. Decker Curry has come perilously close to that career-defining century and without wanting to tempt fate on a guy who really deserves the distinction- what Ardmore wouldn't give to see it this weekend!

There are runs elsewhere in the order too- Paul McDowell potentially very dangerous at the top of the order while Azeem Ghumman, Steve Lazars and Peter Harrigan have all shown flashes of form.

The Foxies proved earlier in the season that they are nobody's mugs but are on a run of 5 straight losses. A sixth here would be potentially fatal in terms of their top-flight status. Therein however lies Brian Allen's team's trump card- they have never been fazed by either promotion or relegation.

The skipper shrugs his shoulders when talk turns to the battle at the bottom and whether the first week of the season or the last, the North West Development Officer says the focus remains on bringing the club's younger players through and giving them essential experience at senior level.

True to his word the Foxies haven't flinched in their selection process; sticking with the new generation the whole way through.

There is experience too- Jason Milligan, Cebo Tshiki, Andrew McGinnis and the skipper can all worry the home side and there are others in there like Aaron Heywood who could easily take a hand.

Ardmore would be really clear favourites to win this on any given day; the only think clouding that call is the prize at stake.

Elsewhere Eglinton are at Coleraine and although the villagers' win at home to Strabane last week was huge in terms of their survival; defeat for them at Sandel Lodge coupled with a Foxies' win at the Green could potentially see Stuart Thompson's men drop to 7th.

Availability in the past few weeks has really stifled Eglinton's chances of climbing out of trouble- that win against the Red Caps all the more impressive given the amount of players they had missing.

Mike Erlank showed what he is capable of in that crunch game and the visitors will be hoping he can retain that sort of form for another week to help them navigate their way out of trouble.

Coleraine have had a really decent summer and won't be easily pushed off their perch despite little at stake for them.

The third and final Premiership game sees Donemana entertain Strabane in an unusually low-key contest for the Tyrone heavyweights.

Both of these sides have enjoyed decent seasons- the Red Caps bouncing back from their 2016 relegation with a top-four finish and an Irish Senior Cup semi-final berth- an achievement that bags them a 'bye' in the competition's first round next year.

Donemana will be disappointed with their campaign, particularly the fact that they were unable to give themselves a chance of a record-breaking 7th senior cup success.

This is still an old-style derby however and neither side will be going through the motions for sure.

Also this weekend we have the final of the Sammy Jeffrey Shield which gets under way at Eglinton on Friday between the Championship's top two, Glendermott and Ballyspallen.

Along with Killyclooney this pair have dominated the promotion race and both sides are full of potential game-changers.

It has all the makings of a quality two-innings final for what should be a decent crowd.

Weekend Fixtures


Sammy Jeffrey final

Ballyspallen v Glendermott
(At Eglinton)


Long's SuperValu Premier Division

Donemana v Strabane
Coleraine v Eglinton
Ardmore v Fox Lodge

All above 12 noon starts

All-Ireland T20 Cup

Semi-finals (11am starts)
Clontarf v Cork County (Bready)
Brigade v Waringstown (Beechgrove)

Final at Bready (4pm)