Cup action dominates Championship teams weekend
There is no shortage of action scheduled for next weekend with first round games in the RSA National Cup on Saturday followed by the start of the Ulster Shield on Sunday.
Bonds Glen and Creevedonnell are actually both in the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup this season by virtue of playing in the Premiership last time and both have exceptionally difficult assignments. The Bee Gees do at least have home advantage but little else to recommend them as they entertain NCU kingpins Waringstown on Saturday and the humorists would suggest their best hope of a result is if Kyle McCallan and his boys can't find them.
Creevedonnell are away at Pembroke and theirs looks an impossible ask as well so a rain dance might be in order on Friday.
On a more competitive level, St Johnston will fancy their chances at home to North Kildare but the rest of the local contingent will need to be at their best to progress. Newbuildings have a chance despite being drawn away to a strong Civil Service Dublin outfit while Killyclooney will hope to beat the travel blues and the home team when they visit Laois.
Sion Mills face a tough ask away at Cliftonville as do Ardmore at Derriaghy although the latter are far from out of that one. Ballyspallen host NCU side Dundrum and Burndennett also have home advantage over Laurelvale and will be hoping to make that pay in tough looking games. Drummond are scheduled to play Clontarf and even with a home draw, the Castle Avenue side will provide stiff opposition.
In Sunday's Shield matches the Saints have a tough away one at Carrickfergus as do Sion at Muckamore although Creevedonnell will fancy their chances at Dundrum.
The four home teams, Bonds Glen, Burndennett, Ardmore and Newbuildings all have some sort of chance against Laurelvale, Downpatrick, Woodvale and Derriaghy respectively.