Long’s SuperValu League Week 4 preview
There’s another competitive set of fixtures down for decision in the Long’s SuperValu senior league on Saturday where it is hard to look past the Bready v Ardmore clash for the tag of game of the day. Both teams are unbeaten in either competition so far and are well on course to qualify in the top four come the end of this phase, however both will also be very keen to stretch their unbeaten run.
Home advantage makes Bready slight favourites, however the Bleachgreen side keeps pulling out that bit more when they seem to be in trouble and they are sure to make life difficult for Davy Scanlon’s side.
Fox Lodge and Bonds Glen have won a game apiece so far in a group where only a handful of points separate four teams currently challenging for fourth place. A win for either would boost their chances of qualifying in the top half and here again, home advantage might just sway it Fox Lodge’s way. The visitors will be buoyed by their 100+ run win over Glendermott last week and will be no pushover.
The Rectory men are still without a win in this competition themselves, but have a chance again on Saturday when St Johnston come calling. The Saints do have a win under their belts and ran Brigade very close last weekend so they will travel full of confidence. It’s a very difficult one to call, this, possibly the most closely matched of the weekend.
Brigade look comfortable in third place at this point, but with the top two in the group playing each other, Andy Britton’s team has a real chance of keeping pressure on the leaders. They welcome Strabane to Beechgrove in this round of matches and although the Red Caps have been playing reasonably well of late, it is hard to see past a home win.
In Group B, Donemana will be favourites to see off the challenge of Burndennett, however the Holm side struggled last week against Killyclooney. ‘Dennett have blown a bit hold and cold so far this season but at their best could give the visitors a few problems.
Skipper Willie McClintock, fresh from his Ireland call-up this week is likely to return to the fold for this one, as is Warriors captain, Andy McBrine. Back to full strength Donemana can make it four out of four.
Eglinton edged out Newbuildings in a thriller last week and should be too strong for Ballyspallen while Coleraine will hope to post their second win in the group so far when they entertain Killyclooney.
Long’s SuperValu weekend fixtures –
Fox Lodge v Bonds Glen
Glendermott v St Johnston
Brigade v Strabane
Bready v Ardmore
Ballyspallen v Eglinton
Burndennett v Donemana
Coleraine v Killyclooney