NW FOOTBALL: Top four meet this weekend

BBOB forward Gary Collett holds off H&W Welders U20's defender Reece Whittle. INLS4216-103KM
BBOB forward Gary Collett holds off H&W Welders U20's defender Reece Whittle. INLS4216-103KM

Saturday was a mixed day for North West sides in the second round of the Irish Junior Cup, eight teams were involved and four made it through to the next round.

BBOB lost 3-2 at home to Harland and Wolff Welders Under 20’s, Lincoln Courts travelled to NFC Kesh and were beaten 4-2.

Another side to bow out was Draperstown Celtic who went down 5-2 at Ballyoran, Foyle Wanderers also were knocked out at Bangor Rangers.

The winners were Limavady United Drummond who travelled to County Armagh to take on Bessbrook and won 2-1.

Claudy Rovers were also on their travels and won 4-1 at Desertmartin, while Roe Rovers had an excellent 5-3 away win at Garvagh.

Tullyally also got through after a 3-1 home win over Ambassadors.

This weekend it’s back to league action for sides with the match of the day at McCourt’s, as champions Ardmore host fellow in-form side Claudy Rovers.

Another top game sees second placed Lishally host third placed Limavady United/Drummond.

Limavady United/Drummond v Lisahally

The home side are on a good run of form and they had an excellent win in the Irish Junior Cup last week.

They play an attacking game and over the last number of seasons they have shown steady improvement, could this be the season that brings silverware?

Lisahally were without a game last Saturday but previous to that they were knocked out of the City Cup, so they must recover a bit of form and this won’t be easy.

Prediction: Limavady United Drummond.

Foyle Wanderers v Donemana

Wanderers were disappointed with last weeks performance in the Junior Cup, a competition they usually do well in.

They must now concentrate on their league challenge, they will be favourites in this one.

Donemana have shown improved form winning their last two games. They have a mainly local side and they play for each other and they also have an excellent goal scorer in Ricky Lee Dougherty.

Prediction: Foyle Wanderers.

Lincoln Courts v Draperstown

Both these sides were knocked out of the Junior Cup last week; that was the Courts third defeat on the trot so manager Kolyn Patterson has to rally his troops and quickly.

The visitors have produced a couple of decent results so far this season but they are very inconsistent and they are not the best of travellers.

Prediction: Lincoln Courts.

BBOB v Tullyally

The Old Boys season just gets worse they were knocked out of the Irish Junior Cup last Saturday and they have yet to get a point in the league. There’s no improvement from last season and even at this early stage of the season Don Olphert’s side are going to struggle.

Tullyally got a welcome win last week but they are at the wrong end of the table, their biggest problems is getting their best eleven out consistently, when they do they are a useful side.

Prediction: Tullyally.

Ardmore v Claudy Rovers

The two form sides in the division clash at McCourts, Ardmore are once again going for a clean sweep of the trophies and they have just lost the once, they are a side packed with talented players.

Rovers are having their best season for a number of years. They fear no one and they are also scoring plenty of goals, so with two attack minded sides there should be goals in this one.

Prediction: Ardmore.