Qualifying League Preview Saturday 9th November 2013 by George Millar

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Limited programme confined to six fixtures in Qualifying Two, Three and Four. In Qualifying Two Ballyclare remain at the top followed by Lisburn, Randalstown and Omagh. Well done to Lisburn and Randalstown. Strabane remain without a win after their home league game last Saturday against league leaders Ballyclare was postponed due to a water logged pitch. In Qualifying Three Holywood face a challenge from Donegal, Larne and Letterkenny. Monaghan are still without a win. Whilst in Qualifying Four Ophir are clear favourites to win this league. Londonderry YMCA and Armoy are still looking for their first win.

Qualifying Two

Carrickfergus v Strabane

The Tom Simms Memorial Park at Woodlawn will welcome North West side Strabane for this league fixture. Strabane have struggled to adapt to this league despite the optimistic views of their coach Willy Balfour. Carrick after an indifferent start recorded an impressive win over Grosvenor 17 -13 in their last outing. Captain Andy Kinkaid will look for his side to push on and move up the league table. In their last outing Omagh were made to work hard for their 17 – 3 win at the Meadows Pitch in Strabane. Can Strabane secure their first win of the season. Carrickfergus to win.

Qualifying Three

Donegal v Letterkenny

Fascinating Donegal derby as Letterkenny visit the The Holmes . Donegal recorded an impressive 44 – 0 win at Letterkenny in the Gordon West Cup in September. Both sides have since shown impressive form with Donegal losing a titanic league contest with Larne in Glynn by the narrow margin of 16 – 10 in their last outing. Letterkenny recorded a 19 – 8 win over the PSNI last Saturday. Letterkenny have suffered heavy defeats on the road to Holywood 54 – 0 and Larne 99 – 0. Can they transfer their impressive home form into winning away games. This Donegal team under the guidance of coach Garry Prendiville and Captain Peteso Cannon may have too much pace and power for the North Donegal side. Donegal to win.

Lurgan v Monaghan

The Pollack Park side recorded their first league win against the PSNI 23 – 14 in their last outing. Monaghan are still seeking their first win after losing 24 – 12 to neighbours Newry. Can Monaghan secure a first win of the season. Lurgan to win

Qualifying Four

Cavan v Ophir

The County Antrim side will look to secure another two league points when they travel to Swellan Park in County Cavan this Saturday. Last Saturday Ophir recorded another convincing 47 – 5 win over Londonderry YMCA at Drumahoe. Cavan narrowly defeated Lomdonderry YMCA 7 – 6 at home in their last outing. Ophir will have too much pace and power for the Cavan side.

Civil Service v Londonderry YMCA

The Stormont side will have been disappointed to lose 11 – 3 in Virginia last Saturday to dash any hopes of challenging Ophir for the league. YM have yet to win a fixture this season. Civil Service to win

Virginia v Armoy

The North Antrim side face a lengthy and difficult journey to Deerpark in Virginia to take on the local side who secured an impressive 11 – 3 win over Civil Service last Saturday. Virginia have won three out of their four opening league games and sit two points behinfd leaders Ophir. Armoy have still to win a fixture this season and lost 36 – 6 at home to BHSFP’s last Saturday. Virginia to win.

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