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Donemana eye overdue return to winning ways in Premiership

By Ian Callender

Published 05/08/2016

Positive: Andy McBrine wants a big push from Donemana
Positive: Andy McBrine wants a big push from Donemana

It may be five years since Donemana lost a Senior Cup tie but, remarkably, it is more than two months since they won a Premiership match, with two defeats and two no results in their last four games as the weather continues to play havoc with the league programme.

As a result, Donemana are as close to seventh place as they are to the top of the table at the halfway stage and ready for a big push up the table. As Warriors captain Andy McBrine said after last week's cup final victory: "if we win the rest of our games, we will not be far away".

The way the first three months have gone, seven wins from here would almost guarantee them the title because they have matches in hand on all the teams above them and have the same number of defeats as the three co-leaders.

First up tomorrow is a repeat of the cup final, against Coleraine and, having 'won' both innings, the momentum is with Donemana.

Even with home advantage, it will be a big ask for the defending champions to bounce back in such a crucial fixture for both teams, although they will remember that the visitors have been bowled out for less than 100 in two of their last three league fixtures there.

Only one team can cash in on a Coleraine slip-up because the other two co-leaders, Ardmore and Brigade, meet at the Bleachgreen although the Bannsiders could be clear themselves by the close of the weekend as they are also away to Strabane on Sunday.

It promises to be a huge period for the Red Caps, still looking for their first win of the season and tomorrow they host Bready.

Long's SuperValu Premiership (12pm): Ardmore v Brigade, Coleraine v Donemana, Eglinton v Drummond, Strabane v Bready. Sunday: Strabane v Coleraine.

Championship: Bonds Glen v Fox Lodge, Burndennett v Glendermott, Newbuildings v Killyclooney, St Johnston v Ballyspallen. Fox Lodge v Newbuildings, Glendermott v St Johnston.

Qualifying 1 Cup Final: Bready v Donemana (The Holm)

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