Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Campbell's predictions

John Campbell's predictions for all the weekend action

Tonight

W J Dolan Tyrone SFC semi-final

Dromore v Cookstown

(Healy Park, Omagh 8.15)

DROMORE have been there or thereabouts in terms of landing the Tyrone crown and, fortified by the experience gained in recent campaigns, they will approach tonight's assignment with confidence.

But with Raymond Mulgrew and Owen Mulligan ready to fire up the Cookstown side, they could pose big problems for Ryan McMenamin's men. Dromore's defence, though, may prove sufficiently sound to ensure that they book their place in the final

Verdict: Dromore to win by three points


Tomorrow

Antrim SHC semi-final

Loughguile v Ballycastle

(Dunloy 4.00)

LOUGHGUILE have been showing an encouraging level of form lately - despite those four county final defeats on the trot - and Joey Scullion and Liam Watson in their attack could have a key role in bringing them into the final - this, despite Ballycastle's determination to follow up their Under 21 title triumph by winning the senior crown.

Verdict: Loughguile to win by four points


Derry SFC quarter-final

Ballinderry v Kilrea

(Ballinascreen 5.15)

BALLINDERRY'S recent track record, the huge swathe of experience in their line-up and their desire to prove their longevity at the top should carry them to a handsome win in this one. Kilrea's youthful exuberance will keep them afloat for a spell but Ballinderry should prove too strong in the end. Besides, the memories of late Ulster Club Final defeat to Crossmaglen Rangers on a foul day at Casement Park are still too vivid for comfort in Ballinderry.

Verdict: Ballinderry to win by six points



Derry SHC semi-finals

Banagher v Lavey

(Swatragh 1.45)

BANAGHER have been to the fore on the hurling front in Derry in recent seasons - this is their third semi-final on the bounce - and with a generous ration of experience in their side, including the imposing presence of Sean Martin Lockhart and Mark Lynch, they may prove too strong for a Lavey side that leans perhaps rather heavily on youth.

Verdict: Banagher to win by five points



Kevin Lynch's v Slaughtneil

(Swatragh 3.15)

KEVIN LYNCH'S come up against one of the most potent sides in the county in Slaughtneil. The Dungiven side boast a mix of youth and experience but will certainly need to be on their toes if they are to cross what could prove to be a difficult penultimate hurdle.

Verdict: Kevin Lynch's to win by five points



Sunday

W J Dolan Tyrone SCF semi-final

Donaghmore v Coalisland

(Dungannon 4.00)

COALISLAND'S young guns get the chance to fire in what is a major test of their character and skill. The fact that Donaghmore have already eased reigning champions Errigal Ciaran out of the title reckoning will send them into battle in good heart - and might even tip the scales in their favour.

Verdict: Donaghmore to win by two points


Antrim SHC semi-final

Cushendall v Dunloy

(Loughguile 3.00)

THESE great rivals meet again for the right to contest the county decider. Cushendall have acquired a confident demeanour and look particularly sharp up front but Dunloy still possess a marked stubborn streak and fierce pride. But these assets may not prove sufficient to take them through on this occasion given the array of talent in the 'Dall line-up.

Verdict: Cushendall to win by four points


Down SHC final

Ballygalget v Ballycran

(Portaferry 3.30)

BALLYGALGET had the more difficult mission in the semi-finals when they overcame current title-holders Portaferry. Obviously Balllycran, no strangers to title success, will provide them with a much stiffer examination.

Injuries have affected both teams but Ballygalget may have something extra in reserve. And they have too the generous input from the talented Clarke clan, something that should prove a considerable bonus.

Verdict: Ballygalget to win by three points

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