Belfast Telegraph

Championship: Around The Grounds, April 5

By Keith Bailie

Harry McConkey's Regions Cup squad now know who they will play in the finals of this year's tournament.

They have been drawn in Group B, alongside Wurttemberg (Germany), Zagreb (Croatia) and Dolnoslaski Region (Poland).

In Group A, the Republic of Ireland will face Ankara (Turkey), South Moravia (Czech Republic) and Tuzla Canton (Bosnia and Herzegovina). This year's tournament will be played in Dublin in late June. Northern Ireland will face Germany at Home Farm on May 26, before facing Croatia at Richmond Park two days later. Their final group game will be played at Tolka Park on July 1. The winners of Group A and Group B will play each other in the final.


Dundela have been relegated to Championship Two. Saturday's 3-0 defeat at the hands of the PSNI sealed their fate, as they are now 11 points behind 12th placed Donegal Celtic with just three games left to play. Last season, the Duns led the division for much of the season and also won the Steel & Sons Cup.


Dergview's crucial game against Carrick Rangers is one of just two matches in Championship One on Saturday afternoon, with Lisburn Distillery hosting Harland & Wolff Welders in the other fixture. If Carrick can win, they will go three points clear at the top of the table, however the Dergs are unbeaten at Darragh Park this season. April 12 was set aside as a 'catch-up' week for previously postponed Championship One games.


Tobermore United will play Annagh United on Tuesday night at Fortwilliam Park, with kick-off set for 6.45pm. Annagh will leapfrog Limavady United and move up into the second promotion place if they can claim a win. Tobermore are now safe from relegation out of the Northern Ireland Football League.


Camlough Rovers are still in the hunt for promotion to Championship Two. They are the only new NIFL applicant with a realistic chance of winning their regional division. They're currently second in Mid Ulster Football League Intermediate A, four points behind leaders Ballymacash Rangers. Tandragee Rovers are still title favourites, but like Ballymacash, they haven't applied for promotion. If Camlough do win the division, the 14th-placed side in Championship Two will be relegated.

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