Division 3A & 3B Previews – Gameday 3

Division 3A

Collegeland have yet to get their Division 3A account up and running but will hope to do so when they take on Lissummon this weekend. Both of their opening round fixtures against Ballyhegan and An Port Mor have been postponed in recent weeks due to the weather.

Lissummon, the 2022 JFC finalists, tasted their first defeat of the season last week as Middletown proved too strong. Fionnan O’Braonain netted twice for Middletown in that 4-7 to 2-7 victory, and he also claimed a three-pointer in round one.

The youngster has been a real score getter in the early rounds and will take some watching from St Michael’s on Friday. The Newtown men grabbed their first win of the league against Forkhill last week, thanks to two late points coming in the final few minutes.

Forkhill, winners of the Junior Championship back in 2020, meet Ballyhegan this weekend. Last year’s Junior finalists Ballyhegan were four-point winners over Eire Og last weekend in their first encounter of the year.

Eire Og will be keen to bounce back as they take on An Port Mor on Friday. The two teams clashed in the championship last season, with the Craigavon men winning an entertaining affair by six-points.

Division 3B

Thomas Davis have made a flying start to their Division 3B league campaign, beating both Dorsey and Killeavy IIs. That sees Joe O’Kane’s side, who reached the JFC semi-final last year, at the top of the table.

They’ll hope to extend their winning run when they host St Peter’s IIs on Friday evening. The Lurgan men, managed by former players Daire Toman and Chris McCann, have yet to experience their first run out.

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Madden IIs, also new to the Junior competition this year, haven’t played their first encounter yet either. The weather has wreaked havoc for the Raparees, but they’ll hope to get up and running against Killean this weekend.

Killean, reformed this year, have lost their opening two outings to Clady in round one and Mullabrack last Monday. Liam Rice (2), Sean Smith and James Rice all rattled the net for Mullabrack, who take on Dorsey this weekend.

Dorsey have had a mixed start to the campaign as Barry Loughran’s side have earned two points from two games. They suffered a heavy defeat to Thomas Davis in round one but overcame Clady last week.

Clady have the chance to bounce back immediately as they host Killeavy IIs. Killeavy’s only outing to date ended in defeat to Thomas Davis, so they’ll also be eager to get their first points on the board.