Christmas at the Theatre of Dreams while Ballagh’ hit the sunny* south east (*sun may not be included)

Next Saturday (19th) I’ll be drinking Red Bull (possibly mixed with something else) while trying to stay awake at Old Trafford. I’m actually looking forward to the trip but for the first time I find it difficult to watch my beloved United.

  I’ll admit it though, United fans were spoiled under Fergie, and Liverpool fans, who seem to multiply after every win, have enjoyed our demise.

  So it was with great satisfaction that I switched on the last few minutes of Newcastle’s win over the champions elect last Sunday.

  Let’s get one thing straight, I like Klopp and I admire Liverpool as a football club but some of the comments from Irish fans on social media have been absolutely ridiculous.

  We’re all to blame though, we take the Premier League far more seriously than our own.

  The Premier League hasn’t even won a Champions League title since 2012 and may be waiting another few years for the next one. Although if Liverpool win this weekend they’ll surely be installed as favourites for 2017!

  Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to watching a team that has the same effect as a bottle of ‘Dreamy Sleepy Nighty Snoozey Snooze’, at least I won’t be woken by noisy football fans!

  Well, it’s that time of the week again when we look forward to the weekend’s fixtures and hope that storm Edmundo or whatever they’re going to call it goes easy on us. Either these fixtures go ahead or next week I’m writing water polo previews.

  The Roscommon People Game of the Week is in Wexford, as Ferns United play host to Ballaghaderreen with the winners being rewarded with a home tie against Cork side Carrigaline United in the next round. Both sides are in form and will be looking to advance to the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup.

  Pat Browne, PRO of Ballaghaderreen, recently gave his views on the game while also taking aim at bitter rivals, Ballinasloe Town. “Well it’s going to be a tough trip all the way to Wexford this weekend, but we’ve done really well so far, so this weekend should be a good game.”

  Ballagh’ have lost out on the final day in the league in the last two seasons and it’s something they’re determined to put right.

  “Yeah, we’ve come so close but just missed out in the last two seasons. Dylan Edwards, who knows where the goal is, has one remit this season and that’s to win silverware.”

  We love stirring things up here so we asked Pat if there was any particular team Ballaghaderreen would enjoy beating. “Looking ahead to next year in the league, Ballinasloe is a team we’ve never beaten and it’s something we want to put right after last season.”

  On Saturday in the Premier Division third from bottom, Cloonfad United, entertain top of the table, Moore United. Moore will expect another three points against a Cloonfad side who shipped seven goals against Ballaghaderreen back in October.

  On Sunday, Dysart entertain a Ballymoe side who have lost four of their opening six. Dysart will be hoping to put some daylight between them and Castlerea in fourth.

  On Sunday, MD Town host Ballinasloe Town as they look to earn their first win of the season. Ballinasloe will be looking to take advantage of any St. John’s slip-up.

  In Division One, Loughglynn entertain Ahascragh as they look to jump-start their season. Ahascragh have just two wins from seven and will need to improve if they are to climb the table.

  Kilkerrin United travel to a Rahara Rovers side that has conceded 27 goals so far this season, although they should be pretty safe against Kilkerrin who’ve only scored eight goals in five games so far.

  Brazukas take on Glen Celtic as they look to keep touch with a rampant Shiven Rovers side at the top of the table while Ballaghaderreen B entertain Ballinasloe B as they look to drag themselves off the bottom. (Watch out for Pat Browne and the Ballaghaderreen casuals kicking off in the away end!)

  In Division Two, Moore United entertain St. John’s Athletic, CP Ajax welcome KC Celtic to Castleplunkett, Roscommon United travel to Lough Harps and Moylough 79 welcome Cloonfad United.