Dooner’s weekend predictions

 

 

The Roscommon & District Football League returns to action this weekend – its 50th season – so that means a return of the weekly predictions…best of luck to all clubs and officials this season.

  Similar to last season, the Premier Division will split into two sections following the first round of games. The top five at that stage will play each other for the Premier Division title while the bottom six will battle it out to avoid relegation.

Friday, August 30th

RDFL Premier Division

Shiven Rovers v St. John’s Athletic FC. 8 pm

The Lecarrow side are back in the top flight but they face a tricky opening day against Shiven Rovers.

Prediction: Shiven Rovers

RDFL Second Division

Skyvalley Rovers B v Cloonfad United B. 8 pm

Home advantage to swing it for Skyvalley?

Prediction: Skyvalley Rovers

Saturday, August 31st

RDFL Premier Division

Castlerea Celtic v Moylough ’79. 7.45 pm

The visitors have rocketed up the divisions and while they are always competitive, may find the going tough against one of the best teams in Roscommon.

Prediction: Castlerea Celtic

RDFL Second Division

Glen Celtic v Ahascragh United. 7.45 pm

This could be a cracker between two teams with genuine promotion hopes.

Prediction: Draw

Ballinasloe Town B v Boyle Celtic B. 8 pm

The home side won’t have it all their own way but are among the favourites for promotion.

Prediction: Ballinasloe Town B

Sunday, September 1st

RDFL Premier Division

Skyvalley Rovers v Moore United FC. 11 am

The hosts open their 50th season in the top flight. Moore are the slight favourites.

Prediction: Moore United

Ballinasloe Town v Boyle Celtic. 2 pm

The ‘Game of the Weekend’: Boyle were frustratingly inconsistent last season while The Town tend to grow stronger as the season goes on.

Prediction: Draw.

RDFL First Division (Kick-off 11 am unless stated)

Strokestown United v Cloonfad United

Both sides will be hoping for an immediate return to the Premier Division.

Prediction: Draw

Rahara Rovers v CP Ajax

Difficult to call but the Castleplunkett side gets the nod.

Prediction: CP Ajax

Dysart FC v Roscommon United

A difficult opener for newly-promoted Roscommon United. However, they’ll be delighted to know that I’m backing the hosts.

Prediction: Dysart FC

Dunmore Town v Ballaghaderreen FC

Away win.

Prediction: Ballaghaderreen FC

Cam Celtic v Castlerea Celtic B

The home side should have the edge over the new boys.

Prediction: Cam Celtic

RDFL Second Division (2 pm)

Manor United v Moore United B

The hosts should be aiming for promotion this year.

Prediction: Manor United

St. Cuan’s v Ballaghaderreen FC B

Home win.

Prediction: St. Cuan’s

Roscommon United B v Ballymoe FC B

United appointed Mike Ryan and John Hannon as head coaches of the new second team over the summer and according to sources at the club (those who go training), preparations have gone well ahead of this weekend’s opening fixture.

Prediction: Roscommon United