Dooner’s weekend predictions – January 12th

Ballinasloe Town and St. Peter’s shared the spoils last weekend as the Premier Division’s top four all remain in the title race. St. Peter’s remain unbeaten and have shown they can get big results on the road so would be this column’s slight favourites at this stage.

  This weekend, Ballinasloe will be looking to advance in the FAI Junior Cup when they take on St. Michael’s at home. A tough test for The Town but one they have the ability to pass.

Saturday, January 13th

TP Brennan Connacht Cup Round 3

Moore United v Ballygawley Celtic. 7.30 pm

The visitors are having a tough season. Moore get the nod here. Prediction: Moore United

The Herald Premier Division

Castlerea Celtic v Shiven Rovers. 7.45 pm

The hosts will be favourites but Rovers have beaten both Boyle Celtic and Ballymoe away from home this season. Prediction: Castlerea Celtic

Norio’s Takeaway Division One

Strokestown United v Ahascragh United. 7.45 pm

Boasting two of the best marksmen in the division in Darren Clabby (14 goals) and Derek Connellan (7), Strokestown will be confident of pushing on this year. Prediction: Strokestown United

Sunday, January 14th

FAI Junior Cup Round 6

Ballinasloe Town v St. Michael’s. 2 pm

Make no mistake; this is a huge test for the Connacht champions. A busload of supporters will accompany the Tipperary side on Sunday and The Town will have to be at their best to advance. We wish them the very best of luck. Prediction: Ballinasloe Town

TP Brennan Connacht Cup Round 3 (2 pm)

Dysart FC v Carbury FC

Carbury are enjoying an excellent season and will prove difficult to contain. The heart says Dysart but the head gives the nod to the visitors. Prediction: Carbury FC

Cloonfad United v Corrib Rangers

The visitors to advance. Prediction: Corrib Rangers

Boyle Celtic v Manor Rangers

Celtic should have enough. Prediction: Boyle Celtic

Moylough ’79 v Castlebar Celtic

The Mayo side are formidable. Prediction: Castlebar Celtic

St. Peter’s FC v Iorras Aontaithe

The Athlone side are in great form. Prediction: St. Peter’s FC

TP Brennan Connacht Shield Round 2 (2 pm)

Swinford v Cam Celtic

Cam Celtic cup specialists? Prediction: Cam Celtic

Kilkerrin United v Dynamo Blues

The hosts are having a good season but this will be tough. Prediction: Dynamo Blues

Hodson Bay Athletic v Knocknacarra FC

Hard to know what to expect here but the hosts to advance. Prediction: Hodson Bay Athletic

The Herald Premier Division

Ballaghaderreen FC v Skyvalley Rovers. 11 am

I reckon the hosts have improved recently. Prediction: Draw

Ballymoe FC v St. John’s Athletic. 2 pm

The champions will be favourites. Prediction: Ballymoe FC

Norio’s Takeaway Division One

CP Ajax v Lough Harps. 2 pm

I fancy the visitors here but only just. Prediction: Lough Harps

Killeen Sports Grounds Division Two

Roscommon United v Boyle Celtic B. 11 am

Boyle Celtic have only lost against the league leaders this season. Prediction: Boyle Celtic

Glen Celtic v Rahara Rovers. 2 pm

Glen have improved since the reverse fixture. Prediction: Draw

Skyvalley Rovers B v Shiven Rovers B. 2 pm

Visitors to edge it. Prediction: Shiven Rovers B