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Culdaff host Carn in crunch clash at Caratra 23.02.12

Report: Inishowen Independent

Tough tests for Moville, Aileach; Clonmany tipped

All roads lead to Caratra Park this Sunday afternoon when Culdaff host Carn in an Ulster Junior Cup quarter-final derby clash (1.30pm).
Two of the peninsula’s most inform teams are vying for a place in the last four of the prestigious competition with the visiting Reds starting as slight favourites.
Premier Division Carn, who have blazed a trail in reaching the last eight of the FAI Junior Cup, are hoping to bounce back from last week’s shock home defeat at the hands of Moville Reserves.
Meanwhile First Division high-flyers Culdaff, who looks certain to return to top flight football next month, are hoping to upset the odds against their opponents, who may have an eye on Ballymun United the following week.
Culdaff will rely on the goalscoring prowess of Conor O’Brien while Dermot Diver has been in excellent form of late.
Dermot Coyle’s Carn team has talent in spades and with players like Brendan Tabb, Michael Byrne and Cathal Doherty (Kinnego) they could cause Culdaff all manner of problems.
Elsewhere both Aileach and Moville Celtic face tricky away trips to top Donegal League teams in rearranged last sixteen round ties.
Darren Bredin’s Glencrow men, who won the Ulster Junior Cup in 2009 and 2010, face an away trip to Glenea, where two teams with genuine hopes of going all the way will go head-to-head.
Glenea recently dropped out of the Ulster Senior League and Moville will need to get the best out of players like Joe Doherty, PJ Barr, Ritchie McElhinney and Dermot Harkin to progress to the last eight.
Brian Bell’s Premier Division leaders Aileach will feel that they have some unfinished business when they take on Milford. They felt hard done by when suffering a narrow defeat in the FAI Junior Cup at the same venue.
The Lakeside men will need big games from stars Anthony Doherty, James Gillespie and Brian Treacy to make it into the quarter-final draw.
Another Inishowen team, Clonmany Shamrocks, will start as hot favourites to reach the semi-final of the Ulster Junior Cup when they take on Monaghan outfit, Drumkill Rovers.
Shaun Devlin’s team hasn’t hit the heights of last year but with players of the calibre of Jason Devlin and Steven Harkin they should be more than a match for their Farney opponents.
Meanwhile in the Inishowen League Premier Division there is a crucial relegation battle when Cockhill host QPS while Greencastle and Redcastle also meet in a vital six pointer at Ballybrack.
In the First Division Illies will look to close the gap on the leaders Culdaff when they host Gleneely while Buncrana will look to get back on track against Carrowmena. John L. Coyle’s Moville Reserves players, fresh from a fine win in Carn, entertain Rashenny at Glencrow.
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