THE new CCFL season gets underway this weekend after the summer break with action in the Senior Division and Premier Division.
Two Laois teams are in action on Friday night with Mountmellick Utd travelling to play Willow Park in the Senior Division and Rosenallis on the road to Gainstown to face Mullingar Athletic B in the Premier Division. The rest of the Laois teams in the top two divisions kick off their campaigns on Sunday.
It couldn’t be a tougher opener for Mountmellick against the 2012 Senior Division champions Willow Park who edged out Mullingar Athletic by a point last season. Mountmellick battled hard at the end of the season to avoid the drop but they start this year with two away games, the second against 2012 Premier Division champions CK Utd.
The second Laois side in the top flight are Arlington who begin their campaign on Mullingar Athletic A who were Senior Division runners-up last season. Arlington finished fourth last season and will be hoping to improve on that position this time around.
Along with Rosenallis, Clonaslee and Abbeyleix Athletic will ply their trade in the Premier Division this season. Abbeyleix begin their campaign on Sunday at home to Birr while Clonaslee open their season on Wednesday night away to Tullamore.
Also this weekend the Over 35s competition gets down to the business end with quarter-finals and semi-finals in the Cup and Shield sections.
Friday, August 9
Willow Park v Mountmellick Utd; 8pm; Willow Park Athlone; P Geoghegan, L Buckley, M Buckley
Mullingar Athletic B v Rosenallis; 8pm; Gainstown Mullingar; J McCrossan
Saturday, August 10
All games at 6.30
PMB Construction Over 35’s Cup Quarter Finals
Portlaoise/ Abbeyleix v Temple Villa; Venue TBA; D Bryant
Rosenallis v Mullingar Ath; The Grove Rosenallis; M Kelly
Mullingar Town v Midlands Celtic; Dalton Park Mullingar; P Pardy
PMB Construction Over 35’s Shield Quarter Final
Clonaslee Utd v Portlaoise/Abbeyleix; Community Centre Clonaslee; B James
PMB Construction Over 35’s Shield Semi Final
Camlin Utd v Willow Park; The Mall Longford; P Nolan
Sunday, August 11
Senior Division Melville Utd v CK Utd; 2pm; Sarsfield Park, Athlone; D McEnery, P Tone, U Beaumont. Arlington A v Mullingar Athletic A; 2pm; Castle Park, Portarlington; A Martin, N Culleton, C McDermott. Monksland Utd A v St. Peters A; 2pm Lecarrow Roscommon; T Cunningham, A Sherlock, G Burke. Idle Clara Town A Premier Division Abbeyleix Athletic A v Birr Town; 11am; Fr.Breen Park, Abbeyleix; S Lowry. Edenderry Town A v Gallen Utd: 11am; Fr.Paul Park, Edenderry; R Goggin. St Peters B v Willow Park B; 11am; McCarthy Park, Athlone; A Fitzsimons. Idle Tullamore Town , Derry Rovers A, Clonaslee Utd Wednesday, August 14
Senior Division Monksland Utd v Melville Utd; 6.45; Lecarrow; T Ward, I Stacey, K Ronan. St Peters A v Willow Park A; 6.45; McCarthy Park, Athlone; PJ Higgins, D Toland, T Maloney. CK Utd v Mountmellick Utd A; 6.45; De Brun Park, Tullamore; E O’Riordan, P Pardy, S Tuohy. Mullingar Athletic A v Clara Town A; 7.30; Gainstown, Mullingar; B Kelly, L Buckley, M Buckley. Idle Arlington A Premier Division Clonaslee Utd v Tullamore Town; 6.45; Leah Victoria Park, Tullamore; R Matthews