Carey Welcome Biddies to Ballyvoy

Pic: Carey Faughs Twitter

With the game originally fixed for Easter Sunday, both these teams have taken advantage of their single-code status and brought it forward a week to be played on a designated Football weekend.

The north Antrim sides did not meet last year, with the hosts plying their trade in Division 3, but Carey have made a steady start to life in Division 2, to which they are historically no strangers.

A heavy opening-day defeat to Sarsfields may have dampened their spirits, but the Ballyvoy men bounced back in the next round to see off local rivals Glenariffe with goals from James Black and Fiachra McVeigh.

The Biddies also came up short against Sarsfields in the Bear Pit last time out, the Belfast side’s relentless point-taking seeing them win comfortably, while the previous week Cloughmills suffered defeat at home to Tír na nÓg, despite the best efforts of stalwarts Liam Kearns and Mickey Devlin forcing a late rally for the hosts.

Michael Devlin of Cloughmills.

Both sides have a marquee forward in Kearns and Black and a poacher’s threat in Conor Laverty and Fiachra McVeigh. The physicality of Aaron Smiley and Michael Devlin is a strength for the Biddies, while James McCuaig marshals the Faugh’s defence with confidence.

Cloughmills sit bottom of the table and will be desperate to get their season up and running with two points, but with Carey coming into their third home game in a row, the advantage of a home crowd may be enough to tip the scale in their direction in this early throw-in on Sunday.

Dunloy, Ballymena

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