The Division One Scene
With the protagonists in the top division having moved into the second half of the opening phase with six of the required eleven games completed the tune being whistled around Corrigan Park is likely to be ‘The Johnnies Go Marching On,’ with the residents of the Whiterock arena sitting pretty on top of the pile.
St John’s did continue in winning ways on Sunday last when the proved 3-12 to 0-11 winners over Ahoghill down at Clooney to complete six wins on the trot.
The Johnnies do remain the only unbeaten side in the division and Paddy Nugent does seem to have them in fine form at the moment.
It has been a while since the Corrigan men did claim a league title and they will most certainly look to keep that dream alive on Sunday next when they play hosts to the Cargin men.
John Brennan’s men will travel to the city following a campaign in which they have only endured a single defeat thus far and following a 1-14 to 0-09 win over St Paul’s at the week-end.
The Toome men did bend the knee to near neighbours Creggan in round two but they have come alive since and their last visit to Belfast saw them claim the points at Milltown.
Creggan did carry an unbeaten record for their opening five games but such did come to conclusion on Sunday when they lost out to the visiting St Gall’s up at the Staffordstown road venue.
The Milltown men returned from that visit to the country with a 0-12 to 0-10 win are down a couple having previously lost to St John’s and Cargin hold fourth in the ratings behind the Kickham’s men.
St Gall’s are back on home terrain on Sunday next when they play hosts to Casements in which they will start as firm favourites with Creggan expected to regain winning ways when they take the Belfast route in a visit to St Paul’s.
Hannahstown based Lamh Dearg are proving a trifle enigmatic in their performances this term did regain composure on Sunday when they gained a two point win down at Portglenone following a home defeat to Creggan in round five.
Mairtin Lynch’s side with eight points gathered are located in fifth position in the table and seem most likely to secure a berth in the A section after the split.
Casement’s, Rossa, and Aghagallon are tied for the important sixth position with the Portglenone men seeming in a better place having a game in hand.
The Bannsider’s do face a trip to Milltown next week and that does look a tough assignment.
Aldergrove having lost their previous games did come good on Sunday when they did prove four point winners over the visiting Rossa, 2-11 to 1-10 and will look to continue in winning ways as St Teresa’s visit next week.
St Paul’s do look in some trouble as well with just a single victory to date but they do remain jut a point in arrears of both St Teresa’s and Ahoghill.
Aghagallon the ‘new kids on the block’ had their second draw of the season when they claimed a draw at St Teresa’s with the sides tied at 0-12 to 1-09 at conclusion are on four points but may find it hard to supplement that total on Sunday with a trip to Hannahstown in prospect.
Sundays Fixtures as follows;
Division One at 3.00pm
St Paul’s v Creggan
Rossa v Ahoghill
St John’s v Cargin
Aldergrove v St Teresa’s
St Gall’s v Casement’s (at 5.30pm)