by Geordie McGiuckin
Division 1 and 2 football leagues
With just a single round remaining the line up for the second phase when the sides will form two sections in each grade (division one and two) and proceed for a further five games.
The picture in division one is clear as to the top five places in the formation of the A section with Cargin, Creggan, St John’s, and Lamh Dhearg assured of a top section place, but the last place sees two teams in contention.
Casement’s and Aghagallon are the contenders and the Portglenone men remain as favourites to grab the spot.
The Bannsider’s missed an opportunity to cement their place on Sunday last but a home defeat endured against and impressive Rossa ensures they remain without a guarantee.
Casement’s do have a game in hand however and this may well prove crucial and if they fail to gain the points from an away fixture at Aldergrove and they will have another crack at it as their game with their home game with St Teresa’s which was postponed early in the season requiring re-fixing.
Aghagallon also lost an opportunity to go a couple of points ahead of the Portglenone men on Sunday when they failed to cope with the visiting Johnnies have a last round assignment at Rossa and that does look a tough one.
In the second division the top four places in section A have been claimed to date with Glenavy, St Enda’s, St Brigid’s and Moneyglass already assured of continuing in section A.
The situation as to the remaining two places does see four teams still in contention with Rasharkin currently residing in fifth spot with 10 points to their credit, with Randalstown based Tir na Nog 10 pts, All Saint’s 9pts, and Gort na Mona 9pts also in possible also in the mix.
St Mary’s Rasharkin do have a game in hand over their rivals and if the Dreen men fail to pick up the point necessary on their trip to Dunloy they will surely fancy their chances of doing so when their game in hand against St Comgall’s is rescheduled.
Tir na Nog do occupy sixth position at present and with the visit of Michael Davitt’s to complete their first phase programme the Whitehill residents will know that a full return of points will guarantee a place in the top section.
All Saint’s are on 9 points in seventh place and the Ballymena men do travel to the in-form Gort na Mona for their last game seeking a win and indeed requiring others to falter.
The Gorts are in a similar position as they play hosts to the South West side and again even if the West Belfast men take the points they will be dependent on results elsewhere.