by Geordie McGuckin
The holiday period most probably had an impact on the progress of the minor leagues, or rather the lack of such as only five games went ahead last evening with only a couple of games in Division one and three in Division 2.
In Division one St Mary’s Aghagallon are now sitting on top of the heap with last night’s victory gained over the visiting Cargin enabling them to leap frog over Rossa, and Creggan who were not in action.
Aghagallon, who last week were comprehensively beaten by Sean Stinsons bounced back very well as they lowered the colours of the Erin’s Own Cargin with a 2-09 to 0-06 victory.
The Toome boys had in fact recorded a fine win over Rossa in the last round to bring an end to a previously unbeaten run enjoyed to by the Shaw’s road residents but it seems JC Devlin’s charges were forced to travel short in personnel due to holiday arrangements.
Sean Stinson’s remain in close proximity to the goings on at the top of the table after they gained a good away win over St Enda’s last evening.
The Casement’s-Ahoghill combination, who have only lost on a single occasion this term, took the verdict at Hightown on what looked a difficult assignment coming home with an impressive 4-20 to 3-05 verdict.
All Saint’s have failed to impress so far in the league with only a couple of positive returns prior to last evening, but they really did get it right this time out as they scored a comprehensive victory gained over Glenavy.
The Ballymena side recorded their third win of the season with a 1-23 to 0-06 victory gained on at Chapel Hill over a St Joseph’s side which had shown improvement in their last couple of outings.
Aghagallon lead the way in the division at present a couple of points ahead of the chasing pack of Rossa, Creggan, and Sean Stinson’s but the those three have a couple of games in hand. Cargin, St Brigid’s, and Glenavy remain on eight points, All Saint’s gathered six points with St Gall’s, Tir na Nog, and St Enda’s on two whilst Lamh Dhearg are the only side not to register as yet.
In the second division just a couple of games proceeded last evening and of those completed St James Aldergrove made most of the opportunity to move to the top of the table.
The Crumlin side proved too strong for the visiting Gort na Mona side crossing the line with a 4-20 to 2-08 victory to take them ahead of Dunloy and Moneyglass in the ratings on score difference.
Moneyglass were due to meet up with Rasharkin last evening but the game was postponed at a late stage while Dunloy were not scheduled to play. Neither the St Ergnat’s side, nor the Cuchullian’s have endured a defeat to date with their six outings bringing twelve points apiece.
Antrim based St Comgall’s are doing well this term and they added another brace of points to move on to a tally of eight thus far when the recorded a 6-15 to 0-03 win over Clann na Gael
Aldergrove now top the table on score difference over Dunloy and Moneyglass all on twelve points with the latter duo each having a game in hand.
St Comgall’s and Gort na Mona are both on eight points, ahead of Clann na Gael on four.
St John’s are on a couple of points as are Rasharkin, Glenravel, and St Malachy’s at the foot of the table.