St John’s back in the big league, but will they go up as champions?


St John;s win over Portaferry secues promotion to the top flight next season

All County Hurling League Division 2

St John’s win over Portaferry in Division 2 of the All County Hurling League guarantees them promotion back to Division 1 where they will be joined Sunday’s opponents. They only thing to be decided now is who will go up as champions. The Johnnies have the edge now and are favourites to go on an win the league title, but both teams have difficult games in the run in so it is too early to hand out the trophies just yet.

St John’s still have to play St Gall’s at Corrigan Park on August 9th, Cloney Gaels in Ahoghill on August 16th before finishing their campaign at home to Carey Faughs on September 10th. Portaferry are at home to Glenariffe Oisins on August 13th before travelling to St Gall’s the following Wednesday evening. Their last game of the campaign is at home against Cloney Gaels on September 10th

Cloney Gaels defeat to Armoy on Sunday leaves them anchored to the bottom of the table and with three difficult games remaining they are most people’s favourites to make the drop. However the Ahoghill men never part anyone soft and while there is still a chance they will give it everything they have. Armoy’s win give them home of staying up and their home game against neighbours Carey Faughs on August 9th will be massive. Their last two games are away to Glenariffe and Randalstown so it they have a massive task on their hands, but John McArthur will be doing all in his power to keep them in Division 2. Before all that they also have the small matter of a championship meeting with last year’s beaten finalist St Enda’s on July 30th.

Carey Faughs are still far from safe either and much will depend on that meeting with Armoy. If they were to win that one you would fancy their chances of staying up, but if the result goes the other way, as it did in the home fixture earlier in the season, then they face tough games against Tir na nOg and St John’s in their remaining games.


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