Football leagues building towards a big finish

Sars 2

Sarsfields are the first team in the football leagues to have secured a title so far after clinching Division 3 honours at the weekend

Fixtures for Wednesday 26th July

The end line is approaching fast in the football leagues and another list is prepared for the matinee slot on Wednesday evening in divisions, one, two and three.

The issue is resolved in the third level with Sarsfield’s having secured the silverware as league champions and they will be accompanied on the upward journey to the second division in 2018 by O’ Donnell’s.

The Paddies having endured relegation from the second grade last term but the Stewartstown road men did not take long in plotting the return journey and have impressed with their progress this season.

Mc Crory Park residents Cardinal O’ Donnell’s have been knocking on the door for a few years now and last Sunday’s win over the Aggies was enough to secure promotion, a great achievement in this their 90th year.

The race for the silverware in the first division opened up a bit on Sunday when St Gall’s secured victory over the pace setters Cargin.

The Toome men still retain advantage, albeit by the minimum, and with two out of their remaining three games at home they still look favourites.

At the other end of the table in the B section, Ahoghill lost out to St Paul’s at their Clooney venue on Sunday and they do look in some trouble.

The St Mary’s men remain on 7 points one ahead of St Paul’s and the same behind Aldergrove.

Glenavy looked to have taken a long step towards the top division next term when they gained the points in the ‘top of the table’ clash at Moneyglass.

The Chapel Hill residents earned a two point lead in that one and they look focused on a return to the top grade.

Moneyglass remain in second place and still look possible promotion contenders but the chasing pack remain in close contact.

In the B section where relegation is the issue St Comgall’s did themselves a favour at the weekend and a home win gained over Michael Davitt’s ensures they have a fighting chance in the battle to secure status.

The Antrim men remain second from bottom a point in arrears of the Twinbrook men, and with Ardoyne in some trouble at the bottom having gained just a point for their endeavours thus far, the last few games will prove interesting.

Wed 26th July

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Cargin still top Division 1 but they face a tough home game against St John’s

Division One A (second phase) at 8.15

Cargin v St John’s

Having lost out to the visiting St Gall’s at the week-end Cargin’s lead at the top has been reduced to the minimum.

The Toome men are back on their own sod again as they play hosts to the Johnnies in this one and John Brennan’s men will be seeking a return to the positive again.

The St John’s men have been in good form this term and they will be travelling to the South West seeking a full return.

The Corrigan men are certainly in the hunt for honours and followed an opening win recorded over St Gall’s with success gained at Hannahstown on Sunday to underline current well being.

This may well be a close one with home advantage possibly tipping the advantage Cargin’s way.

St Gall’s v Aghagallon

St Gall’s came away from stronghold Toome with a win over the reigning league champions on Sunday last and the feel-good factor is at a high.

They will look to continue in such mode again as they play hosts to the men from Aghagallon.

The St Mary’s side have done well in their new niche thus far in 2017 and will look forward to this trip to Milltown.

St Gall’s will start as firm favourites and they should claim the points.

Creggan v Lamh Dhearg

Kickham’s Creggan are back in the hunt for league honours and following a good win gained over Aghagallon at the latter’s venue last time out they will return to the Staffordstown road to await the visit of Lamh Dhearg.

Kevin Madden’s men do have a couple of tough looking assignments to follow this one and they will seek a full return here prior to trips to Milltown and Corrigan Park.

Lamh Dhearg do seem to be struggling somewhat of late as they continue with a few on the long term injury list.

The Hannahstown men are capable of better than recent form does suggest and will hope for better as they take the South West route.

Creggan will start this one as favourites and they can gain a full return.

Division One B (second phase) at 8.15

Ahoghill v St Teresa’s

Having lost out on their home soil to the visiting St Paul’s last time St Mary’s Ahoghill require a return to form in this one as they look to banish the dark cloud of relegation from Clooney.

The home side reside second from the bottom in the ratings and will seek better than previous as they welcome the Glen road men to their abode.

St Teresa’s did take a time to get it together this term but seem in form at the moment.

The Glen road side lead the way in the ratings in the B section and will travel down to country in a positive mode.

Ahoghill really need the points in this one and if they can reclaim the sort of form which saw them gain a win over Casement’s the Clooney men may well gain the day.

Rossa v St Paul’s

Having gained the points last time when they recorded an away win at Ahoghill St Paul’s will look to add another brace of points here as they step over their pitch boundary into the home of their next door neighbours, Rossa.

St Paul’s reside at the bottom of the heap and require a strong late rally if they are to retain status.

Rossa have proved quite enigmatic thus far in 2017 but when in the mood the dual club are more than capable.

This could prove a close on and indeed the possibility of a draw cannot be ruled out.

Division Two A (second phase) at 8.15

Tir na Nog v Rasharkin

This all South West affair sees St Mary’s Rasharkin visit Whitehill with both the home side and their guests having tasted the sweet fruits of victory last time.

Rasharkin celebrated victory gained over the visiting St Brigid’s while the Randalstown men had a similar return over St Enda’s.

Both are in form and this may well be a close one with ground advantage possibly aiding Damien Hagan’s charges to victory.

St Enda’s v Glenavy

Glenavy are really firing on all cylinders at present and they lead the way in the division seemingly focused on a return to the top table.

They proved just too strong for the previously in-form Moneyglass last time and will take the road up to Glengormley and the Hightown road in a positive mood.

St Enda’s do seem to have slipped a little of late and last week-end’s defeat endured at Randalstown has seen them fall five points behind the front running home side in this one.

The St Joseph’s men are flying high at the moment and they may well add another couple of points here to aid them on the onward.

Moneyglass v St Brigid’s

St Ergnat’s Moneyglass were seemingly knocked out of stride last time when they failed to cope with the challenge posed by the visiting Glenavy.

They still reside in second place in the ratings however and will look to regain composure here as South Belfast based St Brigid’s pay a visit.

St Brigid’s were favoured by more than a few to take honours in this division this term and although they have dropped a little off the pace they are certainly still in contention.

The city men cannot afford to lose many more points however after enduring defeat down at Rasharkin last time and they will return to the South West again looking a better return.

Another close on in prospect, with Moneyglass tipped to regain winning ways and the points.

Division Two B (second phase) at 8.15

Dunloy v St Comgall’s

Cuchullian’s Dunloy have proved more than a little enigmatic with their returns this term.

The dual club are certainly capable when in the mood however and will look to gain the points here as relegation haunted St Comgall’s come calling.

Antrim based St Comgall’s are on the road looking for points to secure status but they may well have to await for another day as a home win looks most likely in this one.

Gort na Mona v Ardoyne

Kickham’s Ardoyne have failed to secure a win and a full return of points as yet in 2017 and the North Belfast side do look at the probability of a return to basement fare in 2018.

Gort na Mona did just miss out on a place in the A section and they have gained in improvement this term.

The Gorts will start as firm favourites here and should gain the win.

Division Three at 7.30 pm

Mc Quillan’s v Glenravel

The Con Magees men have borne the cost for a dip in form in the latter stages of the league and are destined to finish just out of the money in third position and missing out on promotion.

They will continue to conclusion however and can take another couple of points here as the visit Ballycastle.

Sarsfield’s v O’ Donnell’s

This one involves the winners and the runners up in the division as Sarsfields, the division three league champions elect play hosts to the second placed men from O’ Donnell’s.

The Paddies may well secure another win.

Eire Og v St Patrick’s

Lisburn based St Patrick’s have been faring quite well this term and they may well secure another couple of points here at the expense of Eire Og.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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