Glenavy have one hand on the Division 2 trophy

by Geordie McGuckin

In Division Two ‘A’ St Joseph’s Glenavy appear to have asserted control on proceedings, and their recent winning performance down at Moneyglass has ensured a two point lead at the top of the table for the Chapel Hill residents. They also have a game in hand of the St Ergnat’s men and look on their way to the top grade in 2018. St Brigid’s occupy third place in the ratings on 17 points with Glengormley based St Enda’s following closely behind, all having accumulated 16 points apiece. St Brigid’s and St Enda’s have a game in hand over both Moneyglass and the Randalstown men however.

There are a few games to determine the outcome in this division but at the present moment Glenavy are almost assured of promotion and indeed likely to finish top of the pile as division two champions. The men from Chapel Hill are in a virtually unassailable position with a two point advantage and a game in hand over several others, and only a catastrophic finish will halt their onward march upwards. As to just which team will accompany them men on the upward trail it would be foolish to make any definite prediction at this juncture. However a win at St Brigid’s on Wednesday evening would guarantee them 1st Division football next season. The next four positions are separated by just three points but Moneyglass have the points in the bag at present and if the St Ergnat’s men can claim a full return from their remaining games they will join Glenavy in the top grade in 2018.

The remaining few weeks will sort this one out and the full list of fixtures to completion are as follows.

Wed 2nd August

St Brigid’s v Glenavy

Rasharkin v St Enda’s

Tir na Nog v Moneyglass

Sunday 13th August

Moneyglass v St Enda’s

Tir na Nog v St Brigid’s

Rasharkin v Glenavy

Sun 27th August

St Enda’s v Glenavy

In the B section of Division 2 Ardoyne have claimed the wooden spoon and the North Belfast men with just a single point this term look set for Division 3 fare in 2018. The Kickham’s side gained promotion from the lower division in stylish fashion last year but failure to acclimatise at the higher level cost them but they may well be back on the upward before long. Either St Comgall’s or Michael Davitt’s are likely to accompany the Ardoyne men on their downward journey at season’s end but the Antrim men did themselves a huge favour last time out in taking a full return from their trip to Dunloy. St Comgall’s have gone a point ahead of the Twinbrook men and a place outside the relegation zone and they look to have reached form at the right time. They complete their programme with home games against Gort na Mona and All Saints and an away trip to relegation candidates Ardoyne whilst Davitt’s visit Dunloy and play hosts to both Gort na Mona and All Saints. This one may well go right down to the wire with the Ardoyne v Antrim game on the final day deciding the outcome.

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