Football Leagues Nearing Conclusion

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Division 1 Winners, Erin’s Own cargin

The football leagues are nearing conclusion and indeed more than a few questions have been answered as to those winners and those who have cause to celebrate success, but a few issues are yet to be resolved.

 

In division One John Brennan’s Cargin have claimed the title and the Eddie Fitzsimmon’s Memorial trophy will reside in the Shore road for another term.

The Toome men have been almost utterly dominant on the league score for over a generation and their 2017 success will see them division one champions for the 22nd time.

The Erin’s Own men do have a game remaining to complete the programme but the trip to Hannahstown on Sunday next, 13th August will have no bearing on final placings.

Creggan, who finished second to their near neighbours in 2016 remained in with a shout before losing to St John’s last time as did St Gall’s before the Milltown men bowed out of contention when being beaten by Lamh Dearg.

 

The B section has been a task to avoid relegation and despite giving it a real lash, and the recording of a couple of excellent returns, including a win recorded against Creggan, St Paul’s are set for a return to the second division again.

The Shaw’s road side having secured promotion last term struggled to adjust to life in their new niche in 2017, but they are more than capable of making a quick return upwards.

The question as to which team will accompany St Paul’s on the downward has yet to be answered with either Aldergrove or Ahoghill involved in the struggle.

Both the sides involved have gathered 10 points thus far but the Crumlin men have a game in hand and they will travel down to Portglenone on Monday evening and a win there would most certainly give them the upper hand.

In any event the relegation candidates are scheduled to meet up at Crumlin on Sunday next, 13th August and the outcome of this one will answer the question.

 

St Joseph’s Glenavy have impressed this term and as reward the ‘Chapel Hill’ residents are set to claim a place at the top table again in 2018 as they will return to division one again as league two champions.

Glenavy will travel to Glengormley to take on St Enda’s to complete their league programme four points clear of the pack with the result of that one having no bearing.

St Ergnat’s Moneyglass are favoured to take the upward trail alongside the St Joseph’s men but although the Marian Hill residents hold second place at present and have secured a three point gap over third placed St Enda’s the issue is not resolved as yet.

Moneyglass do play hosts to the Hightown residents next week and a win over their visitors will ensure they will take a place in the top division in 2018.

 

Ardoyne, despite a recent revival and a win gained over Dunloy are destined to return to life in the third division in 2018.

The North Belfast based Kickham’s really impressed last term when they completed as division three champions to earn promotion but failure to consolidate in their new berth has seen them on a quick return.

The question as to which team will accompany Ardoyne on the downward trail as yet remains unresolved with this resting between Michael Davitt’s and St Comgall’s.

The Twinbrook based Davitt’s have advantage over the Antrim men as they have a point in hand and a game less played.

Davitt’s have fixtures waiting to complete, but both assignments look difficult as they travel out to Dunloy on 13th August and play hosts to All Saint’s on 27th August with success in either ensuring status in the second grade.

St Comgall’s, travel to Belfast next week to meet up with Ardoyne on 13th August and the Antrim men need a victory and hope Davitt’s fail in their assignments.

 

Division Three has seen the top placing go be the form book as Patrick Sarsfield’s claimed the title and the Stewartstown road side the unanimous choice of the Pundits will return post haste to the second grade in 2018.

The Paddies did occupy the position of warm favourites and only lost a single game throughout the campaign and are worthy division three champions.

The battle to accompany the Sarsfield’s on the upward way has been secured by Cardinal O’ Donnell’s who have celebrated their 90th year in existence with a hard earned promotion.

The Mc Crory Park residents had an excellent season with their 4-10 to 2-09 win gained over third placed Glenravel in early June pivotal on their way to promotion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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