Division 2 promotion race to go down to the wire

 

ACHL Division 2 Round Up

The battle for promotion to division 1 of the ACHL looks like going right down to the wire and following last night’s round of fixtures Ballycastle look well on their way to securing promotion and indeed top spot.

McQuillan’s proved just too strong for bottom placed Armoy last night but were never the less pushed most of the way by the Glen Rovers but eventually secured a five point win thanks in no small way to the excellent free taking of Diarmuid McShane who finished with a personal tally of 1-12.

St. Brigid’s Cloughmills had put a good run together as they travelled into the city to face St. Gall’s at the bog meadow but the Milltown Row side handed out quite a hammering to the North Antrim side to avenge an early season defeat and climb above them into second place.

St. Gall’s now look slight favourites for second place but they face two tricky away games, starting with a visit to Oisins Glenariffe on Sunday, the home side desperately in need of points. They then travel to St. Enda’s and finish with home games against Ballycastle and Sarsfields.

Tir na nOg are handily placed should St. Gall’s slip up and last night they turned in another fine performance to beat the visiting Glenariffe, pushing the sea siders back into the bottom two with Kevin Sheerin, Ryan O’Neill , Pearse Sheerin and Sean Duffin leading the charge.

Despite last night’s defeat St. Brigid’s are still well in the hunt and can keep themselves in the hunt if they can secure the points at home to Sarsfields on Sunday followed by trips to Glenariffe next Wednesday night and a visit to Glen Rovers. St. Brigid’s campaign finished with a visit to McQuillan’s and to date they are the only side who have taken a point of the Ballycastle men.

St. Enda’s win at the Bear Pit last night keeps them in the hunt for second place but they are not entirely safe yet, only two points above Sarsfields and another two above Glenariffe with Glen Rovers requiring something of a miracle to avoid the drop.

Oisins travelled to Whitehill last night hoping to improve on a recent good run of form but came up against a Tir na nOg side firing on all cylinders and continuing the improvement they have shown all year with the Randalstown side running out convincing winners by 3-16 to 2-8

Tír na nÓg 3.16 (25)

Glenariffe 2.8 (14)

Tír na nÓg team and scorers v Glenariffe.

  1. R. Graham 2. M. Higgins 3. K. Kerr 4. B. Kerr 5. T. Martin 6. C. Duffin 7. D. Martin 8. C. Fitzgerald 9. C. Duffin 10. R. O’Neill 11. P. Sheerin 12. C. Logan 13. S. Duffin 14. K. Sheerin 15. R. O’Neill 17. S. Carey 19. C. McKeown 20. K. McCann 21. C. Loughran 22. D. O’Kane

 

Subs used: K. McCann for D. Martin, C. McKeown for K. Kerr, S. Carey for C. Duffin

 

Scorers: K. Sheerin (0.7- 5 Frees), R. O’Neill (2.0), P. Sheerin (0.3), S. Duffin (0.3), K. McCann (1.0), C. Logan (0.1), C. Duffin (0.1),

  1. Fitzgerald (0.1)

 

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