ACMFL Division 1A
St. Mary’s Aghagallon 1-17 All Saints 0-10
Last night’s decisive victory over second place All Saints sees St. Mary’s Aghagallon claim this year’s Antrim ACMFL Division 1 title. St Mary’s have set the pace from early in the season when they defeated Kickham’s Creggan in Creggan and have never really looked like being headed.
Wins over Glenravel, Dunloy, Tir na Og and Cargin followed but they were pushed all the way by the Whitehill side and the lads from Toome in those games and still looked to have plenty to do if they were to claim the title.
At this stage of the season All Saints were going well as were St. Brigid’s and St. Gall’s but the Musgrave Park and Milltown sides were mixing good results with bad while St. Mary’s continued to rack up the victories.
St. James Aldergrove were next to fall to the lads from the Armagh border before they suffered their only defeat to St. Brigid’s on the 11th of September. All Saints had only dropped one point at this stage to Aldergrove but on the same night they were beaten by St. Gall’s at Quinn Park, having been defeated by the same side in the championship a week earlier at Milltown.
Three days later St. Mary’s defeated St. Gall’s to put themselves back into pole position so a win for All Saints was imperative last night if they were to hold out any hope of taking the league title. A win would have left them only a point behind Aghagallon with a game in hand and with a win in their final home game against Tir na nOg they could have won the league.
In truth that scenario never looked like becoming a reality as the Pairc na Gael side ran out convincing winners by ten points in a game they dominated for long periods and will now look forward to the championship where they will renew acquaintance with St. Gall’s in the semi-final at the start of October.