St Gall’s battle back but it may not be enough

Antrim Senior Hurling League Division 1 round-up

St Gall’s staged a late comeback to earn a share of the spoils against Ballycran at Milltown on Sunday but alas it probably won’t be enough to keep their survival hopes alive, for even if they were to win their remaining two games it would not be enough to see them survive. Things looked bleak for them on Sunday when they trailed by seven points with just ten minutes to play but a Sean McAreavey goal threw them a lifeline and points from Nial O’Neill, Kieran McGourty, Karl Stewart and Jackson McGreevy earned them a share of the spoils.

Ballygalget kept their hopes of survival alive when they travelled to Ballycastle and beat the ‘Town’ by 1-19 to 2-14 to complete a bad weekend for the McQuillan’s men. Ballygalget host St Gall’s on Wednesday evening and the Ards men need to win that game, and their final game against Rossa, and hope that results elsewhere go their way to avoid the drop. Ballycastle are not out of the woods yet either and it may well come down to their last game of the season on Tuesday week against St Gall’s to determine their fate.

In the top half of the table Dunloy put up another big score when beating Portaferry on Sunday, rattling in 5-23 to 0-18 from the home side to keep their 100% record intact.

Second place Loughgiel had a 0-20 to 0-10 win over a skeleton St John’s team at wet and windy Corrigan Park. The two will meet again in a few weeks’ time in the championship round robin so there was little given away in this game. Despite their weakened team St John’s had started well and were 0-3 to 0-2 ahead after seven minutes but the Shamrocks, who were also short a few regulars, rattled off ten points without reply to lead by 0-12 to 0-3 by half time. The second half was much more even with wind assisted St John’s adding seven points to Loughgiel’s eight but the damage was all done in the opening half.  

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