By Seamus McAleenan
SENIOR: DIVISION 2 LEAGUE
Dunloy 2-5 Brídíní Óga 3-14
Rossa 2-16 Ahoghill 2-9
Tír na nÓg 3-12 Ballycastle 3-10
The big movers in Division Two this week hav been Brídíní Óga Glenravel who are now very much in contention for a league final place from Section One after high scoring away wins over Ahoghill and Dunloy on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
In Ahoghill they hit the net five times with goals each for Maria McKenna, Niamh McKay, Aimee Traynor and Eimhear McAleenan as well as Dara Martin who came off the bench to snatch her major.
Then on Thursday evening they took the game to Dunloy in Pearse Park and came away with a 3-14 to 2-5 victory after the teams had drawn a couple of weeks ago in Glenravel. In fairness Dunloy lost a couple of players to senior grading in Tuesday evening’s championship encounter with Ballycastle, but they were under pressure for most of the game and were only in contention at the break due to goals from Mary Martin, a cracking score after 20 minutes, and Bríd Magill right on the half time whistle.
The visitors still led by 1-8 to 2-2 at the turnover with Molly Woulahan scoring the goal. Bronagh Laverty, Maria McKenna and Eimhear McAleenan added points on the re-start before a goal from Torie Edgar killed off Dunloy’s hopes of maintaining their unbeaten run.
Three points from Dearbhaill Elliot narrowed the gap, but the Glenravel girls finished strongly with another goal from Molly Woulahan.
In the same section Ahoghill bounced back from Tuesday evening’s defeat and led Rossa by 2-3 to 0-8 at the break on Thursday evening with Maura Downey, Caitriona Graham, Tara McDonnell and Niamh Neeson all working hard.
However second half goals from Emily McGurk and Natalie McGuinness pushed the boat out on Ahoghill while the points scoring of McGuinness (7) and Sarah Armstrong (4) was impressive.
Rossa now travel to Glenravel on Saturday evening (6.45pm) for a crunch game with the home side. If Brídíní Óga win they go level with Dunloy at the top of the table with a return fixture against Ahoghill remaining. On the other hand, if Rossa win then they will be in control of the group going into their final game with Dunloy, requiring a draw to progress to the league decider.
A winner takes all scenario was what lay in store in Randalstown for visiting Ballycastle in Section Two. Going into the game Tír na nÓg had dropped just a single point, in a draw with Loughgiel, while Ballycastle’s only blemish had been a narrow defeat to their opponents a couple of weeks ago in Ballycastle.
The home side eventually edged the game by 3-12 to 3-10, but at one stage they were well in control and leading by 11 points.
Again the accuracy of Áine Devlin was impressive; six of her seven points came from frees and she added two goals. Hannah Crilly scored the third goal for the home side and all over the pitch they were going well.
Niamh O’Neill then inspired a comeback for Ballycastle with a hat-trick of goals. She also scored six points. But it still came up two points short and Tír na nÓg are in the driving seat with two games each left. Ballycastle are tipped to take four points from their back-to-back games against Cargin, while Tír na nÓg also play Cargin and Loughgiel, but need just one win to make it into the final.
Elswhere Creggan sealed Division 3A with a fourth successive victory, their second of the week.
On Tuesday they saw off Cushendall by a margin of six points and followed that up on Thursday evening with a comfortable win over Armoy.
There was just one game in Division 3B, a win for Naomh Éanna against Davitt’s. Gort na Móna’s game was postponed because of a positive COVID case in the male end of the club. Gort lead the group with three straight victories, but cannot resume playing for a fortnight.
SENIOR: DIVISION 3A LEAGUE
Rasharkin 1-9 Cushendall 2-7
Creggan 5-11 Armoy 1-2
SENIOR: DIVISION 3B LEAGUE
Davitt’s 0-0 Naomh Éanna 5-12