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Antrim ACFL Title Race to Run to Final Week

Just one round remains in the Antrim ACFL and the destination of the title for the top two division is still unknown. Here's this weekend's round-up.

Things are tightening up at the top of Division 1A as the title race heads for its final round. With leaders Cargin not in action over the weekend, holders Creggan had the chance to move top, but their trip to Corrigan Park ended in defeat as St John’s triumphed 4-14 to 0-12.

An Erin’s Own win over Portglenone in their game in hand would set up a huge final game against Kickham’s in a repeat of last year’s championship final. The Creggan side would need to win by at least ten points to take the title on head-to-head score difference.

Should Cargin lose to Casements though, any Creggan win would do, while the door would also be slightly ajar for St John’s and St Gall’s.

Elsewhere in 1A, Lámh Dhearg came back from Milltown Row with two league points after a 3-13 to 3-11 victory.

After their crucial Friday night win over St Teresa’s, Naomh Éanna climbed out of the drop-zone with a 4-17 to 1-16 win over Ahoghill, who return to the play-off spot heading into the final round. Both will face the top two sides in 1B, with the Hightown men travelling to Aghagallon and St Mary’s having to go to Páirc Mhic Ionnrachtaigh to face Gort na Móna.

The Turf Lodge men copper-fastened their Division 1 status yesterday with a 5-10 to 0-10 win over St Brigid’s, who will face a nervy final game with relegated St Teresa’s on the Glen Road. The Malone Road men are not out of danger yet – an Ahoghill victory combined with a defeat could yet send them into the play-off place.

In Division 2A, All Saints inflicted only a second defeat of the season on Rossa, whose wait to lift the title will roll on another week. The Ballymena sided triumphed by 2-16 to 1-16, while Moneyglass were 2-14 to 1-12 winners at home to Tír na nÓg to leave them only one point behind the Shaw’s Road men, who albeit have a game in hand.

The two sides will meet in the next round where a St Ergnat’s win would send them into the automatic promotion slot, but Rossa would have one more shot at redemption with a last-gasp trip to Whitehill and Tír na nÓg on Monday 19th August.

In the bottom half, Rasharkin’s play-off place was finally confirmed after Lisburn lost 1-14 to 1-08 against Glenavy, while Davitt’s earned an impressive 3-10 to 0-13 victory at Falls’ Park against Aldergrove.

St Paul’s appear to have clinched the Division 3 title after yesterday’s 4-16 to 0-03 win in Ballycastle, despite victories for Ardoyne and St Comghall’s over St Malachy’s and Éire Óg. The Shaw’s Road men have the head-to-head advantage on Antrim and the head-to-head score difference on Kickham’s.

St Agnes’ defeated O’Donnell’s 3-14 to 1-17 in yesterday’s other game.