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Review - Antrim ACHL Division 4

Updated: Dec 11, 2018


All Saints Ballymena captured by John 'Curly' McIlwaine before a match.

Division 4 of the Antrim Hurling league saw Bredagh take the title with a victory over Na Magha late in the season, with the Derry men also being promoted in 2nd place.


After drawing a blank last season, Loch Mór Dál gCais picked up their first ever league point with a draw against St Agnes', while returning All Saints' season continued well into the autumn as they went forward to the All-Ireland Junior B Championship.


1st - Bredagh GAC - 30pts

South Belfast side Bredagh took the title in some style with an overall score difference of +312, the highest in all four leagues, leading the nearest challengers Clooney Gaels by 114 points. Their tally of 60 goals was the highest in the leagues and they also recorded the highest points total.




Their solitary defeat came in Tyrone against Naomh Colum Cille back in April, but despite their dominance, the title was still in the balance until they saw off Na Magha by a single point at the beginning of October. Their solitary defeat came in Tyrone against Naomh Colum Cille back in April, but despite their dominance, the title was still in the balance until they saw off Na Magha by a single point at the beginning of October.Their solitary defeat came in Tyrone against Naomh Colum Cille back in April, but despite their dominance, the title was still in the balance until they saw off Na Magha by a single point at the beginning of October.


2nd - Na Magha - 26pts

With their season hit by the tragic death of Aodhán O'Donnell, the men from Ballyarnett had a significant backlog of fixtures to navigate when they resumed action midway through the season. In the end, the pursuit of the league title faltered when they suffered a single point defeat to Bredagh, but they were the third highest goal scorers in the whole Antrim league and clinched promotion to the 2019 Division 3. Deaglán Foley, Brendan Quigley and Alan Grant will relish the return to a higher level of hurling and the club will hope it provides a better platform for their talented youngsters.


3rd - Naomh Colum Cille - 22pts

The Tyrone men rolled up in 3rd place for the season and were the only side to defeat the champions, but losses against Bredagh, St Teresa's and twice to Na Magha proved costly in their hunt for promotion to Division 3. Trailing Con Magees on both score difference and goals scored, they made their important results count to gather enough points to finish above them in 3rd place.


4th - Con Magee's Glenravel - 19pts

After a disappointing 2017 season, Con Magees spent 2018 competing on a number of fronts, clinching the Division 3 Football League and Junior Football Championship, while also still involved in the U21 B Football Championship. Despite all this, they still registered the third highest overall score difference in the league and ranked third for goals scored. As well as this, they boasted the tightest defence in Division 4, conceding only 14 goals during the year.


5th - Naomh Treasa - 17pts

With the 5th highest amount of goals scored, the 5th highest amount of points scored and the 5th best goal difference, it was fitting that Naomh Treasa finished 5th. The Glen Road men exited the JHC at the Semi-Final stage, losing out to Division 3 side Glenarm, despite the best efforts of Phillip Maguire and Colm McGoldrick.


6th - All Saints' Ballymena - 14pts

Honours: Antrim Junior B Championship Winners


A fourth-from-bottom finish for All Saints on their first full season back in the Antrim Hurling leagues. They were able to welcome back Liam Cassley and Damian Gillan from their sojourn with Cloughmills, while half-back Ryan McGarry held the role of captain for Minor Hurling champions Dunloy. Still managing to finish the season with a positive overall score difference, they ranked 5th for overall scores conceded. The Ballymena men clinched the Junior B Championship and were invited to compete in the All-Ireland series hosted by the Killeedy Club in Limerick.


7th - Michael Davitt's - 8pts

Davitt's finished 7th in Division 4 with an overall score difference of -77, but they had five points to spare over their closest chasers St Agnes'. Their four victories saw double wins over Loch Mór Dál gCais and St Agnes', while they drew with 5th-placed St Teresa's. Despite the best efforts of Anthony Rowntree and Canice Mooney, they couldn't challenge the teams just above them.


8th - St Agnes' - 3pts

Despite reaching the Junior B Hurling final, where they were defeated by All Saints', this will go down as a poor season for the Aggies as they finished second-from-bottom, their only win coming against bottom side Loch Mór Dál gCais and they actually conceded one point more than the Crumlin men overall, only their greater scoring threat ensuring that their score difference was superior.


9th - Loch Mór Dál gCais - 1pt

The newest hurling club in the league, they had a tough season in 2017, not managing to pick up a single point. Their only league point to date came this season where they managed to get a draw at home to St Agnes. They had the lowest overall score difference in the league, but managed to concede one point less than their nearest rivals. The underage conveyor belt continues to turn though, and in a few years the side will reap the rewards of this hard work.


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Tickled your statistical taste buds? Have a read at our Division 3 Review here.