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D-Day in Antrim ACHL

Naomh Éanna and Gort na Móna will try once again to secure their league titles in this evening's final round of the Antrim ACHL, with both requiring only a point to clinch automatic promotion.

The scythe is ready to swing at the bottom of Division 1 too, with three sides still sweating over that relegation play-off spot.

The attention turns to the bottom half of Division 1 as the relegation battle reaches a climax. Already-relegated St Gall’s travel to face Ballycastle who would welcome a win to guarantee Division 1 hurling next season.

Chasing them are Down side Ballygalget who host the other side in danger, O’Donovan Rossa, on the Ards Peninsula. The hosts know a win will be enough to see them exit the relegation zone, but at whose expense?

Two crucial games in Division 2A this evening as the title race will finally be decided. In pole position lie Naomh Éanna, who simply require a point as they host Eoghan Ruadh Dungannon in Hightown to lift the league trophy and secure automatic promotion in the process.

At the same time, Sarsfield’s welcome Carey Faughs to the Bear Pit, where a win is non-negotiable if they are to stand any chance of the title. There will be half an eye on Hightown to see if the Tyrone men can do them a favour.

In Division 2B, Glen Rovers can secure their play-off place with a minimum of a draw as they welcome Oisín Glenariffe to Armoy. A loss for the Rovers would open the door for Cloughmills to regain the play-off position tomorrow night with a win over Tír na nÓg.

St Paul’s and Gort na Móna face off in a local derby that will decide the destination of the Division 3 title. The Shaw’s Road men need a win by more than seven points to secure the league and the prize of automatic promotion to Division 2. The Turf Lodge side only need a draw.

In 3A’s other game, Cushendun and Bredagh meet on the north coast. Neither can alter their league position with a result but will both be keen to continue momentum towards their respective championship campaigns.

In Division 3B, Cúchullain’s 3-17 to 0-14 win over Na Magha on Sunday means that there is little to play for except pride. The Derry men will warm-up for a relegation/promotion play-off with a trip to Dreen to face Rasharkin, who are guaranteed to finish top of 3B regardless of the result.

Lámh Dhearg are set to welcome Cúchullain’s Armagh to Hannahstown with their relegation already confirmed.

In the ACFL’s one game this evening, there is a clash of single-code clubs are Cargin look to take a two-point lead into their title decider with parish neighbours Creggan next week. If the Toome side are successful, Creggan would need to win by more than ten points to retain their title.

Should Erin’s Own lose out this evening to Casement’s Portglenone however, the game will enter a winner-takes-all situation. There will be Kickham’s eyes on Páirc Uí Chatháin tonight.

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