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Destination Unknown


In exactly the kind of situation you'd ideally avoid (see my previous post In Search of Fixture Utopia) the destination of the O'Neill's Antrim ACFL titles are still undecided, despite all three championships reaching a climax in the next fortnight.


This Sunday, however has the potential to influence the resting place of the league trophies for the next twelve months.


Division 1

One relegation place remains to be settled in Division 1, with Rossa sitting in the precarious position of having to win both their remaining games and pray that St Teresa's lose both of theirs.


On Sunday the Glen Road men travel to Naomh Éanna, who are in the midst of preparation for an IFC Final against Gort na Móna and are unlikely to risk too many of their key men in a dead rubber encounter.


Rossa themselves host St Mary's Aghagallon in a game that will bring the curtain down on the visitors' season, with the Shaw's Road men's Division 1 status hanging by the thinnest of threads.


At the top, county finalists Kickham's Creggan are all but home and dry, and face a championship rehearsal at home to Erin's Own Cargin. The two met in the O'Cahan Cup earlier in the season with the Kickham's victorious, but this has the air of a weigh-in for the main event next week.


Should Creggan slip up and St Gall's claim victory at home to Lámh Dhearg, then the title race will go down to the final day, with the possibility that head-to-head results could decide the champions.


Division 2

Relegation in this one is more clear cut, with O'Donnell's relegated in negative numbers and St Paul's joining them after their defeat at the Bear Pit in the last round of games.


At the top, however, things are more interesting with leaders St Brigid's, Tír na nÓg, Naomh Séamas and Gort na Móna all still in the hunt.


That said, a win for St Brigid's at Páirc Mhic Ionnrachtaigh would see take a major step towards the title, with Naomh Séamas and Tír na nÓg facing off at Whitehill. Should the Randalstown men navigate that particular challenge with a win, it could set up an exciting finale with St Brigid's on Saturday 27th October.


Division 3

Arguably the most competitive league in the county this season, the ACFL Division 3 race has veered from side to side throughout, with four teams also in with a shout of landing the title. This weekend, however, there is the potential for four to become three.


Ardoyne sit in pole position, equal on 26 points with newly-crowned JFC champions Con Magee's Glenravel who sit in second place. Naomh Pádraig and Naomh Comhghall sit behind them with a game in hand on 24 and 23 points respectively.


The Con Magee's men can end the Naomh Comhghall interest in the title this weekend should they emerge victorious from their home encounter in Glenravel, while Naomh Pádraig and the Kickham's would be fancied to pick up points against Laochra Loch Lao and Éire Óg.


With the top four to meet each other next Sunday, this week's matches are about staying in the hunt for the final push.


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