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Leaders Still Out in Front in Derry ACFL

Things are tightening up at the top of all three Derry ACFL divisions, with the gridlock particularly dense in Division 1B and 2. The number of draws is also increasing as the intensity rises in all divisions.

After their neighbours Slaughtneil had moved top of Derry ACFL Division 1 by beating Lavey on Saturday evening, Watty Graham’s Glen returned to the summit with a 2-17 to 1-16 win over a battling Banagher.

Swatragh stayed third as they edged a tight battle with Bellaghy by two points on a scoreline of 0-15 to 1-10 at Páirc Shean de Brún, while Ballinderry lost some ground on the top three, going down 0-14 to 0-12 to Magherafelt at Páirc Rosa.

St Canice’s Dungiven travelled to Ballinascreen and came within three points of their second victory of the season, St Colm’s second goal proving the difference as they won 2-13 to 1-13. The Loup lost out to a travelling Eoghan Rua, with the county champions’ goal-scoring touch helping them to a 3-15 to 0-15 victory.

The top four in Division 1B underwent something of a reshuffle over the weekend, but as the sun set on Sunday evening Claudy remained in the top spot after a 3-24 to 1-08 win over bottom side Limavady Wolfhounds.

Newbridge end the weekend in 2nd place after they defeated Steelstown 1-14 to 2-07 at Páirc Bríd on Saturday, while on the same afternoon, Greenlough went 3rd with a 0-12 to 0-11 win over Foreglen, leapfrogging their opponents in the process.

Faughanvale and St Malachy’s Casteldawson shared the points in a 1-14 apiece draw at John McLaughlin Park, the north Derry men failing to take advantage of Glenullin’s previous draw with Ballymaguigan. As you were at the bottom.

Desertmartin’s 2-11 to 1-08 win over Lissan on Saturday moved them into 3rd place as the gridlock at the top of Derry Division 2 shows no sign of abating.

Top two sides Slaughtmanus and Doire Trasna proved inseparable in a low scoring 1-07 to 0-10 draw, a result that still leaves St Mary’s trailing by a single point, while in the day’s other game Glack took a good away win from Moneymore on a scoreline of 1-18 to 0-11.