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Loose Ends Tied In Derry Division 1A & B

Division 1B Champions John Mitchell's Claudy. Pic: Claudy Facebook.

Promotion and relegation were confirmed over the weekend in Derry's second flight, with the main business of Division 1A conducted during the week.

H & A Mechanical Division 1A

With Slaughtneil sweeping to league glory in midweek and the relegation battle already over, there was little at stake in Division 1A over the weekend.

Ballinascreen and Ballinderry began the weekend action on Friday evening, with the visitors taking a 1-14 to 1-13 victory back to the Loughshore.

Relegated duo Dungiven and Banagher continued championship preparation on Saturday afternoon with St Mary’s suffering a 0-11 to 4-11 defeat at home to Magherafelt. There was a more positive afternoon for St Canice’s, who showed fine goalscoring form to secure a 4-12 to 2-18 draw with Bellaghy at Páirc Uí Chatháin.

That left just two fixtures for Sunday afternoon, where Swatragh rounded off an encouraging season with a 2-10 to 0-10 victory over county champions Eoghan Rua, while The Loup pipped Lavey 2-14 to 1-16 in Lavey.

H & A Mechanical Division 1B

Claudy’s Division 1B title was already in the trophy cabinet and with it their promotion and Newbridge ensured that they will accompany them on the journey with a 6-17 to 2-12 victory over Faughanvale.

The league champions’ season ended in a 3-10 to 2-15 defeat in Dumsurn, while Foreglen and Steelstown played out a 1-14 apiece draw.

Kilrea’s 0-12 to 0-09 win at home to Castledawson ensured their 3rd place finish and left St Malachy’s in danger of relegation, but a combination of results contrived to condemn Ballymaguigan to Division 2.

St Trea’s delivered the result they needed in a 3-21 to 1-12 win over Limavady, but Glenullin’s 1-19 to 2-12 victory away to Greenlough meant that Ballymaguigan, Glenullin and Castledawson all finished on equal league points.

On score difference, there was relegation heartbreak for St Trea’s.