It’s play off time right now with three games down for decision this weekend, one in each division.
O’Cahan Park, Dungiven (1.30pm) tomorrow will be the venue for the relegation shoot-out in H&A Mechanical Services Division 2 between Doire Trasna and Moneymore. The loser will be automatically relegated to Division 3 for the 2013 season while the winner will await the runner up in the Division 3 promotion final between Ardmore and Glack.
That Division 3 League Play-off will take place at O’Brien Park, Foreglen at 5.15pm on Sunday.
Both Ardmore and Glack sides finished all square with Magherafelt Thirds at the end of the league programme, a three-team round robin series then needed to determine the final pairing. In the play-off games, Glack and Magherafelt Thirds ended all square, Ardmore beat Magherafelt Thirds and Glack beat Ardmore, with Glack and Ardmore reaching the final. Both teams disappointed in the championship but both now have another chance to collect silverware in this league play-off. The sides will also meet in the promotion play off.
Looking at the Division Two relegation play-off, Moneymore won their games with Drumsurn, Desertmartin and significantly by 4-10 to 0-13 against Doire Trasna and finished two points adrift in meetings with Castledawson, Ballymaguigan and Newbridge. Doire Trasna tasted victory once, against Faughanvale, but also put in some good displays, going down by two points to championship semi finalists Castledawson.
There might not be a lot between the sides at the final whistle but Moneymore are favourites to take a step towards Intermediate survival.
In the U18 ‘B’ league final Coleraine and Loup meet at noon on Sunday at Davitt Park, Swatragh. Loup came from 4-08 to 0-03 behind at half time to beat Ballinascreen in a play off to qualify for the final and will be fancied to complete a league and championship double over Owen Roes.
Automatic relegation faces the loser of the H&A Mechanical Services Division 1 Relegation Play-off at Davitt Park, Swatragh (1.45pm) between Glen and Greenlough.
Glen finished bottom of the table after 15 rounds on five points thanks t wins over Lavey and Craigbane and a draw with Loup. Greenlough finished one point above Glen with three wins against Steelstown, Lavey and a 0-1 4 to 0-7 victory against Glen.
While they finished in the bottom two they did put up a few excellent displays against higher placed teams. There will not be a lot between the sides on previous form and that could be reflected in the final score,
Craigbane and Claudy will meet in the replay of the U14 ‘B’ championship at Fr. McNally Park, Banagher on Sunday at noon.