With Ardmore finished their league programme on 18 points from 12 games they can but wait to see what happens below them, Magherafelt Thirds on 17 points with one game in hand, Junior championship winners Doire Trasna on 16 points with two games in hand.
There are, however, potentially two races involving these three teams, Magherafelt Thirds involved with Ardmore and Doire Trasna in the battle for the two league final places, but only Ardmore and Doire Trasna now involved in the promotion play-off.
With Drum finished their league programme, Ardmore and Doire Trasna are the only two team that can now gain promotion, so they will meet in the Division 3 promotion final, no matter what happens in the two remaining games - Magherafelt Thirds v Doire Trasna (Sunday at Rossa Park at 1pm) and Doire Trasna v Doire Colmcille (Wednesday under lights, venue TBC).
If Doire Trasna beat Magherafelt Thirds that will rule Rossas out of contention for a title play-off, paving the way for Ardmore and Doire Trasna to meet in a one-off winner takes all game for automatic promotion and the league title, with the loser getting a second bite of the promotion cherry against the Division 2 relegation final winner.
That’s the straightforward part of the title equation, the complications setting in if the sides draw or Doire Trasna lose!
A draw would leave Magherafelt Thirds level on 18 points with both sides having completed their programme. However Doire Trasna could then join this duo on 18 points by beating Doire Colmcille in their final game!
That would leave three teams tied on 18 points!
In such circumstances the procedure would be ‘score difference’ but, as Magherafelt Thirds gained two points from a ‘walkover’ against Magilligan, then their ‘score difference’, which is inferior to the other two, cannot therefore be measured.
After that it becomes even more complicated. More about that after the Doire Trasna v Rossas game!