Vital final round league win for Loughmacrory at Kildress. Playoff detail to follow…
Loughmacrory St. Teresa’s pulled off a hugely important victory in the final round of the All County League Division 2 campaign when they travelled to Kildress to win out on a 1-13 to 0-13 scoreline.
The result means that at the bottom of Division 2, Killeeshil are automatically relegated while Rock will meet the team who are third from bottom in a relegation playoff tie. (of course whoever loses that final relegation tie between Rock and 3rd from bottom will be automatically relegated while whoever wins that tie will then have to meet the winners of the Division 3 promotion playoffs to decide who will end the campaign in Division 2 for next year).
As it stands Loughmacrory are now in a three-way tie with Urney and Gortin on 12 league points after all league matches are played. Initially it was thought that Urney would go into the relegation playoff as they lost both their head-to-heads with Loughmacrory and Gortin. However, a stipulation in the rules which saw Gortin awarded the league points in today’s game against Rock, means that Loughmacrory, Urney and Gortin will firstly go into a relegation playoff.
It would seem that Gortin will play Urney in an initial playoff game. Winner retains Division 2 status with loser then playing Loughmacrory in an ensuing playoff game. A win for Loughmacrory in that game will mean Division 2 status secured while a loss will mean a further playoff against Rock.
ACL Division 2 Relegation Playoff
Sunday 25th October at 2:45pm: Gortin v Urney
Here is the match review from Teamtalkmag.com from today’s game and a link below to a review of the days action from Division 2.
Kildress 0-13 Loughmacrory 1-13
Loughmacrory travelled to Gortacladdy knowing anything less victory would not suffice and they produced probably their best display of the season to earn the win that leaves them in a three way playoff at the bottom of division two.
The home side had already secured their place in the promotion playoffs but they started the game in determined mood and raced into a five point lead (0-8 to 0-3) courtesy of scores from Damian Kelly, Des Treacy and Martin Grimes. However Loughmacrory settled to the task and finished the half strongly to narrow the deficit with Aaron Kelly, Cathal Donaghy and Ciaran Ward all finding the target. A goal early in the second half from Ciaran Ward quickly followed by points from Ronan Ward and Niall Grimes put the visitors in pole position. Four Frank McGurk points closed the gap but a couple of Cathal Donaghy minors sealed the win for the visitors.
Kildress scorers – Des Treacy 0-5, Frank McGurk 0-4, Damian Kelly 0-2, Martin Grimes 0-2
Loughmacrory scorers – Ciaran Ward 1-3, Cathal Donaghy 0-3, Aaron Kelly 0-2, Ronan Ward 0-2, Ryan O’Brien 0-1, Niall Grimes 0-1, Niall Donaghy 0-1