Magical Magherafelt finish on top of the pile

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Division One round up

The H&A Mechanical Division One League was completed at the week end and it has been completed on schedule and in record time.

Magherafelt have been the surprise team finishing level on 28 points from 15 games level with Ballinderry but the fact that they beat Ballinderry along the way leaves them on top spot.

The only blip in Magherafelt’s programme was an away defeat to Kilrea. Including the championship the Rossas have played sixteen games under new manager Gary Coleman and won fifteen.

The two teams who will play off in a promotion/relegation play off at the bottom are Greenlough managed by Coleman last year and Glen. In the top three play off for the league title Magherafelt and Ballinderry will be joined by Slaughtneil who dropped six points with defeats by Magherafelt and Loup. At the week end they were to travel to Ballinderry but conceded as both are big players in the forthcoming championship.

The surprise team at the lower end of the league has been Steelstown, many expected them to slip back to Division Two after one season but they have finished on ten points level with the other promoted team Steelstown and below them are Lavey, Greenlough and Glen.

There were a few concessions due to nothing being at stake, Slaughtneil with a place in the play off stages already assured conceded to Ballinderry while Lavey just above the danger zone conceded to Coleraine.

At the start of the week Greenlough caused a bit of a shock by beating their neighbours and championship opponents Lavey 2-9 to 1-9. This was something of a historic win for the Clady men. However any hope the had of avoiding the relegation play off ended at Rossa Park where the leaders Magherafelt beat them comfortable by 2-13 to 0-11

Glen also lost their last chance of salvation when they were narrowly beaten at home by Banagher in a high scoring and entertaining game 3-11 to 3-9. In their last outing they travelled to Bellaghy where they went down by 2-15 to 0-10.

Local rivals Banagher and Dungiven finished level with the Feeny men scoring 1-11 to Dungiven’s 0-14.

There was a free scoring game at Loup where they beat Kilrea by 0-22 to 1-12. this win gives Loup their highest league position in years, they finished fourth.

Craigbane’s long losing run ended with an easy home win over a weakened Ballinascreen team. The final score was 3-12 to 1-8 in favour of Craigbane.

Steelstown clinched their place in senior football for a second year at least when they had four points to spare over Glenullin on a 1-12 to 0-11 scoreline.

With four teams set to exit the senior championship this week it will be a long off season for some of them.