With six fixtures left in this season’s GO sponsored Mid Ulster League, several issues are reaching the critical stage. In Section 1 Parochial A still lead the way and remain favourites to retain the title.
It would seen that the only hope that second placed Cookstown High have is to win the return game with Parochial and hope that someone else takes pints of their rivals.
Tamlaght look certain to retain third spot. The biggest struggle will be to avoid the relegation places with any two of the remaining seven teams still in a position where safety is not guaranteed and with teams taking points of each other.
St Mary’s did their case no harm with an away win over Lafarge who continued their depressing home form which sees them with only one home win from six games.
Their game with St Joseph’s this week may well be a crucial one with points essential for both clubs.
Newly promoted Kildress with a home win over Moortown also improved their position and home advantage in remaining games may well ensure safety. Derryloran, Mortown and Maghera presently occupy the bottom places. Moortown with the addition of new recruits have proved that they can pick up points.
Maghera probably need to win three of their home games to avoid relegation while Derryloran would appear to have a more difficult run in.
In Section 2, Parochial B look to have secured top spot with 1st Magherafelt, St Swithin’s and Lisnagleer chasing the runners up position.
St Swithin’s position was badly damaged when they were surprisingly defeated at home by RBL who had previously had only one win.
This week’s game between 1st Magherafelt and Lisnagleer may well rule one out of the running while the last game of the season between St Swithin’s Mixed and 1st Magherafelt could prove decisive depending on other results.
It is pleasing to see St John’s having a much improved season.
In recent years they have tended to be close to the bottom but now occupy a mid table postion.