With round nine of The All County League down for decision this weekend the leagues are beginning to resemble a fifteen hundred metre race as the athletes reach the stage where they prepare to enter the final 600 metres. There is not a great deal of distance between first and last place but the better, more experienced athletes tend to make their move for home at this stage as they push ahead and make a move for the top positions. There are at least fourteen points to play for in all three divisions of the league and for all teams the push for the final run in begins in earnest now.
There are four matches down for decision today, two in the top flight and two in Division Three. The game between Ardboe and Trillick is sure to attract a lot of attention this afternoon. Both teams, somewhat surprisingly, lost last time out and Trillick will be under no illusions that a defeat today could well drag them towards the wrong end of the table. Ardboe will be hoping to reignite their league campaign knowing that a win today would take them back into the top four.
Mind you the club who is presently occupying fourth spot Clonoe, will be confident of being in fourth spot or better by this evening after they play Moortown at home this evening. A win for the O’Rahilly’s would see them climb above Errigal Ciaran onto fourteen points and third place in the league but they will be taking nothing for granted against a side well capable of causing an upset on their day. With top scorer Conor Mc Aliskey showing good form at the minute it would come as no surprise if the home side secured the two points they seek.
The two Division Three games scheduled for this afternoon involve three sides making a serious push for the top places. Dungannon Clarkes are beginning to put a bit of a run together and with Keifer Morgan and Patrick Quinn in fine scoring form they will be fancied to overcome the challenge of Carrickmore Thirds. The late game this evening brings the division’s top two scorers face to face. Although the two points at stake will be the most important thing on the agenda of both Stephen Donnelly and Damien Mc Dermott, you cannot help but feel that there might be something of a personal dual between the two hotshots as they seek to confirm their positions as Junior Football’s top marksmen.
Whatever way the games go you can get the results and reports first here on www.teamtalkmag.com as we bring you all the news from these four games this evening.