Division Three of the All County League has produced some high scoring returns for individuals and teams over the course of their seventeen game season. Last week as we approached the final round of fixtures we had some intriguing battles among the top ten marksmen in Junior League Football. We had three players clear at the top with Stevie Donnelly nine points ahead of second placed Cathal Nicholas and a further four ahead of Niall Gavin. There was not much chance of the Aghaloo ace being caught but we wondered would the two guys in second and third places manage to break the 100 points barrier?
Well break it they did and in Niall Gavin’s case it was a wonderful personal haul of 2-4, ten points, that not only took him beyond the 100 points but also put him into second place ahead of Cathal Nicholas. Young Gavin finished on 103 in total, two ahead of Nicholas whose four point return last weekend saw him finish in third position on the top scorers table on 101 points. Our top three for the season for Division Three are:
Stephen Donnelly Aghaloo: 113 points.
Niall Gavin Derrytresk: 103 points.
Cathal Nicholas Glenelly: 101 points.
Killeeshil free taker Shane Mallon was well clear of any late threat from those below him on the table but his four points saw him finish not only with a league medal but in fourth position nine points clear of his nearest rival. It was the next three positions where the chances of movement looked most likely. Brockagh’s Ciaran Donnelly had moved into fifth position but with Castlederg not fulfilling their last fixture against Brockagh, the blonde haired attacker was denied the opportunity of adding to his total. Indeed with Donnelly only two points ahead of Damien Mc Dermott of Errigal, who in turn was only a point ahead of his club colleague Michael Harte, it looked like there could be a few changes among these three. Surprisingly however both Mc Dermott and Harte scored only a point each in their last game and thus there was no change at all in positions 4 to 7 which are as follows:
Shane Mallon Killeeshil: 68 points.
Ciaran Donnelly Brockagh: 59 points.
Damien Mc Dermott EC3rds: 58 points.
Michael Harte EC3rds: 57 points.
Although Drumquin’s Ryan Mc Callion hit a personal tally of 2-4 in his team’s last outing it was not enough to effect any change on the final three placings as Patrick Quinn and Conor Taggart shared eighth position with Fintona’s Aaron Mc Carney finishing tenth. Mc Carney hit 53 points over the season without ever scoring a goal to boost his tally. The final three and their scores are as follows: