With no games played Saturday it’s time to have a look at how teams who appear to be in the best position for league honours at the end of the season. No doubt Cup games will play an important part and as the season progresses this could have an effect on results. Presently Magherafelt Sky Blues top the league table and are still in the O’Gorman Cup. Newtowne are undefeated in the league and are currently 2nd in the table are still very much alive in the IFA Intermediate Cup as well as the McReynolds, Crawford and O’Gorman Cups. Brantwood who have played the same number of league games as Newtowne are still in the McReynolds and Crawford Cups. Desertmartin who have played a league game more than both Newtowne and Brantwood are still in the O’Gorman and Crawford Cups. Dunloy are still in the McReynolds and Crawford Cups but have dropped ten league points up to now. Though the betting people would probably put their money on Newtowne, Brantwood or Desertmartin could see Magherafelt as the party poppers as the old saying goes a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
Junior Division One
Ballyclare Comrades Reserves are back defending their title and still undefeated and are closely followed by Tobermore United Reserves, Desertmartin swifts and Cookstown Olympic. Ballyclare appear to have the edge at present but will do very well to go through the season undefeated. Similar to the Intermediate Division Cup games could play an important role in the final run in for the title. The Comrades are still in the Linda Welshman Cup and Canada Trophy as is Tobermore United Res and Desertmartin Swifts. Cookstown Olympic are in the Crawford Cup and Canada Trophy and it would appear to be a level playing field at present. No doubt a number of other teams will be looking to strengthen their positions and a capable of taking points from any team.
Junior Division Two
Woodlands are currently setting the pace at the top of the table with Castle Star, Chimney Corner Res, 1st Mossley YM and York Road Loughside ‘A’ in hot pursuit. York Road are undefeated in eight games and are still competing in the Irish Junior Cup as well as the Crawford Cup, Linda Welshman Memorial Cup and Canada Trophy. Chimney Corner are competing in the Crawford Cup, Linda Welshman Memorial Cup and Canada Trophy while Castle Star and 1st Mossley YM are still in the Linda Welshman memorial Cup and Canada Trophy. Again Cup runs could be decisive in the run in for the league title.
Junior Division Three
Cookstown RBL sit in the driving seat at present but Rathcoole, FC Whiteabbey, Ballysillan Swifts and York Road Loughside ‘B’ are hot on their heels. Like the other divisions Cup runs could be a possible determining factor in the run in for the league title. York Road with their ‘A’ team competing in the cups leaves than a free run for league games. Cookstown are still in the Crawford Cup and Canada Trophy while FC Whiteabbey play in the Crawford Cup and Canada Trophy. Rathcoole have the easier cup run being only in the Canada Trophy.
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