Baltinglass secure Div. 1 title after Village draw
BALTINGLASS are the Division 1 league champions this week following Rathnew’s draw with St Patrick’s on Friday evening in Dunbur Park. That result meant that the eagerly anticipated showdown in Baltinglass between the old foes wouldn’t be required as Baltinglass were now beyond the reach of Harry Murphy’s men.
Perhaps with the knowledge that the job was done in their minds, that might go some way to explaining Sean O’Brien’s side’s defeat to Blessington on Sunday morning in Blessington. The defeat means nothing to Baltinglass but the disciplinary headache that is currently underway following an incident with Kevin John Rogers and a Baltinglass player that left Rogers with a fractured chin and requiring urgent dental treatment and resulted in the calling of the Gardai to the Blessington GAA grounds.
It is understood that there is an investigation undergoing as we write.
In Division 1A, Avondale are the kings but Newtown have two games left to play and could leapfrom both Éire Óg and Dunlavin if they were to win those two games as the Greystones men and Jonathan Daniels’ side have completed their games.
A win for Kilmacanogue last night (Tuesday) against the Magpies in Newtown would have relegated Carnew Emmets to Division 2.
In Division 2, Coolkenno marched back to Division 1A status after recording their sixth victory in a row in their 2012 to 0-6 thumping of Stratford-Grangecon.
Goals in the first half by Conor Walker and Keith Farrell in the second as well as some fine scoring from Padraig Murray and Don Jackman left Coolkenno sitting pretty at the top of the table.
Behind them things are not so clear. In the event of all three of Kilcoole, Valleymount and Donard-The Glen winning their games against Laragh (A), Ballymanus (H) and Barndarrig (A) this weekend there will be a three-way play-off to see who joins Coolkenno in Division 1A next season. A defeat for one team will result in the decision being made under the head to head ruling.
In Division 3, it’s a shoot-out at the Coolafancy corral this Sunday at noon as Shillelagh/Coolboy welcome Ashford to decide who the Division 3 champions.
At the bottom end, Knockananna might well be toasting their victory over Aughrim if Éire Óg and Lacken-Kilbride fail to catchthem.