Balt­in­glass se­cure Div. 1 ti­tle af­ter Vil­lage draw

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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.

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