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Credit Union Senior Football Leagues Round up 2016-06-14 09:33:00

Credit Union Senior Football League Roundup

The Credit Union Senior Football Leagues are certainly taking shape with the four rounds scheduled for June sure to go a long way towards deciding the fortunes of many clubs for the coming year. Round 5 last weekend coupled with Round 6 this coming weekend will shove the Leagues past the half way stage.

In Division 1, an injury time equaliser by Milltown-Castlemaine cost Templenoe their 100% League record on home soil meaning that Dr Crokes, following victory over local rivals Legion on Sunday morning, go top of the League on their own with 10 points. Dingle on 8 Points and Desmonds, a point further back, stay in touch following respective victories over Kilcummin and Kenmare.

So going into the half way stage, both Kenmare and Legion are pointless at the foot of the table with John Mitchels (1 point), Kilcummin and Glenbeigh-Glencar both on two points, also struggling.

This weekend will see a four pointer at Kenmare where John Mitchels are visitors, while Legion will want to make home venue count against Desmonds. Leaders Dr Crokes travel to kerins O’Rahillys and Templenoe are at home for the second week in a row, this time against Glenbeigh-Glencar.

In Division 2, Spa, thanks to a four point win over Listry, join St Marys, who did not play last weekend, at the top of the table on 8 points each. An Ghaeltacht, who have a game in hand, are doing well on 7 points following defeat of Finuge while Waterville, who did not play, and Beaufort who had a good win over Emmets, stay in touch on 6 points. At the other end of the table, Laune Rangers got their first points of the season with victory over St Michaels-Foilmore who now replace the Killorglin side at the foot of the table on one point. Finuge are another struggling side on 3 points. Rathmore entertain Glenflesk on this Wednesday evening in a deferred Round 5 game.

This weekend, joint leaders, St Marys visit Glenflesk while Spa are home to Laune Rangers, The An Ghaeltacht V Listry game goes back to August 5th.

In Division 3, Currow maintained their good form with a five points victory over Annascaul and are out on their own on 9 points at the top of the table. Ballydonoghue had a narrow one point victory over neighbours Beale to stay in second place a point behind the leaders while Gneeveguilla with a game in hand and Annascaul are on 6 points each. At the bottom, Tarbert went down to St Pats and remain pointless, Brosna and Beale are on 3 points, but it has been a good week for Ardfert who picked up full points against St Pats in a back game and then defeated Keel by the minimum margin to move on to 4 points along with Dromid Pearses, both with a game in hand, St Pats and St Senans.

This weekend, leaders Currow will certainly have their credentials tested following a visit to Ardfert. The meeting of Keel and Tarbert goes out to July 9th as does the game between Ballydonoghue and St Pats.

In Division 4, Na Gaeil and Fossa continue to set the pace at the top of the table with full points following victories over Churchill and Ballymac respectively last weekend. Firies, with a game in hand, and Ballymac are four behind on 6 points. At the bottom, Renard and Lispole are on one point each while Churchill, Moyvane and Valentia are a point better off but there are a number of back games in this division.

This weekend, joint leaders, Fossa are at home to Scartaglen while Na Gaeil travel to Valentia. At the other end of the table, the meeting of Moyvane and Churchill is certainly a four pointer for these two struggling sides.

In Division 5, the joint leaders on 8 points, Castlegregory and Cordal both had good wins last weekend over Ballylongford and Rathmore “B” respectively while third placed Sneem-Derrynane kept up their promotion hopes with victory over Asdee. This weekend it’s the turn of the other joint leaders, Castlegregory, to welcome Rathmore “B” while Cordal travel to Duagh. And Sneem-Derrynane travel to Cromane.

Round 7 of the League is on July 2nd.

Credit Union Senior Football Leagues Commence

The Credit Union Senior Football Leagues swing back into action this coming weekend with action in all five Divisions. The Leagues commenced way back in 1971 when Austin Stacks, John Mitchels, Kerins O’Rahilys, Waterville, Kenmare, Desmonds, Laune Rangers and Keel played in the inaugural League with Waterville defeating Laune Rangers in the final.
The following year, it was decided to form three leagues, Senior, Towns Cup and Junior and in 1973, the Leagues really took shape in the format we now know them with three divisions. The leagues have stood the test of time since and are the envy of most counties. Promotion and relegation methods have changed over the years, but, as was the case last year, a three up and three down policy applies again this year.
The Leagues are once again sponsored by Chapter 23 of the Irish League of Credit Unions who commence their 14th year as sponsors.
Division 1
Pride of place this weekend goes to the meeting of Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks in Lewis Road (3pm) a game that doubles up as the 2015 Division 1 final. It will be recalled that the sides also met in the 2014 final last year when Stacks won a thriller after extra time. Dr Crokes have swept all before them in Divisional Leagues this year and seem to have been refreshed by the return of Pat O’Shea to the helm. Austin Stacks once more under Stephen Stack, were disappointed not to retain their championship title last year and will be hoping to get the year off to a positive start. Games between these two sides rarely fail to give value for money and Sunday’s game should be no different.
Sunday will also be a big day for All Ireland Junior Champions Templenoe who play their first ever game in Division 1 away to John Mitchels, while the other promoted side, Kenmare entertain Milltown-Castlemaine in their first game back in Division 1 since 1989.
Division 2
Finuge, St Michaels-Foilmore and Waterville were the three sides relegated from Division 1 last year while Beaufort, Listry and An Ghaeltacht were promoted from Division 3. Gaeltacht renew rivalry with Laune Rangers in Killorglin while All Ireland Intermediate champions St Marys, many people’s favourites for promotion, travel to Finuge. Rathmore are another side who were in the shake up for promotion last year and they open their campaign against St Michaels-Foilmore.
Division 3
Tarbert, Currow and Gneeveguilla made the drop from Division 2 last year and they will be joined by Ballydonoghue, Dromid Pearses and St Senans who make the step up from Division 4. Currow entertain Gneeveguilla who are now trained by Seanie O’Leary who has previously trained Currow. Ballydonoghue, Division 4 champions last year, have a home fixture against Brosna while another promoted side St Senans face a tough opening game at Ardfert.
Division 4
Ballymacelligott, Na Gaeil and Skellig Rangers were the sides relegated from Division 3 last season and they will be joined by neighbouring clubs Renard and Valentia and also by Moyvane. Two sides who came to Division 4 from opposite directions meet in Renard when last year’s Division 5 champions entertain fellow South Kerry side Skellig Rangers while Moyvane make the long trip to take on fellow promoted side Valentia. Meanwhile, John Evans takes his Fossa side to Lispole and it will be interesting to monitor the East Kerry side’s progress under the former Roscommon manager.
Division 5
Cordal, Cromane and Castlegregory are the new teams in Division 5 and they are joined by Rathmore “B” who have entered a team in the senior league this year while Kilgarvan will not be entering a team. Ballyduff and Rathmore B played their opening round game last weekend a game Rathmore won on a score of 2-11 to 1-8.
One of the many issues facing Division 5 clubs is the long distances they face when on the road. This weekend for example, Ballylongford travel to Sneem to take on Sneem-Derrynane while Knocknagoshel make the long journey to Tuosist.