Ballybofey and Dunkineely eye Division One spot

A place in the Milford Inn Division One next season will be the reward for the winner of Sunday’s promotion-relegation play-off between Ballybofey United and Dunlewey Celtic at Diamond Park in Ballyare (kick-off 2pm).

A place in the Milford Inn Division One next season will be the reward for the winner of Sunday’s promotion-relegation play-off between Ballybofey United and Dunlewey Celtic at Diamond Park in Ballyare (kick-off 2pm).

Ballybofey enjoyed a good season and finished up in third place in the CT Ball Division Two behind Keadue Rovers and Cranford United, while Dunlewey finished three from the bottom on Division One.

So thin were the margins in the CT Ball Division Two that Ballybofey were in with a shout of the title on the last day of the season. Had they maintained their 3-1 lead at home to Keadue Rovers, all eyes would’ve then been focused on Cranford Park, where the locals were entertaining bottom of the table Letterbarrow Celtic. As it turned out, Cranford did win their game 4-1 and got the second automatic promotion spot, while Corey Gallagher’s stoppage time winner for Keadue sealed a dramatic turnaround and 4-3 win, which stretched Ballybofey’s season out to include Sunday’s play-off at Ballyare.

Elsewhere, Drumoghill were relegated from the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division on Sunday last when they were beaten 3-1 at home by Gweedore Celtic and they could be joined by either Lifford Celtic or Eany Celtic.

At this point in time it’s Lifford who sit in the automatic relegation places. Last weekend’s 3-0 loss at the hands of Milford United could be seen as something of an opportunity missed so their tip to Eany is of considerable significance.

Denis Gorman’s Eany are currently two points better off than Lifford with a goal difference 10 ahead so it means the side from the border have to win to keep themselves up and relegate Sunday’s opponents.

Castlefin and Dunkineely Celtic are just in front of Eany and Lifford and one of them might be dragged into a play-off situation should Lifford win on Sunday. Castlefin have two games to ensure their survival. They might even get away with losing both. On Sunday they welcome Milford and take on title hopefuls Glenea United on the final day of the season. Lagan are safe and they’re the visitors to Dunkineely.

The championship itself will not be decided until Sunday week - at least. Gweedore Celtic are two points clear after that3-1 win at Drumoghill last weekend at the Moss and Hughie Rua Gallagher’s side can seal back to back titles with a win against Milford United at Moyle View Park. Glenea United - who hammered Lagan by eight goals to nil in the penultimate fixture - will be keeping their fingers crossed Milford might do them a favour as they make their way to Castlefin.

The other stand-out league action of the weekend sees the attention on the Glencar Inn Saturday Division Two.

There’s still a bit to run in that particular league but there was a changing of the guard last weekend when Fintown Harps took over top spot with a 4-3 win against Deele Harps.

However, with Fintown in Downtown Cup semi-final action against Kilmacrennan Celtic on Saturday, while Glencar Celtic and Erne Wanderers play one another in the second semi-final, Ramelton can reclaim top spot. They are home to a Tullyvinney Rovers side that have won just twice all season. Two points split the top four teams and the other side who will be looking to make an advancement on Saturday will be fourth-placed Mulroy Celtic, who are away to Downtown United. The other fixture of the day sees Deele entertain Glenree.

Glencar Inn Division Two

Saturday, 2pm

Downtown Utd v Mulroy Celtic

Ramelton v Tullyvinney Rvs

Deele Harps v Glenree

Downtown Cup semi-finals

Saturday, 1pm

Kilmacrennan Celtic v Fintown

Saturday, 4.30pm

Glencar v Erne Wanderers

Brian McCormick Sports

Premier Division

Sunday, 2pm

Castlefin C v Milford Utd

Eany v Lifford

Lagan Harps v Dunkineely

Milford Inn Hotel Division One /CT Ball Division Two play-off, 2pm

Ballybofey Utd v Dunlewy Cel

Brian McCormick Sports Premier League

P W L D F A Dif Pts

Gweedore C 17 14 1 2 60 17 43 44

Glenea Utd 17 13 1 3 45 18 27 42

Milford Utd 16 11 3 2 48 20 28 35

Kilmacrennan C 18 7 7 4 46 36 10 25

Lagan Harps 17 5 8 4 19 40 -21 19

Dunkineely C 17 4 8 5 21 41 -20 17

Castlefin C 16 4 8 4 35 34 1 16

Eany C 17 5 11 1 22 38 -16 16

Lifford C 17 4 11 2 26 52 -26 14

Drumoghill 18 4 13 1 27 53 -26 13

Glencar Inn Division Two

Fintown Harps 13 10 2 1 40 17 23 31

Ramelton Mar 14 10 3 1 42 20 22 31

Glenea Utd Res 15 10 5 0 36 19 17 30

Mulroy C 13 9 2 2 37 19 18 29

Deele Harps 13 6 5 2 31 24 7 20

Donegal T Res 15 5 7 3 25 32 -7 18

Downtown Utd 14 5 6 3 21 29 -8 18

Cranford Res 15 3 9 3 24 46 -22 12

Tullyvinney R 14 2 11 1 16 42 -26 7

Glenree Utd 14 1 11 2 16 40 -24 5