Naomh Ultan gave themselves a great chance of retaining their Division 3 status with a great win at home to Downings on Saturday evening.
Naomh Ultan . . . . . 1-12
Downings . . . . . . . . 1-6
Behind by a point at the break (1-5 to 1-4), the home side dominated the second half, which was playined in two downpours.
The driving of wing-backs Andrew Blaine and Daniel Gallagher as well as a great performance up front from James and Aaron Byrne saw Naomh Ultan take two very valuable league points, which lifts them out of the automatic positions.
With two games still to play (away to Letterkenny Gaels and home to Aodh Ruadh), they probably need two more points to be secure.
They started this match well with a penalty goal from Alan Lyons on nine minutes followed by a Dermot Gallier free.
But Downings came back into the contest and a goal from Aaron McClafferty saw them get on top to be a point ahead at the break.
However, the second half was a different affair and the home side added eight points to just one in reply from Downings.
Aiden Duddy was impressive again at full-back. Naomh Ultan's next game will be their quarter-final contest against Aodh Ruadh on the weekend of 24/25th September.
Buncrana set for Div 2
Buncrana, thanks to a big win over Letterkenny Gaels, look set to join Aodh Ruadh in Division 2 next year.
Even though they were dumped out of the Intermediate Championship, their win over Gaels all but secures their promotion.
Aodh Ruadh had no game at the weekend as Urris did not travel, and if as looks likely, they get the points, then they should be able to clinch the Division 3 title.