Season’s work is on the line for teams in key weekend contests

SIX months of hard toil is all on the line for around a dozen teams today with a series of crucial league play-offs down for decision.

After failing to land ‘the big one’ in the Senior Championship, Errigal Ciaran, Trillick, Omagh and Dromore maintain their pursuit of a consolation prize in the form of the Brendan Dolan Memorial Trophy when they lock horns in the Division One semi-finals.

Trillick will go head to head with St Enda’s at lunchtime today at Donnelly Park, while later this afternoon Errigal, who lost just one of their fifteen league ties in the regular season, are afforded home advantage against St Dympna’s.

Errigal and Trillick were both assured of their play-off slots before the decisive final round of games last weekend, but Dromore had to account for Ardboe on the road to cement their top four berth.

Meanwhile Omagh just squeezed into the senior semis at the expense of Donaghmore, a last gasp stoppage time point from Ciaran McLaughlin securing them a 1-11 apiece draw in an all-action contest.

Elsewhere today the stakes are probably even higher for both Aghyaran and Pomeroy, even though there is no silverware at stake, as they tough it out in the Division One relegation play-off.

The St Davog’s played out an exciting draw against Moy last Sunday, the point garnered proving sufficient to hand them home advantage this weekend.

Aghyaran are desperate to avoid an immediate return to the Intermediate grade after just one season back in the top flight, but they will have their work cut out for them against a Pomeroy side bolstered by a stunning 3-12 to 2-12 derby triumph away to Galbally.

That outcome condemned the Pearses to the drop and in the process provided the Plunketts with a precious get out of jail card which they will be keen to utilise this Sunday out west.

Further down the food chain, four teams will be out to keep alive their dreams of top flight football next season with two Intermediate promotion play-offs also scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

Loughmacrory, who finished the regular campaign off in second spot behind champions Eglish, play host to Stewartstown, and Gortin welcome Dungannon Clarkes.

At the other end of the table Aghaloo and Kildress lock horns, with the loser relegated to the Junior ranks in 2019.

The winner of that tussle will meet whoever emerges victorious from the Division Three play-off between Eskra and Beragh, also set for this Sunday afternoon, with the Emmets at home.


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