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Scott Lynch of St Mary's battles with Darragh Cummins of Calry St Joseph's. Pic: Donal Hackett.

Scott Lynch of St Mary's battles with Darragh Cummins of Calry St Joseph's. Pic: Donal Hackett.

Scott Lynch of St Mary's battles with Darragh Cummins of Calry St Joseph's. Pic: Donal Hackett.

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With three rounds remaining in this year’s Sligo GAA club leagues, and two competitions already decided – Divisions 4B and 4C - the possibilities for promotion and relegation are really starting to take shape across the four remaining divisions of Sligo club football.

In Division One, 2021 League and championship double winners Tourlestrane had a comfortable victory over Coolaney/Mullinabreena which allowed them to move back to the top of the table leapfrogging Shamrock Gaels who had a bye last weekend. Although both are on eight points the champions have already beaten the Riverstown outfit in their head-to-head, they have a better scoring difference and they have a game in hand.

Although they also have less games played, Coolera Strandhill missed the opportunity to join those two at the top when they were held to a draw by St Marys in Ransboro on Sunday last. The home side, who were short several regulars from their starting side had to rely very significantly on the scoring prowess of Niall Murphy to remain undefeated but still lie well placed to pursue a semi-final place in their closing round.

Tucked in behind then in the table is Naomh Molaise Gaels who had another solid victory in a high scoring game at Grange over 2021 Division Two champions St Farnans on a score line of 3-11 to 2-10.

In the final game of Round Six, Calry St Joseph’s made home advantage count to get the points over Tubbercurry by just a single point, 1-13 to 2-9 which moves them onto four points in the table and two points clear of the relegation zone with three games to go.

In Division Two, Easkey gave the performance of the day with a double scores victory over Eastern Harps in Easkey. Second half goals from Mikey Gordon and Andrew Kilcullen sealed the result and propels the seasiders to the top of the Div 2 table for the first time this season and within sight of an opportunity to return to Division One football next year, with two promotional spots available.

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In moving to top the west Sligo side leapfrogged Curry, who had a bye weekend but Drumcliffe Rosses Point slipped up on the opportunity to join then when they could only secure a draw against Enniscrone Kilglass who were picking up their first points of the season.

Likewise Owenmore Gaels, who had been winless over their opening four games, finally got off the mark with a well merited victory over Geevagh, a result that will have disappointed the men from the East who would have been hoping for a relatively speedy return to the top tier, but now have it all to do.

In the final game at Corran Park, Bunninadden edged out local rivals Ballymote in a very entertaining and high scoring contest that saw the sides swap places in the table - with a little bit of a gap now emerging either side of them on the table, above and below.

In Division Three St Michaels still lead the way with a strong seven-point victory over St Marys in Ballintogher.

They are two points ahead of the Sean Carrabine led Castleconnor who took the points from Tourlestrane and 2021 Junior champions St Patricks who had a similarly dominant result over St Johns.

In the final game, of the Division, Cloonacool continued the recovery in their season with a second successive victory, this time over St Molaise Gaels, moving them three points clear of the bottom of the table with a game in hand.

In Division 4A with one round of the round robin left to play, Drumcliffe Rosses Point lead the way by a point from Curry who are in turn a point ahead of Coolaney Mullinabreena and Coolera Strandhill.

The top two teams in 4A will play the League final for the right to promotion to Division Three with the losing finalist playing off for a second promotional spot against the winner of a play off this weekend between the newly crowned Div 4B and Div 4C champions – St Patricks and Ballymote.


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