CILL na Martra are one game away from qualifying for the final of the Rochestown Park Hotel Division 1 League.
They stunned the holders, Nemo Rangers, last weekend, beating them 1-8 to 0-9. That puts the Gaeltacht club on the cusp of meeting county champions, St Finbarr’s, in the decider.
The ’Barrs maintained their number-one position in the table with a big win over Ballincollig.
Cill na Martra are due to play Valley Rovers in their last scheduled game, at home at the weekend, and victory would secure an historic final spot.
They are third, on 33 points, one adrift of Nemo, who have completed their fixture list, but Cill na Martra will join them on 34 by just playing the game, under new rules introduced this season.
If the pair finish level, Cill na Martra would clinch the place in the final for having won the head-to-head game.
Kiskeam are still in with a shout, on 31 points, with one more game to play against relegation-threatened O’Donovan Rossa, but the previous week’s defeat, to St Michael’s, is likely to prove costly.
The Duhallow club need to win and hope Valleys can do them a favour by clipping Cill na Martra’s wings, especially as the Innishannon club need the points at the other end of the table. Ballingeary are already relegated to Division 2 and it’s one from the trio of Skibbereen, Valley’s, and St Michael’s to accompany them.
Rossa’s are on 20 points, with two to play, while Valley’s, on 21, and Michael’s on 25, have one each left, with the Mahon club taking on Skibbereen.
The Division 2 final is between Mallow and Castlehaven, after the north Cork club defeated Newmarket 4-11 to 1-16 to clinch top slot, following the Haven’s 1-11 to 2-8 draw with Carrigaline, who stay in the division.
Muskerry pair, Aghabullogue and Macroom, will operate in Division 3 next season, after Éire Óg’s 2-14 to 2-12 victory condemned the latter to the drop.
Two senior clubs, Ilen Rovers and Douglas, collide in the Division 3 final, after the city club picked up important wins over Nemo’s second string and Aghada, to pull away from a chasing group containing Aghada, Bandon, and Dohenys. Nemo recorded an important 2-10 to 0-11 win over Glanworth on Tuesday evening to boost their survival hopes.
The result, though, condemned St Vincent’s to relegation to the fourth tier, but ensured Naomh Aban’s status for another 12 months.
It leaves Nemo, Glanworth, and Bishopstown in the frame, though Nemo’s fate is still in their own hands, with a concluding game against Dohenys tomorrow evening.
If the Trabeg club avoid defeat, they will stay up and have Glanworth and the Town level, on 22 points. Glanworth won the head-to-head.
A Dohenys win would mean all three teams on 22 points, requiring scoring difference to separate them.
The Division 4 final is between Knocknagree and Castletownbere, who were the stand-out sides all through and finished level, on 46 points, a dozen clear of third-placed Mitchelstown. Dropping to Division 5 are Grenagh and Kildorrery.
Na Piarsaigh are going in the opposite direction, after claiming one of the two promotion places in the lowest tier, but their final opponents have yet to be decided, as Millstreet, Adrigole, and Dromtarriffe are jostling for the other placet.
Millstreet are finished, on 28 points, three ahead of the Beara club, who meet Dromtarriffe, on 21 points, in their last game.
The Duhallow club met Glanmire last evening and wrap up their schedule against St Nick’s, so could still pip the others. All five finals are set to be played before the end of the month, which will bring the leagues to completion in record time.
Meanwhile, Cork’s qualification for the Super 8s will impact on the county championship scheduling.
The final group 2 game, against Roscommon at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, over the August bank holiday, means the senior football round 2 games, between Fermoy and Ilen Rovers and Mallow and St Nick’s, will be put back, as will the premier intermediate game involving Naomh Abán and Newmarket.