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Division 2

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division 2 has to be one of the most competitive leagues in ulster its barring the top 3 and killybegs already down. any of the rest can still get relegated with only 2 games left to go

1. Balllyshannon 25
2.cloughaneely 24
3.ardara 20
4.mc cools 15
5.Glen 15
6.Glenfin 14
7.termon 14
8. malin 14
9. buncrana 13
10.killybegs 6

pointsmad (Donegal) - 03/10/2017 11:12:41    2052649

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Replying To pointsmad:  "division 2 has to be one of the most competitive leagues in ulster its barring the top 3 and killybegs already down. any of the rest can still get relegated with only 2 games left to go

1. Balllyshannon 25
2.cloughaneely 24
3.ardara 20
4.mc cools 15
5.Glen 15
6.Glenfin 14
7.termon 14
8. malin 14
9. buncrana 13
10.killybegs 6"
Please post correct club names,
Seán Mac Cumhaills
Naomh Columba
Aodh Ruadh

GDL (Galway) - 03/10/2017 21:00:40    2052837

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This next set of fixtures should be especially interesting.
Buncrana v Termon - If Termon win, they're safe and Buncrana need results to go for them on the last day. If Buncrana win, they just need to win their last game to be guaranteed safety and may not even need that depending on other results, while Termon need to win their last game and hope somebody else slips up.
N Columba v MacCumhaills - Winner is guaranteed safety. Loser will probably be safe enough, but may end up looking over their shoulder on the last day.
Killybegs v Aodh Ruadh - Nothing in terms of League to play for, but Killybegs will want to get a win in their last home game in Division 2. Aodh Ruadh are much the better team and will still want to win to try and win the League and have a trophy for their year, but may not be as focused as other games this year and take their eye of the ball.
Ardara v Cloughaneely - Ardara are 4 points behind Cloughaneely, but still have a chance of getting promoted. They need to beat Cloughaneely by 4 points or more, and win their last game v MacCumhaills and hope Cloughaneely lose theirs against Aodh Ruadh. A draw would be enough to secure promotion for Cloughaneely.
Following week, Glenfin v Malin - Winner is a lot safer and would need a lot of results to go against them to go down. Loser is in serious bother and needs to get a result on the last day to be sure of safety.

Wins for Termon and Aodh Ruadh and a point for Cloughaneely means the last week is irrelevant in terms of League trophy and promotion, and relegation comes down to last day but only involving 2 or 3 teams. Wins for Buncrana, Ardara (+4), Killybegs, and draws between N Columba & MacCumhaills and Glenfin & Malin, means everything is up in the air heading into the final week.
In reality, there'll be a mixture of results that will put some teams safe and other teams in bother. Twitter will be updated a lot on Sunday afternoon either way!

There was talk a few months ago about changing the Leagues from 3 divisions of 10 to 2 divisions of 15. Haven't heard it mentioned lately. Anybody else hear anything about it?

donegal_insider (Donegal) - 04/10/2017 10:11:32    2052923

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Something needs to be done with the leagues.There are just too many games and it is lasting way too long.Donegal leagues badly need structural reform.The league started on the 12 March and Will finish on the 22nd of October that is add in another 6 weeks of pre season and you are talking a 9 month season a least 3 evenings/days a week , and even with that you have to play on Easter Sundays and bank holiday Mondays and on top of that you have o play for prolonged periods without County senior panellists,u-21 and minor panellists.

The average club palyers are becoming disillusioned with all of this and are simply walking away from the game.Most palyers from the majority of clubs either work or a college outside he County and these fixtures are making it too much hassle,too difficult o continue playing for their clubs.There will not be a seismic shift away from club football but more of a drip feed effect.

There is far too much emphasis within the County board level on the County team and to be honest club football is push around to fit in.The clubs and club delegate need to wake up and start standing up for their clubs and get a common sense plan in place together before things continue on their downward spiral.

ifindoubt (Donegal) - 04/10/2017 11:50:43    2052952

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Looks like a 13 team Division one is still on the agenda.

http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/news/sport/274336/could-donegal-have-a-13-team-division-one-club-league-next-season.html#

Green_Gold (Donegal) - 04/10/2017 16:59:24    2053077

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Good to see some progress on the issue.

ifindoubt (Donegal) - 05/10/2017 09:31:44    2053202

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Will the 13 team league be home and away or just the one fixture?
How will the No Star Games work?

donegaldouble (Donegal) - 09/10/2017 16:46:37    2054198

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Replying To donegaldouble:  "Will the 13 team league be home and away or just the one fixture?
How will the No Star Games work?"
Just the one fixture. 6 home and 6 away games, but all with County players available, so no more Star fixtures.
There'll be a regional league where teams will play without their county players to keep games being played during the summer.

There seems to be a plan for the top 13 teams, but what about the rest? There's 26 other teams in Donegal so will they go to 2 divisions of 13 as well with everyone only playing each other once, or will they go with a fewer team league, but playing every team twice.

Will it be left as a two go up and two go down, or will they change that as well? 2 teams out of 13 being relegated seems very little and leaves a lot of mid-table teams with little or nothing to play for with 3 or 4 games to go.

Still a lot of questions around this but probably the one that sticks out for me is why are they discussing changing the entire set up of the County Leagues with only 1 or 2 games left. Teams are left in a situation where they don't know whether they're safe, promoted or already relegated for next year and bar the top 8 teams in Division 1, they can't be sure of where they'll be playing next year.

donegal_insider (Donegal) - 10/10/2017 12:28:19    2054365

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Exciting finish next week at the bottom of div 2 after results this weekend. Ballyshannon and Cloughaneely now assured of promotion, as Ardara failed to win by more than 3 points last night. If Mac cumhaills fail to win in Ardara next week they will likely end up in Div 3. I'd expect wins for Termon, Malin and Buncrana. If somehow Mac Cumhaills can beat an Ardara team with nothing to play for, Glenfin, Malunand Termon could all face a 3 way relegation playoff.. All to play for

N.d.state (Clare) - 15/10/2017 15:42:36    2055366

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Replying To ifindoubt:  "Good to see some progress on the issue."
Its not really progress.
Unless cutting out about 150 league games for club players from May-August is considered progress.
It will only add to players drifting from club football. Whose going to want to play half a season in March and April, stop for three months, and then play the rest of the season from August-November/December.
Players want regular games, and don't want them postponed at the drop of the hat.
So here's a crazy idea, play club league games all through May-August regardless of county football and a few whinging clubs who can't agree to star fixtures because they've got 1 man on the county panel and their opponent has none. Or 3 men on the county panel and their opponents only 2. Or...you get the drift.
Tell me this. Did Kilcar look to postpone club league games this year wry 4/5 players in the county squad?
They did not. They made sure their club players got to play all summer. And, funnily enough, playing games stood to the club in the league, but especially in the championship.
They've now got a stronger squad than the teams who want to play nothing without their county me.

B.Bap (Donegal) - 18/10/2017 12:56:46    2055994

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