IF the name Camlough Rovers didn’t mean much to followers of Chimney Corner before this season, it certainly does now!
The Co Down side could hold the key to Corner’s hopes of remaining as an Irish League club.
Corner, for their own part, once again look doomed to finish bottom of Belfast Telegraph Championship Two, and with it the possibility of demotion to one of the province’s intermediate leagues IF a team which meets the criteria to replace them also wins its own league.
Dollingstown tick all the boxes in the Mid-Ulster League with a ground which is already understood to have been passed for Championship football.
The only fly in the ointment at present is that Dollingstown are not top of their division – currently standing in their way are Camlough, who are in their first season at that level following promotion last year, while Tandragee Rovers might also dent Dollingstown’s title aspirations between now and the end of the season.
Corner’s own hopes took not one but two major kicks in the guts last weekend.
Not only did they flop in a 5-0 home defeat by Ballymena neighbours Wakehurst, their relegation rivals Killymoon Rangers pulled off arguably the shock result of the season in the Championship by beating title-chasing Coagh United 3-0, to open up a seven point cushion between themselves and Corner.
“Our own performance was really poor but the Killymoon result was real knife through the heart,” Corner secretary John Robinson told Times Sport.
“It’s certainly true that in our division, any team is capable of beating anyone else but sometimes at this stage of the season you get results which you didn’t expect, with some teams maybe reacting better to the pressure they’re under than their opponents.
“Unfortunately we didn’t do that in our own game – we just didn’t compete and the game was as good as over by half-time, with Wakehurst 4-0 up at that stage.
“We have five games left, three of them at home, including one against Killymoon, but we play the first of our two remaining away matches this Saturday when we travel to Portstewart.
“We beat them at our own ground on the first day of the season so we would dearly love to ‘do the double’ on them and cut the gap between us and Killymoon,” added John.