Longford SFC relegation explained: Mostrim dramatically survive as inferior score difference sees Granard and Rathcline make the drop to intermediate
A nail biting relegation series in the Peter Hanley Motors Longford senior football championship drew to a conclusion last night with Mostrim’s win ensuring it was they who preserved their senior status, with Rathcline and St Mary’s Granard suffering relegation to the intermediate ranks.
Mostrim needed to win by three or more points against Rathcline and when the final whistle sounded at Emmet Park they were four ahead and celebrating clinging onto their senior status for 2020.
Hypothetically, if Rathcline had lost to Mostrim by three points, then the clubs would have finished on an equal score difference of +1 but since Mostrim won the head-to-head it is they that would have secured their senior status. If Rathcline had got to within two points, then they would have survived at Mostrim’s expense. That’s how tight things were.
With Granard having a score difference of -2 after their two matches their relegation fate was sealed.
So after the three match relegation series ; all three teams finished equal on two points thanks to a win apiece and it was Mostrim’s superior score difference of +2 (for 2-26 against 2-24) which ensured their senior survival with Rathcline +0 (for 4-27 against 3-30) and Granard -2 (for 2-27 against 3-26) being relegated.
Rd 1: Rathcline 3-14 St Mary’s Granard 1-16
Rd 2: St Mary’s Granard 1-11 Mostrim 0-12
Rd 3: Mostrim 2-14 Rathcline 1-13
Mostrim 2pts for one win ; +2 score difference ; for 2-26 against 2-24
Rathcline 2pts for one win ; 0 score difference ; for 4-27 against 3-30
St Mary’s Granard 2pts for one win ; -2 score difference ; for 2-27 against 3-26
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