Ballinderry lost their second match of the season away to Killaney by five shots, only taking a point which allowed Hillsborough Social to narrow the gap to 10.5 points, though they have a match less played.
The battle at the top may be tighter than usual, but Annahilt Parish have livened things up at the bottom by taking six points at Eglantine in a 24 shots win.
They have closed the gap on St Mark’s, who failed to get a point, to 5.5 points.
But, they have only two matches to play and it may be too little, too late for Annahilt. At the top Social do have the easier run-in
Eglantine 18 (1) Annahilt Parish 42 (6)
D. Kerr, S. Heasley, M. McLernon, J. McCandless 2, B. Harrison, B. Payne, A. Lyons, R. Maitland 10; Y. Dowling, D. Dowling, D. Ford, C. Morrison 10, K. McMullen, C. McMullen, P. Halliday, T. Hill 8; J. Nelson, Mary McQuillan, J. Liggett, G. McLernon 4, E. Mawhinney, I. Harrison, L. Wilson, W. Hunter 6; A. Liggett, R. Neely, V. Bryans, Mel McQuillan 2, N. Mawhinney, O. Callaghan, D. Kane, R. Jess 18..
Hillsborough Social 62 (7) St Mark’s 13 (0)
Viv Wigton was 3-0 up at the third but Nathan Haire won the remaining ends and included a three to win by eight shots.
At the fifth Richard McCaw was 6-5 ahead but Robert Sloan won the remaining ends to get home by five shots.
At the third Karen Ellison was 2-1 ahead but Nick Haire included two fours, a three and a six to win by 16 shots.
David Moore’s only shot was at the sixth as Michael Beattie included two fours, a five and two threes when winning by 19 shots.
E. Watters, Dorothy Shanks, M. Trainor, N. D. Haire 11, V. Reid, C. Barclay, N. Martin, V. Wigton 3; T. Gribben, Derek Shanks, D. McCallion, R. Sloan 11, F. Stevenson, J. Ellison, A. Walker, R. McCaw 6 T. Heasley, T. Haire, A. Riley, N. Haire 19, L. Scott, L. McDowell, K. McCullough, K. Ellison 3; G. Riley, V. McCarthy, D. Verner, M. Beattie 21, I. Moore, S. McDowell, S. Barclay, D. Moore 1.
Killaney 28 (6) Ballinderry 23 (1)
A. Patterson, P. Gregg, J. Copes, E. Patterson 7, W. Scott, L. Graham, R. Gourley, E. Marsden 5; C. Alexander, R. Copes, J. Alexander, G. McMullan 9, S. Marsden, S. Law, D. Peden, K. Morrison 8; G. Dobbin, J. Gregg, J. Campbell 4.5, A. Morrison, J. McKinstry, N. Marsden, R. Stubbs 7; R. Mills, D. Mills, M. Foreman 7.5, R. McKinstry, D. Brownlie, P. Reid, G. Stubbs 3.