DESPITE the marvellous efforts of all involved in hosting the ongoing Under-19 World Cup qualifiers, there is no doubt it turned out to be a fairly indifferent week in the North-West, particularly on Sunday as Brigade crashed out of the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup and Donemana failed to appear at Limavady.
The Under-19 tournament has been a massive success in the region and the participating clubs have received glowing endorsements from all involved, however, despite that, it was the domestic action that hogged the headlines.
There was just one game in the top flight on Saturday, Eglinton failing to pull out of the relegation zone after they were thumped by Glendermott and just one league game on Sunday too, as Bond’s Glen remain rooted to the bottom alongside the “Villagers” after they suffered a heavy defeat at home to Fox Lodge.
Three of the other four scheduled Division 1 matches were off as a result of clubs hosting qualifiers, but the game between Limavady and Donemana was another matter.
The Tyrone club insist that they had requested - and been given approval - to change the date of that match when the fixtures were published at the very start of the season due to the fact that they would have two players on International duty.
Limavady, on the other hand, maintained that they had not been made aware of any change and at an emergency meeting on Friday evening the North-West Management Committee ruled that the game should go ahead as scheduled as the clubs had failed to arrange another date.
Donemana reacted furiously and at a meeting of their players on Saturday afternoon they decided unanimously not to travel. The matter now looks likely to go before the Protest and Appeals Committee after Limavady were subsequently believed to have been awarded the points.
It was a bad day for Brigade as well as Mark Simpson’s side were beaten by Waringstown at the semi-final stage of the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup ending North-West interest for another season.