With just a few short days to prepare, the 2012 Northern Bank senior cup final will feature Brigade and Donemana after the Holm side thumped holders Bready in Saturday’s all-Tyrone semi-final.
The big match gets under way at noon on Friday at Magheramason, the first time that the final will be held at the ground and a big crowd is expected for what should be a thrilling battle between two of the most successful sides of the past decade and more.
There was plenty of league action at the weekend as well; Coleraine moving back to the top of the pile with a huge win at Creevedonnel - the hosts now looking nervously over their shoulder at the wrong end of the table. Fox Lodge won for the third time in a week to move away from the red zone but a tenth straight defeat means that Bonds Glen now face an almost impossible task to avoid the drop.
Brigade kept their slim title hopes alive with a solid victory at home to Glendermott.
In the Sammy Jeffrey Shield Drummond beat Burndennett to claim a place in the final against Eglinton while St Johnston re-joined the villagers in top spot in Division 2 with a low scoring win over Ardmore. Killyclooney remain rooted to the bottom after another heavy defeat, this time at home to Sion Mills.
On Sunday the finals of the Derry Midweek League’s flagship competitions were played at Beechgrove - Saint Johnston seeing off Drummond with just one ball to spare in the Sperrin Springs competition courtesy of 66 not out from Alan MacBeth while Donemana were at it again, beating Limavady to win the Faughan Valley Cup.
Full scorecards in today’s Derry Journal.