Celtic Swifts unable to field against Flowers!

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Last Thursday night Derry & District F.A. Premier Division side, Celtic Swifts, were unable to field against title challengers, Three Flowers and, as a result, Three Flowers have been awarded the points to take the title race into the final league match this Sunday.

Meanwhile, in the two McAlinden Cup second round ties, Don Bosco’s were held 1-1 by Lisahally before the Creggan side advance following a penalty shoot-out.

Abercorn, thanks to a goal from Kevin Nixon, defeated a gallant Culmore team. However, the quality of this match was overshadowed by an accidental collision invovling Culmore defender, Robbie Deane, who had to be transported to hospital.

Everyone associated with the Derry & District Football Association wish Robbie a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing the player in action in the Premier Division next season.

Fixtures for this Sunday, April 15th - Premier Division - Top of the Hill Celtic v. Lisahally, Lisnagelvin No. 1; Three Flowers v. Trojans, St. Columb’s No. 3, both these matches kick-off at 11.00 a.m.

McAlinden Cup quarter-finals - all these matches at 11.30 a.m. - The Bentley v. Brandywell Harps, Ardmore; Tristar v. Oxford United Stars, Brandywell Stadium; Strand United v. Abercorn, Brandywell Showgrounds and Don Bosco’s v. Campbell’s, Swilly Stadium.

These games will be previewed in Friday’s issue of the “Journal.”

The semi-finals of the McAlinden Cup will be played on Sunday, April 22nd, with the final scheduled for Sunday, April 29th in the Brandywell, that matching bringing the curtain down on the 2011/12 season.

Meanwhile, the annual general meeting of the Derry & District F.A. will take place in the AOH Clubrooms on Monday, April 23rd next at 7.30 p.m. sharp.

Any new teams wish to enter the Association for the 2012/13 season should hand in their application at the Committee meeting on Monday, April 16th next.

To date, two new teams have applied for membership, City Herald and Derry City F.C.

Teams are again reminded to return ticket money for the Derry & District F.A.’s 90th anniversary celebrations.

On before of everyone associated with the Derry & District Football Association, sincere sympathyis extended to the families of Seamus “Shakes” McDowell and Patsy Sharkey, who passed away recently.

May they rest in peace.

Premier Division Table

P W D L Pts

Top of Hill Cel. 19 16 2 1 50

Three Flowers 16 16 1 2 49

Don Bosco’s 18 9 5 4 32

Tristar 18 9 2 7 29

Porter’s 18 9 2 7 29

Brandywell H. 16 6 3 7 21

Trojans 17 6 2 9 20

Lisahally 18 5 3 10 18

Celtic Swifts 19 3 3 13 12