Contrasting fortunes for leagues leaders

Foyle Harps Charlie McCormick attempts a cross as Andy Barr of Oxford Utd blocks the ball during their SML game at Thornhill.  (0612JB15)
Foyle Harps Charlie McCormick attempts a cross as Andy Barr of Oxford Utd blocks the ball during their SML game at Thornhill. (0612JB15)

THERE were contrasting fortunes for the leaders in the top two divisions at the weekend with Phoenix Swifts strenghtening their Premier title credentials while Drumahoe lost at home to Red Star.

In all, 11 of the scheduled 12 games went ahead, the only game lost to the weather Du Pont’s meeting with Creggan Swifts. In the Premier Division there were also wins for Westbank United and Foyle Harps while in the Championship Newton Heath defeated Rocking Chair, Sion got the better of Northside Albion and Foyle Athletic and Tamnaherin Celtic had to settle for a draw.

In the First Division, Gransha Institute continue to dominate while Collon Celtic had to come from 2-0 down to win 4-2. Hatmore Harps and Benbradagh Colts shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw while HML beat Top of the Hill 3-2.

Gransha Institute centre forward Darren McFadden was badly injured in their game and it looks like he could be out for a lengthy period and everyone associated with the league wishes Darren a speedy recovery.

Forthcoming Fixtures

Saturday, December 10th; Premier Division; Creggan Swifts v Brandywell Celtic (Showgrounds); Foyle Harps v Du Pont (Templemore Central); Clooney v Rosemount (Prehen 6); Phoenix Swifts v Oxford United (St. Columb’s 2); Championship; Red Star v Newton Heath (Clondermott); Northside Albion v Rocking Chair (Leafair); Tamnaherin Celtic v Drumahoe (Lettershandoney); Sion Swifts v Foyle Athletic (Strabane); First Division; Gransha Institute v Oakleaf Celtic (Lisnagelvin 2); Benbradagh Colts v Collegians (Dungiven); Top of the Hill Celtic Youth v Strabane Athletic (Prehen 1); Collon Celtic v HML (Lisnagelvin 4);