Creggan Swifts top of SML tree at Christmas

PENALTY . . . . Foyle Harps Odhran McConnell (10) puts the Sion goalkeeper the wrong way as he slots home the opening goal of Saturday's league encounter at a rain-swept Leafair. DER4915MC030

PENALTY . . . . Foyle Harps Odhran McConnell (10) puts the Sion goalkeeper the wrong way as he slots home the opening goal of Saturday's league encounter at a rain-swept Leafair. DER4915MC030

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For the third week in succession the entire programme in The Bentley Bar North West Saturday Morning League was decimated by the weather but remarkably two games were given the go ahead with one game in the Premiership and one in the Championship.

In the Premier Division Creggan Swifts will top the league over the festive period thanks to an excellent draw against rivals Clifton Villa while in the Championship, Foyle Harps move an amazing eleven points clear at the top of the table thanks to their good win over Sion Swifts.

Sion's Stephen Duddy battles his way through two Foyle Harps defenders during Saturday's encounter at Leafair. DER4915MC032

Sion's Stephen Duddy battles his way through two Foyle Harps defenders during Saturday's encounter at Leafair. DER4915MC032

Premier Division

Clifton Villa 2

Creggan Swifts 2

Creggan will be sitting on top of the heap over the Christmas period thanks to this hard earned draw against Clifton Villa.

Indded, the Swifts have their keeper to thank for the result as Villa threatened to run riot in the second half but almost every time they did breech the Creggan defence they found ‘Man of the Match’, Paul McConway, in outstanding form in the Creggan goal.

Creggan bossed the first half, taking the game to Villa and on 15 minutes they opened their account as Eoghan McNeill finished off a good move to give his side a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later and it was 2-0 as PJ Ward doubled Creggan’s lead. Swifts had a excellent chance to finish the game off but they failed to capitalise and that would come back and haunt them later in the game.

Villa managed to get back into the game as half-time approached with former Finn Harps star, Dee McNulty, scoring to leave just one goal between the sides going in to the break.

The Waterside men took the game to Creggan in the second half and created some very good chances but when they did manage to get in behind the Creggan defence, they found McConway in brilliant form. Villa did eventually pull level with a goal from Jay Blackburn but Creggan may have been the happier of these two sides to get out of this game with a point.

Championship

Sion Swifts 2

Foyle Harps 5

Harps will lead the way in The Championship over the Christmas period thanks to this bloodless win over Sion Swifts at the weekend which sees them shoot 11-points clear at the top of the table.

Harps were awarded a penalty after just 10 minutes play and Dylan Mooney kept his composure to slot home from the spot to make it 1-0. Sion managed to get back on level terms after 20 minutes when Ross Porter scored but Harps quickly retook the lead as a smart cross into the Sion penalty area saw Daley Powell head powerfully past the keeper.

As half time approached Foyle Harps strengthened their grip on the game when Oran McConnell scored to give Harry McCourt a comfortable 3-1 lead going in to the interval.

The second half saw Harps push on to kill the game and they extended their lead when McConnell scored his second of the game to put Harps 4-1 in front.

The game died for a period after that goal and it took until 10 minutes from time to see the next goal and again it fell to Foyle Harps with McConnell completing his hat trick with a nice finish.

Sion managed to score a stoppage time consolation through Mark Carlin but it was too little, too late as Harps cruised to another win.