Phoenix capture ‘double’

Magee celbrate winning the O'Bryan Cup at the Brandywell on Firday night. (3105Sl05)
Magee celbrate winning the O'Bryan Cup at the Brandywell on Firday night. (3105Sl05)

Phoenix Swifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Clifton Villa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Phoenix Swifts striker, Paul Moore came close to providing his side with a glorious start in the early stages, however, his shot was saved well by Villa goalkeeper, Gavin Bradley.

Almost immediately, Villa responded but Colm Murray dragged his shot well wide of the target with just the keeper left to beat.

The Top of the Hill men were made to rue that missed opportunity as Phoenix broke the deadlock through their stand-out performer this season, Steven Johnston.

Villa thought they had cleared their lines well when Shane McCallion sent in a cross, but Johnstone was on hand to strike home a volley which deflected into the goal to give the league champions the advantage.

Moore was then presented with a promising chance which would have put Phoenix firmly into the driving seat but the striker placed his shot wide when one-on-one with Bradley.

It was seemingly all too comfortable for Phoenix in the first half but Villa showed just why they remain one of the division’s best sides when Neil Harkin sent over a free-kick from the left which was met by James Boyd who headed home the equaliser.

The second half had just got underway when Phoenix regained the lead as a corner from Brendan Canning somehow made its way into the net and it appeared that Logue may have got the decisive touch.

Phoenix Swifts extended their lead when Moore sprinted clear of the Villa defence and he sent a delightful chip over the head of Bradley to give Phoenix a 3-1 lead and destination of the trophy was decided.

Things got worse for Villa when Paul Doherty was given a second yellow card following a rash tackle having already been booked for dissent.