Park Bar clinch Premier Division title without kicking a ball!

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PARK BAR quickly got over their McAlinden Cup Final disappointment as they were crowned 2015/16 Premier Division champions on Sunday without kicking a ball!

Colm Cassidy’s troops were scheduled to play Top of the Hill Celtic on Sunday but the Waterside men, whose title challenge ended after a 2-1 defeat to Trojans last Thursday, failed to field a team and Park were handed the trophy.

Results - City Cabs League Cup 1st round - Phoenix 3, Trojans 5; Section Two - Lisahally 2, Culmore 1.

Lisahally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Culmore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

A much changed Lisahally team deservedly took an early lead when Brothers powered a shot into the bottom right corner. Lisahally missed numerous chances before the excellent John Marshall finished well inside the box after good work from Connor Barrow. Culmore were much improved in the second half scoring early to make it 2-1.

Michael Duddy making his debut in the Lisahally net then made an excellent save from a free kick to maintain Lisahally’s lead. Aidan Duddy also made his debut at left back and impressed with a few excellent clearances.

Lisahally held out for a deserved win despite a tense finish to the encounter.

Phoenix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Trojans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Phoenix almost got the opening goal when Mark Healey created space to get a shot off, however, the young Trojans keeper dived low to tip his effort around the post.

Soon afterwards Phoenix did register the opening goal when Healey played in Kevin Kelly and he finished well.

On the stroke of half-time Trojans levelled when Aaron Rogan’s stunning strike gave stand-in Phoenix keeper no chance. Shortly after the break the Creggan men went in front when Paul Simon Tracey fired home from close range. Phoenix made it 2-2 when Kelly got his second of the game but Trojans were soon back in front when, following a fine move, Davin Phelan finished well.

Phoenix refused to let their heads drop and again Healey led by example when chasing down what seemed a lost cause, out-muscled two Trojans defenders and squared the ball for Leonard who equalised. Trojans regained the lead when Harley pounced on a loose ball as Phoenix players stood still claiming the ball had gone out of play and in the closing minutes another young player Coyle put the result beyond doubt for Trojans when he grabbed their fifth to leave the final score 5-3.