Park Bar installed as favourites for D&D league title

PREMIER CHAMPIONS!. . . .The Park Bar FC players and officials celebrate after clinching the D&D Premier League title at St. Columb's Park on Thursday night last. 2304JM02

PREMIER CHAMPIONS!. . . .The Park Bar FC players and officials celebrate after clinching the D&D Premier League title at St. Columb's Park on Thursday night last. 2304JM02

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LAST season’s Premier Division champions, Park Bar have been installed as favourites to retain the title ahead of the season’s big kick-off on August 25th next.

It will be a new-look league format this season as there will be only one division following the withdrawal of Don Bosco’s, Killea N.C., The Bentley, George’s Bar and Strand United.

Only one new team, Culmore Colts has joined the Association this year.

This leaves 17 teams in total who will play each other once before the top eight and bottom nine split into two sections where teams will play each other once.

And Park Bar will be expected to be contesting at the top of the league table given manager, Colm Cassidy has added a few experienced players to an already strong squad.

And last season’s runners-up, Top of the Hill Celtic will once again be a force to be reckoned with. Sean Harkin has stepped down so Niall McLaughlin will be assisted by Colm Logue this season.

Trojans enjoyed a superb season last year lifting the Poundsworth Top Four Cup and reaching both the Terry Kelly and McAlinden Cup Finals as well as a top three league finish.

Paul Higgins will again be manager, assisted by Raymond Carton.

Oxford United Stars were the surprise package last season, finishing fourth under Paul Roddy and reaching the semi-finals of two of the three knock-out cups,

Abercorn are reported to have been busy during the summer, recruiting some new players and will be looking to improve on last term’s fifth place finish.

Lisahally boss, Noel O’Donnell has also added a few new players and will be hoping for an improvement in his team’s home form.

Robbie Lamberton has taken over from Ryan Horner as Tristar coach this year and he will be seeking major changes.

Brandywell Harps boss, Liam Deery will once again have a youthful team but they will not be pushovers.

Culmore came good as last season came to a close so they will be hopeful of building on that.

John McConnelogue took over for Porter’s midway through last season and he has strengthened his squad.

Derry City coach, Eddie Seydak will be confident his First Division champions will give a good account of themselves this year while runners-up, Campbell’s will be looking for a top six finish.

Phoenix manager, Christy McGeehan will know his side face an uphill battle this year while Gerard Morrow of Crescent has added to his squad.

Peter Leonard has taken control of a youthful Ballymoor team and they might find it tough while A.O.H and newcomers Culmore Colts will find this league a major step-up.

Meeting

A meeting will be held in the A.O.H. Hall, Foyle Street at 7.30 p.m. on Monday, August 19th. All players’ registration forms must be handed in at this meeting.