PHOENIX Swifts have the chance to complete their total domination of this season’s Saturday Morning League as they attempt to claim a fourth title when taking on Creggan Swifts in the Blue Riband Cup Final at Brandywell Stadium. (Kick-off 2 p.m., Admission £2).
Colm Cassidy’s side have already been crowned Premier Division champions and lifted both the North West Champions League and Gilfillan Cup this season but Creggan Swifts have been one of the most improved teams in the top flight and will provide a stern test.
The Blue Riband Cup final will form part of a double header of finals tomorrow as the O’Bryan Cup will also be decided at Wilton Park on the Limavady Road where Drumahoe and Oakleaf Celtic lock horns. (Kick-off 10.30 a.m., Admission £2)
Supporters of all four clubs are reminded that alcohol will not be permitted at either venue.
O’Bryan Cup Final
Drumahoe v Oakleaf Celtic
(Wilton Park kick-off 10.30 a.m.)
The first of tomorrow’s cup finals will see Premier Division side, Drumahoe take on First Division outfit, Oakleaf Celtic to see who will lift the O’Bryan Cup.
Drumahoe, will, however, be playing their football in the Championship next season having been relegated, therefore this should be an even contest.
Terry Martin’s Drumahoe side failed to win a single game in the Premiership so they will be determined to end the season with a certain degree of success.
Indeed, they have managed to string a series of good results together in this competition and can now end their season with some silverware.
Oakleaf Celtic also failed to set the First Division alight but they have also managed to rejuvenate themselves for this competition and Donal O’Neill and Donal Sheehan will have their squad pumped up for this game.
Drumahoe have been playing much better opposition all season and that will stand to their advantage and although they had great difficulty in getting results, that experience will have counted for something.
Oakleaf have some very experienced players in their squad who have played at senior level and although those days may have past, their experience in a game of this nature will be invaluable to the younger players in the squad and that could be the catalyst for them to raise their game.
This is a one-off game and any of the two sides are more than capable of winning the cup but Drumahoe will start this game as favourites.
The underdog tag may suit Oakleaf, however, as it will take some of the pressure off their younger players.
This final should be a very entertaining, open game of football and one that Drumahoe will be tipped by many to win.
Blue Riband Cup Final
Phoenix Swifts v
(Brandywell kick-off 2pm Admission £2)
The curtain falls on what has been an excellent season in the Saturday Morning League with two of the top sides from the Premier Division going head-to-head to lift the coveted Blue Riband Cup.
Phoenix Swifts, under the stewardship of Colm Cassidy, have enjoyed a clean sweep of all the major trophies so far this season as they have already collected the Champions League Trophy, Gilfillan Cup and the Premier League title and they will be going all here with all guns blazing to secure a fourth.
Standing in the road though is Creggan Swifts who were without doubt one of the most improved sides in the Premier Division last season and Declan Divan has this Creggan side playing some very good football.
Divan will need to get his gameplan spot on for this game as Phoenix are quite an effective side on their day and when they are on their game they can be a very hard side to break down. One certain winner tomorrow will be the spectators as they should be served up a treat as an open game is expected and that should ensure that we see plenty of action in both penalty areas.
Both teams managers are playing their cards very close to their chest and their respective starting 11 is unknown at this stage.
However, Phoenix are creatures of habit and they should be starting with a very familiar looking side while Divan in the Creggan camp could spring a surprise to his starting line-up.
This is a very tough game to call and either of these two sides are more than capable of winning the cup but given what Phoenix Swifts have done already this season they will no doubt start the game as favourites but Creggan may have something to say about that.