SML: City Colts in Gilfillan last four but Celtic slip

A helpless Strabane goalkeeper Dylan Early can only watch as this near post cross is finished off by Colts Robbie Deane during Saturday's Gilfillan Cup quarter-final game at Prehen. DER4115MC036

A helpless Strabane goalkeeper Dylan Early can only watch as this near post cross is finished off by Colts Robbie Deane during Saturday's Gilfillan Cup quarter-final game at Prehen. DER4115MC036

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With a descending fog falling in the Foyle Valley at the weekend, it was questionable whether a full SML programme would go ahead but City Colts will be thankful it did after securing a Gilfillan Cup semi-final place.

In the Premier Division, Brandywell Celtic were halted in their tracks after being defeated beaten 3-2 by struggling Hatmore Harps while Westbank had an easy win over a Bentley side that were struggling to get a side out. Creggan got back to winning ways as they defeated Tamnaherin Celtic by the odd goal in five while Du Pont had a good win as they saw off HML 4-2. In the only other top flight game Clifton Villa beat Rosemount 5-2.

City Colts winger Robbie Deane gets in a cross early in the second half of Saturday's game against Strabane Athletic at Prehen. DER4115MC039

City Colts winger Robbie Deane gets in a cross early in the second half of Saturday's game against Strabane Athletic at Prehen. DER4115MC039

In the Championship, Phoenix Athletic Colts scored deep in to injury time to defeat Tristar but Foyle Harps still lead the way after defeating Foyle FC 4-0. Newton Heath had a good 5-3 win over but Artigarvan are £10 ‘lighter’ as they failed to report on their game with Dungiven.

Forthcoming Fixtures

Saturday, October 24th; Premier Division - Rosemount v Hatmore Harps (Lisnagelvin 2); Creggan Swifts v Brandywell Celtic (Showgrounds); Bentley v Tamnaherin Celtic (Prehen 6); Westbank United v Du Pont (Prehen 1)

Championship - Culmore v Phoenix Athletic Colts (Culmore); Foyle Harps v Tristar (Templemore Central); Strabane Athletic v Newton Heath (Strabane); Clooney v Sion Swifts (St. Columb’s 2); City Colts v Artigarvan (Lisnagelvin 4); Dungiven v Foyle FC (Dungiven);

Saturday 31st October; Blue Riband Cup - Culmore v Clooney (Culmore); Rosemount v Sion Swifts (Prehen 1); Tamnaherin Celtic v Dungiven (Lettershandoney); Newton Heath v Du Pont (Showgrounds); Bentley v Foyle FC (Lisnagelvin 2); Tristar v City Colts (Lisnagelvin 4)

Premier Division - Westbank v Brandywell Celtic (Prehen 4); Clifton Villa v Hatmore Harps (Prehen 6); HML v Creggan Swifts (Templemore Central);