SML: Controversy spoils weekend league action

Aaron Doherty scores a belter to even the match between Creggan Swifts and Brandywell Celtic. 241015CG
Aaron Doherty scores a belter to even the match between Creggan Swifts and Brandywell Celtic. 241015CG

The Saturday Morning League faced a weekend of controversy, with three scheduled games failing to either kick-off or, indeed, finish last weekend.

In the Premier Division Rosemount were due to face Hatmore Harps and with both sides changed and ready to start, the appointed referee failed to show up.

Brandywell Celtic's Gary Melly defends the ball during their clash with Creggan Swifts at the Showgrounds on Saturday. 241015CG

Brandywell Celtic's Gary Melly defends the ball during their clash with Creggan Swifts at the Showgrounds on Saturday. 241015CG

In the game involving The Bentley and Tamnaherin Celtic, the Bentley had taken the lead but the referee, having approached the Tamnaherin management, abandoned the fixture before half-time and, no doubt, the SML Committee will examine the official’s report at the next meeting.

Meanwhile, in the Championship the Tristar manager left his post on Friday and with no one to organise the team, they had to forfeit their fixture against Foyle Harps.

In the games that did kick-off, Creggan Swifts narrowly defeated Brandywell Celtic in a seven goal thriller and Westbank United enjoyed an easy win over Du Pont.

In the Championship Phoenix Athletic Colts fought back from 3-0 down to win in Culmore while Strabane Athletic hammered Newton Heath. Sion Swifts recorded a good win over Clooney while City Colts cruised past Artigarvan while Dungiven and Foyle F.S. shared the spoils in the final game.

Forthcoming Fixtures

Saturday, October 31st - Blue Riband Cup - Culmore v Clooney (Culmore); Rosemount v Sion Swifts (Prehen No 1); Tamnaherin Celtic v Dungiven (Lettershandoney); Newton Heath v Du Pont (Showgrounds); Bentley v Foyle FC (Lisnagelvin No 2); Tristar v City Colts (Lisnagelvin No 4);

Premier Division; Westbank v Brandywell Celtic (Prehen No 4); Clifton Villa v Hatmore Harps (Prehen No 6); HML v Creggan Swifts (Templemore Central).