Abercorn in control at half-way stage

Abercorn's Mark Crossan moves to bring this pass under control despite pressure from Brandywell Harp's Stephen Melly. (3010PG74)
Abercorn's Mark Crossan moves to bring this pass under control despite pressure from Brandywell Harp's Stephen Melly. (3010PG74)

THIS weekend’s Derry & District F.A. programme has been postponed due to Derry City’s participation in the F.A.I. Cup Final against St. Patrick’s Athletic at the Aviva Stadium.

However, both leagues are now close to reaching the half-way stage in the season and the race for the 2012/13 Premier Division title could prove to be one of the most competitive for years.

In the second week of the campaign, Abercorn claimed the leadership and they have remained on the summit since.

They have already defeated Top of the Hill Celtic and the Park Bar, many people’s favourites for the title.

Current champions, Top of the Hill Celtic, sit in joint second spot, three points in arrears with Trojans, who are enjoying their best season for years, sitting on the same points total as Celtic.

Last season’s First Division champions, Oxford United Stars, have emerged the surprise package and they occupy fourth spot in the table. However, the Park Bar have two games in hand over the top sides, so the men from Francis Street remain very much in the title race.

Lisahally are nine points adrift of the leaders, but they are by no means out of the competition. Tristar are in seventh spot just ahead of Brandywell Harps and Culmore while Don Bosco’s and Porter’s remain three points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Meanwhile, in the First Division, as expected Derry City lead the way and have opened up an eight points gap on the chasing pack but they have played two more games than their nearest challengers, Crescent and Phoenix.

Rocking Chair, in their first season back in the Derry & District F.A. are also in the race for promotion as are Campbell’s.

Ballymoor sit in mid-table, just ahead of Strand United, A.O.H. Harps and The Bentley.

Killea-Nixon’s Corner are experiencing a tough debut season as are Foylebank and Maydown who occupy the basement position.

Next Weekend’s Fixtures

Fixtures for Sunday, November 11th - Premier Division - Culmore v. Tristar, Culmore; Porter’s v. Don Bosco’s, St. Columb’s No. 2 and Oxford United Stars v. Lisahally, Swilly Stadium.

Division One - Ballymoor v. Phoenix, Prehen No. 3

Terry Kelly Memorial Cup - first round - The Bentley v. A.O.H. Harps, Prehen No. 1; Maydown v. Derry City, Strathfoyle; Crescent v. Trojans, Brandywell Stadium; Park Bar v. Campbell’s, Templemore Central; Rocking Chair v. Killea N.C., Brandywell Showgrounds; Brandywell Harps v. Foylebank, St. Columb’s No. 3 and Top of the Hill Celtic v. Strand United, Lisnagelvin No. 2.

Teams are again reminded that they must attend at least one from three Monday night meetings and they must also pick up permits no later than Wednesday.

The will be another meeting this Monday night, November 5th, at 7.30 p.m. and good wishes are extended to Derry City for this Sunday’s final in Dublin.