Big Surprises in Gilfillan Cup ‘Semis’

Cliftonvilla's James Boyd puts this free kick just wide during the Gillfillan Cup semi final clash at Lisnagelvin. (0312SL02)
Cliftonvilla's James Boyd puts this free kick just wide during the Gillfillan Cup semi final clash at Lisnagelvin. (0312SL02)

PHOENIX Swifts and Brandywell Celtic will contest the 2012 Gilfillan Cup Final on St. Stephen’s Day having defeated Cliftonv Villa and Westbank Unitedrespectively in last weekend’s semi-finals.

Swifts enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 victory over Clifton Villa to book their place in the final while last season’s defeated finalists, Brandywell, gain revenge on holders, Westbank United, having secured a 3-2 win after extra-time to secure their place.

This season’s final will be played in Wilton Park at 10.30 a.m. on St. Stephen Day.

Meanwhile, in the Championship the leaders Strabane Athletic were held to a 1-1 result by Northside Stars and that allowed Benbradagh Colts to close the gap on the leaders as they defeated Newton Heath.

In the First Division, the joint league leaders, Art Deco and Collon Celtic, went head-to-head and they had to settle for a point apiece while Tristar enjoyed a 2-1 win over Oxford United.

HML defeated Culmore to close the gap on the leaders while Collegians were drawing 2-2 in their game with Oakleaf Celtic when a serious injury sustained by Gerard McDermott saw the game abandoned. Everyone associated with the Saturday Morning League wishes Gerard a speedy recovery after he sustained what appeared to be a suspected fractured ankle.

Next Weekend’s Fixtures

Saturday, December 8th - Premier Division; Brandywell Celtic v Creggan Swifts (Showgrounds); Clooney v Clifton Villa (Lisnagelvin 2); Rosemount v Phoenix Swifts (St Columbs 2); Du Pont v Foyle Harps (Du Pont); Westbank United v Drumahoe (Prehen 6).

The Championship - Strabane Athletic v Benbradagh Colts (Prehen 1); Sion Swifts v Tamnaherin Celtic (Strabane); Newton Heath v Gransha Institute (Lisnagelvin 4).

First Division - Greysteel Celtic v HML (Vale Centre); Art Deco v Collegians (Leafair Park); Oakleaf Celtic v Tristar(Templemore Central) and Culmore v Hatmore Harps (Culmore).

The SML Committee have decided that next Saturday’s fixtures will be the last fixtures before the Christmas break. This will allow Derry City Council to carry-out some important maintenance work on the pitches and as the League is well up to date with the fixture list, the Committee has opted to take this break earlier than usual to allow that work get underway,

That should mean minimum disruption to the fixture list after the Christmas break.