Phoenix stake strong claim for title

PHOENIX Swifts enhanced their chances of winning the Saturday Morning League’s Premier Division title when ending the challenge of Westbank last weekend following a 4-2 victory.

Du Pont recorded victory over Newton Heath and Oxford defeated Creggan Swifts while Clooney continued their good run of form with a victory over Top of the Hill Celtic Youth.

In the Championship Foyle Harps are back on top of the table thanks to a 4-0 win over Rocking Chair while Magee were knocked off top spot lost 2-1 to Tamnaherin Celtic. Benbradagh Colts, Red Star and Drumahoe also recorded very good wins over Foyle Athletic, Hatmore Harps and HML.

Only nine games were played at the weekend as the Premier Division fixture between Abercorn and Clifton Villa was called off due to a bereavement in the Villa camp and the Championship game involving Sion Swifts and Northside Albion was also called off as remedial work was been done on the pitch in Strabane.

Forthcoming Fixtures - Tonight (Tuesday), Premier Division - Clifton Villa v Oxford United (Lisnagelvin No. 2); Championship -Northside Albion v Red Star (Prehen No. 6).

Tomorrow (Wednesday), Premier Division - Clooney v Phoenix Swifts (Lisnagelvin No. 4); Championship - Drumahoe v Foyle Athletic (YMCA); Hatmore Harps v Rocking Chair (Swilly Stadium).

Thursday, May 6th, Premier Division - St. Columb’s College v Tamnaherin Celtic (Buncrana Road).

Saturday, May 7th - Premier Division - Brandywell Celtic v Clifton Villa (St. Columb’s No 3); Phoenix Swifts v Abercorn (Prehen No. 1); Westbank United v Newton Heath (Leafair Park).

Championship - Foyle Harps v Benbradagh Colts (Lisnagelvin No 2); Northside Albion v Magee University (Prehen No 6); Red Star v Collegians (Templemore Central); Rocking Chair v HML (Lisnagelvin); Tamnaherin Celtic v Sion Swifts (Lettershandoney); St. Columb’s College v Drumahoe (Buncrana Road).