PREMIER Division champions Top of the Hill Celtic proved too strong for Tristar in their City Cabs League Cup clash on Sunday as they romped to a comfortable 4-0 victory in Section Two of the competition.
Elsewhere in section two, Culmore Colts lost out to Phoenix Swifts who kept alive their chances of progressing in the Cup with three crucial points.
And in Section One Park defeated Oxford and Don Bosco’s lost heavily to Campbell’s.
Results - City Cabs league Cup: Section 1 - Park Bar 2, Oxford 0; Don Bosco’s 1, Campbell’s 4; Section 2 - Tristar 0, Top of the Hill Celtic 4; Culmore Colts 0, Phoenix Swifts 3.
Culmore Colts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0
Phoenix Athletic . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Phoenix Swifts knew a victory was vital if they were to stay in with a chance of progressing from this section of the League Cup.
And the Swifts started the better of the sides and, indeed, managed to take the lead midway through the first half when Steven Harley volleyed home from a tight angle.
After this the Colts began to come into the match more, however, they couldn’t find a way past the Phoenix defence with Henry and Shiels looking solid.
Early in the second half Phoenix doubled their lead when Gareth Doherty struck a stunning volley from 30 yards which gave the Culmore keeper no chance. Doherty was having a fine game for Phoenix and in the closing minutes Doherty and Gary Murray combined well to set Conan Quigley free and he finished well to seal a fine 3-0 victory for the Rosemount side.
Tristar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Top of the Hill Celtic . . . . . . . . . 4
Within the first minute Top of the Hill Celtic took the lead when a mistake at the back from the Tristar defence allowed Colin Murray in on goal and he found the net.
Tristar almost equalised when young Owen McNeil got in behind the Top of the Hill Celtic defence but the keeper saved well.
Top of the Hill dominated the first half, however, Tristar did create a few chances but found no way past Browne in the Top of the Hill goal.
With half-time approaching Top of the Hill doubled their lead with Jason Blackburn slotting home from close range.
In the second half both teams went on the offensive and it was the Waterside club who added a third goal through Pol Brown following a poor backpass from Chris McGarrigle.
With time running out Murray scored his second goal of the game to complete the scoring and a comfortable win for the Premier Division champions.
Don Bosco’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Campbell’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
The young Bosco’s team could only field 10 players and they were made to pay for their numerical disadvantage against the more experienced Campbell’s side.
Campbell’s scored after a couple of minutes when Collett raced through on goal and applied the finish.
It looked like it was going to be one way traffic at this stage but Bosco’s dug in and played some neat football until midway through the half when Campbell’s McCrossan scored the Waterside club’s second.
Bosco’s bossed the rest of the half but couldn’t find a goal for all their good possession.
In the second Bosco’s had a real go but again they couldn’t find the goal that their football deserved. Following a couple of decent efforts Campbell’s broke upfield and Harkin increased the score to 3-0.
Bosco’s kept on pushing and eventually after a swift attack down the right and a cross to the back post to Cooley who set up Arnie Doherty to rifle home.
Bosco’s tired after this and Campbell’s sealed the game when Collett rifled home from the edge of the box.