Westbank top as weather hits games

Collegian's Michael O'Connor skips over Hatmore Harp's John Barrett. (3101PG05)
Collegian's Michael O'Connor skips over Hatmore Harp's John Barrett. (3101PG05)

WESTBANK United moved top of the Premier Division table thanks to a thrilling victory over Brandywell Celtic in a game which boasted ten goals and was the pick of a weather-hit weekend fixture list.

Only seven games went ahead as in the Premier Division, Oxford United failed to field against Clifton Villa, meaning Villa will be awarded the points and Oxford are facing a £50 fine as this is their second offence of this nature. In the only other game that did go ahead in the top flight, Clooney were surprisingly beaten 6-2 by Foyle Harps.

It was all change at the top in the Championship as Red Star move to the summit thanks to their 2-1 win over Foyle Athletic while Newton Heath had an excellent win over Sion and Tamnaherin Celtic defeated Rocking Chair.

In the First Division the Gransha Institute/Oakleaf Celtic and Benbradagh Colts/Collon Celtic games were lost due to unplayable pitches but of those that got the green light, Hatmore Harps defeated Collegians and Strabane Athletic had a very comfortable win over HML.

Forthcoming Fixtures

Saturday, February 3rd; Blue Riband Cup; Tamnaherin Celtic v Strabane Athletic (Lettershandoney); Premier Division; Phoenix Swifts v Creggan Swifts (Prehen 1); Oxford United v Rosemount (Thornhill); Brandywell Celtic v Du Pont (Lisnagelvin 3); Championship; Foyle Athletic v Sion Swifts (Leafair); Red Star v Northside Albion (St. Columb’s Stadium); First Division; Collon Celtic v HML (Daisyfield 2); Benbradagh Colts v Gransha Institute (Park); Oakleaf Celtic v Hatmore Harps (Barra Rd); Top of the Hill Celtic Youth v Collegians (Prehen 6)