Local football round up, 12th May 2012

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Monday, May 14th, 2012

First Division and Gilmore Cup

Whitecross clinch Division One title

Ally Bann of Whitecross out-muscles his North End Strollers opponent.

Whitecross and North End Strollers met in a title decider at Frank Curran Park. Whoever won this game would be crowned champions as only a point separated the sides before kick off. Whitecross looked to have it sewn up when a hat trick from prolific striker Ally Bann gave them a three goal cushion at half time. To their credit the Strollers kept plugging away and pulled one back 15 minutes into the second half when Joe Fearon smashed home a stunning free kick from 40 yards. Strollers then had a great opportunity to reduce arrears  to one on 77 but Brian Dillon failed to convert a penalty. Whitecross then surged forward and secured the title with a goal fit to win any game. Darren Shields weaved his way through a  couple of challenges, before placing his shot in the corner of the net and sent the Whitecross supporters into euphoria on the sideline.

The victorious Whitecross team with the First Division shield. (Photo courtesy of John Patton)

Bohs claim third place

North End Stroller's Brian Dillon pays close attention to this Whitecross player.

Bohemians continued their fine run of form of late and in the process secured a third place league finish. Goals from Dan Barfield(2), Petey Fallon and Marty McDonnell were enough to see off Cartwheel United 4-2 in Crossmaglen. Bohs would have been in the promotion mix had they shown this form earlier in the campaign but if they can build on this next season, then they shouldn’t be too far away. Milburn KO Rostrevor in Kilbroney Milburn knocked local rivals Rostrevor Rovers out of the Gilmore Cup in Kilbroney. Packy McNulty gave Milburn the lead midway through the first half before Milburn manager Collie Campbell came on to seal the points with a goal in the final minute of the game. Milburn now face Midway United in the second round at Milburn Park this Saturday. First Division League table:
P W D L F A GD  Pts
Whitecross AFC 25 19 3 3 94 31 63 60
North End Strollers 26 18 4 4 61 32 29 58
Bohemians 25 13 4 8 67 46 21 43
Millburn United 26 11 8 7 50 38 12 41
Grasshoppers 25 11 6 8 43 49 -6 39
Drumcashlone 24 11 4 9 46 38 8 37
Midway United 24 10 6 8 49 37 12 36
Rostrevor Rovers 26 9 6 11 42 52 -10 33
Ashgrove Rovers 25 8 7 10 30 41 -11 31
Parkview 25 7 9 9 45 59 -14 30
Villa Rovers 26 6 8 12 39 51 -12 26
Cartwheel United 24 7 2 15 35 59 -24 23
Clanrye Athletic 26 5 6 15 50 86 -36 21
Newry Juventus 25 4 1 20 39 71 -32 13

Fr. Davies Cup

Holders Cleary Celtic are through to the second round of the Fr.Davis Cup after a 3-1 victory over Rockview United at Willie Davis Park. They have their work cut out for them though as they take on either Newry Celtic or Bessbrook in the second round.

Action between Whitecross and North End Strollers.

Goals from Liam McCartan(2), Gareth White, Adrian Barry and Jimmy Russell saw Windmill Stars run out comfortable winners over Woodside at Orior Park. Windmill now play Ballybot United in the second round. Killeavy’s 5-3 victory over Crieve Rovers means they will take on the winners of Windmill Stars and Ballybot United in the quarter final. The remaining first round ties are as follows: Killowen Celtic v Damolly Utd – Tues 15th May at Kilbroney Park Finn Harps v Kilkeel Athletic – Wed 16th May at Frank Curran Park Bessbrook Utd v Newry Celtic – Thurs 17th May at Orior Park All second round ties will be played on Saturday 19th May. The pictures below are of  the Whitecross League clinching win over North End Strollers: [nggallery id=20] Results First Division Cartwheel United  2 – 4  Bohemians North End Strollers  1 – 4  Whitecross AFC Villa Rovers  1 – 2  Drumcashlone Gilmore Cup Rostrevor Rovers  0 – 2  Millburn United Fr.Davies Cup Round 1 Rockview United  1 – 3  Cleary Celtic Woodside  0 – 5  Windmill Stars Fr.Davies Cup Round 2 Killeavey United  5 – 3 Crieve Rovers
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