Sunday 21 January 2018

Champions edge closer to another league title

THE champions are moving ever closer to clinching the title again with a draw with their nearest challengers Shamrocks on Thursday last giving Muirhevnamor a four-point lead at the top with three games to play.

Shamrocks have a game in hand with four to play, but it is hard to see them stopping Muirhevnamor from capturing the pennant yet again, especially if they, as expected, beat Rampart Celtic on Thursday night.

That would open a seven-point gap, and they are guaranteed another three points the following Tuesday when they are due to play Dundalk Inter who have withdrawn from the league conceding walkovers in their last two games.

The champions final game is against neighbours Doolargy the following Friday, but by then the title race could be over.

Shamrocks remaining fixtures are against Doolargy next Tuesday, Saint Dominic's the following Friday, Bay the Tuesday after and they also have a postponed game against Muirhevnamor Youths to play as well.

The crucial game between the top two saw Mickey O'Kane for the champions and Aidan Sheekey for Shamrocks exchange a goal apiece.

Clancy Cup Final

MUIRHEVNAMOR and Shamrocks will contest the final of the Clancy Cup on Saturday at Clancy Park, kick-off 7.30pm.

Nothing has separated the sides this season. They drew two-all and one-all, respectively in their two league meetings.

Shamrocks are the last side to down the champions, beating them 3-1 after extra-time to capture the premier division cup last season to deny them a clean sweep of all four trophies by ending a 50 games unbeaten run stretching over two and a half seasons.

Meanwhile, the quarter-finals of the McConville Cup commenced on Monday night, with Shamrocks gaining an automatic place in the semi-finals with opponents Dundalk Inter withdrawing from the league.

In the other tie that night Saint Dominic's, beaten finalists last year, edged out Shamrock Youths on a 3-2 scoreline, courtesy of goals by Mark Savage and Stuart Osborne. Cody McGuill and Anto Reilly scored for the youths.

The Argus

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