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Mid Ulster League round-up January 4

Dollingstown became the first domestic trophy winners of 2014 as they lifted the Premier Cup last Friday at Armagh City's Holm Park.

Despite the Arctic conditions, the match was well supported and Dollingstown beat Camlough Rovers more comprehensively than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.

Neil Clydesdale scored just before half time and a freak goal direct from a corner, assisted by the ever-present gale blowing down the pitch, some 15 minutes from the end saw Gary Duke's team lift the Cup.

In other matters, Tandragee Rovers secured a point at Banbridge Rangers to remain at the head of the Intermediate A Division.

Despite their inactivity, Lower Maze remain in second on goal difference from Broomhill, Fivemiletown United and Ballymacash Rangers.

In the B section, Dungannon Tigers, 5-0 winners over Oxford Sunnyside and Laurelvale, who conquered Banbridge AFC 4-2, both won to maintain their title challenge.

Hill Street started the New Year well as they maintained their position at the top of Division 1 after a narrow 3-2 win over Dungannon Rovers.

Coalisland Athletic had a comprehensive win at Gilford Crusaders and Lurgan Institute were in fine form at Derryhirk United.

Donaghmore squeezed three points out of their match at Armagh Celtic to remain at the top of Division 2, while Red Star won 2-1 against promotion rivals Glenavy to maintain their challenge.

A big weekend in Division 3 saw four of the promotion challengers meet. Whilst leaders White City and Sandy Hill fashioned a point each in a 1-1 draw, the big winners were Cookstown Celtic, who beat Rectory Rangers 2-0 and Lurgan United, who defeated Donacloney.

Knockmenagh Swifts won their crucial match with Union Lusa to take over the leadership of Division 4 from Goodyear, who were held to a 2-2 draw away to Aghalee Village, who secured their first point of the season at the 13th attempt.

Old rivals St Mary’s and Silverwood United clashed in the Marshall Cup and it was the Saints who marched on courtesy of a narrow 3-2 win.

Ambassadors also had a narrow extra time win against Armagh Rovers but Broomhill had a more comfortable passage against Celtic Club (LN1) in a 3-0 win.

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