Belfast Telegraph

Championship: Around The Grounds, April 26

By Keith Bailie

Lurgan Celtic will be crowned champions of Championship Two on Tuesday night of they can beat Sport & Leisure Swifts at Knockramer Park (7pm).

Sport & Leisure certainly won’t roll over for the Lurgan side. If they win their three remaining games they still have a chance of promotion, however if Celtic claim the points that will confirm both Colly Malone’s side's promotion and that of Annagh United’s. Elsewhere on Tuesday night, Glebe Rangers host Portstewart.


Sport & Leisure Swifts certainly have a busy week. They travel across the city to Seaview on Thursday night were they will face Newington (7.45pm). Tobermore United finish their season on Friday night when they host Dollingstown, with kick-off set for 6.45pm.


The Belfast Telegraph Championship Two season will come to a close on Saturday afternoon with almost a full round of fixtures. Perhaps the most interesting game is on the Portadown Road, where second-placed Annagh United host league leaders Lurgan Celtic. Depending on mid-week results, this could be a title decider. Ballymoney United’s last game as a Championship Two club will be against Wakehurst at Mill Meadow.


Newington YC boss Eamonn McCarthy will step down as manager after a decade at the Belfast club. His last game in charge will be against Coagh United at Seaview on Saturday. McCarthy famously led Newington to an Irish Cup win over Glentoran in 2012, as well as taking the club into the Northern Ireland Football League.


Larne star Ciaran Murray won the club’s Player of the Season award after a fine first year with the Invermen. Murray joined from Immaculata during the summer and the striker has been a revelation alongside the highly regarded Paul Maguire

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