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Football: Boscos close the gap

Champions Don Boscos closed to within a point of the leaders at the top of the Premier Division after they comfortably beat Bluebell.

The match between Oxford and Abercorn was off. In the First Division two games were called off.

The big clash between leaders Don Bosco Youths and Metro went ahead and ended in a 4-0 victory for Metro who now go two points clear at the top. Aaran Nash hit a superb hat trick and Fergal Keely got the goals. Phoenix beat Culmore 1-0.

In the McAlinden Cup Second Round Premier Division side 720 hammered Oxford Colts 6-1.

Connor McDevitt got two as did Martin Bradley while John Bradley and Owen Murphy grabbed the other two. The Colts got a consolation goal from Dee McGinley.

In the quarter-finals Top of the Hill defeated Porters 4-2 and Derry Rovers beat Brandywell Harps 2-0.

On Sunday Porters and Abercorn clash in the match of the day in St Columb's Park.

Crescent, the bottom side take on a Derry Rovers side who a re going through a good run.

Bluebell face Oxford and need to win to stay in the title race. Porters, Rovers and Bluebell should all record wins.

In Division One the big game is the meeting of promotion rivals Three Flowers and Carraig Harps.

Oxford Colts play Culmore and Don Boscos can stay in the promotion race with a victory over Phoenix.

In the McAlinden Cup Trojans and Celtic Swifts will try again to play their second round match while in the quarter final 720 meet Don Boscos.

In the premier division Porters take on Abercorn. Both of these teams are very much in the title race.

Porters sit fifth but do have a couple of games in hand while Abercorn are in third position. Porters were unlucky to be beaten in a cup tie last Sunday so manager Paddy Travers will be hoping they can bounce back in this big match.

They gave away a couple of silly goals last week and that cost them dear. They lost out to their opponents in the first match of the season but will be hoping to get revenge here.

Abercorn mananger Gerry McLoone knows a victory here will take them to joint top along with Top of the Hill.

They will again look to Niall Cooke and John Roulstone to produce the goods up front.

In their last outing they struggled to beat the bottom side so they will have to perform better here if they are to come out on top.

Porters may just about edge this match.

There are also a couple of McAlinden Cup quarter-final to be completed.

The 720 have had it easy so far in this cup knocking out sides from Division One. Last Sunday they put six past Oxford Colts but are unlikely to find the Boscos defence as generous as this tie. They went out early in this cup last season but manager Joe McBrearty feels he has a team that could go all the way this time round. Paul Gormley, Oran Murphy and Tony Deery are playing well at present for them. Cup holders Boscos warmed up for this tie with a good league win last week.

With ex-Derry man Floyd Gilmore now back after injury, this can only help them. Paul Moore and Mickey Rogan are two players who gave 720 the most trouble when they met in the league in October. Boscos manager Jock Dunne knows that they were lucky to come away with a 2-1 victory so another close tie looks likely.

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