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Britton keen to wrap up title early against old Donemana pals

 

Andy Britton
Andy Britton

By Ian Callender

Seven days after lifting the North West Senior Cup, Brigade skipper Andy Britton will experience an even more satisfying feeling tomorrow evening if the Long's SuperValu Premiership leaders beat Donemana.

The former Donemana player  returns to his roots knowing a win - or possibly even a narrow defeat - will be enough to win the title with two games to spare.

Last week, he jokingly asked: "Do you think they would give me the trophy at Donemana?" The answer to that is 'no' but it wouldn't stop the champagne being uncorked in the away dressing room if they can call themselves league champions for the first time since 2011.

As 11 wins out of 11 would indicate, the Beechgrove side have been a class apart this season with every player contributing and there could be a double celebration this weekend because on Sunday they face Donemana again, this time in the final of the White Horse Blast at Strabane, with the prize for the winners a place in the All-Ireland T20 finals at Stormont on August 25.

Two other trophies could be decided this weekend, with Killyclooney playing Fox Lodge in the Women's Cup final tonight and if Burndennett beat the weather and Ardmore and Newbuildings, they will win promotion to the top flight as winners of the Championship.

CIYMS were matching Brigade win for win in the Robinson Services Premier League until two weeks ago but the surprise loss at Carrickfergus - the day after their NCU T20 Cup success - is still their only setback and victory against second-placed North Down tomorrow should turn their last five matches into a procession to the title.

The first of the remaining five games is actually on Sunday with CI due to visit Instonians, who are desperate for points at the other end of the table but anything they get this weekend will be a bonus as first up today is the visit of Waringstown.

The most important game of the league weekend could be at Moylena tomorrow where Muckamore face Lisburn, who are just one win better off than Instonians and Muckamore. Having played a game fewer than the Antrim side, Lisburn will feel that a win there should be enough to retain their top-flight status.

TONIGHT: NW Women's Cup final: Killyclooney v Fox Lodge (Burndennett, 6.30pm)

TOMORROW (12pm): Robinson Services Premier League: Civil Service North v Carrickfergus (11am), Instonians v Waringstown, Muckamore v Lisburn, North Down v CIYMS (11.30am). Sunday: Instonians v CIYMS, Muckamore v Waringstown.

Section One: Ballymena v Woodvale, Cregagh v Bangor, Donaghcloney Mill v Armagh, Downpatrick v Holywood, Templepatrick v Derriaghy. Sunday: Armagh v Derriaghy, Ballymena v Holywood (Match 2).

Section Two: BISC v Monaghan, Cliftonville Academy v Laurelvale, Lurgan v Cooke Collegians, Saintfield v Belfast Superkings.

Long's SuperValu Premiership: Ballyspallen v Strabane, Coleraine v Bready, Donemana v Brigade, Eglinton v Glendermott

Championship: Bonds Glen v Killyclooney, Burndennett v Ardmore, Newbuildings v St Johnston. Sunday: Newbuildings v Burndennett.

SUNDAY (White Horse Blast Finals Day, Strabane): Ardmore v Fox Lodge (12pm), Donemana v Brigade (4pm).

Gallagher Women's Challenge Cup Final (2pm): Civil Service North v Muckamore (Stormont).

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