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Eastern promise: Carrick Rangers have seen off the likes of Distillery and Ards to claim a spot in tomorrow’s final

Eastern promise: Carrick Rangers have seen off the likes of Distillery and Ards to claim a spot in tomorrow’s final

Eastern promise: Carrick Rangers have seen off the likes of Distillery and Ards to claim a spot in tomorrow’s final

There is no question that Carrick Rangers have been the biggest winners of the traditional festive football period, not only in terms of silverware, but also because of results elsewhere.

Having lifted the Steel & Sons Cup on Christmas morning with a 4-1 victory over fellow Belfast Telegraph Championship One side Harland & Wolff Welders, they were able to put their feet up on Saturday and enjoy watching clubs around them dropping points.

Carrick boss Gary Haveron has stressed that the Seaview victory must not be the high point of their campaign as they seek out title glory, and he would surely have been pleased to see league leaders Bangor defeated 3-2 by Ards in the North Down derby at the weekend.

The result ensures that should Carrick win their five games in hand over the Seasiders, albeit a tough ask, they would surge into a two-point lead at the top. That said, the Welders could also do the very same, if they win their three games in hand over the current front-runners.

Dergview are only two points ahead of the Steel Cup winners, with four more games played, having only managed to draw 2-2 at Ballyclare Comrades. There were also goalless draws between Lisburn Distillery and Donegal Celtic, and between PSNI and Knockbreda.

In Championship Two, Moyola Park failed to make serious inroads on Lurgan Celtic's now six-point advantage at the head of affairs, with a disappointing 1-1 draw with strugglers Tobermore United.

Dollingstown thumped Banbridge 4-0, Coagh United defeated Wakehurst 1-0 and there was a 1-1 draw between Ballymoney United and Glebe Rangers.

On Boxing Day, Championship One club Loughgall made their superiority pay with a 3-1 Bob Radcliffe Cup final win over Championship Two's Annagh United, while Limavady United edged a 1-0 victory over Ardstraw in the final of the North West Craig Memorial Cup.

Other festive finals were much more one-sided, with Castlewellan coasting to a 5-0 victory over Mourne Rovers in the Newcastle League's Bobby Dalzell Cup showpiece, while in the Carnbane League, Newry Celtic romped to a 7-1 win over Clanrye Athletic to lift the Kehoe Cars Bessbrook Cup.

Belfast Telegraph


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