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Bann's title challenge is now on the final straight

Banbridge need just two wins from their final four games to land the GOC Estate Agents Ulster Premier League title.

Mark Tumilty's men had no game on Saturday, but the deduction of two points from arch rivals Lisnagarvey over umpire issues - first revealed in the Belfast Telegraph seven weeks ago - leaves them in a strong position going into the run-in.

Bann have a tough four fixtures to finish - Lisnagarvey, Cookstown, Instonians and Annadale - but it would be a shock if they blew matters at this late stage.

There were also two-point deductions for Newry and Belfast Harlequins over umpire issues too, and with Newry losing 2-1 against Annadale on Saturday and Mossley beating Civil Service 4-0, it's wide open around the bottom.

Cookstown chalked up a big 5-0 win over Instonians at Shaw's Bridge where Stuart Smyth struck twice and South Antrim and Portadown maintained their top two positions in Senior One.

GOC Estate Agents Premier League: Instonians 0 Cookstown 5 (S Smyth 2, G Allen, R Millar, R Miller); Newry 1 (R Clarke) Annadale 2 (C Robson, W Edgar); Mossley 4 (N Glassey 2, J Robinson 2) Civil Service 0

Senior One: South Antrim 3 (S Watt, M Getty, W Phillips) Queen's 1 (S McQueen); Portadown 4 (Z McClelland 2, S Kirkland, M Bennett) Bangor 2 (N McKeown 2); Antrim 4 (N McCullough 3, D Mailey) Portrush 1 (A Kerr); North Down 4 (T Donnan, S Forrest, D Shepherd, R Poots) Campbellians 3; PSNI 0 Raphoe 10 (G Patterson 3, C Reegan 2, M Leckey 2, K Meehan, B Wallace, S Cleverley).

Belfast Telegraph