League toasts two new worthy champions

The McCalmont Cup took centre-stage in terms of fixtures, but it was in the junior leagues that the silverware flowed.

The McCalmont Cup took centre-stage in terms of fixtures, but it was in the junior leagues that the silverware flowed.

Callan United marked their return to the Premier Division in perfect fashion, as they grabbed the three points needed to see them clinch the Division One league title.

Simon Burke was the toast of the club, scoring the only goal of the game as United beat Newpark B 1-0 in the city on Saturday afternoon. The result - secured thanks to an Owen Wall penalty save - sees Callan continue a glorious run which has annexed a McCalmont Cup title and promotions from Division Two to the top flight.

Freshford Town were also crowned champions during the week, as their 3-1 win over St Anne’s confirmed their coronation. While Town did miss out on Leinster Junior Cup glory, they have a chance to stay in the hunt for another title when they take on Newpark A in the Maher Shield semi-final this weekend.

The winners of that tie will face Evergreen A in the decider. The city side had an easy passage into the final, getting a walkover from St Anne’s.

There was also a walkover in the McCalmont Cup, as Spa United moved into the next round after Freebooters B conceded the tie. Four other Cup games did go ahead, with Newpark A beating fellow Premier Division side Bridge United A 2-0 in Goresbridge thanks to goals from John Hayes and Ger Wall.

Stoneyford United were also in fine scoring form, beating Castlewarren Celtic 4-1 while East End United A saw off Brookville B 7-0.