New Premier Division champions crowned

DE La Salle Reds are the new L & C Premier League champions after notching an emphatic 5-0 win over Abacus Media in their final game of the season.

They went into the fixture with the pressure of knowing only a victory would see them overhaul leaders Moston Brook who had a massive goal difference advantage but, just as last week when the pressure was on to win, De La Salle showed no signs of nerve and cruised to victory.

They now face Moston Brook in the Rhodes Cup final as they look to secure the double.

It promises to be a great cup final at Hyde United on Saturday May 7 kick off at 2.30 pm – the first time that the Rhodes Cup has been on a Saturday afternoon for many years.

Action in Division One was concentrated on the Harry Jack Cup and Didsbury moved into the semi-final after winning their tie with Old Stretfordians on a 5-4 aggregate.

The first leg had seen Didsbury enjoy a 3-1 win and in a great game Strets put in a great effort to win 3-2 with strikes from Kyle O’Glesby and Simon O’Connor (two) but just ran out of steam as Didsbury hung with great defending and they will meet Signol Athletic in the semi-final.

The other game saw Bury Ams take the first step to the last four,where Chadderton Cott await the winner, as they beat Shaw Athletic 3-2 in another tense tie.

Plenty of action in Division Two where midweek games saw Irlam Tiger Rangers win their local derby with Eccles United 2-1 and Sale Amateurs and Baguley Athletic drew 1-1.

Baguley and Sale played the return fixture three days later at the excellent Manchester Health Academy facility and it proved to be a real thriller..

Sale had the bare bones of 11 players and were soon reduced to ten by another injury.

Baguley took advantage with goals from Boyne and Hendley seemingly setting them on the way to a routine win.

But Sale showed terrific spirit as strikes from Asha Brady and Casim Waite-Jackson (two) took them into a remarkable 3-2 lead.

Baguley mounted the pressure as Sale tired and grabbed a point with a late equaliser.

The other games saw Irlam Tiger Rangers move clear at the top with tight 2-1 win over Stretford Paddock reserves and Newton battled hard for a point in a 1-1 deadlock with Eccles United.

There were no games in Division Three but the title race gathered pace in Division A.

Kartel Sports showed their intent as they followed up a 3-1 win over AFC Oldham Reserves with a 4-1 win over Santos, who were on a hot winning streak.

There were no goals at the break but Kartel took the lead on 46 minutes and added two more before Alex Taylor netted the Santos consolation with Kartel adding a late fourth.

Kartel are now three points behind leaders Salford Storm with a game in hand and superior goal difference.

There were goals galore in the other game with Salford Vics reserves beating Trafford United reserves 5-3.

Although the title race in Division B has been decided, there was plenty of action and entertainment.

Spurley Hey played twice in the space of a week, which saw them lose a midweek thriller to Flixton JFC 4-3, before coming up on the right side of an enthralling contest to edge AFC Oldham thirds 6-5.

Flixton’s midweek exertions told, as they went down 3-1 against Hillgate.

It’s still all to play for in Divison C as the top two were in action and both failed to win.

Long-time leaders Dukinfield Athletic lost out 2-1 hosting Eccles United reserves in their final game but second-placed Mellor reserves failed to take full advantage as they shared six goals with Salford Storm reserves.

Mellor are now seven points adrift of Dukinfield with three games in hand.

In midweek Mellor enjoyed a fine 3-1 win over Bury Ams reserves and their title hopes remain in their own hands.

More midweek action saw Govan Athletic Development beat Eccles United reserves 7-2 and Altrincham Hale hammer Stoconians reserves 5-1

The other game in the division was a topsy turvy thriller as Bury Ams reserves won 6-5 at Village Manchester reserves.

In Division D the main game was the Hellawell Shield semi-final between Moston Brook fourths and Altrincham Hale reserves.

Brook emerged with a 3-1 win with goals from Ross, Mills and Roberts topping the strike from Altrincham Hale from Mark Turnbull to book their final slot against Govan Athletic Development at West Didsbury and Chorlton on Thursday May 12.

League action saw Milltown beat AFC Oldham fourths 5-4 to lift themselves into fourth spot.