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Onions all but clinch promotion

Flanagan’s Onions have one foot in the Premier Division door with one game left to play in the First Division following their 2-1 win over X’Roads on Saturday night.

Onions needed three points in that game at BAA Field and goals from Darren Doolin and Keston Lewis were enough to beat their rivals who scored through Khomeini Talbot.

The gap between second-placed Flanagan’s and third-placed BAA remains three points heading into the last weekend, although barring any unforeseen situations they should go up.

Onions hold the goal difference advantage (+53) over BAA (+32).

“Everyone is very happy right now,” said Onions coach Michael Ward. “The lads were able to enjoy themselves on Saturday night knowing that they had picked up a very good result, and a very important result.

“I thought we were always in control of the game and the score should have reflected that but we were not clinical enough in front of goal and it would have been nice to have gotten the third goal to see them off.

“Credit to X’Roads as they made it difficult for us in the second half but we managed to hang onto the lead.”

BAA continued their recent run of form, beating Prospect 7-1 at Police Field to close the gap in the goal difference column to to 19.

Quintonio Lema grabbed a hat-trick while Ian Simmons (2) and Kevin Bean also chipped in with goals.

While admitting the side needed a miracle to gain promotion, technical director Kenny Thompson said he was pleased with his side for their fight to stay in the promotion race.

“We are really proud of the group considering they are still in high school, so we have blended some younger guys with the more senior players to strike a nice blend for the team,” said Thompson.

“The group has done well given last year this time they were just getting their feet wet in the senior divisions. This time around we told them to make a push for promotion and at the very least be in with a shout with two or three games left to make a push.

“As it stands it comes down to the final day should Flanagan’s lose, we would have to score a lot of goals and this is a part of their continued development.

“The combination of playing spectacular football and winning games go hand in hand so it is pleasing to see that we are in this position and we can continue to press for our mark of promotion to the top flight.”

Already crowned First Division champions, Wolves beat Paget 2-0 at White Hill Field courtesy of goals from Tory Davis and Vincent Minors jr.

Young Men’s Social Club were the biggest winners of the weekend, thrashing Ireland Rangers 12-1 at Bernard Park.

Social Club got four goals from Robert Rawlins, two each from Zeiko Lewis, Charmari Burns and Andrew Samuels, and single tallies from Derwin Adams and Brighton Swan. Anton Bean scored the lone goal for Ireland Rangers.

Hamilton Parish beat Somerset Eagles 4-1 on Friday night at Devonshire Rec.

Marcel Dill grabbed a hat-trick and Dejon Simmons also snatched a goal for Parish, while Kyle Williams struck for Eagles in the loss.

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Published March 20, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 20, 2012 at 9:10 am)

Onions all but clinch promotion

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