|Several snaps from Collins Park yesterday where Premier Division leaders Quilligans had to beat former high-flyers Devonshire Arms to fend off pressure on their top spot from Blackpool Rangers.|
The Devonshire Arms famously won this 'reverse fixture' earlier in the season in mid-January 3-1 at a time when Quilligans were suffering a drop in form and all the pundits had the Devvy as 'nailed on' title favourites.
The reigning champions have since benefitted from a resurgence in the quality of their displays since that bleak January of only 2 points from 4 games to win seven Prem matches on the bounce.Devonshire Arms have done superbly this season, only forming in the summer and electing to go straight into the Prem. A brave decision from manager Rossi and his men but one that has been proved right as they have challenged the leading pack for most of the season.
Problems with their home pitch have cost them and too many games crammed in at the end of the season has resulted in some inconsistent performances. Indeed today's match was scheduled for Beacon Hill but had to be switched to Collins Park.Despite an excellent season from challengers Blackpool Rangers, Quilligans still have to drop points to lose the title. A win today – and a win for Rangers at Red Rose – would bring the title down to an exciting last game of the season next sunday between the two rivals.
Jordan Spedding – a regular in the side and into double figures this season for goals scored
All at sea but the ball stayed out
Referee Mark Errington must be wondering what he's done to upset Dave Connor with all these tough games he's getting. Someone should tell Tommo it's rude to point…
Paul Cobb an interested spectator, lining up summer targets perhaps? At only 1-0 up Quill's assistant manager Daz is on the blower to Dad, “is it time to throw Frendy on yet?”
At only 1-0 down, Devvy were pressing and looking threatening. Anybody's game
Relief for Quilligans as deep into the second half they score a second
The game ended 4-0 to Quilligans. Over at Thornton Blackpool Rangers had beated Red Rose 3-0 so it is now 'game-on' next sunday at Collins Park for the Prem title decider