Dollingstown win promotion

Dollingstown manager Gary Duke.
Dollingstown manager Gary Duke.

Dollingstown finally achieved the Mid-Ulster club’s Irish League dream today (Saturday) with a 5-2 home win against Brantwood in the promotion play-off.

A 2-1 deficit from the midweek first leg left Brantwood with the upper hand entering the Planters Park meeting.

However, first-half goals by Adam Walker and Neil Clydesdale turned the tie before Colin Cunningham grabbed a decisive hat-trick after the interval.

Nine-man Brantwood scored directly from a free-kick and grabbed a second on the day with a penalty kick during the 6-4 aggregate defeat.

Dollingstown - fresh from a Mid-Ulster clean sweep - now face a crucial summer in preparation for next season’s NIFL Championship Two debut campaign.

See next week’s Lurgan Mail for full coverage and check out the website on Monday for video interviews with Hubert Watson and Gary Duke.