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and another one bites the dust

Fortwilliam on form against Hillsborough
With their recent move to Deriaghy, Hillsborough have found a new lease of life. Club numbers have grown dramatically with lots of new talent pushing the regulars. On Tuesday, they continued their challenge for League honours no doubt expecting to consolidate their 2nd place. But they didn't reckon on a revitalised Fortwilliam.

Visitors, Fortwilliam, suffered an ignominious 4-1 defeat at home early in the season. The New Year, though, has seen a transformation in the teams fortunes. Perhaps some shady deal done with North Belfast and a free transfer of Eamonn Walls has something to do with it but the team has maintained a clean sheet against good opposition since the Christmas break.

While Arsenal played on the big-screen next door, Fortwilliam ignored the distraction and held Hillsborough to an even score after four boards, with a good win by youngster Conor McEwan on board 5. The match result depended on top board and Martin Donaghy looked to have the best of it against Bruce McLean. An awkward position where precision was essential; Bruce conceded to give Fortwilliam the match.

Along with Bangor Groomsport, Fortwilliam renew their challenge for the League with Hillsborough, Bombardier and Bangor Barracudas all suffering since the New Year. Despite RVH Hawks sudden return to form and claim on League title, doubts remain about their consistency and the derby match in Bangor on Thursday may be the turning point which determines League honours.
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