Copany Rovers need a point to seal CT Ball Division Two

Copany Rovers need a point to seal CT Ball Division Two
Copany Rovers need just a point from their final fixture of the season against Raphoe Town to clinch the CT Ball Division Two title.

Copany Rovers need just a point from their final fixture of the season against Raphoe Town to clinch the CT Ball Division Two title.

It’s been quite a turnaround from the Laghey based side, who finished with a meagre seven points last season.

However, the club celebrated their 25th anniversary last summer and its first team players adopted a more committed approach towards the season.

Deele Harps’ scoreless draw against Letterbarrow Celtic last week ensured that Copany had at least clinched their initial goal from pre-season - promotion. Now, only Whitestand United, who are three points in arrears ahead of a meeting with mid-table Glenree United, can usurp top spot.

Copany’s opponents at Killowen Park on Sunday, Raphoe Town, still have aspirations of getting out of the Division themselves.

“We need a point but there’s a lot of teams fighting,” manager Stephen Johnston said. “We’ve our own destiny and I suppose the other teams would rather be in our position. It’s some improvement on last year.

“Our aim, after a tough year last year, was to get promoted. We’ve had great commitment and the hard work has paid off. We managed to get promotion last week without even playing.

“We’re going out to win the game. We’ve shown we are capable of beating almost everyone and we want to win the game to win the title at our home ground. It’s been a long season so we want to put it to bed.”

It’s 23 years now since Copany lifted their only league title, the Old CT Ball Division Three, which John Joe Travers’ side followed up in 1992 with promotion.

Copany’s only other promotion came in 2009, whilst the Brian McCormick Cup was won in 1993.

In Pauric Rooney and David Graham, the team has a cutting edge but the manager prefers to commend the squad as a whole. They put themselves in their position of promise thanks to a 5-1 win against Dunlewey Celtic two weeks ago.

“It’s hard to pick out individuals,” Johnston said. “We knew we had the players to do well this season but it’s a matter of doing it.”