One year after Limavady’s demise handed them an unexpected reprieve from relegation, Glendermott have finally said goodbye to the North West’s top flight.
The Rectory men lost Saturday’s final Premiership game to Bready, ensuring they will start 2014 in the Championship.
Bready, who won five of their last six league matches after their survival hopes had looked all but over, will now play off against St Johnstone, the Championship’s second-placed club.
The clubs were due to lock horns at Strabane Park yesterday, but the weather intervened and the promotion-relegation play-off will now take place next Sunday.
Saturday’s final Premiership game at Magheramason was a tense affair with the visitors posting 187 all out after wasting a solid start provided by professional Gavon Christian, who struck three fours and a six in a patient 56. A flurry of wickets meant Glendermott failed to reach 200 with David Scanlon taking 3-35.
Bready’s reply started well courtesy of a half-century stand between David Barr (46) and David Rankin but when they slumped to 79 for three the game was back in the melting pot.
Mark Olphert hit nine fours and a six in a top score of 72 as Bready won by five wickets.
St Johnston secured their place in the play-off by beating Drummond.