Abercorn, Brandywell Harps contest Blue Riband Cup Final

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ABERCORN and Brandywell Harps will go head-to-head for the 2012 McAlinden Cup Final next Sunday after the two sides won their respective semi-final clashes at the weekend.

Abercorn defeated Don Bosco’s while Brandywell Harps claimed victory over First Division champions, Oxford United Stars after extra-time with a James Melly penalty right at the death.

Results - McAlinden Cup semi-finals - Oxford United Stars 1, Brandywell Harps 2 (After extra-time); Abercorn 3, Don Bosco’s 1.

Speedy Recovery

Everyone connected with the Derry & District F.A. would like to wish ‘Journal’ photographer, Phil Gamble a speedy recovery. Phil was injured while covering the Oxford United Stars v Brandywell Harps semi-final. A word of thanks to Raymond Deehan and all who helped him before he was taken to hospital.

Brandywell Harps . .2

Oxford United . . . . . 1

Harps almost opened the scoring when centre forward, Meenan came close with a fine header.

And they threatened again when James Melly hit the crossbar.

Harps finally took a deserved lead on 65 minutes when Dan Toland scored an overhead kick.

Within 10 minutes of that strike, Oxford equalised when Darren Crossan fired home from 20 yards Harps had the most of the play but couldn’t get the breakthrough and the tie went into extra-time.

And with four minutes left McFadden was brought down inside the area and referee, Noel Moore pointed to the spot. James Melly netted from the spot to seal the win.