TOP OF the Hill Celtic go into Sunday’s Derry City Football Club sponsored Terry Kelly Memorial Cup Final as strong favourites as they take on Don Bosco’s at Brandywell Stadium. (Kick-off 11.30 a.m.)
The Waterside men are bidding to win the competition for a fifth time and go into the decider in top form and with an unbeaten record in all competitions so far this season.
Don Bosco’s, meanwhile, have been struggling for form in the league and currently sit at the bottom of the Premier Division, however, they will be hopeful of causing an upset and clinching their second Terry Kelly Cup triumph - their first coming in the 2003/4 season.
Top of the Hill are currently in joint second position in the Premier Divison and look in great shape to challenge for the title this season.
When Colm Logue’s side played Don Bosco’s in the league last October they were fortunate to come away with a narrow 3-2 win.
Pol Brown, Dee McGhee, Darren Harkin and Jason Blackburn will be key players for Celtic in Sunday’s decider.
In round one they received a bye before defeating a good Trojans outfit in the second round. In the semi-finals Celtic took the notable scalp of Park Bar who defeated them in last season’s final.
Bosco’s may be bottom of the table at present, however, they have been playing better than that lowly position would suggest.
Caoimhin Bonner is in charge of a young team who, in time, will improve and become a major force in the D&D. They have had an eventful run to this year’s final. In round one they were down to nine men and found themselves 3-1 down, but managed to get through to the next round, winning 6-5 on penalties.
In the quarter-final Prehen couldn’t field a team against them so they progressed to the last four where they met Oxford.
After losing 4-3 in an entertaining clash, Bosco’s protested that an Oxford had fielded an ineligible player. Following a ruling by the D&D Committee Bosco’s then replaced Oxford in the Cup Final on Sunday.
Bosco’s youngsters are certain to give a good account of themselves in the final but the greater experience of Top of the Hill should see them lift the trophy.