Holders, Brandywell Harps put to sword in McAlinden Cup

Brandywell Harps William McVeigh skilfully turns Darren McIvor during the Derry and District game at thee Brandywell Stadium. (2904SL45)
Brandywell Harps William McVeigh skilfully turns Darren McIvor during the Derry and District game at thee Brandywell Stadium. (2904SL45)
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PREMIER Division champions, Park Bar, knocked the reigning McAlinden Cup holders, Brandywell Harps, out of this year’s competition, the early dismissal of a Harps player James Melly proving to be highly significant in the end.

And a memorable four goals blast by young Adrian Doherty for Derry City in their big win over Ballymoor proved to be another highlight.

Trojans also qualified for the quarter-finals of the D.&D. blue riband trophy thanks to a good away victory at Culmore.

Meanwhile, in the first quarter-final of the Poundsworth Top Four Trophy, First Division representatives, Crescent were considered very unlucky to lose out to the experience Top of the Hill Celtic, that game decided after extra-time.

On behalf of everyone associated with the Derry & District Football Association, best wishes are extended to Patrick McKeever (Trojans) for a speedy recovery.

Patrick sustained a chipped bone in his foot and torn ligaments on Sunday last.

Sunday’s Results - McAlinden Cup - second round - Park Bar 6, Brandywell Harps 0; Quarter-finals - Culmore 2, Trojans 4 and Ballymoor 0, Derry City 6;

Poundsworth Top Four Trophy quarter-final - Top of the Hill Celtic 2, Crescent 1 (after extra-time).

Midweek Fixtures - Tonight (Tuesday), April 30th - 6.30 p.m. kick-offs - Poundsworth Top Four Trophy quarter-final - Park Bar v. Phoenix, Lisnagelvin No. 2; Thursday, May 2nd - McAlinden Cup second round, 6.30 p.m. - Campbell’s v. Tristar, St. Columb’s No. 2.