As the curtain comes down on the 2012/13 season only three games are down for decision on Sunday morning.
In the Blue Riband Cup quarter-finals Don Bosco’s take on Premier Division champions, Park Bar while Abercorn play either Campbell’s or Tristar who played last night.
And in the Poundsworth Top Four trophy First Division champions, Derry City take on Oxford United Stars who finished fourth in their first season back in the Premier Division.
Fixtures - Sunday, May 5th - McAlinden Cup quarter-finals - Park Bar v Don Bosco’s (Lisnagelvin 1); Abercorn v Campbell’s/Tristar (Prehen 2); Poundsworth Top Four Trophy quarter-finals - Derry City v Oxford Utd Stars (St Columb’s 2).
Don Bosco’s v Park Bar
A couple of weeks ago Bosco’s were relegated after a heavy defeat at the hands of Park Bar who were crowned champions, therefore Liam Bonner and Kevin O’Neill will be hoping for a better display in this cup tie.
In the last round of this competition they bounced back with a fine win over Porter’s. They are certain to give a better account of themselves in this tie.
Park Bar netted six past the holders of this cup last week so it looks as if they are hitting top form at the right time as they bid for three trophies this season.
Colm Cassidy’s side have yet to win this Blue Riband trophy but perhaps this is their year.
Park Bar to win.
Abercorn v Campbell’s/Tristar
Abercorn have had an improved season this time around and they finished fifth, just missing out a the top four finish and a place in the new Poundsworth Cup.
In the last round of this competition they defeated a good, young Oxford Stars side.
On their day, when at full strength, they are capable of going all the way in this final.
Mickey Dillon, Dee Liddy and Alex Given will be key men for them.
Campbell’s, who met Tristar last night, took the big scalp of Top of the Hill Celtic in the first round so if they made it through Abercorn will hold no fears for Kevin McGinlay’s team.
Tristar have not enjoyed the best of seasons but if they were to lift this trophy it would more than make up for it.
A close game is in prospect.
Top Four Trophy
Derry City v Oxford United Stars
This should turn out to be an excellent game of football between two young sides who like to attack. It is their first meeting in the senior Derry & District F.A.
Eddie Seydak and Paddy Slevin have a lot of talented players in their Derry squad so it should be interesting to see how they cope with a Premier Division outfit.
Oxford, under the stewardship of Paul Roddy, had a superb first season in the top division and finished in fourth spot.
They lost out in the semi-final of the Terry Kelly Cup but they did take eventual winners, Top of the Hill to extra-time.
In recent matches they have been failing to put away their goal opportunities so they know this is a game they will have to be on top of their game.
Derry City to win.
At Monday night’s meeting the draw was made for the Blue Riband Cup and Poundsworth Top Four Cup semi-finals and resulted as follows - McAlinden Cup semi-finals; Don Bosco’s/Park Bar v Abercorn/Campbell’s or Tristar; Derry City v Trojans; Poundsworth Cup semi-finals - Campbell’s/Trojans v Park Bar /Phoenix; Top of the Hill Celtic v Derry City/Oxford Stars.
Midweek fixtures - Tuesday, May 7th - Poundsworth Top Four Cup quarter-final (kick-off 6.3 p.m.) - Campbell’s v Trojans (Lisnagelvin 2).