McAlinden Cup resumes on Sunday

First Round

Lisahally v Culmore

These two teams seem to draw each other in the cup competitions every season and they always produce a feast of goals.

Noel O’Donnell’s Lisahally side are now safe in the Premier Division so he will be hoping to get a decent run in this Blue Riband trophy.

Culmore produced the goods at the end of the season with some fine displays to guarantee their place in the top flight.

They have a fine record against their opponents on their Strathfoyle pitch and will be looking for that to continue in this tie.

Lisahally to win but it may require extra-time.

Second Round

Oxford United Stars v Abercorn

Stars have enjoyed a fine season under the management of Paul Roddy and they currently sit in the top four.

In the past two seasons they have been knocked out of the cups at the semi-final stages of the last three competitions so surely no one would begrudge them if they went all the way this time.

Abercorn, like Stars, have had a good season and sit third in the Premier Division. They lost out in this final last year to Brandywell Harps but are a stronger side this time around.

In the league this season honours have been shared with a win apiece.

Abercorn to win.

Derry City v George’s Bar

Fresh from their First Division title success, Eddie Seydak’s Derry City side will go into this cup tie against one of the few teams to defeat them this season in confident mood.

A good run in this Blue Riband Cup would be the icing on what has been a great first season in the Association.

George’s Bar are not renowned for their cup exploits but will look forward to this tie with one of the teams of the season.

Derry City to win.

Ballymoor v A.O.H. Harps

This is an all First Division tie between two teams who not enjoyed the best of league campaigns.

Ballymoor recorded a league double over Harps but all that will mean nothing in this tie.

Ballymoor picked up a much needed league win last Sunday.

Harps are continuing to come to terms with this higher standard but Paul Curran and Paul Kerrigan are working hard to turn things around.

Harps may just about win but it will be close.

Second Round Draw

At Monday night’s meeting the draw was made for the second round of the McAlinden Cup and resulted as follows - Don Bosco’s v Porter’s; Derry City v George’s Bar; Campbell’s/Top of the Hill Celtic v Tristar; Lisahally/Culmore v Strand United; Oxford Stars v Abercorn; Park Bar v Brandywell Harps/Phoenix; Ballymoor v A.O.H Harps; Trojans v Crscent.

A.G.M.

The Derry & District F.A. Annual General Meeting will be held in the A.O.H. Showrooms on Monday, April 15th next at 7.30 pm.

All teams, including any new entries, must attend on the night and pay their fees for season 2013-2014.

Any team not present will be considered no longer interested in playing in the Derry & District F.A.