McCready’s extra-time strike dumps holders Trojans out of McAlinden Cup

Top of the Hill's JJ McGinley scrambles back in vain as Tristar's Charlie Cusack directs his header inside the post to pull goal back for Tristar on Sunday last. DER1716MC026
Top of the Hill's JJ McGinley scrambles back in vain as Tristar's Charlie Cusack directs his header inside the post to pull goal back for Tristar on Sunday last. DER1716MC026

THE McAlinden Cup first round clash between Park Bar and holders, Trojans certainly lived up to its pre-match expectations on Sunday with the game decided in extra-time.

Darren McCready netted in the first period of extra-time after the match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes and that goal was enough to see Premier Division leaders, Park Bar progress to the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere in the competition, Terry Kelly Memorial Cup champions, Top of the Hill Celtic defeated Tristar 3-1 to reach the semi-final stages and keep alive their chances of a cup ‘double’.

Colm Logue’s Celtic side are more or less ruled out of the title race this season, therefore they will be expected to make a huge push for the Blue Riband title. They were knocked out of the competition at the quarter-final stages last season so they will be delighted to have progressed to the last four.

And in the league campaign, Lisahally defeated Oxford 5-2 to ensure back-to-back victories.

Results - McAlinden Cup first round: Park Bar 2, Trojans 1 (After extra-time); McAlinden Cup quarter-finals: Top of the Hill Celtic 3, Tristar 1; Premier Division: Lisahally 5, Oxford 2.

McAlinden Cup quarter-final draw - Culmore v Park Bar; Phoenix v Lisahally; Brandywell Harps v Don Bosco’s.