PARK BAR go in search of a cup ‘double’ when they take on Trojans in the McAlinden Cup Final this Sunday morning at Brandywell Stadium. (Kick-off 11.30 a.m.)
With the Terry Kelly Memorial Cup already in the bag, Colm Cassidy’s side will be many people’s favourites to win this year’s Blue Riband Cup, however, Trojans, like Park, have yet to lose a match in 2015 so it promises to be an interesting encounter.
In recent outings, Park have developed a bad habit of sitting back once they’ve taken a lead and sooner or later that tactic will cost them dearly.
Last weekend in a League Cup match, Park coasted into a three goal lead against Brandywell Harps and then sat back and were fortunate to get a draw out of the game in the end.
Key men for Park will be Darren McCready, Joe McCreadie, Gareth Brown and Seamus Ferry.
Corey Wilson their star goalkeeper, will be in Scotland and misses out. He will be replaced by Paul Wells.
On their way to the final, Park emphatically defeated First Division side, Phoenix (7-1). In the quarter-finals they knocked out holders, Top of the Hill Celtic (2-1) and in the semi-finals they defeated Oxford on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra-time. They last won this trophy back in the 2012-13 season when they defeated Trojans.
Paul Higgins has got his Trojans side in superb form at present and will prove very difficult to beat in this final.
The neutral fan will be hoping for a Trojans win on Sunday as they have been knocking at the door.
For the past two seasons they have lost in this final and were very unfortunate on both occasions.
Key players for the Creggan men will be Brendan McDonald, Paul Smith, Eugene Deery and goalkeeper, Gary Martin who is enjoying a superb season.
Trojans have already qualified for the semi-finals of the City Cabs League Cup, so they have a cup ‘double’ of their own to play for.
To reach this final they defeated First Division Don Bosco’s in the first round and easily accounted for Campbell’s (6-1) in the quarter-finals.
And in the semi-finals Trojans defeated Brandywell Harps on penalties after the sides drew 0-0.
Like their opponents Trojans have yet to lose a match this year and if these two sides play to their true potential then it should be a thrilling final.
A close game looks on the cards but Trojans may just edge it after extra-time to lift this trophy for the first time.
Referee: Eamon Harrigan.
Assistants: Sean Keenan and Noel Crossan.
Admission will be £2.