Top of the Hill Celtic complete superb cup ‘double’ with Top Four trophy win

The Top of the Hill players celebrate their Derry and District Top 4 victory over Brandywell Harps on Friday night at the Brandywell. DER2014MC133
The Top of the Hill players celebrate their Derry and District Top 4 victory over Brandywell Harps on Friday night at the Brandywell. DER2014MC133
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Top of the Hill Celtic 3, Brandywell Harps 0

THE Derry & District F.A’s cup specialists, Top of the Hill Celtic ended the 2013/14 campaign on Friday night with the completion of a superb cup ‘double’ at Brandywell Stadium.

The Waterside cup kingpins defeated Brandywell Harps convincingly in the Top Four Cup Final to add to their McAlinden Cup victory just five days previously.

Liam Deery’s Harps team were themselves aiming to complete a cup ‘double’, but the 2014 Terry Kelly Cup winners were simply out-gunned by the rampant Celtic side, buoyed by the previous Sunday’s Blue Riband Cup success.

Goals from former Derry City, Institute and current Limavady United defender, Mark Scoltock; skipper, Pol Brown and James McGinley proved enough to clinch the season’s final trophy of the year in a game which ended the 2013/14 D&D campaign.

Scoltock pounced to send McGinley’s cross into the back of the net as Celtic took a first half lead and Harps’ goalkeeper, Davy McGilloway needed to be at his very best to deny Colin Murray’s long distance volley with a terrific save as the Celtic onslaught continued.

Top of the Hill continued to dominate and could have added significantly to their lead but twice struck the woodwork through Murray and their McAlinden Cup hero, Darren Harkin.

And just before the interval, Top of the Hill finally got reward for their early dominance from a superbly worked move involving Scoltock, Dee McGee and Darren Harkin. And it was the latter who showed great composure to pick out teammate Pol Brown who applied the finish into the corner. Brandywell improved in the second half and Raymond Rogan sent his free-kick into the side netting but Harps couldn’t capitalise on a promising 20 minute spell.

And they suffered the final blow when Harkin found the excellent McGinley who had been provider for most of the Celtic attacks and he coolly found the net to end the game as a contest as Niall Logue’s Top of the Hill ended the season on a winning note and they were worthy winners!

As for Brandywell Harps, they will gladly settle for that Terry Kelly success.