Villa hat-trick sends Oxford United Stars into semi-finals

Derry City's Fergal Harkin passes the ball up the wing under pressure from Oxford's Conor McDermott. (0705PG83)
Derry City's Fergal Harkin passes the ball up the wing under pressure from Oxford's Conor McDermott. (0705PG83)
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A superb Ciaran Villa hat-trick helped Oxford Stars progress to Sunday’s Poundsworth Top Four Cup semi-final at the expense of First Division champions, Derry City.

Oxford will now meet Top of the Hill Celtic in Sunday’s last four clash.

Fixtures - Sunday, May 12th - McAlinden Cup quarter-finals - Abercorn v Campbell’s; Don Bosco’s v Park Bar (Bosco’s were unable to field a team, therefore, Park Bar will play the winners of the Abercorn v Campbell’s match in the semi-final and Derry City will take on Trojans in the second semi-final.

Midweek fixtures - Tonight (Tuesday), Poundsworth Top Four Cup quarter-final (Lisnagelvin No. 2), Campbell’s v Trojans.

Poundsworth Top Four Cup quarter-final

Campbell’s v Trojans

(Lisnagelvin 2) 6.30 p.m.

In their last two outings Campbell’s have eliminated Premier Division sides, Top of the Hill Celtic and Tristar to qualify for the McAlinden Cup quarter-finals as their superb winning run continues.

With promotion already achieved Kevin McGinley’s side are now looking to land one of these trophies to crown what has been a great season for the Waterside men.

Like their opponents Trojans are still involved in the two cup competitions and in this, their 75th anniversary year, it would be fitting to see Paul Higgins’ team lift one of them.

They finished third in the league and are currently scoring goals for fun.

A tight game looks in prospect with Trojans given a tentative vote to win.

Oxford United Stars . . . . .3

Derry City . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Derry City took the lead within the first five minutes when Ryan Harkin latched on to a ball over the top of the defence and neatly lobbed the ball over the keeper.

Oxford equalised on the half hour mark when Ciaran Villa scored from the penalty spot.

In the second half Oxford were on top and took the lead for the first time when Villa again scored - this time with a free kick.

And the same player completed his hat-trick when ending this game as a contest with a fine close range header following a corner kick.