PREMIER Division champions, Top of the Hill Celtic will be seeking to rectify last February’s Terry Kelly Cup Final defeat to Park Bar when the Derry & District F.A. heavyweights collide again in Sunday’s League Cup Final at Brandywell. (Kick-off 11.30 a.m.)
The Gobnascale men won this trophy last season when it was the Top Four Cup but they come up against a talented and experienced Park Bar side in this year’s final.
And it’s a Park Bar side who will be reeling from their recent McAlinden Cup Final defeat to Trojans so they will be anxious to secure another piece of silverware from what will be their third final appearance of the season.
During the McAlinden Cup Final loss, quite a few of the Park players were below-par, therefore manager, Colm Cassidy will be looking for an improved display on Sunday.
At the start of the season they had a poor run of results and things were looking bad for them but they have come back well to revive their campaign.
They finished top of their group in this cup competition and then defeated Oxford United in the semi-final thanks to a superb hat-trick from Gareth Brown.
Another player who was outstanding in that game was young Jamie McIntrye and he is pushing for a starting spot in the final. Captain Darren McCready and Corey Wilson, their goalkeeper, will be key men for them.
League champions, Top of the Hill won this trophy last season when it was played for as a Top Four Cup.
The Waterside men finished second in their group and then defeated Trojans in the semi-final.
In recent months Celtic have lost their sparkle but Colin Logue and Niall McLaughlin know that they are still more than capable of retaining this trophy.
Key players for them will be keeper, John Joe McGilloway, Darren Harkin and ace goalscorer, James Boyd. Like their last final these two teams could again be involved in a tight match with a penalty shootout again on the cards.
Park Bar to win,
Annual General Meeting
At last Monday’s A.G.M. the same Committee, namely Jimbo Crossan, Liam Smyth and Willie Barrett, was elected to serve for another season.
A total of 12 teams will be competing in the league next season. They are Top of the Hill Celtic, Park Bar, Trojans, Oxford United, Brandywell Harps, Campbell’s, Lisahally, Don Bosco’s, Tristar, Phoenix Athletic, Culmore and O’Diochian’s.
There will only be one division with a two round league - 22 games plus the Terry Kelly Cup, McAlinden and League Cups.
Derry City F.C. were thanked for sponsoring the Terry Kelly Cup while Desmond Motors were thanked for sponsoring the McAlinden Cup and City Cabs for sponsoring the League Cup.