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Maiden victory highlights the magic of Cup in festive final

 

By Adam McKendry

Maiden City secured the Craig Memorial Cup with a 2-1 win over Portstewart in the Boxing Day showpiece at Fortwilliam Park in Tobermore.

Despite being the underdogs, goals from Darren McCready and PJ Ward handed the Derry outfit the trophy for the first time.

It's an incredible achievement for the young club, who have secured silverware in only their second season.

Johnny Stewart got Portstewart's reply, but it wasn't enough for the Seahawks, who will now refocus their efforts on climbing the Premier Intermediate table.

Cup football always throws up surprises, even in finals, and so it looked to be when McCready's strike had Maiden City ahead at the interval.

Despite their opponents hitting back through Stewart, it was Ward's decisive goal that ensured the lower-ranked side would provide the cup magic in the final, taking home the title.

Meanwhile, today sees the final of the Border Cup, Downpatrick and Crumlin Star meeting at Seaview.

The two amateur sides will be evenly matched, with Crumlin Star hoping to emulate their 2012 success when they defeated Islandmagee on penalties.

It's also a chance for Downpatrick to get revenge on their rivals, who pipped them to the Amateur League Premier Division title last season.

Admission is £7 for adults and £4 for concessions, with kick-off at 2:30pm at Seaview.

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