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In brief: Zayed penalty gives Derry title

Published 25/09/2011 | 05:00

Tactically fluent, aesthetically pleasing and intensely fought, this EA Sports Cup final between Derry City and Cork City had everything.

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And Derry's ability to move into a higher gear when the game reached its critical moment, ultimately proved decisive.

Troubled by Cork's direct running, they nearly fell behind in the 26th minute when Graham Cummins' low shot struck the upright.

Derry's response was striking. Increasing the pace, they dominated the remainder of the half, hitting the crossbar via Ruaidhri Higgins, coming close to two more goals from Eamon Zayed, all the while letting Cork know that if the temperature was going to increase, they could handle the heat.

Crucially for Cork, Gavin Kavanagh handled Kevin Deery's 65th minute shot, conceding a penalty in the process, which allowed Zayed the chance to convert. He took his chance. Cork missed theirs.

Campbell on the mend

QPR striker DJ Campbell has expressed his relief at having finally shaken off the "worrying'' virus that hampered his start to the season.

The 29-year-old has only started once since his summer move from Blackpool, playing 90 minutes in the 4-0 home defeat against Bolton on the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign.

Campbell was struggling against the Trotters due to the virus, which has restricted him to just two substitute appearances since, but netted his first goal for his new club in last weekend's 3-0 win at Wolves.

He is yet to reach peak fitness but is just happy to be on the mend.

"I didn't really know what it was,'' he said. "I had loads of scans and tests. To be out for so long was worrying.''

The striker will be hoping for his second start of the season when Aston Villa visit Loftus Road this afternoon.

For Villa, Emile Heskey (hamstring) is still unavailable and on-loan Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas is given a 50-50 chance of recovering from a thigh problem.

Wilson blow for Celtic

Celtic boss Neil Lennon admits the news that Kelvin Wilson will be out for 10 weeks with a torn Achilles has come as "huge blow''.

The defender picked up the injury in the League Cup third-round win over Ross County in midweek and missed yesterday's 2-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League victory over Inverness.

With Emilio Izaguirre and Cha Du-ri out long term and Scott Brown and Gary Hooper also injured -- the latter coming off against Caley with a knock -- the Bhoys boss has plenty to ponder ahead of Thursday's home Europa League clash with Italian side Udinese, which comes before the SPL trip to Hearts next Sunday.

However, the former Celtic skipper was not fooled by his side's ropey defensive display and pointed the finger at goalkeeper Fraser Forster and centre-back pairing Daniel Majstorovic and Glenn Loovens before first-half goals from Joe Ledley and James Forrest eased the tension.

Gers back to winning ways

Rangers manager Ally McCoist welcomed a return to winning ways from his side after their shock Scottish Communities League Cup exit.

Falkirk knocked the holders out of the League Cup on Wednesday night, just three days after Rangers had taken a four-point lead in the SPL by beating Celtic 4-2.

But they were on form yesterday, beating Dunfermline 4-0 with two goals from Steven Naismith and one each from United States internationals Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu.

"It was very important we got the response,'' said McCoist, who was delighted with another clean sheet which meant Rangers have conceded just three league goals in eight games.

Shots taking aim at United

Aldershot have been handed a tantalising home clash against Manchester United in the Carling Cup fourth round. Dean Holdsworth's Shots, currently 11th in League Two, edged League One Rochdale 2-1 in midweek to reach the last 16.

And they have been rewarded with a dream tie at home to the reigning Premier League champions after United comfortably beat Leeds 3-0 at Elland Road.

Fourth round draw: Wolves v Man City; Cardiff v Burnley; Blackburn v Newcastle; Arsenal v Bolton; Stoke v Liverpool; Aldershot v Man Utd; C Palace v Southampton; Everton v Chelsea. Ties to be played week commencing October 24.

Hammers keep good run going

Mark Noble's early penalty secured the points for West Ham as they laboured to a 1-0 victory over Peterborough in the Championship at Upton Park yesterday.

Sam Allardyce's side are now seven games unbeaten but despite taking the lead and dominating the opposition, the home side failed to kill the game off.

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