Belgrove enjoy deflected glory


Soccer Intermediate Cup final: Belgrove -2 Rockmount - 1 A fractious final replay at Whitehall yesterday saw Belgrove collect the FAI Intermediate Cup when 10-man Rockmount lost out to a deflected stoppage-time strike from Anthony Duggan.

Belgrove manager Pete Mahon, the only man in modern times to have taken teams to an FAI Cup final at three grades, saw his team take the lead in the 29th minute. Paul Knight's incisive ball into the area found Paul Whitmarsh and he cleverly lost the defender before shooting into the bottom corner.

Rockmount began the second half well with Rory Beechinor unlucky not to score on 55 minutes and Pat Keane, brother of Roy, heading at the goalkeeper.

Rockmount were reduced to 10 men on 77 minutes after Stephen Hurley was dismissed for violent conduct, but they were level with three minutes left when John Busteed scored from outside the box.

Then, in the 94th minute, Anthony Duggan's free from outside the box took a deflection before ending up in the Rockmount net.

BELGROVE: White, Cherry, Corbett, Duffy, Duggan, Fitzpatrick, Knight (Dillon 90), Doyle, Gallagher (Kerr 80), Whitmarsh, Meade.

ROCKMOUNT: Cassidy, Luxford, O'Brien, Busteed, Howey (O'Shea 60), Martin, Doyle (Cunningham 69), Falvey (Downey 60), Keane, Beechinor, Hurley.

Referee: D Fisher (Dublin)