Cork’s Rockmount have lifted the FAI Centenary Intermediate Cup for the fourth time in their history after beating Dublin side Bluebell United in that decisive match at Turner’s Cross, Cork.
It was the first time since 2008 that Rockmount had won the contest.
After a scoreless first half, Rockmount were awarded a penalty early in the second half when Luke Casey went determined and was brought down in the penalty area by Bluebell goalkeeper Erne Lemantovic.
Eoin Murphy stepped up to convert the spot kick with a calm strike into the bottom corner to put his side in control.
Rockmount were full of confidence at this point and they almost got a second, when a powerful effort from Luke Casey was saved by Lemantovic.
Things got even better from Rockmount’s perspective in the 65th minute when they doubled their lead.
From a well-worked free-kick routine, Danny Aherne put an inviting ball into the penalty area where Cian Murphy was on hand to head powerfully into the back of the net.
Despite Bluebell’s best efforts to find a lifeline in the contest, Rockmount handled the game well and saw the final end successfully.
“It’s fantastic. It’s absolutely euphoric. The guys were brilliant, they stayed focused on the day and we got the two goals we deserved in the second half,” Rockmount manager Eddie Kenny said.
“It will be a great night for the players and the people at the club. So much effort has been put into the season and although we still have work to do, we want to win the league and stay unbeaten, but we’ll celebrate this moment.
“I’ve always said I think we have the two best players in the league in Eoin (Murphy) and Luke (Casey) and they really showed their quality today and helped us over the line.
Rock mount: Brendan O’Connell (GK); Cian Murphy, Kenneth Hoey (James O’Connell, 78), Jason Sexton, Adam Crowley, Christopher McCarthy (Hughie O’Donovan, 54), Eoin Murphy (David Stack, 80), Danny Aherne, Niall Hanley (Jack Waters, 85). ), Nathan Broderick (Jake Courtney, 90) Luke Casey.
Bluebell United: Erne Lemantovic (GK); Nathan Bell, Leon Hayes, Daniel Ridge, Blair Mandiangu (Baba Issaka, 60), Conor Walsh (Lee Duffy, 60), Brian Cabreley (Jamie Kelly, 46), Tayem Dinamumenga (Jason Caffrey, 89), Sodiq Oguntola, Noeem Adekunle (Jack O’Keeffe, 78), Colm Karney.
Arbitrator: Alan McDonagh.