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Crumlin thrash Letterkenny to retain FAI Intermediate Cup title

The side managed by Martin Loughren had won the competition last year courtesy of a 4-0 win over Tolka Rovers.

Dean Hurley of Crumlin celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal with teammates.
Dean Hurley of Crumlin celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal with teammates.
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Crumlin United 5

Letterkenny Rovers 0

CRUMLIN UNITED RECLAIMED their Umbro FAI Intermediate Cup title with a routine win over Letterkenny Rovers at the Aviva Stadium this evening.

The side managed by Martin Loughren had won the competition last year courtesy of a 4-0 win over Tolka Rovers and were even more commanding against the Donegal outfit, who were appearing in their first final.

A hat-trick from Gregory Moorhouse will grab the headlines in an excellent overall team performance.

Two goals in the first 18 minutes from Moorhouse set the tone for the victory for the Leinster Senior League side.

Their impressive start put Crumlin in complete control and Alan McGreal added a third after the break before substitute Dean Hurley scored a fourth.

Moorhouse’s third — a minute from time — with an impish back-heel, showed the gulf in class between the sides.

Moorhouse’s first came on 14 minutes when he steered the ball underneath Rory Kelly in the Rovers goal, following a pass from captain James Lee in the inside right channel.

It was a goal that was coming as moments beforehand, Rovers right-back Ryan Lonergan had to make a last-ditch clearance to turn a Moorhouse centre inches around his own post. Some of the Crumlin support thought it was in it was so close.

But Moorhouse wasn’t to be denied a first goal, or indeed, a second or third.

He shot past Kelly again on 18 minutes from close range after being set up by Conor Murphy, who had got away from Jonathan Minnock.

Crumlin continued to create chances at will and might well have added a third before the break. However, Eamonn McConigley’s Ulster Senior League team hung in and would’ve been glad their deficit was just the two at the break.

Crumlin were holding all the aces and 10 minutes into the second half made it three when McGreal took on right-back Lonergan and his angled shot on the left foot flew into the net.

Eight minutes from time, Moorhouse turned provider as he squared for Hurley to bang home from close range past a flat-footed Kelly.

The rout was completed with a beautiful fifth goal when an angled pull-back from Carl Forsyth was back-flicked into the opposite corner by Moorhouse.

Crumlin United: Shane Supple; Gavin Kavanagh (Patrick Brophy 79), Thomas Hyland, Noel Murray, Daniel McGuinness; Alan McGreal (Dean Hurely 74), Luke Kelly (Jonathan Meleady 67), James Lee, Carl Forsyth; Grogory Moorhouse, Conor Murphy.

Letterkenny Rovers: Rory Kelly; Ryan Lonergan (Kevin McGrath 73), Shane Bradley, Paul Boyle, Jonathan Minnock (Tristian Ferris 62); Terence Shiels (Steve Okakpu-Emeka 56), Mark Forker, Christy Connaghan, Paul McVeigh; David Shovlin, Darren McElwaine.

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