Crumlin United claim FAI Umbro Intermediate Challenge Cup

Crumlin United claim FAI Umbro Intermediate Challenge Cup

Crumlin United 3-2 Bluebell United Martin Loughran’s Crumlin United, today claimed the 2008/09 FAI Intermediate Challenge Cup today in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Bluebell United at the Tallaght Stadium. Crumlin had to endure a late onslaught from Bluebell in the closing stages but they hung on to claim their first ever FAI Intermediate Cup title.
10th May 2009
Crumlin United   3-2   Bluebell United
Tony Griffiths 17          Peter Sherlock 28
Gavin Quinn 44           Ciaran Quinn 86
Derek Griffin 76

Martin Loughran’s Crumlin United, today claimed the 2008/09 FAI Intermediate Challenge Cup today in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Bluebell United at the Tallaght Stadium. Crumlin had to endure a late onslaught from Bluebell in the closing stages but they hung on to claim their first ever FAI Intermediate Cup title.

Bluebell had the first real chance of the game after 15 minutes when a corner from Glen Keddy was flicked on to the back-post by Alan O’Duffy but Peter Sherlock headed his effort over the bar from 5 yards out.

Crumlin took the lead two minutes later after 17 minutes through striker Tony Griffiths when a clever ball from Crumlin’s midfield found Stephen Larkin on the right wing and his clever first-time pass was directed to Griffiths who applied a neat finish past Mark Clohessy from six yards.

Bluebell equalised after 28 minutes when a corner from Glen Keddy caused mayhem in Crumlin’s box and the breaking ball fell to Peter Sherlock who hammered his effort into the back of the net from eight yards.

Martin Loughran’s Crumlin side regained the lead on the stroke of half-time, when Gavin Quinn pounced on a wayward shot from James Lee in the box, Quinn’s first attempt was blocked but he made no mistake with his second effort as he blasted it into the net after 44 minutes.

Stephen Larkin almost doubled Crumlin’s lead with an hour on the clock, he ran onto a high ball behind Bluebell’s defence and as he powerfully held off his defender, his shot from 18 yards went agonisingly over the bar.

Crumlin United captain, Derek Griffin, scored his side’s third goal in the 76th minute; after a long period of sustained pressure in their opponents’ half, the defender was on hand to power his effort into the back of the net from seven yards out as Bluebell failed to clear the ball in the box.

Bluebell almost grabbed a goal back with ten minutes remaining as Ciaran Quinn blasted his freekick from the edge of the box towards the left hand bottom corner but Garreth Sutton in Crumlin’s goal saved well and knocked the ball out for a corner.

Quinn gave his side a glimmer of hope with an unbelievable strike after 86 minutes, the Crumlin defence only cleared a Bluebell cross as far as Quinn and his powerful volley from 20 yards nestled in the top left hand corner, giving Gareth Sutton no chance in goal.

Crumlin endured a late rally from Bluebell United in the closing minutes but they hung on to claim their first FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup title in the club’s history.

Crumlin United: Garreth Sutton, Gavin Kavanagh, Derek Griffin (C), Ciaran Kenna, Paul McCabe, Martin Cramer, Stephen Larkin, James Lee, Daniel Loughran, Tony Griffiths, Gavin Quinn

Substitutes: Robert Douglas (on for Loughran), Chris McCreevey, Eoin Lanigan, Mark Sullivan, Thomas Fahey, Shane Carlisle, Craig Hyland
Coach: Martin Loughran

Bluebell United: Mark Clohessy, Darragh Kileen, Stuart Smith, Andrew Cleary, Niall Donnelly, John Cleary (C), Darragh Hollingsworth, Glen Keddy, Ciaran Quinn, Peter Sherlock, Alan O’Duffy

Substitutes: Gerard Bambrick (on for Smith), Graham Dunning (on for Cleary), Paul Loughran, Paul Connaughton, Kevin Smith, Alan Behan, Keith Gallagher.
Coach: Liam Reilly.

Referee: Tony McGuinness