Avondale end 72-year wait
Avondale Utd 3 UCD 0
AVONDALE UNITED bridged a gap that stretched back to 1942 when they became only the second team to win the FAI Intermediate Cup four times in a row.
Goals from Ian Stapleton, Graham McCarthy (penalty) and Danny Long decided the outcome.
UCD's goalkeeper Sean Coffey performed heroics to keep Avondale at bay early on, but he was powerless to stop Stapleton breaking the deadlock a minute into added-time. Eoghan Lougheed floated in a cross for Kenny Murphy to cushion a header into Stapleton's path and the striker guided the ball home.
UCD's first shot of the second half came on 69 minutes when sub Michael Arnold played in Michael Whelan but the winger fired over.
The Students did rally and Whelan had another effort that was saved but the game was put beyond doubt in the 80th minute when Steve Dillon pulled down man-of-the-match Long.
The striker fell inside the box and Dillon was sent off for a second yellow card. McCarthy made no mistake as he tucked the ball low to the left corner.
Long had the final say when he steered home a Brian Murphy cross.
AVONDALE UNITED – D O'Leary, B Fitzgerald, E Lougheed, M Mulconry (capt), M Horgan, K Caulfield (G Kelly 33), R Long, B Murphy, I Stapleton, D Long (G McCarthy 22), K Murphy (D Warren 82).
UCD – S Coffey, B O'Reilly, N Wright, H Davey, S Dillon (capt), J Timmons (M Arnold 67), M Whelan (C Feeney 78), F Moran, C Cannon (J Keohane 80), T Molloy, M Whelan.
REF – P Murphy.