Saturday 1 October 2016

Moorehouse inspires Crumlin

Crumlin United 5 Letterkenny Rovers 0

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Published 16/05/2016 | 02:30

Crumlin United captain James Lee lifts the cup after winning the FAI Intermediate Cup final on Saturday. Photo: Sportsfile
Crumlin United captain James Lee lifts the cup after winning the FAI Intermediate Cup final on Saturday. Photo: Sportsfile
Luke Kelly, Crumlin United, in action against Paul Boyle, Letterkenny Rovers. Photo: Sportsfile
Crumlin United's Dean Hurley celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal of the game. Photo: Sportsfile

Martin Loughren managed Crumlin United to their fourth FAI Intermediate Cup triumph in eight years as Greg Moorehouse's hat-trick helped pummel Letterkenny Rovers at the Aviva Stadium.

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Although Crumlin had taken the difficult route to the final, they utterly outclassed the Donegal side in the decider to retain their crown.

Moorehouse got the rout underway on 14 minutes by pacing clear down the right and beating goalkeeper Rory Kelly.

Former St Patrick's Athletic striker Conor Murphy set up the second just three minutes later by freeing Moorehouse, who found the top corner with a shot past the advancing keeper.

Nine minutes after the restart, Alan McGreal made it 3-0 by coasting past a couple of defenders on the edge of the penalty area before dinking the ball into the far corner.

Substitute Dean Hurley had only been on the pitch a couple of minutes when he got in on the act by finding space in the box to turn and squeeze his 81st-minute low shot under the grasp of Kelly.

It was only right for the clinical Moorehouse to have the final say, the forward dashing to the front post to connect with Carl Forsyth's 89th-minute right-wing delivery and volley in his hat-trick.

CRUMLIN UNITED - Supple; Kavanagh (Brophy 78), McGuinness, Hyland, Murray; McGreal (Hurley 69), Lee, Kelly (Meleady 64), Forsyth; Murphy, Moorehouse.
LETTERKENNY ROVERS - Kelly; Lonergan (McGrath 68), Bradley, Boyle, Minnock (Ferris 60); Connaghan, Forker, Shiels (Okakpu-Emeka 56), McVeigh; McElwaine, Shovlin.
Ref - E McNally.

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