Carrigaline United 0 Rockmount 1
ROCKMOUNT will face Cork City in the Munster Senior Cup final thanks to their hard-fought 1-0 win over Carrigaline in Ballea Park yesterday.
A Cian O’Driscoll goal midway through the second half swung the tie in Rockmount’s favour at a time when Carrigaline were on top.
Indeed, Carrigaline may well wonder how they came out second best, having been the better side for a lot of this contest, while they also had a couple of good shouts for a penalty dismissed.
You can never let your guard down against Rockmount, though, and despite enjoying a good spell during the second half, Carrigaline fell behind when O’Driscoll headed home Eoin Murphy’s corner in the 66th minute.
The first half was a sluggish affair with very few chances, and the first incident of note was when Rockmount manager Billy Cronin was red-carded in the 13th minute after a fracas following a Carrigaline challenge which drew the wrath of the visitors’ dugout.
Chances were certainly scarce in this period, though Rockmount’s Niall Hanley hit the crossbar in the 26th minute with a free from the right side of the penalty area.
A minute later Carrigaline should have taken the lead, but Ryan O’Regan drove a left-footed shot from inside the box wide with the goal at his mercy and a minute later Stephen D’Arcy tested Brendan O’Connell with a stinging shot, but the Rockmount keeper saved comfortably.
The second half was more lively with Carrigaline looking the more dangerous side in possession early on.
Two minutes in David Sexton got a shot off on the edge of the six-yard box after being set up by David Crotty, but his effort was blocked by a Rockmount defender with Carrigaline claiming a penalty.
Then O’Regan brought O’Connell into action with a shot on the turn on the edge of the area that was saved
Carrigaline continued to ask most of the questions at this point, but Rockmount signalled a warning sign when Hanley played a fantastic crossfield pass for Murphy, who jinked past his man before forcing Carrigaline keeper Ian Giltinan to make a good save at his near post.
Murphy was involved in another good move that ultimately led to the goal. Beating his man on the left the Rockmount forward drove the ball to the near post, with a Carrigaline foot getting in ahead of James O’Connell to cough up a corner and from which O’Driscoll scored.
Rockmount had control now and came close to extending their lead when Danny Aherne’s corner found Jason Sexton whose header was cleared off the line.
Carrigaline came again in the final 20 minutes and had Rockmount on the back foot a little, but they couldn’t break them down and, indeed, may have conceded a second late on.
Carrig sub Alan O’Sullivan fouled James Carson just outside the penalty area, picking up a red card in the process.
Aherne’s free went narrowly over, but Rockmount had done enough.
CARRIGALINE UNITED: Ian Giltinan, David Crotty, Ryan O’Regan, Darragh Corcoran, James McSweeney, Darragh Buckley, Killian Murphy, David Sexton, Dylan O’Flaherty, Kevin O’Reilly, Stephen D’Arcy.
Subs: Jason Ring, Alan O’Sullivan, Danny Akrinbola, Conor Lyden, Andrew Kingston, Luke Campbell Brooks, Glen Sexton.
ROCKMOUNT: Brendan O’Connell, James Carson, Kenneth Hoey, Jason Sexton, Cian O’Driscoll, James O’Connell, Eoin Murphy, Danny Aherne, Kevin O’Connell, Niall Manley, Joe Meaney.
Subs: Evan Murray, David Browne, Dean Leahy, Sean Murphy, Sean Downey, Ryan O’Connor.
Referee: Keith Calanan.