Nostalgia: Cork's Temple United were the top junior side in 1985

Nostalgia: Cork's Temple United were the top junior side in 1985
Temple Utd double winners, FAI Cup finalists 1987. Top: F Hoare, F Ricken, C Coffey, B Coleman, G Ambrose, M Ambrose. Middle: A Fielding, M Hurley, S Walsh, M O’Sullivan, A Horgan, A Ring, G Manning, J Ricken. Front: P Coleman, D Devereaux, G Butler, D Hussey, A Ricken, D Luxford, D Keane, A Ryan. Nostalgia 5

AS nearly every soccer fan now knows the coveted FAI Junior Cup hasn’t been won by a Cork team since Rockville’s triumph in 1945.

The brilliant Temple team of the middle eighties were backed to bridge that embarrassing gap in 1987. 

This, despite the fact the fact that their opponents were Cherry Orchid the most decorated team in junior soccer history who were bidding for a three-in-a-row. 

Furthermore the final was fixed for Dublin which was probably the deciding factor in Cherry Orchids solitary goal victory. 

Temple gained some little compensation by winning the Munster Cup and Premier League. 

FAI final team T Horgan, A Ryan, J Ricken, A Butler, A Ring, G Manning, M Hurley, S Walsh, D Devereaux, A Ricken, D Keane. Sub: D Hussey.

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