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FIVE-IN-A-ROW FOR RATHMINES

Rathmines College…. 2 Pearse College……0

By JOHN HUDSON

Rathmines College brought their Colleges and Universities season to a successful conclusion by claiming the Belgrove Cup for a record breaking fifth successive year.

The annual tournament which is organised by the Sports and Cultural Council of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) and superbly co ordinated by Eamon McGinley Head of Sport at Inchicore College was first established in 1974 when the famous Clontarf based Belgrove Football Club presented the trophy for an annual competition between CDETB colleges.

Rathmines became the first ever holders of the trophy and they continued their fine record in the competition by registering a fifth straight win at Terenure.

Along with Rathmines, Pearse College Crumln, Inchicore College, Colaiste Ide Finglas, Colaiste Dhulaigh Coolock and Plunkett College Whitehall all took part in this year’s competition.

Rathmines came through their three team group with an opening 3-0 win over Plunkett College thanks to Jack Moore’s brace and a third from Jordan Byrne.

While in a close affair they edged out Colaiste Ide 2-1 with Amos Nohilly and Jordan Byrne on target.

Avis Ganiyu and Jordan Byrne netted the semi final goals against Inchicore to take Rathmines into yet another decider where they faced Pearse College who had overcome Colaiste Ide in their semi final tie.

The final proved to be a tight affair and Nohilly had Rathmines ahead at the interval and after a couple of close calls Ganiyu struck home a second to seal the famous win for Aidan Roche’s side.

“Winning another Belgrove Cup was a great way to finish the season, we were a little disappointed at missing out on picking up silverware in the main Colleges and Universities league and cup competitions but another Belgrove Cup win helps” said Roche.

Rathmines College squad: Antoine Enard, Ryan Byrne, Alxex Byrne, Joelle Mopiti, Karl Synnott, Calum Osborne, Craig Johnston, Will Hayden, Bongani Moyo, Emmanuel Onuona, Jack Moor, Ciaran Maguire, Amos Nohilly,Babs Animashaun, Avis Ganiyu, T J Lawani, Mazen Agamy, Jordan Byrne.
Manager: Aidan Roche.

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