MSC Win Just Reward For Blues’ Efforts

The Last Word by Brendan White

(first published in the June 2009 Carrigaline United FAI Cup programme)

 

The Blues lifted their first silverware of the season after collecting the Munster Senior Cup recently. Mick Devine hoisted, and then amusingly dropped, the trophy after a closely fought contest against Rockmount.

Having defeated Douglas Hall and Clonmel Town in the earlier rounds, Rockmount proved a sterner test for this young United team. Ex-Blues Willie Byrne and Stevie Yelverton faced their former employers and Byrne in particular showed his quality throughout the game.

David Grincell got a rare start and duly paid back his manager’s faith. Controlling a Gary Dunphy cross, Grincell volleyed to the net to give the Blues the perfect start. Just before half time Waterford made it 2-0, and again Gary Dunphy was involved. He raced clear towards goal but was brought down just as he wound up to shoot. He jumped straight up and converted the penalty.

The Blues had a pretty easy time of things in the first half but the second half proved to be very tough, and a Rockmount penalty brought the Cork side back into the game. While they dominated large parts of the second 45 minutes, the Blues held on to lift the trophy.

Tony Burke, John O'Sullivan and Sam White with the 2009 Munster Senior Cup

The Blues lifted the Munster Senior Cup for the 13th time in all, and the second time in three seasons. Stephen Henderson and the squad were delighted after the match. It was fantastic to see both the manager and players posing for photographs with fans after the game with the trophy. At a time of celebration, it’s sometimes easy to forget about the fans, but the whole squad thanked all who travelled to support the team.

The Blues have lost their last two league matches. Losing at home to Wexford and then away to Shels has also seen us lose our place at the top of the league. Wexford are a very useful side and have caused other promotion hopefuls trouble already. The Shels trip was always going to be tough, and the game might have been different if Dean Delaney hadn’t made two top class saves to deny Graham Cummins and Willie John Kiely.

It is, however, plainly obvious to see the fantastic effort that the players are putting in and one thing we need to remember is that they are still a part-time team. Stephen Henderson and all the coaches have put tremendous work into this team and we all know that the Blues will get back to winning ways very soon.

 

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