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Hume's delightful double helps Limavady to tremendous treble

Linfield Swifts 1 - Limavady United 3

By Keith Bailie

Limavady United completed the intermediate treble in impressive fashion at Windsor Park with an emphatic victory over Linfield Swifts.

A double from hotshot centre-forward Robbie Hume helped Limavady secure the trophy, despite the best efforts of Alan Dornan's young team.

The Roesiders can now place the Intermediate Cup alongside the Premier Intermediate League trophy and the Craig Memorial Cup.

United took a deserved lead in the 15th minute when player/manager Paul Owens produced some magic on the left-flank before picking out Hume in the centre. The striker headed past Swifts goalkeeper Alex Moore from close range. It was perhaps just as well that Hume found the net as there appeared to be a clear handball from Linfield's Thomas McComb just before Owens' provided the assist.

Linfield Swifts equalised against the run of play in the 39th minute when Ross Clarke collected the ball on the left flank, before cutting into the box and smashing a shot past Paul Wells from a tight angle.

However, the young Blues weren't on level terms for long. The Roesiders regained the lead in first-half stoppage time when a long throw caused confusion in the Linfield penalty box, with Limavady captain Hugh Carlin steering a header beyond the reach of Moore from 15-yards.

In the 81st minute, with Linfield pressing forward in search of an equaliser, Carlin launched a quick counter-attack which allowed Hume to latch onto a through ball.

The forward burst into the penalty box and steered a low shot past Moore. Hume's 43rd goal of the season was enough to secure the Intermediate Cup for the Roesiders.

While Linfield Swifts will be disappointed with their display on the night, Dornan's team of talented teenagers can reflect fondly on a season that saw them win the NIFL Development League and the Steel & Sons Cup.

Limavady, in contrast, can look forward to taking on the likes of Larne and Portadown in the Championship next season.

Linfield Swifts: A Moore, McComb, McCallum, Neale, Scannell, Andrade (Corbett 60), Glendinning, Taggart (Murray 77), Clarke (Carroll HT); J Moore, Strain

Subs Not Used: Campbell, Keenan

Limavady United: Wells, McKeever, Watt, Crown, O'Kane; McFadden, Harkin (Thompson 87), Carlin, Owens (McCloskey 87); McCready (McLean 89), Hume

Subs Not Used: Kelly, McClelland

Referee: Diarmuid Harrigan

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