Michael Armstrong helps Rossa repel Cappoquin threat
O'Donovan Rossa from Belfast qualified for the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling Championship final thanks to a seven point victory over Waterford's Cappoquin in Mullingar yesterday.
The Antrim champions got off to a dream start when Michael Armstrong's long ball was diverted inside by Michael Turley and Thomas Morgan whipped to the net with just 11 seconds played.
Cappoquin replied with an Andy Molumby score, but Rossa's tails were up and after Morgan tapped over a free, he netted his second on eight minutes when he found the far corner.
The west Belfast men moved 2-5 to 0-2 ahead approaching the break when Cappoquin's day went from bad to worse when Molumby was issued a second yellow for a wild pull on Chris McGuinness.
By 45 minutes, the Ulster champions were 2-7 to 0-5 to the good, but Cappoquin gave themselves a lifeline when Aaron O'Sullivan batted to the net after O'Rourke's free had popped up off a Rossa hand. However, the west Belfast outfit were in no mood to wilt and replied when Shannon fired over.
Cappoquin kept battling but were six adrift entering the closing stages and with their defence exposed, Rossa could counter and added further scores to seal their place in the final where they will face London's Kilburn Gaels.