Belfast Telegraph

Cup kings Dunmurry are now shooting for a double

By Robert Fenton

The last time Dunmurry Rec won the Amateur League's Border Cup, they went on to land a league and cup double in that 1991-92 season.

Dunmurry Rec 3
Kilmore Rec 0

Now they have their eyes on a repeat after taking the Border with a comprehensive win over Kilmore Rec at Wilgar Park yesterday.

Currently second in the Premier Division, that mission is far from impossible and on yesterday's evidence, their title rivals will need to look to their laurels.

Mind you, Dunmurry will find it a lot tougher than this encounter in which Kilmore never turned up in terms of competitive action.

They had one half-chance in the first period and apart from that, one struggles to reflect on how many times they seriously troubled Dunmurry 'keeper Jim Arnott.

There was only one Rec who were going to win and from early on, it was clear that it was not going to be Kilmore, who have now appeared in two losing finals.

They lost in 2002 to Killyleagh and a year earlier, qualified for the decider only to find they had played an ineligible player in Paul McCargo and were subsequently dumped out, with the trophy awarded to Larne Tech OB.

McCargo was back yesterday as captain, but did not have a happy afternoon, highlighted by an apparent determination to be red-carded through a generally ill-disciplined show.

He got his wish near the end, with the match over, but in somewhat ironical circumstances.

Having earlier picked up a yellow card for a push on Chris Stewart, McCargo was the victim of an elbow in the face from Dunmurry sub Barry Lowe. The biter bite so to speak.

McCargo thought about it, then chased after Love to land a punch which led to a melee and then Lowe disgracefully aiming a kung-fu kick at McCargo.

Both rightly got their marching orders and Lowe had to be escorted off at the end when he came back to celebrate with his colleagues.

Back to the football, which was all played by Dunmurry, who had the man of the match in midfielder Gary Hewitt, who opened the scoring with a superb half-volley in the 33rd minute when Kilmore failed to properly clear a cross from Simon Fenton following a throw-in.

The ball came out to Hewitt on the edge of the box and he cracked it into the top corner.

Winger Anthony Walsh also had a noteworthy game, being involved in the two other goals and constantly creating problems on the left.

Walsh was involved with Liam Burns and Bob Lennon in some neat inter-play which saw Walsh push the ball into the box from where Burns crossed for Barry Bloomer to add the finishing touch.

The third was equally impressive. Started by Walsh, who squared the ball across the 18-yard line, leaving Fenton to drive into the roof of the net.

Game, set and match to Dunmurry, but then again, they were never in danger of losing.

DUNMURRY REC: Arnott, Fenton, Burns, Finlay, Lennon, Hewitt, Stewart, Lennon, Bloomer, Neill, Walsh, Subs: Larmour for Lennon (89); Lowe for Neill (74).

KILMORE REC: Watson I Smyth, S Smyth, Greener, McCargo, McMahon, Cheevers, McCarthy, Keown, P Smyth. Subs: Gill for I Smyth (58), Holland for P Smyth (75).

Referee: A Hayes.

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