Rockmount 2 (Duggan 37, 39) Collinstown 1 (Shortt 59)
By Paul Connolly.
Rockmount are through to the last four of the FAI Intermediate Cup after seeing off a brave challenge from Dublin visitors, Collinstown at Rockmount Park.
It was a continuation of Rockmount’s recent good form and at the moment they look difficult to beat like the teams Billy Cronin has moulded over a 20 year period and doing so again with this squad.
A cagey opening from both sides and it was half way through the first half before we got sight of a goal and the home side should have hit the front, some neat play from Cian Kelleher set Daniel Duggan away and he squared for Wayne Doherty who dragged his effort wide from eight yards.
Rockmount began to exert their authority and were getting on top and Ken Hoey’s free kick and a Cian O’Driscoll knock down had Duggan in a good position but he snatched at the chance and skewed over.
Both sides traded half chances as the game came to life.
The increasingly influential Evan Galvin showed some sharp play with a quick turn and saw his shot fizz wide with the keeper beaten.
The first real attempt from visitors took a while to materalize as Gerard Shortt saw his attempt fly over from the edge of box.
The opening goal came on 37 minutes and it was worth the wait, a lovely team move started in his own half from Galvin who fed Doherty and after some good hold up play, he found the on running O’Driscoll who in got in one on one and he drew a good save from keeper, the ball broke to Duggan who calmly beat his man and slotted the ball into the back of net.
The visitors were further rocked just two minutes later as Kelleher ran from right back and his near post cross was superbly finished by Duggan who found the top corner from an acute angle.
Collinstown started the second half brighter and dragged themselves back into the game just before the hour mark from a corner kick to the back post, Luke Fitzpatrick headed back across goal and Shortt headed in.
Just after the hour and Galvin pounced on a loose Collinstown pass but he drove over from a tight angle.
Duggan had the chance to complete his hat trick with 20 minutes remaining after good control but he blazed over from 12 yards.
Try as they might, Collinstown pressed for the equaliser and but for a flurry of corners in injury time, Rockmount held out and are now just one game away from final in the Aviva Stadium.
Rockmount: Brendan O’Connell, Cian Kelleher, Kenneth Hoey, Jason Sexton, Cian O’Driscoll, James Carson, Evan Galvin, Danny Aherne, Wayne Doherty, Daniel Duggan, Jack Waters.
Collinstown: Declan Woods, Tony McKeever, Dylan Nolan, Luke Fitzpatrick, Dean Carpenter, Stephen Grogan, Paul McMahon, Daniel Matthews, Gerard Shortt, Aaron Behan, Ian McNeill.
Shots on target 3/2. Shots off target 9/6 corners 3/5.