Munster Senior League Round Up: Double joy for Ringmahon and relief for Ringmahon

A very successful season for Rockmount

A very successful season for Rockmount Credit: Steve Alfred (ETPhotos)

The Munster Senior League season is over for another year, and Rockmount and Ringmahon Rangers are celebrating after they lifted the top trophies for clubs on Leeside.

The Mount set the standard by winning back to back Premier Division titles, and they retained the FAI Intermediate Cup.

They started the year by defeating reigning FAI Junior Cup champions Villa FC on penalties in the Tom Hand Cup.

Rockmount reached their second successive FAI Intermediate Cup final by seeing off a host of top teams, a group that includes Kilbarrack United and Lucan United.

They faced Cockhill Celtic in the final, with the Ulster Senior League side looking at winning the trophy for the first time in their history.

The game finished 1-1 and went to penalties with Rockmount prevailing in sudden death.

They added to their haul by beating Leeds AFC in the Keane Cup final at Turner’s Cross, and that completed a quadruple.

One trophy they failed to win was the Beamish Stout Senior Cup as they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Wilton United.

That honour went to Ringmahon Rangers after they defeated Carrigaline United in the final Turner’s Cross.

The Ringers won the cup with a team featuring League of Ireland veterans Gearoid Morrissey, Eric Grimes, and Anthony McAlavey.

That was an emotional victory for the club as they finished second in the Munster Senior League and Cockhill Celtic beat them in the semi-finals of the FAI Intermediate Cup in Cork

Rockmount and Ringmahon Rangers capped off their season by qualifying for the FAI Cup First Round proper.

Cobh Wanderers lifted the Senior Centenary Cup by beating Rockmount last November at the home of Mayfield United.

Bandon AFC, the team that produced current Irish international Conor Hourihane, won the First Division and gained promotion to the top tier of the Munster Senior League.