Waterford United won the Munster Senior Cup on Tuesday last when they lifted the famous trophy on a very hot evening at Turner’s Cross, which was actually hotter than Mexico City that same day.
Among the interested spectators was new Ipswich Town manager, Roy Keane. Looking tanned and relaxed, ‘Keano’ turned up to watch his brother Pat skipper the hard working Rockmount side who made the Blues work hard during the second half of the contest.
Despite the fact that Waterford face a tough away game against Shelbourne in the league this weekend, Blues boss Stephen Henderson fielded a full strength team. The Rockmount players appeared to be a little nervous during the opening minutes as the sun blazed down from above and they fell behind after only six minutes.
Gary Dunphy crossed from the right to David Grincell who had his back to goal and despite being surrounded by two defenders, he found the net from 10 yards with a low shot that gave Rockmount goalkeeper Mark Power no chance.
Both Grincell and Gary Dunphy were also involved in the second Waterford goal, with Grincell putting Dunphy through on goal. But his path was illegally blocked by Pat Keane, leaving referee Eddie McNally with no option but to award a penalty.
From the resultant spot kick, Dunphy duly sent Mark Power the wrong way from the spot to double Waterford’s lead.
Four minutes into the second half, Rockmount were back into the game thanks to a dubiously awarded penalty converted by Ross O’Callaghan.