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Carrig praises spirit after kilbarrack exit inter cup

by Jonny Stapleton
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Kilbarrack United manager Ross Carrig praised his side for showing the kind of battling spirit often associated with the watching Roy Keane as they exited the FAI Intermediate Cup over the weekend.

The Dublin side impressed their way into the last eight of the prestigious all Ireland cup competition but failed in their bid to make the final four in Cork on Saturday.

Reigning Champions Rockmount brought the curtain down on the Leinster Senior League Senior Sunday 1 teams cup dream in front of a large crowd that included the former Ireland captain.

The shock looked on the cards when United took the lead via a Deiric Hyland (above) penalty but Rockmount scored three goals in 17 minutes to move into progression pole.

To their credit, Kilbarrack, who are involved in a very exciting second-tier title race, battled hard in the second half but found legendary amateur number 1 Brendan O’Connell, a keeper Carrig both played with and managed at amateur international level, in fine form.

It was that battling spirit Carrig wanted to highlight post full-time, praising the relatively young team’s endeavour and pointing out they have done the club and the area proud.

Carrig also believes his team will gain valuable experience from the cup run.

“My lads again gave it everything, especially in the second half. 

“We were unlucky with opportunities but we went for it. 

“It’s all a learning process with this group. I’m very proud of the lads and the effort they give for Kilbarrack United.”

Lucan United were the only Dublin side to reach the final four over the weekend, thanks to victory over Skerries Town.  

Ringmahon Rangers FC overcame Willow Park FC and are also in the final four as a result. Neighbours Home Farm FC and Drumcondra FC will compete for the final four slot.  

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