Fulham Irish 5-08, Round Towers 2-08
By Damian Dolan.
Fulham Irish made the most of their second bite at the Tipperary Cup cherry to set up a final meeting with Tir Chonail Gaels.
Having won the battle off the pitch, after this semi-final was originally awarded to Towers as a walkover only for Provincial Council to uphold Fulham’s appeal, David Duggan’s hat-trick inspired Fulham to victory at Ruislip on Sunday.
The Ballyhaise, Co Cavan, clubman opened the scoring only for Brendan Towey to squeeze his low shot under the body of Derek Butler and into the Fulham net. But Duggan chipped away at the Towers lead and together with former Leitrim star David O’Connor edged Fulham into a two-point.
Fulham then took a firm grip on the game when Duggan tip-toed his way through the Towers defence before slotting the ball into the corner of John Kelleher’s goal. Just before the break Fulham struck for their second goal – a delightful move involving Duggan, Shea Quinn and Colin Murray ended with a leaping Gearoid Collins palming the ball into the net.
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