Rossa hurlers clinch All-Ireland Intermediate hurling glory

Deaglan Murphy and Gavin Bell embrace after Rossa's All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling triumph
Deaglan Murphy and Gavin Bell celebrate after Rossa's All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling triumph

Belfast outfit Rossa clinched the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling title as they beat Kilburn Gaels 1-9 to 2-3.

Points from Sean Shannon and Stephen Shannon helped Rossa lead 0-3 to 0-2 after a scrappy first half.

Stephen Beatty's goal moved Rossa five ahead but a Keith Killilea goal cut the margin to only two at Croke Park.

A Gerard Walsh score moved Rossa four ahead again and while Killilea hit a second goal, late scores from Michael Armstrong and Walsh made the game safe.

The Rossa squad had several players with senior inter-county experience including captain Chris McGuinness, Stephen Beatty, Mickey Kettle and Gavin Bell.

Rossa beat Wexford's Cappoquin 2-12 to 1-8 in the All-Ireland semi-final with the London club shocking Leinster champions Mullinavat and Galway hopefuls Cappataggle en route to the decider.

All the Kilburn players were being driven by the memory of their beloved team-mate and Gort man Cathal Forde who died suddenly during a training session at the London club in 2012.

But Rossa have strong motivation of their own as they seek to go one better than the club senior's did in 1989 when they were beaten by Buffer's Alley in the senior club hurling decider.

Deaglan Murphy, Michael Armstrong and Seaghan Shannon were among Rossa players whose fathers played in the 1989 senior decider.

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