Holders Enniskillen Rangers defeated Tummery Athletic in this afternoon’s fonaCAB Irish Junior Cup Final to win the prestigious silverware for a third season in a row.
A Jason Keenan header in the first half proved decisive as Rangers clinched the coveted trophy for a fourth time.
The champions though had to dig deep as Tummery, appearing in their first ever showpiece decider, bombarded the Rangers goal with Aidy McCaffrey, Ruairi Sludden and Cathal Beacom all going close to grabbing a late equaliser.
The Dromore side provided the early threat with striker McCaffrey volleying wide after latching onto a searching ball from Blain Campbell.
Rangers responded with their player-manager Kerr smashing a 30-yard free kick off the inside of Chris Snow’s right hand post, before the holders grabbed the decisive goal on 27 minutes..
Kerr turned provider by whipping over a teasing left-sided cross and striker Keenan rose to glance his header beyond the grasp of Snow.
Rangers shaded the verdict for the remainder of the first half with Keenan pulling an effort wide before the same player was unable to turn home a driven cross by captain William Burleigh.
Tummery ended the half with Ruairi Sludden blazing over and Cathal Beacom heading over from a McCaffrey cross.
Following a low-key opening to the second half, Athletic upped the ante with McCaffrey having a goal-bound effort diverted over by Rangers centre-back Richie Johnston and from the resultant corner kick Beacom volleyed across goal and wide of a post.
Late on McCaffrey and Beacom both missed opportunities while Rangers keeper Jerome Carleton twice denied Sludden.
C Snow; Ci Beacom; R McNabb; D Molloy (capt); Campbell; Hanna; McLaughlin (G McCullagh 85); Sludden; Ca Beacom; McCaffrey; McNabb.
Subs not used: C Crilly; P McHugh; D McNulty.
J Carleton; D Crozier; M Kerr; M Simpson; R Johnston; N Coulter; M Cutler; W Burleigh (capt); J Keenan (C Watson 90 + 1); Turley (C Brough 84); Smith (S Chambers 82).
Subs not used: D Simpson; P Beresford.
Michael McLaughlin (North West)