Trophy joy for Tandragee men

Tandragee Rovers celebrate Friday's Premier Cup victory against Camlough Rovers by 2-0. Pic by RicPics.
Tandragee Rovers celebrate Friday's Premier Cup victory against Camlough Rovers by 2-0. Pic by RicPics.

Scott Walker must make room within his career collection for a first medal in management following Friday’s 2-0 triumph by Tandragee Rovers against Camlough Rovers.

Jonny Black and Mark Bicker grabbed the goals to secure a third Premier Cup prize in four years for the Tandragee men.

Walker graced Holm Park during his Irish League playing career but restricted any movements in Armagh on Friday to the technical area as he helped mastermind a first silverware success since moving into management.

Now Walker and his Rovers coaching team will be aiming to use the trophy as a stepping stone towards a coveted Mid-Ulster Football League top-flight title.

Rovers supporters divided the ‘man-of-the-match’ award voting between Gareth Dobbs and Bicker.

TANDRAGEE ROVERS: Richard McGivern, Philip Pedlow, Jamie Rooney, Colin Bingham, Gary Whiteside, Gareth Dobbs, Lee Wells, Simon McClean, Jonny Black, Mark Bicker, AJ Gallagher. Subs: Jamie Uprichard, Cecil Corbett, Dean McCammon, Matty Clarke, Iain Latimer.

Black added to his impressive tally with a predatory finish inside the penalty area following a strong run and shot by Simon McClean which the Camlough goalkeeper struggled to claim.

McClean’s pace along the left flank proved a constant threat to the Camlough backline and Rovers came close to increasing the tally before the break but Bicker’s effort bounced off the base of the post.

Bicker, however, made his mark after the interval in some style - with a long-range half-volley hit that cemented Rovers’ trophy hopes in memorable fashion.

The goal handed the Tandragee side a key advantage following sustained pressure by Camlough, with Richard McGivern sharp between the posts to protect the clean sheet.

Tandragee worked hard across the closing stages until the final whistle sparked celebrations.

Rovers return to Mid-Ulster Intermediate League Section A play tomorrow (Saturday) at home to St Mary’s, aiming to enhance the unbeaten run and build on a tally of 31 points from 11 fixtures.