Back-to-back cup wins ‘the pinnacle’ - Duddy

Mervyn Barr and Robert Duddy celebrate the final whistle as the Homers win the Junior Cup for the second year in a row. INBT19-250AC
Mervyn Barr and Robert Duddy celebrate the final whistle as the Homers win the Junior Cup for the second year in a row. INBT19-250AC

Robert Duddy has described Harryville Homers’ back-to-back Irish Junior Cup triumphs as the “pinnacle” of his time at the club.

The Homers boss watched proudly as his team retained the showpiece trophy in Northern Ireland junior football after beating Rosemount Rec 3-1 on Monday

“I think it’s a better achievement than last year mainly because of the injuries we’ve had - every week they’ve been dropping like flies,” Duddy told Times Sport.

“To get this far and to win the competition again is a fantastic achievement.

“I’m really proud of all the boys even the lads who didn’t make the squad today - they have contributed in every way, shape and form during the season and this is for them as well.

“For me this is the pinnacle.

“I said three years ago we would love to dominate our own league and then dominate junior football - we’ve proved now we can do that.

“To win the Junior Cup two years in a row gives us claim to be the best junior team in Northern Ireland.”

Duddy said he didn’t panic despite his side trailing 1-0 at half-time and having missed a penalty.

“We were disappointed at half-time because we hadn’t played as well as we can do and we had missed a penalty.

“But these things happen and we’ve been in this position before this season and we’ve come back so I wasn’t overly worried.

“I was confident we could come back and play better in the second half and that’s what we did.

“Getting the second goal was important. I think Paul McNeill is claiming it but I don’t care who claims it - the most important thing is that it went in!”

When asked what the next objective is for Homers, Duddy quipped: “I might retire and go out on a high note!”