McGrath ultimately crushes the cup-holders

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IT’S a few years now since Bels lifted ‘senior’ silverware but they are just 90 minutes and one win away from ending their often painful trophy drought.

Marc McGrath, who notched Bels' fourth, tries his best to hold off an opponent. (Picture by Jason Friend, 25457380)

A 4-3 triumph over the Doric Rawlinson Cup holders Rovers demonstrated clearly enough that their mid-summer revolution could be more than just the proverbial flash in the pan.

Brent Marquand put Bels ahead after barely five minutes and midway through the half Stuart Roussel doubled the advantage, only to see Sam Hall quickly halve it again.

It was cracking summer entertainment for another encouraging Track crowd and as Rovers gave as good as they got Fin Whitmore struck a post just before half time.

Roussel came close to grabbing his second before the break but Bels got that third soon enough, Joby Bourgaize rifling in a low shot to leave Rovers on the ropes.

Marc McGrath then delivered the knockout blow with a near-post header.

Whitmore gave Rovers a glimpse of a recovery with a well taken effort and when Reece Le Brun dropped a clanger Chezney Payne struck to make it a nervous climax for Bels who may soon have Naro Zimmerman joining up.

Rob Batiste

By Rob Batiste
Sports Editor

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