NT&DL Tipperary Cup Final
Nenagh Celtic 4-1 Holycross Fc
Nenagh Celtic made it four Tipperary Cup’s on the spin after a fantastic first half display seen off a spirited Holycross Fc.
In truth Holycross were never going to be strong enough for the Premier Division side and they might have found themselve a goal down in as little as the third minute, a fine Marky Walsh pass found Jimmy Hynes and he seen his shot hit the crossbar and go out of play, a sign of things to come.
Indeed, Celtic did grab the lead eighteen minutes in as a Holycross corner was cleared by Paul Walsh, the centre half found Hynes down the right wing and the veterans cross into the area found Brian Mitchell in space and the youngster took his time and slotted the ball into the bottom corner giving Robert Quinlan no chance. It would be two nil twelve minutes later as a corner from Mitchell found the head of Paul Walsh and his goal bound effort was bravely headed home by Micheal Hynes.
Celtic enjoyed numerous passages of play and were rewarded again six minutes from the break, Marky Walsh grabbed the ball in the middle of the Holycross half and he again found Jimmy Hynes who made no mistake this time, drilling the ball low into the bottom corner and ending the game as a contest.
Holycross looked like a different team in the second half and enjoyed the lionshare of the possession, eventually making it count just after the hour mark, a corner kick into the area found Aaron Delaney and his goal bound header was saved on the line by Stevie Ryan but the ever present Dan Corbett was on hand to tap the ball home and give his side a gimmer of hope in the process.
The score remained the same, with Holcross digging deep, until five minutes from time, a long Paddy Lynch ball over the top seen Mitchell race onto it and he exquisetly lobbed it over the on-rushing Quinlan and into the net much to the joyous roars from the Celtic fans and management alike.
A cracking game of football on a great pitch with Celtic running out deserved winners, Robbie Ryan’s side have now made it four in a row with Holycross added to the list along with Roscrea Town B and Cloughjordan Fc (twice) coming up short against the cup specialists.
They aim to make it a double next weekend as they face Cloughjordan in the Ricky Fogarty Cup final, a cup they also won last season. The match will be played on Saturday the 19th in Moneygall Fc Grounds at 6.30pm.
Man Of The Match: Jimmy Hynes