St Michaels won he Tipperary Youths Cup after a 3-1 victory over second division champions Cullen/Lattin. In truth it was a big first half performance that set the standard for the game and Saints were ahead after just three minutes when Captain Shane Ryan scored from the penalty spot.
Saints would double their lead on the ten minute mark when Ryan found himself through on goal and calmly slotted it past Jack Downey in the Cullen goal. Cullen would not give up and nearly pulled one back midway through the half when Liam Ryan’s shot from distance narrowly missed the target. Saints made it three nil just before half time however when a Luke Quinn effort looked like it had been excellently saved by Downey but the assistant flagged for the goal and senttheSaints fans and players into delirium, very unlucky for Downey however. Three nil at half time and in truth the game was over as a contest.
Cullen introduced 14 year old Pedro Soto in the second half and this exciting youngster seemed to change the game immediately with some fantastic football. Indeed they would pull one back soon after when Matthew Moroney latched onto a free ball and made no mistake beating the keeper with aplomb. Ryan, Noonan, O’Brien and Malone further tested the Saints keeper but it would be to no avail as Saints ran out 3-1 winners to claim the trophy.
A fantastic win for Saints who were the stronger team but credit must go to Cullen aswell as their never say die attitude and i’m sure they will be back stronger than ever next season.
Man of the match on the day goes to Shane Ryan who’s brace was enough to see off Cullen.