FAI Junior Cup 5th Round
18th December 2016
St Michael’s 0 – 0 Usher Celtic (AET Usher Celtic win 3-0 on penalties)
Saints will rue many missed chances here and had enough possession to put away Dublin outfit Usher Celtic, before succumbing once again to their spot kick hoodoo and exit from this years Aviva FAI Junior Cup. The hosts had already suffered an early blow when top defender Paul Breen had to be left off with flu at the eleventh hour but they had more than enough ammunition to offset that setback. Jimmy Carr was a thorn in Ushers side all day and as early as the fourth minute hit in a deep cross that lacked a finishing touch. The opening half was keenly contested with a physically smaller Usher side showing good touch and pace particularly through Jay Ivory who was at the end of most of their better play. Saints left David Grincell up front largely on his own and the support was often too slow to trouble a well drilled Celtic backline. Jimmy Carr won several corners throughout the half and looked the most likely player to score and at one stage beat four or five players but couldn’t get away a shot. For all Saints possession a shot from Jay Ivory just before the break hit the crossbar at the home end of a rather frenzied half, and almost sent the Dublin side to the break in the lead.
The home side started the second half brightly again and Carr saw his shot blocked on route to goal only minutes in. Getting on top now both David Slattery and Richie Ryan went close as Usher seemed to get visibly tired by the hour mark. However despite Saints territorial domination they were struggling to break them down. There was controversy twenty minutes from time when the visiting keeper was adjudged to have handled the ball outside his area, when the referee only reached for a yellow card, and in a frantic final few minutes James Walsh and David Slattery went close for Saints as they bombarded the Usher goal to no avail. In the first minute of extra time more controversy ensued when Paddy Fitzgerald was fouled, but only a free was given despite even the visiting bench looking convinced in was a penalty kick. Ivory shot harmessly at Wall on ninety eight minutes in the gathering gloom, and the home side were unable to break down the Usher line before the final whistle blew. The omens were never good once it went to spot kicks as St Michael’s have been knocked out of this competition on penalties every year since they won three years ago, and this year was to be no different. The first three penalties were either missed or saved while the Dublin side were deadly and went through on a three goals to nil score line.
Cashel Town 1 – 6 Peake Villa
Total dominance in this game from a Peake Villa team who are currently flying high, and abject submission from a Cashel side who seem to be tumbling towards an inevitable relegation come season end. This was one-way traffic for practically the entire first half, as Villa showed the gulf in class between these two sides. Thanks to some schoolboy errors from the home side this game was over by the break as first Pippy Carroll opened the scoring after twenty minutes and then doubled the lead four minutes later. Ten minutes before the break Matthew Mc Kevitt made it three with the same player hitting his second shortly afterwards to open a four goal lead effectively ending the tie as a contest. Mouse Fogarty rounded off the scoring in the final minutes of a first half that the home players will want to forget as quickly as possible. The second period was a little tighter, but the visitors made it six through Keith Cahill shortly after the hour mark. William Fitzell scored a consolation for Cashel on seventy five minutes from the penalty spot, but they will need to radically improve if they are to be still hosting Premier League soccer at Palmershill next season.
Clonmel Town 1 – 1 Old Bridge
Another local derby draw put a serious dent in Clonmel Town’s chances of winning this years Premier League title as they had to come from behind to get a point against local rivals Old Bridge. Played at the Complex, the Bridge were technically the home side for this game, and they looked like they were enjoying the surroundings. They started well and opened the scoring in the fifteenth minute with a well taken effort by Martin Kennedy. After that the match got scrappy as Bridge fought tooth and nail for every ball. They couldn’t hold out all day though, and conceded a penalty kick in the sixty fifth minute which was converted by the evergreen Tony Scully. After that Town did look like the most likely team to score a winner but Bridge refused to roll over and managed to extract a very important point for themselves and in the process throwing a huge spanner into the works of this season’s title race.
First Division Shield
18th December 2016
Glengoole United 3 – 1 Redmondstown
Glengoole continued their good run of recent form by winning through to the semi-finals of this year’s First Division Shield after a hard fought game against Redmondstown on Sunday last. The first half was a dour affair with neither side fashioning any clear cut scoring chances but the home side finally managed to break the deadlock two minutes into the second period when a cross from the left deceived the visiting keeper to nestle in the back of the net. Much like waiting for busses though, a second goal came along only two minutes later when the home keeper only managed to parry a well struck shot out to on onrushing Redmondstown striker who made no mistake from six yards out. Glengoole however began to take control of the game, and regained their lead five minutes after the hour mark when Danny Rafter latched onto a long clearance from the back and beat the keeper from just inside the area. The same player ensured the victory for his team in the seventieth minute when he was on hand to take a cross from the right hand side and score from inside the six yard area. After that the home side just ran down the clock without ever seriously looking in any danger.
Division 2 Shield
18th December 2016
Burncourt Celtic 5 – 3 Donohill and District
Burncourt have been misfiring in front of goal lately but finally managed to find their scoring boots on Sunday as they advanced in this year’s Second Division Shield competition. It wasn’t until after a scare however as the visitors came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders and hit the front after only two minutes when Jamie Tierney fired his side in front. Minutes later they could have doubled the lead but saw an effort rattle back off the crossbar with the home side on the ropes. That said, Celtic finally managed to compose themselves and got an equaliser in the twenty second minute through a shot from the edge of the area by Pa Ryan. It was only level for five minutes nevertheless and Donohill were back in front after Dinny Crosse showed a strikers instinct in getting his sides second of the day after some good build up play in the middle of the pitch. For all their good work though, the visiting team were undone by some poor defending just before the break and Brian Irwin managed to steal in and bring Burncourt level with a neat finish. Buoyed by this Celtic hit the front ten minutes after the break when Martin Bourke fired home, and extended the lead when Paudie Fitzgerald poked home after a scramble in the box ten minutes later. But Donohill made a fight of the game with a third goal inside the final ten minutes scored by Finian Mc Grath. In the end though, as they attacked looking for an equaliser, Pa Ryan broke from defence and got his second and his sides fifth with a fantastic solo effort to ensure that Burncourt won the game.
Cullen 0 – 0 Wilderness Rovers (AET Wilderness Rovers won 7-6 on penalties)
In the second of the two Division Two Shield games on Sunday, Wilderness Rovers upset the odds when they overcame league high fliers Cullen Lattin who were at home in the tie. The game itself was tight and niggly with neither side creating enough to deserve a win, and a penalty shootout was needed to separate the teams. The goals flowed from the spot kicks however before the Clonmel side eventually advanced on a seven goals to six scoreline.
Division 3 Shield
18th December 2016
Kilmanahan United 4 – 1 Ballyneale
Kilmanahan put some league woes behind them on Sunday when they won through to the Third Division Shield final which will be played in the New Year. They were in control of this game from the very start and took the lead in the third minute when David Garrett was set up by some good midfield play and he didn’t disappoint in front of goal. In the twelfth minute Conor Grant fired to the net from the edge of the box to double the home sides lead, and six minutes later an Andy Hickey penalty kick almost had the tie finished before it ever even got near the boil. That said, the visitors did have a sting and they pulled a goal back from the penalty spot just before the half hour mark. There was not much more in this game of note as the home side continued to stay well on top of their opponents, and they finished the game for good when Damien O Donnell scored the third penalty of the game to restore his sides three goal lead, one they still had at the end.
Clonmel Town 1 – 0 Tipperary Town
Two of the form sides of the division went head to head in the other semi-final on Sunday before Clonmel Town’s seconds eventually beat their Tipperary Town counterparts. The home side had appeals for a penalty kick waved away in the early minutes but continued to boss the game with good chances being spurned by Shane Fagan and Paudie Whelan. They thought that they had opened the scoring midway through the half but Fagan had an effort ruled offside after he turned the ball home, much to the consternation of the crowd. They finally did get the opener though five minutes before the break when Fagan was fouled in the area and Thomas Hill stepped up to fire home. The second period was a much tighter affair with the visitors coming back into the game strong, but in the end were unable to break down a very well drilled Clonmel defence, who gave their team the springboard for eventual victory.
Paddy Purtill Cup 1st Round
Vee Rovers 4 – 2 St Nicholas
Vee Rovers moved smoothly into the semi-finals of this year’s Paddy Purtill Cup with a good home win against fellow First Division side St Nicholas in Clogheen on Sunday afternoon. The home side opened the scoring after a quarter of an hour when a three man move was finished to the net by Eoin Heffernan. The lead only lasted a couple of minutes however as the Saints hit back with some slick play of their own which resulted in Darragh Bennett firing home from inside the area. There were three minutes of madness then just before the break when Rovers regained the lead with a Colm Lonergan effort only to see the Saint’s come back downfield almost from the kick off and level matters again through Philip O Doherty. Then while they were still celebrating the equaliser Vee went back up-field and scored a third with a goal by Warren O Brien to send his side to the break in front. The tie was eventually finished off midway through the second period when Ronan O Brien scored the home sides fourth goal and they closed the game out afterwards dominating the ball mainly in the middle of the pitch.