TSDL’s Peake Villa made the short journey to the Greyhound Stadium today to face cross town rivals Thurles Town in the John Delaney Cup.
Thurles started well and has a great chance on five minutes when a fine corner from Tommy Brophy was met by Martin Darmody and his header was saved well by Ryan in the Villa goal. Villa replied three minutes later when a cross from Pearson down the right found Pippy Carroll in the box and his header missed the target when he should have scored. The game was looking end to end at this point when on ten minutes a long ball over the Villa defence found Paul Kirwan who’s shot was saved well by Ryan and there was noone on hand to follow up. Immediately after another fine Villa cross from the right found Keith Cahill who should have done better as his volley went straight at Jim McDonnell in the Town goal. On seventeen minutes Carroll burst through the midfield left three players behind before he shot towards goal only to have McDonnell in the way again. Town should have scored in the twenty first minute when another Brophy corner was met by Darmody flicked it towards the back post and Barry Ryan was waiting but his effort missed the target. Town didn take the lead in the twenty fifth minute when a wonderfully floated free from Brophy found Kirwan in the box and he made no mistake as he powered his header past Ryan to open the scoring. On thirty nine minutes Maris Baltins ran through from the left and found himself with only McDonnell to beat but the keeper produced another fine save. As injury time approached Peake were awarded a corner and Michael Wade floated it in superbly but Matthew McKevitt glanced the ball wide with McDonnell beaten. Town had a final chance in what turned out to be a brilliant first half when Brophy stood over a free from thirty yards and his fierce drive was excellently fingertipped wide by Ryan.
The second half would prove to be a first affair but on fifty one minutes a big scramble occurred at the edge of Town’s box before the ball fell to Dale Loughnane and his low drive hit the back of the net to send the away fans wild. Four minutes later Carroll again produced some wonderful play and his crafty pass put McKevitt through on goal but his shot missed the target. A tight and physical ten minutes passed and on sixty six minutes Villa were awarded a free kick some twenty five yards out and up stepped Carroll to curl a delicious shot into the top corner leaving McDonnell with no chance. Town were dealt a major blow on eighty minutes when the in form Tommy Brophy was sent off for a second bookable offence, he’d have no complaints. Villa used their extra man to pass the ball continuously and on eighty four minutes Loughnane put Adam Garrat through one on one with McDonnell on hand again to save, and keep his side in the tie. The equaliser was not to come as Villa comfortably seen out the remaining minutes.
A good match for the 150+ spectators who would not be disappointed by the quality of goals on hand. Jim McDonnell was the best for Town on the day while a string of fine displays from Villa, especially Ryan, Wade, Loughnane and McKevitt. Stoppagetime.ie Man of the Match though goes to Pippy Carroll who dictated proceedings throughout and in the end proved to be the difference between both sides.