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Munster Junior Joy For Portumna As Round Three Awaits

Portumna Town ended Nenagh Celtic’s quest for the Munster Junior Cup after coming from a goal down to win 2-1.

The hosts had a huge chance to open the scoring twelve minutes in as Garry Curran was felled in the area, David Nee stepped up to take the resulting penalty but he seen his effort cannon off the crossbar and out to safety.

Both teams looked to play good football in this tie and Celtic were rewarded for some fine play on the half hour mark, Brian Mitchell raced through and finished well to put his side a goal up.

Celtic should have doubled their lead five minutes into the second half as a cross into the area found Mark Walsh unmarked, but he blazed his effort over the bar when really, he ought to have scored.

Celtic were made to rue that miss only five minutes later when Thomas Hough raced down the right wing and he cut into the penalty area and unleashed a fine hit into the far corner to give the keeper no chance. Celtic upped the tempo after this, but they found goalkeeper Mike Starr on top form.

Town grabbed the all-important winner seventeen minutes from time as Malcolm Flannery powered home a fine header from a Ryan Hanrahan corner. Celtic piled on the pressure in the remaining minutes, but Starr was on hand to make numerous saves to ensure his side would face Borroway Rovers in Round 3.

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