FAI Junior Cup 4th Round
20th November 2016
Thurles Town 3 – 1 Tipperary Town
Thurles Town rolled back the years to when they brought glory to the Cathedral town in Tipperary, as their soccer team progressed to the last 64 of this years Aviva FAI Junior Cup, and in carry the flag for the North Tipperary league being the last NTDL side remaining in the competition. On a cold morning at the Greyhound stadium in Thurles, the South Tipperary team sprang from the traps and forced two good saves from the home keeper through Mark Roche and Donagh Leahy early on. The home side finally shook the torpor from their bones and showed the visitors the kind of clinical finishing needed to be successful at this level, when they released veteran striker Barry Ryan into the area and he fired home on the half volley from six yards out with eighteen minutes on the clock. Ryan played like a man on a mission for his side and seven minutes later doubled their lead from the penalty spot when he was fouled in the area. At this stage things looked ominous for Tipperary Town but they are made of sterner stuff these days and shortly afterwards got back into the tie when Vinnie Godfrey picked up the ball on halfway and powered through the home defence before hammering home from the edge of the box. With the game in the melting pot now, it looked like the next goal was going to be the decisive one and again the visitors were denied chances created by Roche and Steven Quinn. And as happens when there is so much on a game, they were punished for their profligacy as the home side broke and saw a sweet cross planted on the head of Micheal Foley to nod home and re-establish their two goal lead. The second half was a much tamer affair compared to the first with the home side more than happy to sit and soak up the pressure from a visiting team who despite all their effort lacked the guile required to get themselves back into the game. In the end it was the Thurles side that finished victorious and now travel to Middleton to try to continue their Cup journey.
Clonmel Celtic 1 – 0 Bansha Celtic
Clonmel Celtic got the battle they were expecting but in the end they were good value for the single goal win against First Division giant killers Bansha Celtic that sees them into the open draw stage of the FAI Junior Cup. The home side almost got the perfect start when Tommy Kiely was played in but his effort was saved by the Bansha keeper and Evan McGuire couldn’t get power in his header to score from the rebound. They were the better side in the early stages and had the visitors pinned deep in their own half. On seventeen minutes Evan McGuire went on a surging run deep into the box and squared to Seanie O’Hara who was crowded out before seeing his effort blocked, and both Andy Cosgrave and Kevin Waters had long range efforts that weren’t far off target as Celtic continued to probe for the breakthrough. After been on top for the early stages Celtic almost fell behind just before the half hour, when a smart one two sliced open their rear guard but with just the keeper to beat the Bansha striker went for power and saw his effort smash against the bar. Shaken by this down at the other end the Clonmel side immediately came as close, when Seanie O’Hara made space for himself on the edge of the box and his fine effort hit the underside of the bar and the referee then pointed to the spot when David Joyce was adjudged to have been fouled as he tried to score from the rebound. Unfortunately Seanie O’Hara showed he is human after all when he fired his penalty wide. Bansha had a good spell following this and shaded the remainder of the half without really threatening Ciaran Kenrick in the Celtic goal. Celtic started the second half on the front foot again with the keeper denying Evan McGuire three minutes in, but the all important breakthrough came on the hour mark when Kevin Waters found Tommy Kiely on the edge of the box and his deft touch played in O’Hara who finished low to the corner. The home side pushed for a second with McGuire firing narrowly wide five minutes later, before Bansha lifted their game as they went all out for an equaliser in the latter stages. While they had more of the ball and pinned Celtic back Kenrick in the Celtic goal was never really called into serious action.
St Michael’s 18 – 0 Kilsheelan United
This was a landslide for Saints who led by double figures at the break. Ryan Deere got the first after only eight minutes, and when Richie Ryan and Deere got two more in the next two minutes, it looked like it was going to be a long night doe the visitors. Colin Bargary, Deere with two more, a brace by Joey Mulcahy and Paddy Fitzgerald, along with a cracking finish by Ger Browne made it ten at the break. The Saints were just as relentless in the second period with Mulcahy getting two to complete his hat trick and a goal from Paul Breen before the hour was out turning the game into a complete rout. Browne got two more to complete his hat trick and Fitzgerald two to make four for his night before Russel Quirke finished off the scoring against a gallant but ultimately very limited Kilsheelan side.
Peake Villa 8 – 0 Cullen Lattin
Peake Villa became the second Thurles side to make it into the Open draw of this year’s Junior Cup when they overcame Cullen Lattin at the Tower Field on Sunday morning. Making a fast start Vill were ahead after five minutes when Matthew Mc Kevitt laid on a goal for Pippy Carroll. Mc Kevitt himself made it two five minutes later before providing an assist to Dale Loughnane to make three in the twentieth minute. Two more goals by Carroll and Mc Kevitt before the break effectively ended the game as a contest. Comfortable now they were able to play the second half at exhibition pace and Caroll set Mc Kevitt up for his hat trick with twenty minutes left to play. The same player got his fourth seven minutes from time, but Caroll assured himself of his hat trick and his sides eighth right before the end.