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Tipperary Cup ¼ final

 26th March 2017

 Vee Rovers 6 – 1 Galbally United

 Second Division Vee Rovers stunned Premier League side Galbally United on Sunday to continue their dream run in this year’s Tipperary Cup, hitting the higher placed side for six at Clogheen. The home side were always the better team and were ahead in the first minute of the game when they scored from almost the first attack through Conor Lonergan. The same player doubled their tally in the seventeenth minute before Darren Sheehy managed to pull a goal back for the Premier League side. However any hope for Galbally getting back into the tie was dealt a blow when Shane Mc Grath headed home from a corner kick right on the stroke of half time. In the second half Rovers took over completely but had to wait until fifteen minutes before the end to add to the score line when Eoin O Dwyer fired home their fourth. That destroyed any resistance left in the Galbally side and they shipped another two goal to Conor Lonergan’s hat trick effort and a wonder goal from the half way line to finish their season. With three big fish waiting in the semi-finals Vee will probably be seen as the team to draw for any of the sides left, but on this performance they could give any side a shock yet.

Tipperary Youth Cup Final

Cullen Lattin 1 – 3 St Michael’s

Back from having no Youth’s team last season, St Michaels won this season’s Tipperary Youths Cup after a three goal to one victory at the home of local rivals and Second Division champions Cullen/Lattin. In truth it was a dominant first half that set up the Saints, and they showed that dominance in taking the lead after just three minutes when captain Shane Ryan scored from the penalty spot. They doubled the lead on the ten minute mark when Ryan found himself through on goal and calmly slotted it past Jack Downey for his second of the game. However Cullen did not give up and almost pulled a goal back midway through the half when Liam Ryan’s shot from distance narrowly missed the target. The Premier league side made it three nil just before half time, when a Luke Quinn effort looked like it had been excellently saved by Downey, but the assistant flagged for a goal.

That blow for Cullen practically finished the game as a contest but they did pull a goal back midway through the second half 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 Michael’s ran out three one winners to claim the trophy, and what they hope will be the first leg of a domestic double at Youths level.

Premier League

26th March

Cashel Town 1 – 3 St Michael’s

Already relegated before today’s game, Cashel Town slid down into the First Division with little more than a whimper of resistance against a Michael’s side who look like they are going to claim their second title in as many years. A proud history for the home side however is no guarantee of future success and after seeing their second team also relegated in Sunday morning, it looks like there will be a lot of soul searching ahead if the home side are to bounce back in the near future. The home side did start well as they often do against their more illustrious opponents, and Eddie Walsh almost opened the scoring in the early minutes but saw his shot well saved. James Walsh then had a ball cleared off the Cashel line as the visitors began to crank up the pressure, and David Slattery, Jimmy Carr and Colin Bargary all went close but to no avail for the visitors. The home side then rocked the Saints just after the half hour mark when they opened the scoring against the run of play when what looked like a simple through ball fooled the visiting defence and Kieran Hennessy ran on to shoot coolly to the net. The home side were not able to hold the lead to the break however and former Cashel Town player Colin Bargary split the home defence three minutes before the break to set up Jimmy Carr for a deserved equaliser. It only took the visitors four minutes in the second period to go in front when Paul Breen headed home a Jimmy Carr free kick, and then Pa Quinn went close twice more in quick succession before Carr made it three one from close in right on the hour mark. The game pretty much petered off into an end of season dirge after this, with any hope of a Cashel comeback being stopped when they were reduced to ten men in the final minutes. They did have one half chance before the final whistle but a combination of Derek Breen in the goal and James Walsh on the line managed to keep the two goal cushion and all three points for the visitors.

 First Division

26th March 2017

Redmondstown 2 – 3 Cahir Park  

 Redmondstown rounded out their season with a loss at home to a Cahir Park side that had much more to play for as they remain in the hunt for end of season promotion to the Premier Division. The home side started well and took an early lead after eleven minutes when a Gino Lonergan in swinging corner went straight in to back of the net, but it was level again nine minutes later when Shane Murphy was on the end of a cross to head home from five yards. Darren Murphy then had a fine strike from a tight angle that just cleared the Cahir crossbar, and with half time approaching Gino Lonergan forced the Cahir keeper in to action when his strike from a free from all of thirty five yards out was well saved. From the next Redmondstown attack Brendan Boland set up Eric smith but his scuffed effort was just cleared off the line by a Cahir defender. Redmondstown continued to attack before the halftime whistle but were unable to add to their tally and both sides went to the break level.  Cahir got off to the perfect start in the second period when Keith McGuire’s strike from outside the area found the net, and they made three goals to one on the hour mark when they were awarded a penalty and Barry McCormack dispatched to the net. The home side almost found a way back in to the game straight from the kick off but Seamy Greene’s header was again cleared off the line. Redmondstown pushed for a goal that would set up a great finish but that goal didn’t arrive till the final minute when Greene set up Brendan Boland and he finished to the bottom corner but it was too little too late and Cahir saw out the game to take all three points

St Michael’s 1 – 3 Glengoole United

 This game had a real end of season feel about it from a home team whose title hopes were extinguished weeks ago, but the three points mattered a lot to a Glengoole side that are chasing promotion back into the Premier League. The Saints were a mix of youthful and experienced players and were ultimately easily brushed aside by the visitors. The early exchanges were even until Daniel Rafter hit the post on twenty minutes and Jamie Carey’s follow up flying wide of the goal. Glengoole had a few more half chances before Rafter scored from close range two minutes before the break after the home side failed to clear a ball in their area. Thomas Donovan made it two for the visitors six minutes into the second half when connecting with a Brian Lowry clearance, and Daniel Rafter got his second two minutes later, again from close range to make it three goals to nil. The home side finally got one back through substitute John Carew seventeen minutes from time, but the points were never in doubt, leaving Glengoole remaining in a very strong position for promotion.

Rosegreen Rangers 6 – 3 Kilsheelan United

 Danny Healy provided a ray of sunshine for Rosegreen on Sunday with a five star, five goal performance to keep his side firmly in the hunt for a promotion spot at the end of the year. In doing so the home side put an end to a run of good form by the visitors leaving them rooted to the bottom of the First Division table, with time and games running out if they are not to plunge through the relegation trap door. This game was very lively in the opening minutes, with both sides creating chances, before Healy got off the mark in the twentieth minute scoring from close in. He doubled his tally in the thirty fourth minute before Simon O Donnell got a goal back for the visitors. However another brace from Healy in two minutes around five minutes before the break put Rosegreen in a commanding position before O Donnell managed to get a second back for Kilsheelan. Trevor Downey restored the three goal lead for the home side with an unstoppable free kick, but again the visitors pulled a goal back twenty minutes from time through Mark Heffernan to give themselves some hope. That was finally extinguished ten minutes from the end however when Healy hit his fifth and his sides sixth to keep them on track for an exciting end to an exciting season.

Division 2

26th March 2017

Cashel Town 2 – 5 Donohill and District

After their firsts dropped through the relegation trap door weeks ago, the Cashel Town seconds had one more chance to stave off the same fate last Sunday, but instead came up against a Donohill side who have been in very good recent form, and who were in no mood to simply roll over. And roll over they didn’t establishing the tenor of the game and a two goal lead early on with strikes from Davy Horgan and Alan Shanahan inside the first twenty minutes of the game. Both teams shared goals then before the break to leave Donohill three goals to one up early in the second half. The home side then showed some resistance and brought the deficit back to a single goal as they saw their season begin to slip away. However that’s exactly what it did as two more late goals for the visitors through Kevin O Brien and an own goal gave Donohill the points, and Cashel the push.

Wilderness Rovers 2 – 5 Cullen Lattin

Already promoted, Cullen needed one more point from this game to ensure that they went back to the First Division as champions and they duly delivered in style against a Wilderness team that has flattered to deceive at times this season. The Rovers will look back on points dropped elsewhere, but on the evidence of this game they may reflect on the fact that they probably need another year of re-building before they head back up the TSDL tables. Early goals by Cullen’s veteran star player Davy Ryan and PJ O Brien made things comfortable for the visitors, and although Thomas Kennedy got a goal back for Rovers before the break, another brace by Conor Ryan and Pakie Farrell ensured that there was going to be no shock comeback in this game. Both Thomas Kennedy for the home side and Pakie Farrell for the visitors got a second goal each before the end, but when full time was sounded it was Cullen who got their hands on the Second Division league trophy.

Division 3

26th March 2017

Clonmel Town 1 – 0 Kilmanahan United

A superb second half strike from twenty yards out, by Craig Condon two minutes after the restart of the second half ensured Town B overcame Kilmanahan Utd in The Complex on Sunday morning. In the beautiful sunshine, the first half was mainly uneventful apart from Kilmanahan going close but a great stop from Martin Boland kept the home side in the game. Town knew that a win was vital to keep their league hopes alive upped their game as John Shanahan and youth player Gavin Joy started to show some dominance in midfield and it was both players who combined to setup Condon in the forty seventh minute to give Town the lead. The home side pushed on in search of a second going close on several occasions but couldn’t find that goal to give them a comfortable cushion. However their back four kept Kilmanahan at bay and they held out for a single goal win.

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