Maguire goals win it for South Tipperary



A double second half strike from Clonmel Celtic’s Evan Maguire saw the TSDL come from behind to defeat Waterford and go top of the FAI Oscar Traynor Trophy Group 4 table on goal difference at windswept Ozier Park, Waterford last Sunday.

There were major changes to the TSDL side with just six surviving from the side that defeated Kilkenny 4-0. It saw skipper John Shanahan returning from injury and making their debuts were Craig Condon, Emmet Johnson, David Slattery, Shane Flynn and ‘keeper Mark Lowry and it took time for this new look side to gel.

With the strong breeze favouring Waterford in the opening half it saw the home side that are badly in need of collecting all three points controlling the middle of the park. Because of this the TSDL were on the back foot for long periods throughout the opening forty-five minutes.

The Waterford pressure paid dividends on 18 minutes when they broke the deadlock. The goal came from a strong run down the left flank by Anthony O’Donnell who whipped the ball in from the by-line and Garry Keone rose highest to head powerfully past Evan Comerford in the TSDL goal.

The TSDL had a further let-off on 20 minutes when a defender deflected a ball that could have gone anywhere out for a corner-kick and a similar scenario occurred on 36 minutes when another attempted clearance went out for another fruitless corner-kick.

Waterford playing the more constructive football saw a shot from an acute angle from Philip Drohan forcing TSDL net-minder Evan Comerford to save at the expense of another corner-kick on 40 minutes. The only opportunity of note for the TSDL came minutes before the break when Waterford’s Amateur International ‘keeper Adrian Walsh beat the inrushing Evan Maguire to the ball to keep the home side’s lead intact at 1-0.

Whatever words of wisdom were uttered by the management team of Mick O’Brien and Jason Purcell at half-time it transformed the TSDL side that came out for the second half with all guns blazing. It was just two minutes after the changeover that the TSDL drew level when Evan Maguire pounced on a loose ball and kept his composure as he coolly rounded Waterford’s net-minder Walsh before finding the back of the net to make it 1-1.

Minutes later Emmet Johnson shot straight at Adrian Walsh after good build-up play by Evan Maguire and David Slattery. On 55 minutes Waterford should have regained the lead when Philip Drohan mishit a through-ball with just the keeper to beat. That let-off saw the TSDL turn this game on its head on the hour mark. From some neat approach play between David Slattery and Evan Maguire it ended with the latter placing his shot out of the reach of the advancing keeper to make it 2-1.

The TSDL had a chance to add to their tally on 70 minutes when Emmet Johnson sprung the offside trap on the halfway line and raced towards goal but his shot from 18 yards was straight at the Waterford ‘keeper. Over the final quarter of this game the action was mainly confined to the other end of the pitch as a Waterford side needing at least a draw piled on the pressure. Despite the heroics of the TSDL defence, Mark Lowry replacing the injured Evan Comerford between the posts, produced an important save pushing a stinging shot from Philip Drohan around his post for a corner-kick. From the resultant set-piece the St. Nicholas net-minder dominated his area punching well clear through a crowd of players that in the end helped the TSDL secure victory and their passage to the knock-out stages.

TSDL: Evan Comerford (Clonmel Town), Paul Tobin (St. Michael’s), Kevin Waters (Clonmel Celtic), Craig Condon (Clonmel Celtic), John Shanahan (Clonmel Town), Trevor Cosgrave (St. Michael’s), Jimmy Carr (St. Michael’s), Thomas Fahey (St. Michael’s), Emmet Johnson (Old Bridge), Evan Maguire (Clonmel Celtic), David Slattery (Cashel Town)

Subs used: Alan Hayes (St. Michael’s) for Maguire, Shane Flynn (Clonmel Town) for Cosgrave, Mark Lowry (St. Nicholas) for Comerford (injured)