Munster Junior Cup 2nd Round
TIPPERARY TOWN 5 OLD BRIDGE 4
Second Division Tipperary Town produced a major upset in the Munster Junior Cup 2nd Round after twice coming from behind to produce a remarkable recovery against high flying Premier League side Old Bridge FC in this nine-goal thriller at the VEC Grounds, Tipp town last Sunday.
Old Bridge having seen off Clonmel Town in the previous round were looking well on top going ahead through Barry O’Neill after 15 minutes then Emmet Ryan made it 2-0 after 17 minutes.
Tipperary Town looked in trouble when Martin Kennedy made it 3-0 to the Clonmel side after 23 minutes.
However, Tipperary Town with the prospect of a mouth-watering tie at home to neighbours and five times winners St. Michael’s FC recovered from that early setback. Paddy Fitzgerald scored a direct free kick on 25 minutes and the Second Division side were just a goal in arrears when Paddy Fitzgerald added his second from open play after 27 minutes to trail Old Bridge 3-2 at the break.
It was end to end stuff after the break too with Tipperary Town restoring parity at 3-3 two minutes after the restart. Tipperary Town continued to match their more illustrious opponents in all sector of the park, but looked in trouble when Old Bridge restored the lead at 4-3 when a Tipp Town player inadvertently turned an attempted clearance into his own net after 70 minutes.
Nevertheless, the Bridge’s lead was short-lived as Tipperary Town were back on level terms just a minute later when Stephen Quinn was on hand to finish Dean Buckley’s centre to the net.
Just when extra-time looked likely, Tipperary Town snatched a dramatic winner on 86 minutes. From a Johnny Martin ball over the top Mark Flannery latched onto it and beat the advancing ‘keeper to secure a remarkable victory from the jaws of defeat and that home tie against neighbours St. Michael’s AFC in the next round.