Munster Junior Cup 4th Round
CLONMEL CELTIC 3
HOSPITAL CRUSADERS 1
Clonmel Celtic joined St. Michael’s in the Munster Junior Cup quarter-finals after eventually overcoming County Limerick outfit Hospital Crusaders at Celtic Park, Clonmel last Sunday.
Clonmel Celtic, who face a trip to Ballinasloe in the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup, had to battle hard for a result against a good Crusaders side that Celtic had difficulty breaking down.
Celtic hit the front on 18 minutes when the Limerick side failed to clear a corner-kick and Craig Condon scored his first goal of the season. However the visitors equalised through Chris Dineen 5 minutes later and this only emphasised the fact that Celtic had a battle on their hands to come through this encounter. There was not much between the sides for the remainder of the half that ended 1-1.
The second half saw an improvement in Celtic although Crusaders were still very much in this tie with a fine save from ‘keeper Richie Ryan preventing them going ahead. However, as the game progressed Celtic were looking the more likely and on 68 minutes they were awarded a penalty when Seanie O’Hara was upended in the box. Simon Scully made no mistake from the spot to put Celtic 2-1 up.
Celtic looked the better side for the remainder of the game but the visitors kept plugging away and kept Celtic on their toes. Celtic kept the best until last with a lovely move involving Stephen Ryan and Kevin Waters culminated with Paul Kennedy firing home the insurance goal on 87 minutes and book a home tie with Nenagh Celtic in the last eight.