St Michael’s fancied to retain John Delaney trophy against Nenagh

JOHN DELANEY COUNTY CUP FINAL

JOHN DELANEY COUNTY CUP FINAL

The 2011 O’Neill’s Sportswear sponsored John Delaney County Cup Final will be a rematch of last year’s decider with St. Michael’s AFC, the inaugural winners, facing Nenagh AFC. The venue for this year’s final was on the toss of a coin - with representatives from both Leagues present - it saw St. Michael’s winning it and that means the final will take place on Sunday, August 21 in Cooke Park, Tipperary town.

St. Michael’s will be odds on favourites to win back-to-back trophies up against a Nenagh FC outfit that had a 5-2 victory away to Clonmel Celtic and a 6-1 home victory over Wilderness Rovers. St. Michael’s, who won the inaugural trophy last August, with a comfortable 6-2 victory, know that this Nenagh FC side will have nothing to fear and will be determined to give a much better account this time around.

Munster Junior Cup champions St. Michael’s, who haven’t conceded in both games with a 4-0 home victory over Cloughjordan followed by a 3-0 victory away to Cashel Town, will want to keep this coveted trophy in Tipperary town and get their season off to another positive start. In the event of being level after 90 minutes it will be 10 minutes each-way extra-time and if still level this showpiece will be decided on a penalty shoot-out.

FAI CEO John Delaney, who played his football with St. Michael’s FC, will present this trophy – named in his honour - to the winners. The winners will also receive a complete team kit from sponsors O’Neill’s, who will also give a number of footballs to the runners-up and beaten semi-finalists. The Man of the Match Award and medals are kindly sponsored by Darren Ward Jewellers, Cahir.

SEMI-FINALS

CASHEL TOWN 0 ST. MICHAEL’S FC 3

Holders St. Michael’s FC defeated fellow TSDL Premier League side Cashel Town by a 3-0 scoreline in the semi-final at Palmers Hill, Cashel last Friday.

In a very evenly fought contest St. Michael’s AFC got the breakthrough a minute before half-time through Jason Sutton. With Cashel Town battling to get back into the contest throwing caution to the wind after the changeover it allowed St. Michael’s pick them off with Jimmy Carr making it 2-0 after 65 minutes before Paul Breen put the issue beyond doubt making it 3-0 after 79 minutes.

NENAGH FC 6 WILDERNESS ROVERS 1

North Tipperary & District League champions, Nenagh AFC came from behind to convincingly defeat Wilderness Rovers 6-1 in the other semi-final at Brickfield, Nenagh last Friday night

Wilderness Rovers, who had already seen off Nenagh Celtic at the North Tipp venue, were looking good when David McSharry gave them the breakthrough after 25 minutes. However, things went pear-shaped shortly afterwards with Arthur Mitchell levelling for Nenagh FC after 35 minutes. Three minutes later the Clonmel outfit threw Nenagh FC a life-line when Michael Hogan scored from the penalty spot to lead 2-1 at the break.

The second-half saw Nenagh take control of proceedings running out comfortable winners with John Mitchell making it 3-1 after 52 minutes. Arthur Mitchell adding his second after 63 minutes before Thomas Sheppard added a brace to secure the victory for a Nenagh FC side that will be looking for revenge against St. Michael’s in Cooke Park this Sunday.

RESULT SERVICE:

The PRO of the League for 2011/2012 is John Butler. Do not forget that deadlines are very tight. All results must be in by 6pm (18:00) on Sunday. Reports must not be later than 10 pm (22:00) on Sunday. The result can be texted to 087-2966165 and match report that must include scorers and time of goals from both teams; e-mailed to info@tsdl.ie. Otherwise you can contact John Butler on 0504-22371 with both result and times of goals once your match is finished.

SPONSORS:

The Clonmel Credit Union will again be the main sponsors of the Tipperary Southern & District League. The League is delighted for the ongoing support from the Clonmel Credit Union who will again sponsor all 5 Junior League Divisions plus the Tipperary Challenge Cup.