St Michael’s are Tippeary cup champions

Tipperary town side St Michael’s secured the league and cup double when they beat Old Bridge 1-0 in the Tipperary Cup final.

Tipperary town side St Michael’s secured the league and cup double when they beat Old Bridge 1-0 in the Tipperary Cup final.

Already crowned league champions after an unbeaten campaign, Saints were strong favourites to overcome Old Bridge in the cup decider but the Clonmel side put up a huge fight in the final at Celtic Park, Clonmel.

it took a superb strike from John Connery to decide the final.

The overworked Old Bridge defence conceded a direct free-kick on the edge of the ‘D’ just before the break and from Connery’s well executed set-piece the ball didn’t even dip as it found the right hand top corner of the net with ‘keeper John Butler rooted to the spot to give the holders the physiological advantage.

Old Bridge battled bravely to get the leveller in the second half but a Saints defence marshalled by Irish amateur international James Walsh held out.

St. Michael’s FC - Derek Breen, Michael Fitzgerald, Paul Tobin, Paul Breen, Thomas Fahey, John Connery, Richard Ryan, Pat Quinn, Michael Maguire, Jimmy Carr

Substitutes: Trevor Cosgrave, Jason Sutton, John Carew, Darragh McKenna, Chris Higgins

Old Bridge FC - John Butler, Brian Cleary, David Fahey, David Peters, Stephen Kearns, Emmet Ryan, Paul Ryan, Noel Walsh, Aaron Moroney, Martin Kennedy

Substitutes: Richard Crowe, Noel O’Brien, Bobby Farrell, Andy Pyke, Barry O’Neill

Officials: N. Coughlan, T. Keating, J. Hadnett