South Tipperary soccer resumed at the weekend with the John Delaney Cup quarter finals.
TSDL champions, Clonmel Celtic overcame North Tipperary side Cloughjordan to book their ticket in the semi-finals of the John Delaney trophy.
Prolific striker Paddy O’Donnell opened the scoring for the home side but Cloughjordan were level at the break thanks to a goal from Michael Costello.
Celtic got the upper hand in the second-half and goals from Paddy O’Donnell, David Joyce and Paul Kennedy saw them emerge easy winners in the end.
Good start for Saints
St. Michaels were full value for a 3-0 win over Nenagh AFC having the greater goal threat throughout in a competitive game at Cooke Park on Friday night.
The Tipperary Town side took the lead on 16 minutes when John O’Brien robbed John Mitchell and his left wing cross saw Pa Quinn score at the second attempt. Thomas Shepherd was the mainstay at centre forward for Nenagh and nearly got in on 21 minutes from a neat Roy Creagh pass.
Aaron Wall did well to gather a cross from John Mitchell on 29 mins.
Pa Quinn hit the bar from a John O’Brien corner on 34 minutes.
Darren Lynch’s header went straight at Robbie Ryan on 42 mins.
Pa Quinn largely finished the game as a contest when he made it 2-0 on 43 just before the break from a Darren Lynch pass.
The second half saw Saints search for a third goal and James Walsh headed over from a John O’Brien corner on 50 minutes.
Both sides used their benches with Saints getting the vital third goal midway through the second-half when John O’Brien did well to find the net with a right foot shot.
Paul Breen and James Walsh went close with Walshe’s chip hitting the post. Darren Lynch, always a threat, went close late on as Saints cruised into the semi final.
Shane Murphy Hat-Trick
Clonmel Town began the 2013/14 season with a victory in the Complex on Friday night last.
Town started brightly and missed several chances in the opening quarter.
After 23 minutes, Shane Murphy opened the scoring for the hosts when he finished after a good passing move.
The same player added a second in the 29th minute when he tapped in from close range following a defensive mix-up.
In the 43rd minute, Murphy completed his hat-trick, heading home a great Shane Flynn cross.
The second half began with the Thurles scoring in the 50th minute.
However any hope of a comeback was short lived as an Emmet Johnson brace in the 60th & 65th minutes put Town in control of the tie.
Keith Cashman netted a fine solo effort in the 85th minute to cap a good performance for the host’s.
Thurles capitalised on some sloppy Town defending to score two late consolation goals.
Nenagh Celtic are the sole North Tipperary representatives to make it to the last four as they beat Old Bridge by 6-1. Goals from Craig Connolly (2), Jimmy Hynes (2) and Mark Walsh (2) were the winners marksmen.