Thurles visitors Peake Villa proved too much for St. Michael’s in this game and better ball retention and team work were the main characteristics of the victory.
Right from the start Villa went at the home side, and only two fine saves by Stephen Cunningham kept the scores level early on.
The visitors did finally breach the St. Michael’s defence though, when after ten minutes Adam Garrett chipped Cunningham beautifully to put his side in front.
St. Michael’s tried hard to get back into the game after this, and were unlucky to see an Elliot Thompson shot well saved on 20 minutes.
Four minutes later though, Peake doubled their lead, when Garret again finished after a good cross by Dale Loughnane.
The rest of the half then settled down, with neither side producing enough quality to threaten the respective keepers.
The Thurles side also had the better of the opening exchanges of the second period, and finished the game as a contest eight minutes into the half, when Adam Garrett showed his class by producing a third goal to secure his hat trick, this time having been teed up by his county team counterpart, Maris Baltins.
GOAL OF THE GAME
After this, both sides made use of their benches to relieve the ring rustiness of the Christmas break, and the game went a bit flat. That was until with ten minutes left, substitute Keith Cahill scored the goal of the game with an exquisite lob that left Cahir Park goalkeeper Stephen Cunningham flapping, and Peake Villa stretching their lead at the top of the Youths table.