Clonmel Town and Galbally United bow out

Ballaghadreen 2 – 0 Clonmel Town

Ballaghadreen 2 – 0 Clonmel Town

Clonmel Town travelled to County Roscommon for a potential banana skin cup tie and ended up slipping on it, exiting their second cup competition in a month. They started the game in a very positive fashion and dominated the opening 15 minutes without scoring, although Shane Flynn was very unlucky when his shot went narrowly wide. The hosts had their first foray into the Town half just after the quarter hour and following a swift move, Mark O’Brien shot home to shock the visitors.

Town dominated the remainder of the half but missed several chances to level before the break. The second half was a more balanced affair and both sides could have scored. Town made a couple of changes in an attempt to get the equaliser but suffered a massive blow 15 minutes before the end when Cormac Rush scored from close range. In the final ten minutes, Town were thwarted on four occasions by the brilliance of the home goalkeeper to ensure the hosts progressed.

Galbally United 0 – 4 Waterford Hibs

If ever you could say that a goal scored at the right time has a huge bearing on a game, it was the first goal scored in this one. Galbally had been containing a very strong Hibs side for almost all of the first half, until right on the half-time whistle, when the visitors Mark O’Keeffe pounced to put Hibs a goal up at the break. This shook United to the core and Hibs began to take complete control, doubling their lead on the hour when Gerry Connors fired home. The game was effectively ended as a contest ten minutes later when Gary Keane made it 3-0 and although the home team didn’t deserve to lose by four, that was how it ended when Mark O’Keeffe fired home his second right on the stroke of full-time.