Paul Breen’s powerful header sees St. Michael’s through a tough test

TSDL Premier league leaders St Michael’s advanced to the last 32 of Ireland’s top Junior football cup courtesy of a tight but deserved win at Cooke Park last Sunday against Dublin side, St Paul’s of Artane.

TSDL Premier league leaders St Michael’s advanced to the last 32 of Ireland’s top Junior football cup courtesy of a tight but deserved win at Cooke Park last Sunday against Dublin side, St Paul’s of Artane.

The visitors were the better team in the early period and dominated possession, and were unlucky not to take the lead after 20 minutes when Conor Dillon had the home team’s upright after some slack defensive play.

Irish junior international Paul Breen was then very lucky not to see red for a reckless challenge as the home team were repeatedly pinned back and only the offside flag saved St. Michael’s ten minutes later.

By the end of the half the Tipperary Town team were glad to get to the break with the teams all square and get a chance to regroup.

And regroup they did. They came out in the second half a transformed team, as the visitors began to increasingly fall off the pace, and St. Michael’s vast experience began to tell. And it did ten minutes in, when after the vistors scrambled away a Colin Bargary lob for a corner, Paul Breen came up the field to head powerfully home and as often before put his side in the driving seat.

St. Paul’s didn’t lie down without a fight however, and the northsiders came back hard at the home team in search of an equaliser. It wasn’t to be though, and if anything St.Michael’s should probably have sealed the game as they had the best of the late chances.

One goal was enough and they will be hoping to go even further when their name goes into the draw for the next round.