FAI Junior Cup 5th Round
CLONMEL CELTIC 1 GLENEA UNITED (DONEGAL) 0
An early goal by Brian Waters proved decisive for Clonmel Celtic who booked their place in the FAI Junior Cup 6th Round (last 32) for only the second time in their short history following a slender 1-0 win over Donegal side Glenea United at Celtic Park, Clonmel last Sunday.
Celtic started brightly and nearly hit the front after 2 minutes when Kevin Waters’ header forced an excellent save from the visitors ‘keeper Sean McClafferty. Celtic didn’t have to wait much longer and went ahead after 7 minutes when Brian Waters headed powerfully home from Graham Doyle’s corner kick.
Celtic were well on top at this stage and continued to create chances. Brian Waters almost got a second but his header from Kevin Waters’ cross was inches wide. Then Evan Maguire took delivery of a fine cross-field pass from Kevin Waters but his shot cleared the target. Celtic continued to push forward, aware of how significant a second goal would be, and after 18 minutes McClafferty got down to save a Kevin Waters header. Two minutes later the ‘keeper was called into action again, this time diving to his left to push away a Johnny Cagney thunderbolt.
Glenea survived the early Celtic onslaught and began to get into the game. The visitors started to compete better and although they were seeing more of the ball they weren’t creating any chances. Celtic continued to have the better opportunities and after 34 minutes Kevin Waters poked the ball wide when Glenea failed to clear a corner. The Donegal side then had their first meaningful shot from winger Sean Coll. Celtic replied instantly when Paddy O’Donnell had a shot charged down and a minute later Kevin Waters had a goal ruled out for offside, as Celtic took a 1-0 lead to the break.
Celtic’s performance levels dipped significantly in the second half but the visitors lacked a cutting edge in the final third to take advantage. However Celtic should have put the game to bed two minutes into the second half but Evan Maguire just failed to connect with a Brian Waters cross with the goal at his mercy. Glenea battled gamely as they searched in vain for an equaliser but the Celtic defence held firm, and although the home crowd never were able to relax Celtic ‘keeper Ronan Maher was a mere spectator. Celtic almost got the crucial second after 86 minutes when the excellent Evan Maguire broke but his shot brought another fine save from Sean McClafferty.