St. Michael’s progressed to the last eight of this year’s Munster Cup with a good win at home to Clare side Kilreen Celtic on Sunday afternoon.
The Tipp Town side bolted from the blocks to lead inside three minutes, when a perfectly weighted pass from Russell Quirke found Darren Lynch, and Lynch chipped the keeper from a tight angle to open the scoring.
This settled the home side, and forced Kilreen to come out of their shells, which they did, creating a number of chances to equalise over the next 20 minutes or so. Saints too had opportunities with chances falling to Quirke again and David Slattery. Eventually though, the hard working Saints ground down the Bannermen, and Michael’s increased their lead right on the half time whistle, when after a corner the Clare keeper fumbled the ball and Chris Higgins forced it over the line for a two goal lead at the break.
The home side did have a setback at the beginning of the second period when Irish international Jimmy Carr was unable to carry on, but his replacement John O’Brien filled in superbly for him.
Kilreen’s best chance to get back into the game came just four minutes into the second half, when Alan Cranley played in Scott Callen, but the striker poked the ball wide of the Michael’s goal.
The result was finally put beyond doubt 25minutes from the end, when the ever busy Quirke teed up Michael Buckley who volleyed home with a reflex shot, burying the ball in the Clare team’s net to make the scoreline three goals to nil.
From there to the end, the home side soaked up what little pressure was put on them, to advance to a home meeting against Cork’s Park United, who have already disposed of two of the TSDL’s top teams.
St. Michael’s on this form however, will be in no mood to let them make it three times lucky, as they continue with their perfect season so far.