Tipperary Town 4
These teams played out a nine goal thriller in Tipperary on Sunday before Galbally United took the points after a game that see-sawed throughout.
The visitors started well and took the lead in the thirteenth minute with a strike by Ger Quinlan after the home defence were pulled hither and thither by Galbally’s attacking players.
It wasn’t a lead that lasted long though and seven minutes later Vinnie Godfrey had the team’s level with a shot from inside the box. Galbally weren’t in any way put out by the concession of the goal though, and within three minutes had restored their lead when Bob O’Brien struck.
Things got even better for the visitors six minutes before the break when Ger Quinlan got his second, but before the game threatened to get away from them, the home side pulled the deficit back to one five minutes before the break with a goal from Steven Quinn.
The early part of the second period was less manic with defences finally starting to get on top, but the home side resumed the scoring twenty five minutes from the end when a Russell Bowes free kick was headed home by Shane Leahy to level the game.
Town then went in front for the first time three minutes later when Quinn provided the killer pass for Godfrey to fire home, but ten minutes from time the game was levelled at four apiece after a goalmouth scramble in the home area finished with the ball nestled in the net.
A draw might have been the fairest result at this stage but no one told Ger Quinlan and he finished the game as he started hitting his hat trick goal seven minutes from time to give his side all three points.
St Nicholas 5
The home side came from three goals down within a half an hour to take the points in another high scoring game in the First Division on Sunday last.
The game started off evenly enough but the visitors took the lead in the twentieth minute when Stephen O’Reilly fired home a free kick. The same player doubled his sides lead two minutes later, and it looked like Redmondstown were on the way to an easy victory when Paddy O’Donnell made it 3-0l on the half hour mark.
This finally woke the home side from their slumber and five minutes later Colm Riordan got a goal back from another well taken free kick, before Eoin Riordan reduced the deficit to the minimum five minutes before the break. The home side’s first half comeback was complete right on the stroke of half time when Christopher Kirby got his sides third and the teams went to their tea honours even.
The game then settled down in the second half with very little chances on both sides, but the home side finally took the lead with ten minutes left when Christopher Kirby got his second goal from a Philip O Doherty assist. The points were finally assured in the last minute of the game when O Doherty turned scorer himself and fired home from close range.
Cullen Lattin 1
Kilsheelan United 1
Cullen welcome Kilsheelan United to West Tipperary on Sunday and both teams fought out a very tight tense affair as neither team wanted to start the new season on the back foot. The home side carved out the better of the chances in the first period and came closing to scoring through James Riordan and Alan Hayes.
The breakthrough however went to the visitors from the penalty spot and they took their advantage into the break.
Ten minutes into the second period however, Kilsheelan were reduced to ten men and this gave the impetus back to the hosts who took control of the game and finally got back on level terms when James Riordan finished a training ground corner routine to the net.
Things could have gotten better for Cullen when Mark Flannery beat three defenders on a mazy run, but he cannoned his shot off the post and it was cleared away to safety.
After that, although the home side continued to make chances, the visitors held on for a hard earned point.
Wilderness Rovers 2
St Michael’s B 3
The Saint’s reserve side made a fine start to this year’s First Division campaign with a good win away to a Wilderness side who will be hoping for a quick return to Premier league football at the end of the season. Although the visitors fielded a very young side, they prevailed with goals by former Youth player Ryan Deere who scored a brace, and a goal from first team stalwart Pa Quinn to secure all three points.