St Michael’s 6 – 1 St Nicholas’
The battle of the Saints last Saturday evening was a one-sided affair as the Premier League outfit showed the gulf in class between the clubs to advance easily to the next round of this competition.
The dam broke early as St. Michael’s took a second minute lead when a Trevor Cosgrave corner found Russell Quirke at the back post and he had little difficulty beating the St. Nicholas’ keeper.
The home team then doubled the lead in the 13th minute as Jimmy Carr continued his return to action by being quickest to a parried shot and fire home from close in.
Coasting now, the home team began to flex their muscles and show the full extent of their repertoire, and they took only four more minutes to make it 3-0 and effectively end the tie. This time is was David Slattery who scrambled home after some poor defending.
Three down they may have been, but the away team gave themselves some brief hope on the half hour, when JJ O Brien was taken down inside the area, and stood up himself to score and bring the lead back to only two.
It was a short lived revival however, and within two minutes the home team went 4-1 up when Darren Lynch shot home after another parried block by the opposition goalkeeper.
Six minutes before the break, thing got even worse for the Solohead side, when a shot by Carr was deflected into his own net by a St. Nicholas’ defender.
The second half was a much tamer affair and the home team emptied their bench, taking their foot off the pedal a little. They still however had enough in the tank to score another goal and it came shortly after the hour when Pa Quinn benefitted from the good work of Jimmy Carr and James Walsh.
At the end of this affair, the Saints were always going to go marching on. And as anticipated, it was the Tipperary Town Saints rather than the Sologhead Saints that advanced to round three of the provincial cup.