Clonmel Credit Union Tipperary Cup 1st Round
FC DUNDRUM 3 CLONMEL TOWN 2
Third Division minnows FC Dundrum sent shockwaves around the TSDL as these giant-killers caused the biggest upset in the Tipperary Challenge Cup for many a season with a well deserved victory over Premier League Champions Clonmel Town by the odd goal in five at the Dr. Pat O’Callaghan Complex, Clonmel last Sunday.
Dundrum, who had to give up home advantage for this tie due to a waterlogged pitch, shredded the form book to the amazement of everyone present as they put their more illustrious opponents to the sword. To the delight of the visitors they got the breakthrough in the 7th minute. It came from a half-cleared corner-kick that Gerry Horgan pounced on to shoot home from the edge of the area. Dundrum nearly doubled their lead when the impressive Packie Farrell forced a good save from Town goalie Darren Bourke. A shell-shocked Town began to get into their stride and Jimmy Hynes tapped home the equaliser in the 23rd minute from an inch-perfect Tony Scully cross. Town looked to have turned this tie on its head when they went ahead in the 31st minute when Eoin Welsh fired home a 35 yard screamer that went in off the underside of the crossbar before the ‘keeper could move.
But Town’s celebrations turned quickly to despair, with Dundrum refusing to capitulate, and just a minute later they were back on level terms. Packie Farrell capitalised on a goalkeeping error as he coolly rounded Darren Bourke before tapping the ball into an unguarded goal.
Dundrum regained the lead on the stroke of half-time when a good passing move sliced open the Town rearguard, putting Rory Heffernan in the clear and he supplied a neat finish for what proved to be the winner.
The TSDL champions dominated the second half and had numerous half-chances but resolute defending and the rub of the green saw Dundrum hold on for the biggest and most memorable victory of their short history. With 15 minutes left the Dundrum ‘keeper looked like he had impeded a Town player, only for a goal-kick to be awarded. Dundrum nearly scored a fourth when a Packie Farrell shot came back off the inside of the post into the arms of a grateful Town ‘keeper Darren Bourke.
Dundrum won’t be able to rest on their laurels, as the Third Division giant-killers return to Clonmel this Sunday for another David and Goliath clash with another Premier League outfit Wilderness Rovers in the next round of the competition.