A gulf in class as Saints score nine in FAI Cup

St Michael’s 9 – 1 Borroway Rovers

St Michael’s 9 – 1 Borroway Rovers

The Saints went marching on in the FAI Junior Cup with an emphatic win over North Tipp’s Borroway Rovers under lights in Cooke Park on Saturday evening.

In honesty, the gulf in class between the teams was huge, and the home team are unlikely to have another game as easy as this in the rest of the competition.

Saints started well but took until the 15th minute to open the scoring, when a Shane McGrath pass sent Richie Ryan through to score. Ryan then made in 2-0 seven minutes later, before McGrath got in on the act three minutes later. Chris Higgins extended the lead again shortly after the hour.

St.Michael’s even had the luxury of a missed penalty as they coasted to the break four goals to the good.

The Thurles side put up a more resistance in the second period and kept the score at 4-0 until 20 minutes to go, when Colin Bargary scored with a low drive. Two minutes later Jimmy Carr netted from a tight angle.

Borroway finally got a consolation goal when some sloppy defending let them get it back to 6-1 ten minutes before the end.

James Walsh then came up for a corner to make it seven one on 82 minutes and the scoring was wrapped up with two more by Russell Quirke and Pa Quinn in the dying embers of the game.

Bansha Celtic 0 - 1 Wilderness Rovers

This was a game of few chances played on a heavy and by the end, very muddy pitch. Bansha had the better of the early exchanges and but for some good goalkeeping could have opened the scoring in the first 20 minutes. The game then turned into a midfield battle with only the occasional breaks from either attack, and both teams went to the break level.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, but in the end, a simple long ball down the middle opened up the Bansha defence and the Wilderness’ Ger Kennedy was on hand to lob over the out rushing keeper with 25 minutes left on the clock. Any real chance Bansha had to get back on terms went when they were reduced to ten men for a second yellow in the 70th minute and apart from a couple of half chances Wilderness held on to progress out of the area.