Glengoole United 0 – 0 Clonmel Celtic (Glengoole win 4-2 on penalties)
Though classed as the shock of the day, those who have been casting a keen eye on Tipperary football in recent weeks will be less surprised as the Premier Divisions new kids on the block Glengoole United followed up dumping Clonmel Town from the Munster Junior Cup, with doling out the same medicine to their near neighbours Clonmel Celtic in the FAI Junior Cup at the weekend.
Celtic started this game strongly but despite all their pressure, never really put the home side in any real danger. As the game went on, Glengoole themselves began to mine out some chances, but this time the Celtic defence were the ones standing strong. Right throughout normal time, the game ebbed and flowed but when the final whistle sounded, neither team had broken through and it went to an extra 20 minutes.
The first period of extra time was a dull affair as the heavy field and heavy legs began to take their toll. Glengoole were reduced to ten men, but despite throwing everything at them, Celtic couldn’t score.
In the penalty shoot-out the home team scored their first four kicks, while Celtic were only able to convert two, sending them tumbling out in the last round before the bright lights of the open draw. This result will be a hammer blow to the Clonmel team, but all the credit has to be given to the mighty efforts of the Glengoole players who have not only shown they deserve to be in Tipperary’s top flight, but that they are more than capable of making an impact against any team in the county.