Clonmel Celtic had to rely on extra time to advance to the third round of the Munster Junior Cup in Sunday’s highly anticipated local derby. Celtic were slow out of the blocks and the home side looked the livelier in the early exchanges. The Bridge had claims for a penalty waved away on 20 minutes when Martin Kennedy went down under the challenge of Darren Burns. The Bridge went ahead when Martin Kennedy fired past Brian Sweeney just before the break.
Dwayene Burns’ effect on the game was increasing with every minute and on 51 minutes he struck the foot of the post before the ball was scrambled clear. Celtic were in complete control at this stage but it took until the 70th minute before Burns finally broke down the home defence and level the game.
The game finished level in normal time, but it was the visitors who turned up the heat in the extra period. They finally hit the front only two minutes in, when Seanie O’Hara scored. There was no way back from this for a tiring Bridge and two minutes into the second period Dwayne Burns nodded Celtic into a 3-1 lead. Burns capped a memorable display when he completed his hat trick late on.
Peake Villa 3 – 1 Slieveardagh
The home team showed the gulf in class between Premier and Fourth Division with a comprehensive win in Thurles on Sunday to move to the last local round of this competition. They got off to a flyer when Noel Kent finished after a beautiful through ball from Pippy Carroll in the second minute, and provider turned scorer only eight minutes later, Carroll caught the away defence from a quick corner to double the home team’s advantage. After this lightening start, things settled down and the rest of the half remained scoreless. After the break, Slieveardagh did have a good spell of play, and they cut the lead in half ten minutes in, when Eoin Burke got one back. This could have ruffled Villa, but they regrouped and took control once again, finally putting the game to bed when five minutes from time, Mick Ryan finished off a Jody Mahoney pass to seal the victory.