FAI Juhnior Cup
TERENURE FC (DUBLIN) 2
CLONMEL CELTIC 4
A whirlwind start and clinical finishing saw Clonmel Celtic progress to the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup for a second successive season after seeing off the challenge of Dublin’s United Churches Football League representatives Terenure FC at the VEC Grounds, Dublin last
On their maiden voyage to the capital Clonmel Celtic, who had never reached the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup, easily overcame the opposition following a quick-fire start. After Celtic’s slow start away to Killumney in Co. Cork in the last round, it was the opposite as the TSDL leaders opened up a 2-0 lead with less than 10 minutes on the clock. After just 7 minutes, Evan Maguire was on the end of a Kevin Waters cross to put Celtic 1-0 up. Before
Terenure had time to recover, the home side fell further behind on 9 minutes with a fine solo effort from Seanie O’Hara. Clonmel Celtic were playing very well, moving the ball around with pace and their hosts were struggling to cope with their high tempo game. On 23 minutes, it was 3-0 when Kevin Waters set up Seanie O’Hara who netted his second of the day and his 16th of the season. It was a long way back now for the United Churches Football League leaders but they gave themselves a glimmer of hope on 30 minutes when Ross Dawson beat the offside trap to make it 3-1. Despite that goal, Celtic did not panic and held on rather comfortably with a two-goal advantage at the break.
It is not surprising that Celtic’s tempo dropped somewhat in the second half, as it was a case of protecting their lead. They never looked like surrendering their two-goal cushion and the Terenure cause wasn’t helped when they lost a player to a straight red card for a dangerous challenge on 65 minutes. Celtic took full advantage of that dismissal when Evan Maguire fired home a loose ball in the box for his second of the day to put the visitors 4-1 up on 70 minutes. With a minute remaining Gerard Barry scored a consolation penalty for Terenure, but Celtic were very good value for what was in the end a comfortable win and their place in the last 16 of the national blue-riband trophy.