Munster Junior Cup 2nd Round
GLENGOOLE UNITED 2 BALLYPATRICK 2
(after extra-time: Ballypatrick won 14-13 on penalties)
Third Division newcomers Ballypatrick FC produced the upset of the Second Round in the Munster Junior Cup when they came out on top in a marathon penalty shoot-out against First Division Glengoole United at the Community Centre, Glengoole last Sunday.
Glengoole got off to an excellent start, scoring after just 2 minutes when Shane Hanrahan slotted home from close range from a corner-kick. Ballypatrick equalised in the 26th minute when James Geraghty scored from 10 yards. Glengoole regained the lead before half-time when a 30-yard free kick from Stuart Hanrahan was saved by the Ballypatrick ‘keeper but fell to Harry Hayes, who slotted home from 8 yards in the 38th minute.
Ballypatrick were back on level terms in the 70th minute when Michael Landers scored from a direct free-kick from 18 yards.
After the teams failed to break the deadlock in extra-time the tie went to penalties. After the five compulsory penalties it was level at 5-5 and so it went to sudden death. But the drama continued, with the first penalty to be missed being number 27 from Glengoole and Ballypatrick scored with penalty number 28 to win the tie on a scoreline of 14-13. Ballypatrick will entertain Clonmel Celtic in the Third Round of the cup, with a place in the open draw at stake.
Ger Ryan saves Cullen-Lattin in nick of time
CULLEN-LATTIN 0 KILMANAHAN UNITED 0
(after extra-time: Cullen-Lattin won 4-3 on penalties)
Goalkeeper Ger Ryan was the hero for Cullen-Lattin, who had to rely on a penalty shoot-out to get the better of fellow Second Division outfit Kilmanahan United in this Munster Junior Cup Second Round clash at Aisling Park, Cullen last Sunday.
Cullen-Lattin were hoping for a change of luck after losing out in both the Shield Final and the FAI Junior Cup in the past few weeks, but it didn’t look like that was going to change as they continued to struggle to find the net. With Kilmanahan defending in depth Cullen-Lattin enjoyed the majority of the possession and in the second half efforts from John Russell and Davy Ryan struck the woodwork.
With this tie still undecided after extra-time a penalty shoot-out was required to decide who would entertain Cahir Park for place in the last 32 (open draw) of this provincial cup.
Cullen-Lattin were leading 4-3 when their goalkeeper Ger Ryan guessed the right way and produced the save that booked them a date with destiny.
Kevin Waters strikes late winner for Clonmel Celtic
TIPPERARY TOWN 1 CLONMEL CELTIC 2
Premier League kingpins Clonmel Celtic had to battle all the way to secure a hard-fought victory against Third Division minnows Tipperary Town in this Munster Junior Cup Second Round tie at the VEC Grounds, Tipp town last Sunday.
In a typical David versus Goliath confrontation Tipperary Town, who are in their second season in the league, were well capable of matching their more illustrious opponents throughout the 90 minutes and were unlucky not to force at least extra-time. Celtic broke the deadlock just before the interval when Eddie Doyle was on hand to finish off a move from the middle of the park.
After the changeover Tipperary Town regained their composure, taking the game to Celtic who had to rely on some timely interceptions to keep their slim lead intact. However Tipperary Town deservedly equalised after 58 minutes. A flowing move from Mark O’Brien down the left flank released Stephen Quinn, whose pin-point centre was tucked away into the corner of the net by Michael Ellard. It was now game on as Tipperary Town put it up to a Celtic side that looked nervous as the game began to slip from their grasp.
With extra-time beckoning Celtic were awarded a free-kick with four minutes of normal time still to play. With the Tipperary Town players not concentrating on the task in hand, quick thinking by substitute Paddy O’Donnell saw him roll the ball to the unmarked Kevin Waters, who fired home what proved to be the winner. Celtic must overcome another Third Division outfit Ballypatrick if they are to reach the open draw for a second successive season is to be fulfilled.
Cahir Park bounce back after sluggish start
VEE ROVERS 1 CAHIR PARK 3
Premier League Cahir Park had to battle all the way and come from behind to defeat Third Division minnows Vee Rovers in this Munster Junior Cup Second Round tie in Clogheen last Sunday.
It looked like Rovers were about to produce one of the many giant-killing acts the Clogheen side are noted for as they hit the ground running, finding the target after only 11 minutes. The evergreen Warren O’Brien finished off a cross from former Cahir player Cormac Crowe and only the width of the crossbar prevented the Clogheen side from extending that lead prior to the break.
With ten minutes of the second half elapsed the visitors levelled through Darren Sweeney, albeit against the run of play. That goal settled Cahir’s nerves and they turned this game around after 66 minutes when Shane Murphy made it 2-1. With Vee Rovers forced to throw caution to the wind as they searched in vain for the equaliser they were caught on the break with ten minutes remaining when John Carew got the insurance goal.