Donohill and District 4 Burncourt Celtic 2
Donohill and District prepared for their upcoming Tipperary Cup semi-final against the might of St Michaels with a good victory at home to close out their league season, one which has seen them promoted to the Second Division in some style.
But Third Division Shield winners Burncourt Celtic didn’t make it easy on them, and forced the home side to come from behind twice before earning their points.
After a tight opening half hour where few chances were created by either side, Burncourt took the lead when a long ball from a clearance by their keeper beat the home defence and was ran on to by Johnny McMahon to slot home.
This spurred the home side on, and they were level just before the break when Eamon Hanly headed home from a corner kick.
Expected to push on in the second half, Donohill were caught cold again ten minutes in, this time when Chris English fired home to put his team back in front, but they held that lead for less than five minutes when Dinny Crosse picked up a ball on the wing, cut inside and beat two defenders before finishing to the bottom corner.
This took the wind out of the visitors sails, and Hanly put his team in front for the first time with 20 minutes remaining, before Jerry O’Neill made sure of all three points in the dying moments of the game.