Ronan McGuire hit a great goal for Peake Villa against Clonmel Town.
Clonmel Town grounds staff did brilliantly to have their pitch ready for Sunday's Munster Junior Cup clash with Peake Villa.
It was the only game in South Tipperary to survive Sunday's wintry blast but Town might wish it didn't as they lost 2-1 to the Thurles side.
Town exited this year’s competiton when they fell to a very sharp and well drilled Villa side. The visitors had the better of the early exchanges, settling much quicker, and they took the lead in the twenty second minute after a free kick was initially cleared only to land at the feet of Alan Leahy who fired home home from eighteen yards out.
Town had their chances with Jamie Ahearne and Keith Guiry unlucky not to hit back, but the Thurles side doubled their lead six minutes from the break when Ronan McGuire scored with a great strike from just outside the box.
The home side missed a glorious chance to pull one back on the stroke of half time when they were awarded a penalty for a handball, but Keith Browne missed from the spot.
Town came out for the second half a different team and began to apply pressure to a Villa side now down to ten men after the dismissal during the penalty incident, and on the hour mark finally pulled a goal back.
Great work down the left saw the ball end up at the feet of Keith Guiry, who tapped home from five yards out to set up and exciting finish.
Piling on the pressure the home side chased what turned out to be an elusive equaliser and it was the Thurles side that advanced to the open draw of the competition in the end.
Very special mention though must go to the ground staff in Clonmel who managed to get the game on in the first place. Such dedication these days is to be praised.