Darren McGrath hat-trick helps Cahir Park through

FAI Youth Cup 2nd Round

FAI Youth Cup 2nd Round


A Darren McGrath hat trick helped Cahir Park qualify for the third round of the FAI Youth Cup and eventually get the better of Peake Villa in an eight-goal thriller played at the Tower Grounds, Thurles last Saturday.

Cahir Park who are undefeated this season were expected to easily win but found an improving Peake Villa side providing stiff opposition throughout the ninety minutes. Cahir Park broke the deadlock through Darren McGrath after 20 minutes, but Damien Walozack brought the sides level at 1-1 after 30 minutes. Peake Villa took the lead for the first time through Adam Garrett on 40 minutes only for Cahir Park to restore parity at 2-2 through Darren McGrath just on half time.

It was nip and tuck throughout the second half too. Cahir Park regained the lead at 3-2 with Darren McGrath completing his hat trick after 55 minutes. Billy McCarthy levelled it again for Peake Villa at 3-3 after 58 minutes, but with the home side running out of steam Cahir Park snatched two late goals from Niall McKenna to give them a flattering victory.