The goal machine that Clonmel Celtic has become in recent times carried on relentlessly in their FAI game against West Tipperary side St Nicholas at the bypass on Sunday last.
No team would want to see their names drawn against the current Premier League champions and they showed why within the first six minutes of this tie. Graham Doyle opened the scoring in the third minute and Aaron Moroney doubled the tally only three minutes later, with some breath-taking attacking play from the home side.
Shell shocked from this start, credit was due to the Nicholas team for regaining their composure and hanging on in the tie for most of the rest of the first half, but alas their hard work was undone just before the break when a brace from Paul Kennedy effectively ended this tie before they had time for a cup of tea.
Kennedy completed his hat-trick early in the second half as Celtic picked up where they left off, and showed the strength and depth of goalscoring ability right through the team when goals were added by Dwayne Burns, Craig Condon and a second by Aaron Moroney.
This competition is definitely on the Clonmel clubs radar this year as they aim to take their place amongst the elite of Irish junior soccer.
Following on from their 9-0 away win against Kilsheelan United in the first round, Clonmel Celtic have now hit a hugely impressive 17 goals in two games sending out a message to one and all that they mean serious business in pursuing St. Michael’s and Clonmel Town as past winners of this trophy.
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