Clonmel Celtic produced a very impressive performance as they accounted for North -Tipperary champions with relative ease to advance to the semi-final of the Munster Champions Trophy. In the very first minute Dwayne Burns connected with a Kevin Waters cross but his header was too high, and the visitors goal survived. Celtic continued to push forward and their swift passing game had Nenagh under constant pressure. Celtic were dealt a blow on 20 minutes when they lost Johnny Cagney with an injury, but a minute later his replacement Paul Kennedy powered home a header at the far post from a Graham Doyle corner to put them a goal up. The home team were well on top at this stage and extended their lead on 33 minutes when Robbie Ryan let Dwayne Burns powerful strike slip under his body and into the open goal. The visitors did come close on the stroke of half time when Mark McKenna flicked a header just wide, but Celtic finised the half two goals up.
The visitors started the second half brightly and Roy Creaghâ€™s cross-cum-shot struck the Celtic bar. On 53 minutes Celtic made the game safe when Evan Maguire set up Dwayne Burns and he fired low to the corner from just outside the box for his second goal of the day. It was arguably Burns best performance in a Celtic shirt with his speed a constant problem for Nenagh and his incredible work rate had to be admired. Nenagh kept plugging away and were rewarded on 70 minutes when Ryan Gilmartin fired home a free kick. Before the visitors had a chance to consider a comeback Celtic restored their three goal lead. Once again it was that man Burns again brilliantly bringing a ball under control and his cross was headed home by Paul Kennedy despite the best efforts of keeper Robbie Ryan. Celticâ€™s tempo dropped late on which was not surprising considering their form over the first hour. With 23 remaining Celticâ€™s David Joyce was red carded for petulantly throwing the ball at a Nenagh player after he was chopped down. Unfortunately the Nenagh playerâ€™s reaction was way over the top and his aggressive response led to a free for all that saw him and Paul Kennedy both red carded. Celtic saw out the game to comfortably advance to a semi-final clash with Tramore AFC.
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