There were five Youths games played last weekend, two in the FAI Youth Cup and three Youth League games.
FAI Youth Cup, 2nd Round
St Michaels 1 – 3 Peake Villa
Peake Villa advanced to the next round of the FAI Youth Cup with a hard fought victory in Tipperary on Saturday against a well drilled Saints team, who never gave up on this game. The visitors opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a goal from Matt Stakelum and doubled their advantage fifteen minutes later when Stakelum’s TSDL youths team mate Maris Baltins netted from close range. The home team replied to these early setbacks by getting a goal of their own ten minutes before the break when Shane Neville headed home, but a second goal from Baltins ten minutes from time sealed the victory for a strong Peake team.
Nenagh AFC 4 – 0 Bansha Celtic
The Bansha Celtic boys went to Nenagh missing five of their regular first team players and in the end this made the difference in this cup tie. The South Tipperary side were a goal behind after just two minutes to a Nenagh penalty and things got no better for them for the rest of the half. In fact, things could have been worse except for a brilliant rear guard action by the Bansha defence and goalkeeper. However, three further goals by the home team in the second period, gave them what as in the end, a fairly easy passage to the next round of the competition.
TSDL Youths League
Clonmel Town 2 - 1 Two Mile Borris Town’s Youths defeated Two Mile Borris at the Complex on Saturday afternoon thanks to goals from a header from young Luke Hahessy and a powerful shot from Rory Maher from 25 yards which hit the underside of the bar before crossing the line. Borris pulled one back from Jamie Carey late in the second half to make it a nervous finish for the home side but thankfully for Town they held out in the end to record their fifth league win of the season.
Clonmel Celtic 3 – 1 Cahir Park
This was a very entertaining youths game between two good teams, with the visitors opening the scoring after ten minutes through Karl Moloney. Michael Nugent equalised for Celtic just before the break and after what was an even opening period to the second half, two late goals by Alex Ryan and Paul Fitzgerald sealed a good win for the home team.
St Nicholas 2 – 1 Moyglass United
Nicholas’s youths recorded their second win of the season, and made in two in a row with a very good performance against Moyglass at the weekend. The home team opened the scoring on seven minutes when Paul Ryan headed home a free kick by Steven Moloney. Moyglass were on level terms three minutes later with a goal by Conor Sinnott, and after that both teams had chances to win all three points. It looked however like the points would be shared, until in the last minute of the game, Rory Meagher broke free and scored for the home team to carry on the good momentum of late