FAI Junior Cup Quarter-Finals

Bargary brace sees St. Michael's into FAI Cup semi-final

"It’s ok to dream again"

Bargary brace sees St. Michael's into FAI Cup semi-final

Colin Bargary who scored both goals for St. Michael's in their win over Usher Celtic at Grangegorman, Dublin on Sunday last.

FAI Junior Cup Quarter-Finals

Usher Celtic 1 – 2 St Michael’s

TSDL kingpins St Michael’s took another huge step on the way to reclaiming the New Balance FAI Junior Cup, when they came from a goal down to beat Dublin side Usher Celtic in Grangegorman on Sunday last.

Their huge work rate and excellent fitness saw them put in an immense second half display to deservedly win after their slow start. Uncharacteristically for the visiting team, they struggled to come to terms with the surface and went behind after only two minutes when a Chris Higgins clearance went to Glen Reddy who played in Stephen Donnelly to slip the ball past Adrian Walsh into the corner of the net.

The Tipperary side had to dig in and needed a break which they got six minutes later when a long throw from the right was flicked on by Richie Ryan for Colin Bargary who reacted quickest to finish to the net.

Usher controlled much of the rest of the first half and when the half time whistle finally blew the visitors were happy enough to make it to the respite of the dressing room.

They started the second period with much more intensity however, and had a couple of early half chances through Shane Ryan and Jimmy Carr. They were still always tough at the back and Paul Breen epitomised the Saints determination putting in tackle after tackle and rallying both team mates and fans.

The crucial score finally came seven minutes from time and showed just how deadly this Saints team really is. After a period in which they had to soak up a lot of pressure, a quick ball from keeper Adrian Walsh found Jimmy Carr on the right wing and although Carr looked to have initially lost the ball, he regained it and whipped in a delightful cross for Colin Bargary to bury his second goal from all of six yards out.

After that the Tipperary side cleverly ran down the clock but still had to endure seven long minutes of stoppage time before they earned their place in this year’s semi-final.

Maybe they will finally accept that it’s ok to dream again, because it will take a hell of a performance from any team to stop this wonderful side.