St Michael’s lose out on penalties to Newmarket Celtic in the Munster Junior Cup

Brian McDonnell


Brian McDonnell


St Michael’s lose out on penalties to Newmarket Celtic in Munster Junior Cup

The Tipperary South & District League champions St Michael's.

Unfortunately Tipperary South & District League champions St Michael’s lost out to Clare & District League side Newmarket Celtic following a penalty shoot-out (4-5) at the quarter-final stage of the Munster Junior Cup on Sunday afternoon at Cooke Park. The contest finished one-all.

The Saints lost out to Pike Rovers (Limerick) in last season's provincial final, but beat Murroe 1-0 to qualify for the last eight of the Munster Junior Cup for the fifth season in succession recently thanks to a Joey Mulcahy strike. In the previous round St Michael's got the better of St Saviour's (Waterford) 4-0. The Saints also accounted for St Nicholas (3-0), Clonmel Celtic (1-0) and Donohill & District (7-0) en route to this stage of the competition.


Irrespective of this result St Michael's are enjoying another extraordinary season. The Saints have a 100% record (seven wins from seven) in the Premier Division of the Tipperary South & District League while the side managed by James Walsh are also preparing for a FAI Junior Cup semi-final on April 7th.

St Michael's will face Ayrfield or Northend United in the semi-finals of the FAI Junior New Balance Cup on Saturday, April 7th at Cooke Park in Tipperary town (kick-off 5pm) - the following day in their respective semi-final Pike Rovers will take on Newmarket Celtic in Limerick (2pm).

The Saints battled their way toward a 2-1 win over Usher Celtic in the last eight at the DIT Grangegorman Campus in Dublin recently and duly progressed to the semi-finals of the prestigious FAI New Balance Junior Cup - Colin Bargary scored both goals.

St Michael’s booked their place in the last eight of the FAI New Balance Junior Cup thanks to a 3-0 win over Tolka Rovers in Tipperary Town. Jimmy Carr and David Slattery notched the goals which set the Saints on their way to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Previous to their seventh round win over Tolka Rovers the Saints won impressively away to Galway's Ballinasloe Town (4-0) in the sixth round and in the last sixty-four of the prestigious competition St Michael’s beat New Ross Town (6-0).

St Michael’s last won the FAI Junior Cup in 2014.<p><strong>FURTHER READING</strong></p>
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