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.
FAI JUNIOR CUP
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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