FAI Junior Cup 4th Round
Killarney Celtic 5
By Tommy Naughton
Killarney Celtic became the first Kerry team to advance to the last 64 of the prestigious FAI Junior Cup with a convincing win over Ballingarry of the Desmond League.
Celtic finished the game with 10 men, but more importantly five goals, and are in the hat for the FAI Junior Cup fifth round draw, which is due to take place on Wednesday, November 27th in the Aviva Stadium .
Celtic took the lead just before the half hour mark from a superbly taken Robert Watson header and were two to the good five minutes later, as John McDonagh guided a free kick into the top corner from just outside the penalty area .
The Kerry side weren’t finished there however, and when Watson crossed to Gintarus Paketarus, his effort was deflected into the net, giving the hosts a healthy advantage.
Kevin Forde nearly pulled one back for the visitors only to see his shot come back off the upright. Roy Kelliher then made a great save from Francis Kiely to keep Celtic’s three goal lead in tact.
Gintarus Paketarus finally got on the score sheet when he found the net just before half time with a great strike from distance.
Ballingarry came out in the second half with only pride to play for and created a few good chances. However, Celtic were not going to be caught even when David O’Sullivan received his marching orders for a second yellow and left Celtic with 10 men for 40 minutes.
Ballingarry were awarded a penalty when Kevin Forde was taken down in the box, but Roy Kelliher won the battle making a great save from Francis Kiely’s spot kick. Celtic, even with ten men, controlled the remainder of the match and Paketarus got his second late on to secure an emphatic win.