JOHN DELANEY CUP SEMI FINAL
CLONMEL TOWN 0
St Michaels booked a place in their first final of the new season over the weekend.
The Tipp side managed to survive playing just short of 30 minutes with 10 men to eventually run out rather comfortable winners of a John Delaney Cup semi final clash with Clonmel Town.
Saints were always the better team and coped easily when they were reduced to ten men after losing Chris Higgins to injury on 62 mins having used their allocation of five subs.
The opening five minutes were eventful to say to least a minuted after David Slattery fired a Pa Quinn lay off down the throat of Eoin Power, Manus McFadden headed over a Craig Guiry cross from close range.
Sixty seconds later and the dead lock was broke as on 4 mins Ollie O’Driscoll made space on the left and crossed for Rodrigo Concalves who scored with a deft flick.
Both sides continued to attack with McFadden particularly impressing for Town. Indeed the wide man saw a free kick saved before sending in a set piece delivery that Ciaran Looney head over the bar.
Town had a strong penalty claim on 29 mins when Jamie Ahearne lobbed Adrian Walsh who appeared to have made contact with the player before Sean Guerins cleared off the line. Michael’s also looked a threat and an elaborate move on 35 mins ended with Ollie O’Driscoll laying off for David Slattery who saw his powerful shot come back off the crossbar.
Quinn, Paul Breen and Jonathan Kennedy all came close before the turn, but Saints had to settle for a goal cushion at the break.
The game was all but over as a contest on 49 mins when Shane Ryan’s cross was parried out by Eoin Power and Alan O’Dwyer scored from 12 yards.
The Clonmel side were give a chance when after using all five subs injury forced the Saints to play the remaining 28 minutes with just 10 men.
Adrian Walsh was forced into tremendous save on 70 mins managing to scramble a Ciaran Looney header up and over the bar from another Manus McFadden free kick and Clonmel attempted a fight back.
However, Michaels continued to look the more likely and Shane Ryan and Alan O’Dwyer both brought good saves from Eoin Power.
Adrian Walsh made another fine save on 88 mins before the ball went up field and Shane Neville got goalside of the last defender and ran through to finish well past Eoin Power to extend the advantage at the death.