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Town Tops In Cup Final

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Clonmel Town 2 St. Michaels 1

Two first half goals by Anthony Davis and Robbie Boland were enough to secure Clonmel Town victory in the Tipperary Cup final against St Michael's in Bansha last Thursday evening. This victory secured the three in a row for Town and their fifth triumph in the last six years.
In what was a pulsating tie between the league’s top two teams, Town were made to fight all the way by a dogged and determined Michael's side. Town dominated the first half with Aaron Moroney and Robbie Boland causing the Saints defence a lot of trouble. In the 13th minute they were in front when Anthony Davis headed home a Tony Scully corner.
Five minute later Barry Kiely pulled the ball back for Robbie Boland but he scuffed his shot. However one minute later Boland put his side two up. St. Michael's failed to clear their lines and when the ball fell to Boland at the edge of the box he shot home to put the holders two up and firmly in the driving seat.
Town went in search of the third killer goal and despite efforts from Tony Scully and John Shanahan, Saints defence held out for a two nil deficit at half time.
Whatever was said in the Saints dressing room at half time certainly worked as the Tipp Town side came out a different team. Paul Breen and Davy Ryan started to dominate midfield and in the 60th minute Michael's had a serious penalty claim when the ball seemed to strike the hand of a Town defender but the claims were waved away.
In the 65th minute Tony Scully saw his corner headed off the line superbly by Paul Tobin. Ten minutes later Shay Lynch capitalised on some sloppy defending to score and put Michael's back in the game. Then Davy Ryan and James Walsh both saw headers go wide. With five minutes remaining Tony Scully shot over from a great position before a frantic last few minutes which saw Michael's camped in Town half.
The best chance of an equaliser came with time almost up. The ball fell to Paul Breen who was only ten yards out but his shot was blocked by Stephen O'Neill, if Breen’s shot had been either side of O'Neill he would surely have netted.
Referee Michael Freiberg's final whistle sounded the end one of the best Tipperary Cup Finals of recent years. it was great game played at pace for the whole ninety minutes and great credit is due to both sets of players. Town were just that little bit better on the night. St Michael's have ended the season trophy-less but they will be back.
For Town it has been a great season. They have now completed the double and have gone the season unbeaten in Tipperary. They were obviously disappointed to lose out in the Munster Junior Cup final but they showed great character to win back the Tipperary Cup.
This victory also ensured that man of the match Kevin Blanche and goalkeeper Stephen O'Neill have now won ten Tipperary Cup medals each - a remarkable achievement that will surely never be equalled.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 July 2011 16:14