Pat Sheehan reports on Geraldines 4-0 win over Newmarket Celtic in the Munster Junior Cup semi-final.
The Geraldines story just gets better and better. By their own admission the club were on their knees a short few years ago but they have shown what hard work can achieve as yesterday they overran Newmarket Celtic to reach the Munster Junior Cup final for the first time since 1979.
The Clare side contained no fewer than six of the successful Clare Oscar Traynor side and hopes were high Banner side of a provincial final but on the day they met a ‘Dines side intent on building their own story.
It’s a pity that Balla’s victory has stolen some of the limelight from Paul O’Donnell’s side but there’s always the final to look forward to.
They will meet the winners of next week’s semi final between St Michaels and Janesboro in Jackman Park.
Played on a bumpy pitch with a swirling wind both sides were finding the going tough.
However it was obvious early on that Geraldines had the upper hand and they nearly took the lead on 14 minutes when Bobby Tier’s pass picked out the inrunning Pat Moloney but the home keeper Trevor O’Donnell raced from his goal to make a good interception.
The deadlock was broken on 38 minutes. Dean Earls set the play in motion from which Christy O’Neill’s knock forward saw Colin Daly race in behind his marker to fire in from a tight angle.
Before the Clare men had time to recover they were nearly tow behind following a long clearance by Paul Danagher as Colin Scanlon flicked on but Pat Moloney’s effort was well saved by O’Donnell.
It was temporary relief for Newmarket as ‘Dines doubled their lead three minutes after the restart.
Craig Madigan’s corner kick was only cleared and the Dines full back who delivered into the danger zone where Colin Scanlon raced in to power a header to the roof of the net.
On 62 minutes it was game over. Danny O’Neill played a superb ball down the flank for Moloney and knocked the ball back for Bobby Tier to race in and score.
Ten minutes later the Limerick side put the icing on the cake as Dean Earls crossed to the back post where Daly gathered and beat his marker before tucking the ball under the keeper.
GERALDINES: Keith McCarthy; Danny O’Neill; Craig Madigan; Ian Storan; Paul Danagher; Bobby Tier; Dean Earls; Christy O’Neill; Colin Daly; Pat Moloney; Colin Scanlon. Subs: Eddie Lee; Derek Hannon; Shane Byrnes
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