Tipperary Saints host Northend United in the FAI Junior Cup semi-final this Saturday

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Tipperary Saints host Northend United in the FAI Junior Cup semi-final this Saturday

The Tipperary South & District League champions St Michael's.

Although St Michael's lost out on penalties to Newmarket Celtic in a recent Munster Junior Cup quarter-final the Saints return to the national stage on Saturday, April 7th at Cooke Park (kick-off 5pm) when James Walsh's men host Northend United in the semi-finals of the FAI Junior Cup - the following day in their respective semi-final Pike Rovers will take on Newmarket Celtic in Limerick (2pm).

The Saints battled their way toward an excellent 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.

The Saints 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 last week at Cooke Park. The contest finished one-all.

St Michael's have a 100% record (eight wins) in this season's Tipperary South & District League Premier Division this season and appear well-placed to successfully defend their league title.

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