FAI Junior Cup dream comes to a dramatic conclusion for St Michael’s

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FAI Junior Cup dream comes to a dramatic conclusion end for St Michael’s

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

St Michael’s lost out to Wexford outfit North End United (1-2) in a dramatic FAI Junior Cup semi-final played at Cooke Park in Tipperary Town on Saturday evening.

A deflected free kick from Joey Mulcahy helped the Saints into a 1-0 interval lead, but North End United battled back gamely and edged this contest in the end thanks to goals from Kyle Dempsey and Adam Beary.

It has been a heart-breaking couple of weeks for St Michael's since the side managed by James Walsh also lost out on penalties to Newmarket Celtic in a recent Munster Junior Cup quarter-final.

The Saints battled their way toward an excellent 2-1 win over Usher Celtic in the last eight of the FAI Junior Cup 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.

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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