Munster Youths Cup Quarter-final
Kilmallock United 2
Matt Keane reports
Tramore took the lead in this game after only five minutes and most pundits thought at that stage they would go on to book a place in the last four but kamikaze defending early in the second half cost them dearly and as a result the team from South Limerick march on to the semi-final.
The seasiders conceded two goals within the space of thee minutes shortly after the change of ends and although they did come on strong in the final 15 minutes the damage had been done at that stage.
James Kennedy was the player who gave Tramore the lead when he looped a header over the visiting goalkeeper Kieran Casey after meeting a right wing cross from Warren Sauvage. Jack Barry made the Tramore goalkeeper Craig Dunphy work on 16 minutes with a low shot from 16 yards.
Seanie Martin then warmed the hands of Kieran Casey with a well struck free kick on 28 minutes and one minute later Regix Madika cracked the ball across the face of the Kilmallock goal from the left side of the penalty area.
The Co Limerick team had a great chance to level matter five minutes before the break when central defender Phelim O’Reilly ghosted in at the back post to meet a left wing corner kick taken by Ben Moore but he headed wide when really he should have scored.
Kilmallock took up the running when the second period got underway and Anthony Barrett was just off target with a fine strike from 30 yards on 50 minutes and then came the disastrous three minute spell for the Waterford League outfit.
David Woulfe played a long ball into the Tramore 18 yards box on 52 minutes and although the ball bounced twice in the area not a single Tramore defender could reach it and Jack Barry took full advantage by blasting the ball past the helpless Criag Dunphy from 12 yards.
Worse was to follow on 55 minutes. Jack Barry shook off two weak tackles before squaring the ball to Paudie Sheedy who was given all the time in the world to slot the ball to the net from the edge of the box.
The visiting side almost scored once again just after the hour mark but David Woulfe was just inches wide with a volley from 16 yards.
Tramore attempted to lift their game at this stage and Conor Dunphy had a wonderful effort from 30 yards tipped over the crossbar by Kieran Casey on 75 minutes but two minutes later at the other end Craig Dunphy had to display his international class by saving a rasping strike from Paudie Sheedy.
Tramore team set up camp inside the Kilmallock half of the pitch for the final ten minutes and they forced a number of corner kicks and free kicks but in truth they never really looked like taking the game into an extra twenty minutes. All in all it was a disappointing second half performance by the Graun Park outfit.
TRAMORE: Craig Dunphy, Dean Troy, Corey Gallagher, Conor Dunphy, Alex Browne, Dan Coad (Kevin Foskin `18) Warren Sauvage (Ben Palmer `61) Seanie Martin, James Kennedy (Sean Whelan `80) Ben Breslin, Regix Madika.
KILLMALLOCK UNITED: Kieran Casey, Mikey Donegan, Ryan Brady, Sean O’ Riordan, Phelim O’Reilly, Anthony Barrett, Ben Moore, David Woulfe, Paudie Sheedy, Jack Barry, Marcel Bernal (Colm O’Neill `59)
REFEREE: Noel Purcell. Assistants. Christopher Maher and John Faulkner.