Tramore 5; Nenagh Town 2
The impressive Tramore team brought their total of goals scored in cup competitions this season to a round dozen on Sunday afternoon in a glorious sunny Graun Park. The previous game saw the talented seasiders defeat Clashmore 7-0 in the Munster Youth Cup, and it was clear from the opening whistle here that the visitors from North Tipperary were in for a tough afternoon.
A brace of goals during the opening 10 minutes had the Nenagh Town outfit on the back foot and although they did try and make a fist of things following that disastrous start, they were rocked once again during the opening minutes of the second half when the home side struck for two more quick goals.
This Tramore side possess talent in spades all over the park and their style of free-flowing attacking football is a joy to behold. It is testimony of the way they coach players at a young age at the club. Overall this was a highly impressive display by the club’s latest crop of youngsters.
Tramore took the lead with their first attack after two minutes. Damien Cashin got to much space on the left flank and he in turn drilled over a superb cross deep into the Nenagh penalty area. Striker Aaron Coughlan moved swiftly to get in front of the visiting central defender Jamie Lee Finn and he glanced a delightful header past goalkeeper Paul O’Leary from 12 yards.
Two minutes later Tramore goalkeeper Mark O’Reilly came to the rescue of his side when he charged from his line to save from Mark Lynch who had run onto a ball from Adam Hannon.
Aaron Coughlan almost scored his second goal on six minutes following good build-up play by Derek Keating and David Purcell, but he his goal-bound effort was kicked off the line by defender Barry McGee with the ’keeper well beaten.
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