Killarney Celtic to face Sheriff YC in FAI Junior Cup semi-finals

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Killarney Celtic to face Sheriff YC in FAI Junior Cup semi-finals

Holders Sheriff YC will face Killarney Celtic in the semi-finals of the FAI Junior Cup, in association with Aviva and Umbro, following an action-packed weekend of quarter-final ties.
13th Mar 2017

In Saturday evening’s game before a crowd of 1,600 at Celtic Park, Killarney secured a semi-final spot for the first time in their history thanks to a late extra-time winner in their 2-1 victory over Janesboro.

They will now face Sheriff on the weekend of April 8/9 for a place in the Aviva Stadium final in May, with the other semi-final featuring Boyle Celtic against Evergreen.

Sheriff, chasing their fourth crown in six years, were pushed all the way at Peake Villa in Sunday’s last-eight tie, eventually prevailing 2-1 courtesy of a last-gasp winner by John Rock.

Evergreen had their former Aston Villa and Shamrock Rovers striker Mikey Drennan on hand to supply the only goal just past the hour in their triumph over Kilmallock United while Boyle clinched their berth by virtue of a 6-5 penalty shoot-out victory following a 2-2 draw at Carrick United.

Confidence is high in Kerry that Killarney can clear one last hurdle in their pursuit of a place at the home of Irish football.

Though they face the ultimate test to topple the kingpins of the competition, Celtic will have another bumper crowd helping them when Sheriff visit to kingdom next month.

Steven Hayes proved to be their supersub on Saturday as he pounced on the loose ball late on just as a penalty shoot-out was looming. 

Man-of-the-match Jamie Spillane had earlier hauled Killarney level on the hour after John Tierney had given Janesboro a fully deserved first-half lead. 

The visitors from Limerick had dominated proceedings in the opening period with Shane Clarke and Adrian Power having the best of several chances. 

Janesboro looked slick in possession from the off and last year's beaten semi-finalists eventually took the lead when former Limerick attacker Tierney smashed home from 20 yards just past the half hour. 

Tierney went close again before the break but the inspirational Spillane gave Killarney a huge boost when the centre back thumped home a header from a corner.

When Peter McCarthy was sent off for the hosts just before full-time, Limerick's Premier Division leaders would have been fancied their chances going into extra-time. 

Instead, Hayes slammed home from close range after Cathal O'Shea had a shot blocked before Janesboro striker Clarke was given a second yellow card to leave both sides finishing with 10 men. 

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Saturday 11 March: Killarney Celtic (Kerry) 2-1 Janesboro FC (Limerick) (AET).

Sunday 12 March:

Evergreen FC (Kilkenny) 1-0 Kilmallock United (Limerick)

Peake Villa (Tipperary) 1-2 Sheriff YC (Dublin)

Carrick United (Waterford) 2-2 Boyle Celtic (Roscommon)

(AET - Boyle Celtic win 6-5 on penalties).

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Boyle Celtic v Evergreen

Killarney Celtic v Sheriff YC.

Ties to be played on the weekend of 8 and 9 April.