PHOTOS: FAI Junior Cup Final

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St Michaels suffered a tough loss in the FAI Junior Cup in Limerick on Saturday.

The Tipperary club went behind to a first half penalty but fought back to level terms with a goal from David Slattery in the second half.

Paul Breen was dismissed on 86 minutes for a second yellow card when he took down Eoin Hayes – Newmarket’s most impressive playmaker.

Despite some supreme efforts by both sides the scores remained at 1 – 1 through 20 minutes of Extra Time bringing the game to penalties.

Newmarket Celtic, playing in their first ever FAI Junior Cup Final had the better of the 5 penalties – converting all of theirs while their goalie Shane Cusack blocked one Tipperary penalty. 

It was Newmarket’s day in the sun as they lifted the Cup for the first time in their 55-year history. Many of their supporters on the day also had an ear on the proceedings at TUS Gaelic Park where the Banner men toppled All Ireland Champions Limerick.

The game was hosted at the impressive Jackman Park, Lower Carey Road, Limerick City. A strong contingent of Tipperary supporters travelled to Limerick and the game was played in dry conditions with the exception of one heavy shower of rain at halftime.