Celtic on a real roll in the Munster Junior Cup

Killarney Celtic manager Brian Spillane is masterminding another remarkable run in the Munster Junior Cup

It was a cracking Easter Sunday for Kerry soccer kingpins Killarney Celtic who produced one of the best results in the club’s 46-year history with a spirited victory over fancied Waterford champions Villa FC in the quarter-final of the prestigious Munster Junior Cup.

It was a particularly sweet victory for Brian Spillane’s finely tuned side who had lost to Villa in the FAI Junior Cup a few short weeks ago.

Celtic had home advantage for this tie and the local fans were treated to a real thriller which was settled by an audacious lob from Stephen McCarthy which was a goal worthy of winning any cup match.

Stephen McCarthy: Goal hero

Celtic were brilliant all through with the mean defence, marshalled by John McDonagh, limiting the potentially lethal Villa attack to half chances in a tough tackling, no nonsense game in which no favours were asked or give.

The Kerry league and cup holders got off to the best possible start with the opportunist Wayne Sparling setting up McCarthy with a long ball from close to the centre circle and the ace striker finished with real aplomb, delicately tucking the ball over the head of the advancing goalkeeper, to give his side the decisive edge.

Villa threw everything at Celtic in an attempt to get back into it but the defence was outstanding and Roy Kelliher was top class between the sticks.

Celtic now face an away tie in the semi-final against Limerick side Fairview Rangers and a big Killarney contingent is expected to travel to at Jackman Park in Limerick on Saturday, May 7 with a 5.00pm kick-off.

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