KILLARNEY Celtic breezed into the last 16 of the Munster Junior Cup at Celtic Park on Saturday when they blew away North Cork side Kanturk AFC in a disappointingly one sided game.
The game was switched to Celtic Park because the Kanturk pitch was not playable, but the Cork side just could not live with the firepower of a Celtic side that played with a great degree of flair, cohesion, commitment and spirit. Celtic opened the game with great eagerness and were distributing the ball around very effectively with their opponents unable to cope with them.
With Gary Keane, Pa McGrath and John McDonagh lording proceedings in the middle of the park they were giving a plentiful supply of the ball to strikers Peter McCarthy and Ginatus Poketaurus who were razor sharp throughout the game bagging seven goals between them. Celtic missed a couple of early chances with Ginatus Paketaurus missing a sitter from six yards, while Peter McCarthy was denied by a great save by Kanturk goalie Padraig Morressey.
As they piled on the pressure the cracks began to appear and they went ahead in the 20th minute with a well worked goal. Gary Keane got at the end of a David O'Sullivan free kick and he put in Ginatus Paketaurus and he thumped home from 10 yards. Six minutes later they doubled their lead after forcing a corner kick it was swept in by David O'Sullivan and was dummied at the near post the first effort on goal was blocked on the line but Ginatus Paketaurus pounced on the rebound and drilled it home.
For a while after this Celtic seemed to take the pedal off the gas and Kanturk began to see much more of the ball. They had very strong claims for a penalty in the 31st minute when a careless header back by David Hayes was picked up by Gary Carroll and he seemed to be bundled over as he entered the box. However, despite appeals they fell on deaf ears.
Five minutes from the break Kanturk went close when Jack Collins and Tom Fitzgibbon combined and the latter's cross was met at the near post by Mathew O'Riordan, but his glancing header went inches wide. There was only one team in it in the second half and Celtic found the net again just a minute in when Robert Watson fired home an exquisite free kick from the verge of the box after a foul on Peter McCarthy.
McCarthy found the net shortly afterwards after being put in by a superb through ball by Pa McGrath. Just before the hour mark the Kanturk net was bulging again with Ginatus Paketaurus heading in a Robert Watson corner kick unchallenged to round off his hat-trick.
Kanturk then had their best chance of the game when sub John Dennehy was in one-on-one with the Celtic goalie but Bartlett denied him with a fine save. Sub Jamie Spillane and Peter McCarthy created the next chance and when McCarthy's shot was parried by the Kanturk goalie Ginatus Paketaurus rifled home the loose ball. Robert Watson set up Peter McCarthy for the seventh goal while McCarthy completed his hat trick from a free kick after Robert Watson was fouled five yards outside the box.
Kanturk were reduced to 10 players in the 80th minute when Anthony Barry was sent off for a second yellow card offence. It was a great team performance by Celtic but it must be said that the opposition was very poor and much sterner tests lie ahead. They are away to College Corinthians from Cork in the next round and this is a very formidable assignment.
Celtic now have a very strong team with a number of players back after overcoming injuries and they will be in the pecking order for silverware on the domestic scene and they could go a long win in the Munster Junior Cup. Celtic are away to College Corinthians in the last 16 where they face a very a very stern test. KILLARNEY CELTIC: Stephen Bartlett, Terence Moriarty, David Hayes, Alex Courtney, David O'Sullivan, Pa McGrath, Gary Keane, Robert Watson, John McDonagh, Peter McCarthy and Ginatus Paketaurus. Subs: Jamie Spillane for Pa McGrath, Jack O'Neill for Alex Courtney and Anthony O'Leary for Gary Keane KANTURK: Padraig Morressey, Wllie Murphy, John Lynch, Leonard Barry, Don O'Mahony, Gary Carroll, Anthony Barry, Mattie O'Riordan, Jack Collins, Tom Fitzgibbon, Mathew Dilworth. Subs: John Dennehy for Gary Carroll, James Howie for Tom Fitzgibbon, Courage Idusuti for Mathew Dilworth REFEREE: Seamus O'Mahoney