It was a very quiet, and ultimately disappointing weekend for the club, with the Junior team exiting their first major competition of the season. There were no schoolboys games, but the schoolgirls played their last friendly games in Tipperary Town before their big league kick off next weekend.
Munster Junior Cup
Glengoole United 4 – 4 Cashel Town FC
This was a hugely disappointing result for the club, and was indicative of their topsy turvy start to the season. Despite having tricky outings away to Glengoole in the past, last weekends good performance against St Michael’s was expected to kick start the clubs season. Alas, once again the lads started cold and were one down within five minutes of the start. However, things steadied and they put themselves into a good position at half time when goals from Daniel Doherty and Jonathon Kennedy sent them to the break two goals to one up. But again the performance dipped in the second half, and after a period of home pressure, Glengoole scored a late equaliser to bring the game to extra time.
This was end to end stuff as tired player meant the game opened up somewhat and the two teams swopped goals with abandon. Ian Hahessy and Daniel Doherty with his second should have given Cashel enough room to close out this game, but again they left the door open for Glengoole who hit two of their own to bring the game to penalties. Unfortunately, faced with spot kicks, Cashels resolve crumbled completely and they were only able to convert one penalty from four to meekly exit the competition.
Tipperary Town FC 2 – 2 Cashel Town FC (Cashel Town win on penalties)
The under 10s kicked off the blitz in Tipperary Town on Saturday afternoon with a winning performance on penalties against the home team. The sheer numbers of players available to Cashel meant that once again, we played almost two completely different teams in each half. In the first half, the teams were pretty evenly matched in open play, but Tipperary were more clinical in their finishing, and went in at half time 2-0 to the good.
In the second half however, Cashel were the stronger team, and took control of the game, pegging back the scores to 2 -2 through two fine goals from player of the match Katie Sherlock. Although Cashel had chances to win the game before the end, the game finished level, and went to the dreaded penalty shootout.
Cashel’s hero’s in this were goalkeeper Cora O’Shea, who saved all five penalties taken by the home team, and Cashel took the honours when Ciara “CiCi” Moloney coolly drove her penalty into the bottom corner of the net, to spark wild celebrations amongst the girls.
Tipperary Town FC 1 – 0 Cashel Town FC
The under 12s took to the field in Tipperary shorn of many of their first team players who were either unavailable or playing with the u14s, and spent much of the game under a lot of pressure from their very strong opponents. Despite being pegged back for much of the game, goalkeeping hero from the u10’s, Cora O’Shea, stepped up to the u12s, and showed that she is a real star in the making. Ably helped by Claire Delaney and Ciara Mulcaire in front of her, Cashel kept the Tipperary girls at bay for almost all the first half, before having all their good work undone when a defensive mix up left the Tipperary girls in shortly before half time.
The second half was a much more closely contested game, as the Cashel girls found their feet, but alas, just could not get the goal that would have taken the second game to penalties as well. They finally ran out of time, and were unlucky to lose by the single goal.
However, they certainly showed that they are more than capable of giving any team a good run at this age group, and will be strengthened significantly for next weekends first league game, when their team mates from the under 14s return back to the under 12s, and the girls who couldn’t make today’s fixture are also available.
Tipperary Town FC 3 – 0 Cashel Town FC
The under 14s probably had the hardest task of the day, because circumstances meant that they were playing without the majority of their usual first team squad. If anything, this was more of an u12 team than an u14 team, and they faced a very physically strong Tipperary Town side. That said, they more than gave a good account of themselves, and showed no fear of their bigger, older opponents. If anything, Cashel had the better of exchanges in the first half, and were very unlucky not to take the lead on a number of occasions in the first half, through chances from Sinead O’Dwyer and Mollie Burgess. However, the game went to the break level at 0-0 at half time.
Unfortunately, things began to unravel early in the second half, when not one but two mix ups in the defence meant that Tipperary took a two nil lead. But the Cashel girls never dropped the head and battled to get back into the game, and almost converted a couple of half chances. Alas, throwing players forward meant that they left themselves exposed at the back, and Tipperary finally killed the game with the best goal of the day five minutes before the end of the game.
All in all, there was no shame in defeat, and it showed the younger girls what they have to do in the years ahead to compete at this age group, but we have no doubt that when they find their feet, they will be more than capable of stepping up. Players like Emily Mc Grath, Molly Burgess and Kate Gayson Molloy showed that they will be big players for the club in the season ahead. We are also sure that once we get our full complement of u14 girls back next week for the league kick off, that there will be a significant improvement in performance.
Saturday, October 6:
Cashel Town U15s v Moyglass, Palmerhill, 11 am.
U13s St Kevins v Cashel Town Newhill, 11 am.
U11s Clonmel Town B v Cashel Town, Clonmel, 12 noon.
This is a huge weekend for the schoolgirls as the time has finally arrived for them to make their first ever fixture in a schoolgirls league. We are wishing them the best of luck at U12 and 14 levels. Such is the interest in schoolgirls wanting to play, that the club have entered two U12 teams, the Rebels and the Rockets.
U12 Clonmel Celtic Schoolgirls v Cashel Town Rebels, Clonmel Bypass, Sunday, October 7, 11 am.
Clerihan Schoolgirls v Cashel Town Rockets, Clerihan, Sunday, October 7, 11 am
U14 Clerihan Schoolgirls v Cashel Town Schoolgirls, Clerihan, Sunday, October 7, 12:30pm.