Cashel Town held the first of what it hopes will become an annual fundraising event, when over a 100 players took part in an inaugural penalty kick event at Palmershill on Sunday.
Made up of teams from businesses around the town, players were joined by a big turnout of families and supporters who came along to give a bit of moral support, along with a big number of children, who not only enjoyed the football but the bouncy castles and other attractions in what was an enjoyable fun day.
As with all friendly events, once the penalties began there was also a competitive edge and a lot of bragging rights at stake. Some of the club’s older players such as John “Bosco” Hoare and Paddy Teehan showed that class truly is permanent, as they stroked home spot kicks with consummate ease, while the collection of goalkeepers including former Irish Junior International Kevin O’Sullivan thwarted many a player to show that the march of time hadn’t dulled any of the cat like reflexes that characterised their careers. Newly elected councillor Martin Browne carried on his recent run of success with a clean sheet of goals, and some of the club’s juvenile members like Paraic Brosnan and Herman O’Donoghue also showed some of the old hands how to beat a keeper from 12 yards. In the end though, it was one of the clubs main strikers, Chilly Fitzelle who showed he had more than one string to his bow, as he lead his team from the goal line and pulled off the saves to give the victory on the day to Tipp Top Bouncy Castles, over Francis Shiels team, with Chilly not only performing heroics in the goal, but producing a clear round of kicks from the spot as well. The day was a huge success and there is no doubt that next year it will become a bigger and better event.