Old Bridge remain joint top following Clonmel derby draw

Clonmel Credit Union Premier League

Clonmel Credit Union Premier League

CLONMEL TOWN 3 OLD BRIDGE 3

Clonmel Town continued their unbeaten run in the Clonmel Credit Union Premier League coming from behind to hold overnight leaders and fellow unbeaten Old Bridge in this highly entertaining local derby played in glorious sunshine at the Dr. Pat O’Callaghan Complex, Clonmel last Sunday.

Old Bridge opened the scoring on the half hour mak when Emmet Johnson flicked home Emmet Ryan’s free-kick. Town’s response was immediate and Tony Scully drilled home a twenty-five yard direct free-kick in the 31st minute. Tony Scully then put Town 2-1 ahead on the stroke of half time from the penalty spot.

Clonmel Town started the second half in a very sloppy fashion and were punished when inform strike Emmet Johnson shot home in the 52nd minute when the defence should have cleared to level it at 2-2. Johnson was proving to be a handful for the Town defence and was upended in the Clonmel Town penalty area in the 65th minute. From the resultant spot-kick Emmet Ryan fired home to put Old Bridge back in front at 3-2. Clonmel Town had the visitors on the back foot for the remainder of the game and struck a deserved equaliser in the 82nd minute when an Adam McSharry cross was headed home by Ryan Clancy to level it at 3-3. Any hope of Old Bridge collecting all three points on offer ended when Emmet Johnson turned from goal scoring hero to villain when shown a red card for a second bookable offence in the 84th minute. This draw sees surprise package Old Bridge unbeaten and remaining joint top on 7 points from 3 games played

Clonmel Celtic hit poor Peake for six

PEAKE VILLA 0 CLONMEL CELTIC 6

Clonmel Celtic went joint top of the Premier League as they produced a second half goal-blitz that hit a Peake Villa side still searching for their first win for six at the Tower Grounds, Thurles last Sunday.

Celtic got a perfect start on 3 minutes when a Peake Villa defender diverted a Graham Doyle corner-kick into his own net. Celtic got on top and Brian Waters and Ian Fahey both forced good saves from the Villa keeper youth keeper Stephen Ryan. The Villa keeper was again called into action on 26 minutes when he tipped a Seanie O’Hara header over the bar after a Graham Doyle cross that caused havoc in the Villa box. However, from the resulting corner-kick Seanie O’Hara powered home a header to put Celtic 2-0 up.

Clonmel Celtic upped the tempo considerably when the game restarted and they hit a purple patch scoring three goals in quick succession. On 48 minutes the Villa keeper did well to tip away a dangerous Graham Doyle cross but the ball only fell to David Joyce who fired home to make it 3-0. Celtic were now in cruise control and on 50 minutes Johnny Cagney smashed home a great effort after being set up by Kevin Waters. By now Villa were rocking back on their heels and were hit again on 52 minutes when Kevin Waters got on the score-sheet with another cracking effort from the edge of the 18 yard area that found the top corner. Those three quality strikes putting Celtic 5-0 clear with 35 minutes still to play. With the points secured Clonmel Celtic’s passing game clicked into motion and on 72 minutes Seanie O’Hara set up David Joyce, who fired home his second to make it 6-0. Celtic keeper Richie Ryan was a mere spectator and had very little to do, but he demonstrated what an important acquisition he has been for Celtic with a finger tip save to deny Shane Dunne a consolation. Actually Celtic could have added to their tally with the post denying David Joyce his hat trick and Kevin Waters and sub David Grace also had shots saved in the dying minutes.

This result sees Clonmel Celtic move joint top on 7 points from 3 games played. Meanwhile, Peake Villa following their worst start to a campaign remain pointless also from 3 starts.

Wilderness push Saints all the way

WILDERNESS ROVERS 1 ST. MICHAEL’S FC 2

Current TSDL champions St. Michael’s FC had to battle all the way to secure maximum points in this Premier League clash against Wilderness Rovers in the Wilderness Estate, Clonmel last Saturday evening.

St. Michael’s FC preparing to make their debut in the Munster FA League Champions Trophy against West Cork side Dunmanway FC this coming Sunday, were hoping for an easier contest. However, Wilderness Rovers, who have defied the odds by remaining for a third successive season in top flight football, were equal to everything that the Tipp town giants could throw of them, both sides rattling the woodwork in a scoreless opening half.

It was on the hour mark that St. Michael’s eventually got the breakthrough when the Wilderness failed to clear the lines leaving Richie Ryan with a simple close range tap-in. With Wilderness forced to press for an equaliser St. Michael’s FC doubled their lead on 75 minutes when Jimmy Carr kept his composure to neatly place the ball past the advancing ‘keeper. Although trailing 2-0 Wilderness continued to press and were rewarded five minutes from the end when the much travelled Ian Barnes produced one of his trademark volleys rattling the back of the net with a 30 yard screamer, but it was too little too late to save the day.

This result sees St. Michael’s maintain their 100% record on 6 points from 2 played whilst Wilderness Rovers are on 3 points from 3 games played.

Slattery screamer helps Cashel to first points

CASHEL TOWN 3 BANSHA CELTIC 1

Cashel Town secured their first points of the Premier League season as they produced a late-late show following a hard fought win over newly promoted Bansha Celtic at Palmers Hill Park, Cashel last Sunday.

In a pretty evenly fought first half there was little to get excited about with both teams struggling to stamp their authority on the game and as a result there were no shots on target from either side.

The second half started in a similar pattern to the first and the supporters had to wait until 15 minutes from time before the deadlock was broken. Cashel Town took the lead through a Daniel Doherty header following a well worked free-kick by David Slattery. This seemed to kick-start the game into life and Bansha Celtic levelled almost immediately when James O’Leary headed home. David Slattery put Cashel back in front on 82 minutes with the goal of the game, his 25 yard unstoppable screamer went into the top right hand corner. With almost the final attack of the game Daniel Doherty added his second and the insurance goal on 89 minutes when he skipped around a defender and keeper before rolling the ball into an empty net for a flattering 3-1 victory.

This victory sees Cashel Town move onto 3 points from 2 games played whilst Bansha Celtic remain pointless having already played 3 games.