Clonmel Credit Union League Division 4
CULLEN-LATTIN B 2 DUALLA 5
A hat-trick from Michael McDermott saw Dualla get their League Division 4 campaign off to a positive start with a second half rally and run out comfortable winners against Cullen-Lattin B in Cullen last Sunday.
In what an entertaining contest it saw Richard Hennessy put Dualla ahead after 15 minutes. However, Cullen-Lattin Reserves regrouped and struck two goals in quick succession through Russell Boles and Donagh O’Grady to lead 2-1 by the half-hour mark. But the home side failed to hold onto that slender lead and Michael McDermott restored parity at 2-2 going in at the break.
After the changeover, Dualla regained the lead in the 50th minute when Michael McDermott added his second. With Cullen-Lattin B having to push forward in search of that elusive equaliser, they conceded two goals in the last ten minutes. McDermott completed his hat-trick in the 80th minute and to rub salt into the wounds of the West Tipp side, Dualla were gifted a fifth goal thanks to a Cullen player inadvertently putting an attempted clearance into his own net.
Hayes plays a captain’s part for St Kieran’s
ST. KIERAN’S 2 PEAKE VILLA B 1
St. Kieran’s FC got their new League Division 4 campaign off to the perfect start overcoming the challenge of Peake Villa B by the odd goal in three at the Duneske Recreational Centre, Cahir last Sunday.
Both these sides were in the promotion hunt right up until the last couple of games last season and there was very little between the sides throughout the ninety minutes on this occasion. It took 22 minutes for St. Kieran’s to make the breakthrough with Shane O’Neill finishing off a well worked move orchestrated by Shane Ferris. Peake Villa B restored parity five minutes before the interval when Seamus McCullagh beat the St. Kieran’s keeper to a 50-50 ball from the Villa ‘keeper’s route-one ball and turned it into an unguarded net.
Again it was very much a similar scenario throughout the second half with both defences in commanding form. It was looking like Peake Villa Reserves might hold on for a share of the spoils, but they were undone right the death. St. Kieran’s got the all important winner when skipper Paul Hayes headed home a Shane Edwards centre in stoppage-time.
KILBEHENNY CELTIC 0
Ballyneale FC got their new League Division 4 campaign off on the right foot overcoming Kilbehenny Celtic with two opening half goals at the South Tipperary venue last Sunday.
Ballyneale who were one of the surprise packages last season as they went from being the whipping boys of the league to promotion contenders are determined to continue or even improve this time around. Judging on their opening half performance they looked the part breaking the deadlock after 17 minutes. A Dean Madden ball over the top caught Kilbehenny Celtic flat-footed allowing Marty O’Reilly the time to chip the advancing ‘keeper. It was 2-0 after 32 minutes when a shot from Marty Hickey was fumbled by the Kilbehenny net-minder, allowing Finbar Hickey, who was quickest to react, to turn the loose ball home from close range.
Ballyneale took their foot off the gas pedal in the second half, and will need to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to continue the progress that was started last season. Kilbehenny Celtic will need to show a vast improvement if they are to avoid the humiliation of having to reapply for re-election to the League again next season
Borris best in battle of Bs
TIPPERARY TOWN B 2 TWO MILE BORRIS B 4
Two Mile Borris B proved too strong for newcomers Tipperary Town B in this opening League Division 4 clash played at the Abbey CBS Grounds last Sunday.
Relegated Two Mile Borris B proved to be real party-poopers as they visited Tipperary Town B who were making their maiden voyage in the TSDL League Division 4. Two Mile Borris Reserves were more clinical in front of goal opening their account as early as the 5th minute through Ruairi Ryan. The visitors were 2-0 in front through a Stephen Dorney spot-kick after 15 minutes. Johnny Martin with a well struck direct free-kick brought a glimmer of hope to Tipperary Town on the half-hour mark. But the visitors went 3-1 up through David Bourke on 38 minutes. The much travelled Brian Glasheen scored from the penalty spot after Michael Campbell was brought down two minutes later to leave just a single goal between the sides going in at the break.
The second half saw Tipperary Town Reserves throwing caution to the wind as they went in search of a equalising goal, but the Mid Tipp outfit’s defence were rock solid throughout. With a desperate Tipperary Town B continuing to push more bodies forward they were hit with a typical sucker-punch with ten minutes remaining when a quick counter-attack ended with Tommy Colville adding the visitors fourth, putting the issue beyond any doubt.