National hopes dashed for Cashel Town

On what was a relatively quiet weekend for the club, only the Junior teams were playing and there were contrasting fortunes for both teams.

On what was a relatively quiet weekend for the club, only the Junior teams were playing and there were contrasting fortunes for both teams.

Unfortunately the first teams hopes of national glory ended at the last stage before the national open draw, but the seconds moved into the promotion places in Division 3 as they continued their recent run of good form.

FAI Cup 5th Round

Nenagh Town FC 3 – 0 Cashel Town FC

It’s been a long time since the club won their way out of the local phase of Europe’s largest amateur cup competition, but that was what was on offer when Cashel faced North Tipp kingpins Nenagh Town in Nenagh last Sunday. No one underestimated the scale of the task but the club were quietly confident that they might spring a surprise and keep their cup run going for at least one more round. And that confidence was not misplaced in the early part of this game as the away team took the game to their illustrious rivals and had the better of the opening period of play. Cashel constantly attacked and it was only through bad luck and some poor finishing that they didn’t get the lead that they deserved. Alas, as is often the case when this happens, teams get punished and this is what happened on the half hour, when against the run of play, Nenagh opened up the Cashel defence and took a one goal lead that they kept up to half time.

Things got worse for Cashel almost immediately after the resumption when Nenagh hit Cashel on the break within five minutes and doubled their lead. Shell shocked, Cashel were now under severe pressure for the next quarter of an hour as the home team tried to press home their advantage and kill the game off completely. However, Cashel regrouped and again fashioned a number of chances to get back into the game. Unfortunately once again, poor shooting left the away team down and Nenagh finally put the game to bed in the dying minutes with a third clinching goal. All in all, Cashel will feel that they didn’t deserve to lose this game despite the scoreline, but are now left with a league battle to keep themselves at the top table of South Tipperary football to look forward to over the winter months.

TSDL Division 3

Cashel Town B FC 3 – 0 Burncourt Celtic FC

The B team continued their good run of recent form on Sunday morning at Palmershill when they moved into the promotion spots of Division Three after a comprehensive win over Burncourt Celtic. They stated crisply and took the lead on fifteen minutes through a headed goal by Darren Redmond. This was a deserved lead and they continued to create chances over the following period of the game. Their hard work finally paid off when they were awarded a penalty ten minutes before the break, and striker Mick Mackey doubled their advantage from the spot. After this they played some very good possession football and went to the break two goals to the good.

Starting the second half much as they finished the first Cashel gave the away team no real opportunities to get back into the game, and within ten minutes finally killed off the game. William “Chilly” Fitzelle popped up at the end of a good Cashel move and finished expertly to the Burncourt net to give Cashel a three goal advantage which they never relinquished. Burncourt did have one effort cleared off the line but this result was never really in doubt. The outcome of the game leaves Cashel in second place in Division Three and looked forward to a promotion push which will hopefully see them return immediately to the second division after last years surprising relegation.

Fixtures

TSDL Premier Division

Peake Villa AFC v Cashel Town, November 18, Thurles, Time TBA.

TSDL Division 3

Vee Rovers FC v Cashel Town B FC, November 18, Clogheen, time TBA.

Schoolboys

Under 15: Cahir Park FC v Cashel Town FC, November 17, Duneske, 11am.

Under 13: Cashel Town FC v Clonmel Celtic, November 17, Palmershill, 11am.

Schoolgirls

Under 12: Cashel Town Rockets v Cahir Park FC, November 18, Scoil Chormaic, 11am.

Under 12: Kilbeheny Celtic v Cashel Town Rebels, November 18, Kilbeheny, 11am.

Under 14: Clonmel Celtic FC v Cashel Town FC, November 18,Clonmel, 12pm.

Under 10: Under 10 blitz, Clerihan, November 18, 2pm to 3.30pm.