TSDL Premier League
St Michaels AFC 0 – 0 Cashel Town FC
Fresh from their cup win last weekend, the first team headed into the bear pit midweek, when they took on the current league champions St Michael’s at Cooke Park, last Thursday evening. After a couple of poor results against the TSDL kingpins, this was always going to be a daunting task, but also a barometer of how the team is shaping up for the rest of the season. And, the players more than acquitted themselves well on the night.
After some early opening pressure, they settled down to their task, and had the best chance of opening the scoring in the first half when Mickey Coleman rattled a shot against the Michaels upright. Alas it came back out and was cleared to safety, but the game went to the break scoreless.
The second half was one of relentless pressure from the league champions, but a fantastic backs to the wall effort from the Cashel team managed to repel all their efforts to hold out for a deserved nil all draw.
This was even more of an achievement as Cashel finished the game with only ten, after an injury depleted the playing numbers, when Cashel had already used the regulation three substitutes. All in all, this was a huge point for the first team, and will send them into next weekends Munster Cup first round game away to Glengoole in a confident mood.
TSDL Division 3 Shield Semi Final
Vee Rovers 0 – 1 Cashel Town B
The second team put themselves into position to win the clubs first silverware of the season, with a great win away Vee Rovers in the Division 3 Shield semi final in Clogheen last Sunday. This is always a difficult fixture with the home team being very strong on “The Hill” in Clogheen, but the Cashel lads settled well to go to the break scoreless at half time.
In the second half, the pressure from the home team intensified, and Cashel were hanging on by their fingertips at times. However, the defence put up stout resistance and the home team were unable to break down the Cashel back four.
As the game reached its dying moments, most of the supporters were readying themselves for extra time. However, up popped first team manager, Ned Butler, with an exquisite winner four minutes from the end, to put Cashel into the final. This knocked all the wind from the Vee sails, and Cashel finished comfortably, for a well earned, if at times, seemingly undeserved win.
Cashel Town Schoolboys
U12 League Burncourt FC 2 – 2 Cashel Town FC
Only one game for the schoolboys last weekend as the under 12s headed down to Burncourt last Saturday morning. In a very competitive game, they came away with a well earned 2-2 draw, with striker Devon Ryan following up his six goal efforts against Moyglass, to hit another brace against Burncourt. Devon is on fire at the moment, and the rest of his team mates are doing a fine job backing him up.
Cashel Town Schoolgirls
Friendly Cashel Town u12 1 – 1 Holycross u12
The schoolgirls had their first outing of the season at their new home grounds on the Golden Road, where they welcomed Holycross schoolgirls, when the under 12s and under 14s played two friendly games against last years North Tipperary champions at these age groups.
Despite the strong opponents the schoolgirls more than managed, and gave a glimpse of the possibility of being in the shake up for honours at under age level in the season ahead. In the first game, Cashel’s under 12s went to half time a goal down against their opponents, as the younger under 12s took to the field.
However, such is the level of interest in schoolgirls soccer, Cashel put out a completely new team in the second half, and the girls took control of the game overall. The equaliser was scored by Emma Ryan, and Cashel had much more of the play and better chances, but unfortunately could not grab a winner.
Overall, this was a very strong performance and showed the strength in depth of the squad of players.
Cashel Town u14s 0 – 1 Holycross u14s
The second game was something of a piece of history being made, as Cashel have never put out a schoolgirls team in either friendly or competitive level at this age group. So, it was a first for all the girls playing. It was also a first in that it was played on a full pitch at 11 a side, when the girls are more used to training at 7 a side, and it showed as it took the girls a little while to find their feet positionally. During this time, Holycross were on top, and opened the scoring. Once the Cashel girls adjusted though, they came strong and hard at their opponents, and were unlucky not to equalise, with Kate Gayson Molloy and Sorcha Clark having efforts well saved.
Unfortunately, it was the dying of the light on Wednesday evening that caught Cashel in the end, with the game having to be stopped at half time, to much disdain amongst the players. However, what we did see, bodes well for them for the rest of the season, and there will definitely be good times ahead on this performance.
Glengoole United v Cashel Town A, Munster Junior Cup, Sunday 30, Glengoole, TBA.
B Team game, TBA.
Cashel Town u14 v Clonmel Celtic B, Saturday 29, 11 am, Palmershill.
Schoolgirl blitz will take place at The Abbey, Tipperary Town, Saturday 29, 1.30pm.
There will be an u10, u12 and u14 game against Tipperary Town Schoolgirls FC. All support welcome.
Schoolgirl training will move to the rugby field in Cashel for the rest of the winter from this week (Wednesday 26th), to avail of floodlights. Training 6.45pm to 8.15pm.