Stephen Quinn goal puts Tipperary Town five points clear
TIPPERARY TOWN 1 GLEN VILLA 0
A goal six minutes from full-time by Stephen Quinn proved decisive for pacesetters Tipperary Town as they opened up a five-point gap at the top of League Division 2 in this top of the table clash with West Tipp neighbours Glen Villa at the VEC Grounds, Tipp town last Sunday.
In a tough no frills contest where Glen Villa came to town looking to complete the double over pacesetters Tipperary Town, the home defence stood firm and the opening half remained scoreless.
With conditions underfoot getting worse as the second half progressed, this game looked like it was going to end in a scoreless draw. However, like a bolt out of the blue Tipperary Town on the verge of making history chasing promotion for a third successive season, got the all-important goal with just six minutes left on the stopwatch. Dean Buckley ended a Glen Villa attack in the middle of the park, and produced a solo run, evading a number of tackles as he charged into the opponents box before laying the ball off to Stephen Quinn who made no mistake from 6 yards.
This victory sees Tipperary Town move five points clear on 24 with 3 games left. Glen Villa remains in second place on 19 points with 2 games left.
Saints ‘B’ hit five and re-ignite their promotion drive
KILMANAHAN UTD 1 ST. MICHAEL’S B 5
St. Michael’s B came from behind to turn a relegation battle into a promotion one in this League Division 2 encounter against Kilmanahan United at the Tipperary/Waterford border venue last Sunday.
Kilmanahan United who had just a single win in their last five games took the lead through James Donnelly on 10 minutes. St. Michaels B in danger of being relegated for a second successive season, quickly regrouped and turned that deficit into a two goal advantage by the break. Goals from John O’Brien (2) and Ray McMahon made it 3-1 to the visitors.
With Kilmanahan having to throw caution to the wind as they chased the game they were caught on the break. The home side fell further behind through goals from James O’Leary and Darren Lowry giving St. Michael’s B a surprising easy victory.
With just nine points separating second from second last this win sees St. Michael’s B swap places with Kilmanahan and turn from relegation to possible promotion as they move onto 16 points with 3 games left. Kilmanahan United remain in limbo just above the relegation zone on 14 points with 2 games left.
Late rally sees Killusty salvage vital point
KILLUSTY 4 CLONMEL TOWN B 4
Two late goals saw Killusty salvage a precious point in this League Division 2 relegation clash with Clonmel Town B in an eight-goal fest at the foot of Slievenamon last Sunday.
Clonmel Town B facing relegation for a second successive season were looking like securing their first victory of the season when goals from Thomas Whalley on 32 minutes and Paudie Whelan after 40 minutes gave them a 2-0 interval lead.
Killusty who were promoted last season, but looking in danger of a quick return back down a division pulled a goal back when Karl Maher slotted home a spot-kick on 50 minutes. Clonmel Town reserves responded with an Alan Lonergan goal after 66 minutes to regain that two-goal advantage at 3-1. Killusty pulled another goal back on 72 minutes, but again Clonmel Town B restored that two-goal advantage on 77 minutes through a Eoin Lonergan penalty. When it was looking like Clonmel Town B, playing their last game, might secure that elusive first win Killusty produced a last ditch rally to snatch an unlikely draw from the jaws of defeat. This was thanks to goals from Martin Coen after 85 minutes and Shane Alyward right on stroke of full-time.
This draw sees Killusty, who remain second from bottom move onto 11 points with 4 games left. Clonmel Town B without a win ends their league campaign on 7 points.