Another weekend of sunshine for the club produced a five-star performance which harked back to times past, while our newest additions in the schoolgirls showcased a bright future. Sandwiched in between was a very credible schoolboys result, but this weekend was all about in with the old, and in with the new.
Tipperary Cup 1st Round
Clonmel Town B FC 0
Cashel Town B FC 2
There is sometimes no worse a sight, than a spectator from the line telling a player that he could do it better. But in very rare moments, that is sometimes exactly what happens. And so it was last Sunday in Clonmel, when the B team scored a magnificent victory against a battle hardened Clonmel Town team. Club veteran Paul Ryan, who patrols the outside of the line more often than the inside nowadays, showed there is life in the old dog yet, with a spectacular brace to lead his younger team mates to victory.
The game began in a flurry of tackles and had barely a chance to settle, when a Clonmel defender put too little on a header back to the keeper, and Paul, showing the instincts of two decades in the game pounced to send a delightful dinking chip over beyond the reach of the keeper to put the away team a goal up. And within minutes, as the home team were still wondering what hit them, Cashel attacked down the right wing through Thomas O’Neill, whose cross was again met by an onrushing Ryan to double the lead, and send the away supporters into rapturous delight. Although certain wags at the game commented that Paul has to do all his work in the first 15 minutes, because he can’t last much longer, no one can doubt that he was now showing a class that has been apparent for years. After the two goals, the game finally settled down, and Cashel remained comfortably in the lead until half time. The second half began ferociously, with Clonmel trying to claw back the deficit, but to no avail. Cashel’s keeper Gearoid Slattery was now the busier, but as he in increasingly showing, he is a more than capable pair of hands between the posts. In the last five minutes the home team did rattle a shot against the crossbar, but Cashel say out the game for a well earned victory. The only regret of the day, was that Paul wasn’t allowed bring home the match ball as a souvenir.
Cashel Town FC 3 – 3 Mullinahone FC, Devon Ryan (2), Eoin Connolly (pen)
Tipperary Cup 1st Round. Cashel Town “A” FC v St Nicholas, Sunday 28, Palmershill, time TBA.
Division 3 Shield Final. Cashel Town B FC v Donohill and District FC , Sunday 28, time and venue TBA