Clonmel Town qualified for the final of the Joe Delaney Youth Cup when they beat fellow TSDL side Two Mile Borris by the odd goal in three at Newhill Park, Littleton last Saturday.
This competition pits the four best teams in the TSDL against their counterparts in the NTDL and this tie would guarantee a finalist from the TSDL for a fifth consecutive season. Former winners Clonmel Town got the early breakthrough when Kevin Kirwan got between two players to head home Colman Kennedy’s cross.
Borris, who were playing in a division below Town this season, had their chances to draw level, with the best effort from Paul Webster scraping the paint on the wrong side of the crossbar midway through the opening half. However Town secured a 2-0 cushion going in at the break when Shane Flynn latched onto a loose pass and fired high into the net after 41 minutes.
Borris refused to drop their heads and continued to match their more illustrious opponents in all departments. Former winners Town were denied a third in the opening stages of the second half when Borris goalie Niall Murphy produced an excellent two-handed save, pushing a fiercely-struck shot from Colman Kennedy away to safety.
A similar scenario was repeated at the other end of the park when Clonmel Town and Irish Senior Schools goalie Evan Comerford did likewise, pushing to safety a 30 yard volley from David Slattery that was heading for the top corner of the net.
Borris pulled a goal back four minutes from time when a Daniel Rafter’s beautifully-weighted pass released Ashley Laslett, who calmly rounded the ‘keeper to score. But Clonmel Town held on to qualify for the final against Nenagh AFC.