Clonmel Celtic 3 - 1 Carrick United
The glamour tie of the weekend saw last year’s TSDL champions Clonmel Celtic face off against near neighbours but Waterford rivals Carrick United in an excellent game on the bypass Sunday afternoon.
The home side maintained their impressive run of form of late and won after a very exciting contest.
Celtic settled quicker and had the best chance early on when on fifteen minutes Craig Condon had a header which skimmed the top of the visitors’ crossbar. Ten minutes later they had a shout for a penalty waved away as they began to get on top, but then in the 35th minute, they were caught on the break and went behind.
United worked an intricate short free kick and when the ball was played into the area, Anthony Power continued his goal scoring run to head in unimpeded at the back post.
But this was as good as it got for United, as stung by the concession, Celtic went on the rampage and scored three times within the next ten minutes. Two minutes after falling behind, Craig Condon finally did get the goal his performance deserved when he headed home to equalise from a corner. And a minute before the break, Kevin Waters picked up a ball in the middle of the field and crossed for Seanie O’Hara to climb over the Carrick keeper and head Celtic in front. Carrick succumbed to a knockout blow in first half injury time when a rampant home team again cut them open and a cross from Darren Burns found Waters to send a looping header into the net for a two goal half time lead.
Carrick did come out in the second half all guns blazing to try to get back into the game, and could have pulled a goal back two minutes into the half, but substitute Dale O’Mahoney fired wide with only the Celtic keeper to beat. After that, the home team began to squeeze the life out of the game, with a very competent defensive display, forcing the visitors more and more to rely on hopeful long balls or long range shooting efforts. They did have one very good chance to reduce the lead with five minutes left but Brian Sweeney in the Celtic goal pushed a shot from Ian Cleary around the post and the home side went on to claim the victory and a possible meeting with TSDL rivals St Michaels in the quarter finals.