Clonmel Credit Union Premier League
OLD BRIDGE 4
WILDERNESS ROVERS 0
Four-goal hero Martin Kennedy provided a man of the match performance as surprise package Old Bridge continued to set the pace in the Clonmel Credit Union Premier League in this local derby against Wilderness Rovers in Clonmel last Sunday.
Wilderness Rovers were the better side for the opening half hour but some inspirational goalkeeping from Brian Sweeney came to Old Bridge’s rescue on more than one occasion. Having weathered that early storm Old Bridge broke the deadlock, albeit against the run of play, on 34 minutes when a well-placed Emmet Ryan free-kick was headed home by an alert Martin Kennedy at the front post to lead at the break.
With Wilderness Rovers forced to chase the game there were leaving spaces to be exploited and that helped Old Bridge doubled their lead on 50 minutes. A kick-out by ‘keeper Brian Sweeney caught the Wilderness players ball watching allowing Kennedy the time to coolly chip the advancing ‘keeper and make it 2-0.
It was 3-0 on 65 minutes, when Aaron Moroney won the ball and slipped it to the inrushing Kennedy who placed the ball under the advancing ‘keeper to complete his hat-trick. Kennedy rounded off an outstanding individual display in the 89th minute when making a solo-run from the middle of the park, riding a number of despairing tackles, before placing the ball low into the net.
Celtic have to work hard for important win
CLONMEL CELTIC 3 CASHEL TOWN 2
Clonmel Celtic had to put in a hard ninety minutes graft to secure the three points that see them share top spot in the Premier League with Old Bridge after overcoming Cashel Town by the odd goal in five at Celtic Park, Clonmel last Sunday.
Although Celtic’s performance never quite reached the heights of last week’s efforts against Peake Villa they just about did enough to win against a game Cashel side.
It was an evenly contested first half with Cashel arguably presenting Celtic’s biggest challenge to date this season. Cashel gave a warning of their intent as early as the 4th minute when a cross from the right was narrowly headed wide. Celtic responded and came close twice within the next 10 minutes with a Seanie O’Hara’s header from a Graham Doyle cross was just over while Craig Condon came close again with a header from another Graham Doyle corner. It was Doyle and Condon who combined on 23 minutes to put Celtic ahead. A deep cross to the far post by Graham Doyle was knocked back by Condon and David Joyce was on hand to stab the ball home from within the six yard box.
The visitors responded well to this set back and on 30 minutes Craig Condon did well to clear a dangerous cross. However on 36 minutes Cashel were level when a ball over the full back played in David Slattery. Although ‘keeper Richie Ryan did well to block his effort the ball fell kindly to William Fitzell who made no mistake. Cashel then had their best period of the game and were unlucky not to be ahead at the break with an effort that ‘keeper Richie Ryan did well to palm to safety.
Clonmel Celtic began the second half well and on 54 minutes they regained the lead when Kevin Waters climbed highest to meet a Graham Doyle cross and his fine header nestled in the top corner to make it 2-1. On the hour mark Celtic stretched their lead to 3-1 after David Joyce who crossed to the far post where Seanie O’Hara headed back across goal to Brian Waters who steered in his first goal of the season. Cashel were under a bit of pressure and Seanie O’Hara nearly made the game safe on 63 minutes when the keeper got a foot to his effort. Cashel were thrown a lifeline on 72 minutes when awarded a penalty for a handball offence and Dave Slattery fired home from the spot to leave just a goal between the sides. Celtic survived one or two anxious moments but they did appear the more likely to score from breakaways with Cashel chasing that equaliser. In the end Clonmel Celtic did just about enough to win against a very decent Cashel Town side.
Bansha Celtic and Peake Villa fail to find the net
BANSHA CELTIC 0 PEAKE VILLA 0
Bansha Celtic and Peake Villa the current TSDL strugglers in the Premier League failed to get the better of each other and playing their fourth game of the season eventually got off the mark in this scoreless clash at Celtic Park, Bansha last Sunday.
Following their opening three games it was expected that one of these sides that are currently favourites for the dreaded drop, would kick start their campaign by securing maximum points. Although there was a lack of goals to show at the end of the ninety minutes, it was not for the lack of trying. The first chance fell to Peake Villa, when a player was left on his own 6 yards out from the Bansha Celtic goal but to the dismay of his team-mates his attempted volley went well wide of the target. It was then Bansha’s turn to miss a gilt-edge chance when a ball across the goal ricocheted around the six-yard box, but it somehow kept out to the dismay of the Celtic supporters.
The second half saw more chances go a begging with both teams unable to break the deadlock. The best of these fell to Bansha midway through the half. It left the normal lethal Darren Stokes in a one-on-one situation with the keeper whilst the Villa players appealed for off-side, but Stokes was unable bring the ball under control quickly and his shot was saved. In the dying minutes another great save from the Peake Villa ‘keeper meant that the visitors scrapped a valuable point that could be crucial come next May.
Saints get a walkover
The Munster FA League Champions Trophy tie between St. Michael’s AFC and Dunmanway Town was called off, because the West Cork gave the TSDL champions a walk/over.