Old Bridge stay top of South Tipperary Premier League

Four-goal hero Martin Kennedy provided a man of the match performance as surprise package Old Bridge continued to set the pace in the Tipperary Southern and District Premier League in this local derby against Wilderness Rovers in Clonmel.

Four-goal hero Martin Kennedy provided a man of the match performance as surprise package Old Bridge continued to set the pace in the Tipperary Southern and District Premier League in this local derby against Wilderness Rovers in Clonmel.

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.