Clonmel Celtic had to put in a hard ninety minutes graft to secure the three points that see them share top spot in the Tipperary Southern and District League Premier division with Old Bridge after overcoming Cashel Town by the odd goal in five at Celtic Park, Clonmel last Sunday, winning 3-2
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.