Clonmel Credit Union League Division 2
TIPPERARY TOWN 3
KILSHEELAN UNITED 0
There were plenty of celebrations in Tipperary Town as the locals secured a third consecutive promotion in as many years after securing maximum points against fellow promotion candidates Kilsheelan United in this League Division 2 clash at the VEC Grounds, Tipp town last Sunday.
For Kilsheelan United this was a must win game if they were to stay in contention for promotion, but the visitors didn’t help their cause when conceding a penalty after 25 minutes. From the resultant spot-kick Mark Flannery made mistake and gave table-toppers Tipperary Town the start they required and 1-0 lead at the break.
Tipperary Town, who were Division 3 runners-up last season after winning the Division 4 title the year before, never looked in trouble as Kilsheelan struggled to breakdown a well organised defence. Tipp Town FC doubled their lead on 65 minutes when Stephen Quinn scored from a Paddy Fitzgerald through ball and the hosts put the game to bed on 73 minutes when Fitzgerald was once again the provider for Mark Flannery to finish.
This victory sees Tipperary Town remain five points clear on 27 points with games left away to neighbours St. Michael’s B and Killusty that will decide the outcome of the title. This defeat ends Kilsheelan United hopes of promotion remaining on 18 points with a home game against Rosegreen Rangers left.
Glen Villa win nine-goal thriller
GLEN VILLA 5 KILLUSTY 4
Glen Villa promotion aspirations from League Division 2 remain on track after coming from 2-0 down to eventually pip Killusty in a nine-goal thriller at the Glen of Aherlow venue last Sunday.
Killusty battling to avoid a quick return back down a division were quickly out of the blocks with goals from Dean Tobin and Colm Coen in the opening fifteen minutes. However, once a Glen Villa side still in with a chance of promotion got a foothold they turned this game on its head. Liam Phelan after 30 minutes and Paddy Hennessy after 35 minutes brought the sides level at 2-2 before a Bernard O’Brien mazy run from the middle of the park left three players in his wake before neatly chipping the keeper from 20 yards to put Glen Villa 3-2 up at the break.
Glen Villa started the second half as they finished the first with Jason Collins making it 4-2 after 50 minutes. Killusty regrouped and were back in the game on 62 minutes when Ronan Maher made it three. However, Glen Villa quickly responded with another Jason Collins strike five minutes later to make it 5-3. Although Killusty had the final say with a Karl Maher direct free-kick after 75 minutes, Glen Villa managed to hold on for a victory that sees them retain second place.
Glen Villa who visit Rosegreen Rangers in their final game are on 22 points. Killusty remains second from bottom on 11 points with 3 games left.
St. Michael’s ‘B’ hit Rosegreen for six
ROSEGREEN RANGERS 1 ST. MICHAEL’S B 6
St. Michael’s B blew the League Division 2 promotion battle wide open after coming from behind to hit a fancied Rosegreen Rangers for six at the Community Sportsfield, Rosegreen last Sunday.
Rosegreen Rangers, who have games in hand over their promotion rivals, were on course to close the gap after Dathi Bargary gave them the lead with just four minutes gone. However, the hosts who were well on top throughout the opening half failed to capitalise on a number of chances to extend their lead and would rue them before the final whistle sounded. St. Michael’s reserves who won away last week, overcame that early barrage and were level at 1-1 through Shane Penderville right on the stroke of half-time.
Three goals in as many minutes at the start of the second half saw St. Michael’s reserves blow Rosegreen away. These came from John Power on 48 minutes, a John O’Brien penalty on 49 minutes and Shane Penderville with his second on 51 minutes. A shell-shocked Rosegreen never recovered from that goal blitz and St. Michael’s B ran out comfortable winners with further goals from Keith Burke on 65 minutes and again on 84 minutes to complete the rout.
This victory sees St. Michael’s B who have games away to Rosegreen Rangers and Glen Villa left move up to third in the table on 19 points. Rosegreen Rangers, who have still two home and two away games left, remain on 15 points.