With nothing to play for it didn’t come as too much of a surprise that Clonmel Celtic and St Michaels played out a tame 1-1 draw at Celtic Park last Sunday.
The result means Celtic finish their league campaign undefeated and a draw was probably a fair result between two sides that showed a lot of changes. The first half was devoid of goal mouth action until 27 minutes when Alan Hayes finished for the visitors after a good move. Celtic nearly went in level at the break only for a St Michaels’s defender getting back to clear a goalbound Ross Condon effort. Celtic brought on Brian and Kevin Waters at the start of the second half and although they did improve and created a little more they never really got on top of St Michaels. They did hit back though on 69 minutes when Stephen Ryan was fouled in the box and Kevin Waters put away the penalty to make it 1-1. Both sides had half chances late on with Raymie Boyle in the Celtic goal making a fine save to make sure the points were shared.
An interesting statistic shows the top two teams, Clonmel Celtic and Clonmel Town going through their campaigns unbeaten while third placed St Michael’s suffered just one defeat over the whole of the season.
These three have shown a level of consistency most lack and have set a standard others will try to emulate next season. The Celtic/St.Michaels game brings down the curtain on the Premier division. Several issues had to be decided at the boardroom to complete the league tables which will be updated on the official TSDL website.
(1) The game between St.Michaels and Wilderness Rovers was deemed a walk-over to St.Michaels as Wilderness did not fulfil the fixture on the fixed date.
(2) The game between Wilderness Rovers and Cashel Town, which was abandoned at 62 minutes because of a waterlogged pitch when Cashel were leading 3-2, was deemed ‘result stands’ with Cashel Town winners.
(3) The game between Peake Villa and Old Bridge, which Old Bridge won 1-0 was awarded to Peake Villa because Old Bridge players were not registered on time. None of these decisions affect any issues in the league.
Dualla deducted three points
In the Fourth division Dualla were deducted three points for fielding an unregistered player and the three points awarded to Tipperary Town ‘B’. It doesn’t affect any issues in the Fourth division.