Aidan McGrath’s late winner keeps Clonmel Town on top

Clonmel Town 3

Clonmel Town 3

Peake Villa 2

Clonmel Town came out on top here in a very entertaining match between two seriously understrength sides.

The home side started brightly and created several chances early on, without any success. The deadlock was finally broke however, in the 33rd minute, when Aidan McGrath finished from ten yards following an excellent flowing move.

It was only after going behind that Peake Villa had their best spell of the match and deservedly equalised three minutes before the break, when Sean Wade capitalised on a defensive error to score from close range.

The visitors continued their good spell into the second half and Jody O’Mahoney headed a corner home on the hour mark to give the Thurles side a deserved lead.

This setback was the required wake-up call for the hosts and they equalised just two minutes later, when Adam McSherry fired home a free kick from the edge of the box.

Peake Villa retreated for the remainder of the game and seemed happy to settle for a point, in the face of relentless Clonmel Town pressure. The visitors managed a quick breakaway in the 86th minute and Noel Kent was taken down on the edge of the box, resulting in a red card for a Clonmel Town defender. This numerical advantage looked like guaranteeing a a much-needed draw and point for Peake Villa , but Clonmel Town, who are still chasing the league title, went for broke and got the deserved winner deep in injury time when Keith Browne lobbed the ball into the area and David McGrath beat the offside trap to loop a header past the stranded keeper and into the net.

This late-late and perhaps fortunate victory keeps the home team on top of the Premier League table for now at least, while the visitors remain just outside the relegation zone. On the evidence of last Sunday’s game there remains plenty of fight in both sides as the season moves towards conclusion and neither team will be giving up their respective fights anytime soon.