Two of the league big guns faced off in Clonmel on Sunday in a table topping clash. This was a battle royale and Saints were on their toes right from the beginning, silencing a large crowd at the Complex when they took the lead only six minutes in as Irish Junior international Paul Breen drove home from a corner kick. Town were undeterred and bounced back quickly having two efforts scrambled away, the first a shot from Tony Scully, and then another from David McGrath. The away team were on the ropes for a little bit, but as all good teams do, they regrouped.
Town were extremely lucky just on the hour when goalkeeper Evan Comerford was lucky to stay on the pitch, after handling outside the area, but Michael’s achieved a certain level of justice when the resultant free kick was parried back out to Richie Ryan and he buried the ball from 20 yards.
This was how it was at the break, but in the second half the home team started to build some momentum again and threatened on more than one occasion. However, the rock that much of Michael’s success in recent years, their central defensive partnership of Walsh and Breen, held firm. That wall was finally breached on the hour mark, when Richie Crowe ghosted away at the back post to cut the lead when he buried a shot to the top of the net. This set up a grandstand finish, and Town attacked bravely but unsuccessfully, as it was the Saints who take over at the top, and maintain their unbeaten start to this year’s Clonmel Credit Union Premier League.