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CLERIHAN 0 CLONMEL TOWN 4
Outgoing champions Clonmel Town retained the TSDL Youth League and their 10th title in the clubâ€™s history following victory over a dogged Clerihan at the Community Sports Complex, Clerihan last Saturday.
Undefeated Clonmel Town who were pacesetters in the Youth League from the start were the dominant force and but could not break the deadlock as Clerihan made it hard for Town to create an opening. It took a penalty from Stephen Kelly on 44 minutes to break the deadlock for Clonmel Town to the relief of players and mentors alike.
The second half saw a more relaxed Clonmel Town continue to probe for an opening and after some gallant resistance by Clerihan, the pressure began to tell. Mark Oâ€™Reilly popped up to net twice to give Clonmel Town a 3-0 advantage going into the latter stages of the game. Then right at the death Conor Prendergast made it 4-0 to Clonmel Town as he flicked on a corner-kick, which deflected off a defenderâ€™s leg on the stroke of fulltime.
As news filtered through of nearest challengers Cahir Parkâ€™s surprising 3-0 defeat, celebrations begun in earnest as the newly crowned champions Clonmel Townâ€™s remaining game away in Cahir will no longer count as a championship decider.
Borris dash Cahir Parkâ€™s Youth title dreams
TWO MILE BORRIS 3 CAHIR PARK 0
Cahir Parkâ€™s dreams of a first Youth League title since 1982 were dashed, as Two Mile Borris ended their unbeaten record at Newhill Park, Littleton last Saturday.
Cahir Park, needing to win their remaining games to pip outgoing champions Clonmel Town for the title, were expected to take all three points. However, it was not the case as a Two Mile Borris side with nothing to play for but pride, got off to the ideal start scoring after 10 minutes when Jack Carey scored from a Jamie Carey pass. From that moment onwards, Cahir Park bombarded the Borris goal, but some excellent goalkeeping from Ciaran Maher kept the home sideâ€™s lead intact at the halfway stage.
It was a similar scenario throughout the second half with a Cahir Park side that are through to the last eight of the FAI Youth Cup continuing to apply endless pressure, but once again an inspired Ciaran Maher and his defence kept them at bay. With Cahir Park throwing bodies forward looking for an equaliser, Two Mile Borris proved lethal on the break and made it 2-0 on 73 minutes when Jamie Carey scored from an Aidan Croke pass. With ten minutes left to play, Two Mile Borris made it 3-0 when another counter-attack ended with Jamie Carey scoring his second of the afternoon.