Clonmel Credit Union League Division 3
CLONMEL CELTIC B 2 REDMONDSTOWN 4
Redmondstown became the new pacesetters of League Division 3 after defeating already relegated Clonmel Celtic B in this local derby played in difficult conditions in Ferryhouse last Sunday.
With all other game scheduled in this division called off because of waterlogged pitches this was an opportunity for Redmondstown to go top and rekindle their dream of playing in Division 2 for the first time next season.
Redmondstown started well and goals from Rob Bates and a penalty from Gino Lonergan gave them an early 2-0 advantage. However, Clonmel Celtic reserves facing relegation for a second consecutive season, to their credit did not lie down, and Ciaran Stapleton pulled a goal back and then he set up Shane Norris who headed home to tie the game at 2-2 at the break.
Despite finishing the game with 10 men having lost a couple of players through injuries, Clonmel Celtic continue to produce some good football as conditions deteriorated. However, despite their heroic efforts, Redmondstown restored their lead when Gino Lonergan broke away on 68 minutes and finished smartly to grab his second of the afternoon. Clonmel Celtic B pushed for an equaliser, but Darren Murphy finished the game off making it 4-2 for the visitors on 80 minutes.
It was a crucial win for Redmondstown in a division where just 7 points separate first from second last. Redmondstown on 23 points are now top of the table, with a visit to Donohill & District in their final game, are a point clear of Ballypatrick who have three games left.