Clonmel Credit Union League Division 3
REDMONDSTOWN 2 BALLYPATRICK 1
Redmondstown continued as pacesetters in League Division 3 by making it three wins from three after getting the better of Ballypatrick in Clonmel last Sunday.
Ballypatrick, who have been Redmondstown’s bogey side, having won their last four meetings, applied the early pressure but after 20 minutes Redmondstown got the breakthrough, Ger Gardiner supplied a low centre across the six-yard box that ended with top striker Jamie Kelly scoring.
Ballypatrick again applied the early pressure after the changeover and on this occasion it reaped its reward. On the hour mark Paudie Landers beat the Redmondstown offside trap before setting up Barry Kiely to score from close range. However Redmondstown recovered and were unlucky just minutes later when a header by Jamie Kelly beat the ‘keeper, only to rebound to safety off a post. Nevertheless Redmondstown, having their best start to a campaign, got the winner ten minutes from time when Darren Murphy’s low cross was finished by William Kelly. Barry Kiely almost salvaged a draw with an overhead kick from 20 yards but the ball hit the crossbar and was cleared to safety.
Chambers double sinks Vee Rovers
CLERIHAN 2 VEE ROVERS 1
Clerihan moved up to second place in League Division 3 after coming from behind to defeat fellow challengers Vee Rovers in a hard-fought encounter at the Community Complex, Clerihan last Sunday.
In a very close contest both these sides, who are undefeated to date, couldn’t be separated in the opening 45 minutes. Vee Rovers broke the deadlock after 50 minutes when Warren O’Brien was brought down inside the penalty area and the Clogheen side’s long-serving striker made no mistake from the penalty spot.
However the lead was short-lived because Clerihan were back on level terms 5 minutes later. Thomas Hill’s beautifully-weighted pass split the Vee Rovers defence, allowing Collum Chambers to finish from close range. With Rovers pressing to regain the lead they were undone after 75 minutes when a long clearance caught them short at the back and allowed Collum Chambers in to score his second of the afternoon. Rovers piled on the pressure over the final ten minutes and it took a super reflex save by Clerihan’s goal Barry O’Donovan to deny Warren O’Brien grabbing a late equaliser.
Burncourt make Donohill pay the penalty to record first
DONOHILL AND DISTRICT 1
BURNCOURT CELTIC 2
Burncourt Celtic produced an upset in League Division 3 by defeating a fancied Donohill and District by the odd goal in three at the West Tipp venue last Sunday.
Donohill, one of the fancied promotion contenders, struggled to make an impact and instead it was a Burncourt side that had just a single point from their opening two games that held the upper hand. Burncourt got the breakthrough after 36 minutes when they were awarded a penalty that was dispatched to the net by Pa Ryan to give the visitors a 1-0 half-time lead.
Donohill, who were undefeated, upped the ante after the break and after relentless pressure John Aherne equalised after 55 minutes. With Donohill having the upper hand Burncourt were hanging on. But then against the run of play Burncourt were awarded a second penalty with 76 minutes gone that was scored by Alan Ward. Despite further pressure from the home side Burncourt held on for their first win of the league campaign.
Cashel Town B get up and running
CLONMEL CELTIC B 1
CASHEL TOWN B 4
Cashel Town B secured their first victory in League Division 3 after overcoming fellow strugglers Clonmel Celtic B in Clonmel last Sunday.
Cashel took the lead when a hotly-disputed goal saw James Harding beat goalie Raymie Boyle at the second attempt in the 35th minute. Celtic went close through Jason Gartland and Jason Hahessy but they failed to break down the resolute Cashel defence. After 53 minutes Cashel were awarded a penalty that saw Paul Maloney beat the outstretched hand of Raymie Boyle to make it 2-0. Celtic rallied and a pass by David Grace cut open the Cashel defence. They were awarded a free by Jason Hahessy that was well saved by the Cashel net-minder who could only parry it and that allowed Lee Cashman to finish from close range after 72 minutes. When all pressure was on them Cashel counter-attacked and a diving header from Shane Ferris on 81 minutes made it 3-1. Celtic had an opportunity to draw closer in the 82nd minute when they were awarded a penalty that was saved by the impressive Cashel ‘keeper. Although Celtic enjoyed more possession Cashel rounded off the scoring with an acrobatic overhead kick from Mick Mackey in the 86th minute.