Clonmel Credit Union Premier League
CLONMEL CELTIC 6 OLD BRIDGE 0
Pacesetters Clonmel Celtic stretched their lead to eight points at the top of the TSDL Premier League as they brought fellow high-flyers Old Bridge down to earth with a bump in this local derby at Celtic Park, Clonmel last Sunday.
This was without doubt the most impressive display by Celtic to date this season and a spirited Bridge side simply couldn’t cope with the lightning speed and movement that left the opposition chasing shadows. Despite a bright start by Celtic it was the visitors who went close first on 10 minutes, with Emmet Johnson forcing a fine save from stand-in keeper Raymie Boyle who was deputising for the injured Richie Ryan. Seanie O’Hara opened the scoring after 21 minutes with a close-range header from a Kevin Waters cross. Celtic won a penalty a minute later when Evan Maguire was tripped in the box and Simon Scully scored his fourth penalty of the season to put Celtic 2-0 up. Although Bridge battled hard they just couldn’t cope with Celtic’s quality play and the game was as good as over after 36 minutes with an exquisite finish from Evan Maguire, who controlled a Darren Burns cross with his first touch and the finish was as good as you would see anywhere on a soccer pitch over the weekend.
In fairness to Old Bridge they rallied at the start of the second half, when they had their best spell of the game. However after 62 minutes Seanie O’Hara went on a strong run and when his shot hit the inside of the post Evan Maguire was on hand to fire home the rebound. The goal really killed off the visitors and a minute later it was 5-0 when Seanie O’Hara got on the end of a Brian Waters cross and applied a clinical finish. After 66 minutes Emmet Ryan headed past his own ‘keeper to make it 6-0. Celtic were running riot and could have added more as Evan Maguire, Seanie O’Hara and Dwayne Burns all went close over the final quarter of an hour.
Clonmel Town stay in the hunt for honours
CASHEL TOWN 2 CLONMEL TOWN 4
Clonmel Town kept their hopes of Premier League honours very much alive by picking up maximum points against Cashel Town at Palmers Hill, Cashel last Sunday
Clonmel Town got off to a flyer, taking the lead through Raymie Condon after 8 minutes with a header from a corner kick. Clonmel Town, who are still undefeated, doubled their lead just a few minutes later with a good finish from Barry Ryan. The game looked to have been put beyond Cashel on the half- hour mark when Shane Flynn broke through and scored to make it 3-0. Cashel, although playing second fiddle throughout the half, were given a glimmer of hope when Shane Murphy scored just before half-time re-ignite their challenge.
With their tails up, Cashel threw caution to the wind and were beginning to cause Clonmel Town problems with a much improved performance. It came as no surprise when their top marksman Daniel Doherty reduced the deficit to a single goal after 75 minutes to give Cashel hope of pulling the game out of the fire. However as hard as they tried Cashel couldn’t find that elusive equaliser. Instead it was Clonmel Town that got the rub of the green when Adam McSherry scored with a direct free kick a few minutes from time for a flattering victory.