Cashel Town U12 Schoolgirls made history on Sunday winning the first silverware for the newly formed club, with success in the Vale Oil Cup.
U12A Vale Oil Cup Final
Holycross FC 1 Cashel Town Rockets FC 3
The Rockets claimed their win against a Holycross team who won the North Tipperary league only last week, and who were unbeaten all season before this game. It was a repeat of an earlier group game, where despite having most of the play, Cashel lost by a single goal, so by the time the teams took to the field, the Cashel girls were very much in the mood for revenge. They had just beaten both Two Mile Borris (2-0) and Nenagh Town (3-0) and started this final like they meant business, being terribly unlucky not to go ahead through efforts from Ciara Mulcaire and Ciara Dwan. Cashel were caught cold when a brilliant save by Cora O’Shea was followed up by a fast reacting Holycross striker to put the hosts one up. Cashel dusted themselves down and went back to their tasks and pressured the home team into conceding a series of corners, before Ciara Mulcaire pounced to give Cashel an equaliser just before the break.
The girls came out for the second half fired up, laying siege to the Holycross goal, and their efforts were rewarded when a shot by team captain Emily McGrath was turned into the net by striker Sinead O’Dwyer to put Cashel into the lead. This sparked the home team to life, and it was the turn of the Cashel defence to come to the fore. Central defenders Sophie O’Shea and Claire Delaney were more than up to the task and dealt with all attacks in a comfortable fashion. But the insurance goal was needed, and it came when substitute Leah Kavanagh sent Emily McGrath scampering up the wing, before picking out Ciara Mulcaire again, to coolly slot the ball between the keeper’s legs and give Cashel a two goal cushion. This took the wind out of the Holycross sails and there were huge celebrations from the Cashel and Boherlahan supporters.
U12 Vale Oil Shield.
Cashel Town FC 0 Nenagh Town FC 1
Our younger team also travelled to Holycross to play in the Shield competition and their first ever competitive win in the group stages of the competition, beating Holycross 1-0. This set them up for a semi final against a strong Nenagh Town team who were older and physically stronger than the Cashel girls. What they may have lacked in age and size, they made up for in heart and more than matched their opponents all over the field. In fact they were desperately unlucky to lose a goal against the run of play just before half time to go to the break one down.
The Rebels continued to attack in the second half but alas despite having Nenagh on the ropes, they couldn’t turn possession into scores and Nenagh hung on for the victory in the end. The scale of the Cashel effort became obvious when Nenagh easily won the Shield final, and this shows that the huge improvements in the Rebels in recent weeks has been bearing fruit for the club. These will be a team to watch next season.
TSSDL Schoolgirls under 14 League Play Off - Cashel Town FC v Clonmel Celtic FC, Sunday 12th May, Scoil Chormaic, 12.45pm.