Quiet determination seems to be the maxim for Clonmel Town this year, as while all eyes seem to be on their neighbours on the bypass or their old rivals in Tipperary Town, a new revolution seems to be taking place on the Cashel Road. Local derbies are supposed to be tight, tense affairs, but Town swatted Bridge aside here with consummate ease as they kept well in touch with any title race and continued their season with maximum points from four games now.
Tony Scully opened the scoring after eight minutes from the penalty spot after David Mc Grath was pulled down in the box. McGrath himself tapped home the second three minutes later as Town began to run the Old Bridge ragged all over the field. But from nowhere, in the 20th minute, the away side struck back as Eoin Leahy fired home from inside ten yards. This shocked the supporting crowd and gave the away team the impetus to push for an equaliser, but Town went to the break a goal to the good.
The second half resumed and with it Clonmel Town’s dominance as they increased the lead to three goals to one in the 51st minute with a delightful goal by Michael Quinlivan who chipped the advancing keeper.
David Mc Grath got his second and enhanced his reputation as a striker of note in the 71stminute and substitute Emmet Johnson headed the home team’s fifth and final goal three minutes from the end to cap a very comfortable home win.
Town will be happy with their promising start to the news season and look like a side out to prove a point.