Clonmel 0 Cobh 4
With Clonmel’s last match played at the start of December, Saturday was a disappointing day for the home side who welcomed Cobh to Tipp Town. Having drawn 1-1 in November, they knew that Cobh would probably be their toughest opposition to date. They battled hard against a formidable Cork side that were well organised and tough to break down. After some good passages of play, Cobh broke through and secured their first goal from a strike just inside the circle. Clonmel responded and did everything right bar putting the ball in the net. With Cobh awarded a penalty after some determined defensive play, the resulting goal put them 2-0 up at half time. Cobh added two goals in the second half to dent the aspirations of a Clonmel side that hadn’t lost a game before this in the season. This result leaves the league wide open and makes for a very exciting climax to the season with four games remaining, and any one of 5 teams can take the honours. A warm welcome back is extended to club stalwart Ger Boland.
Catholic Institute 5
With several matches postponed in December due to the cold spell, it was five weeks since Clonmel’s last game so inevitably everyone was a little rusty. While starting off the year losing 5-1 isn’t ideal, coach Paddy Byrne was happy as Catholic Institute are joint top of the league and had players on underage Munster squads who had Irish trials. Clonmel had some chances, with Marie Kelly making good breaks, and some well-saved short corner shots from Kitty Ryan and Dee Morrissey went very close right at the end of the first half. Dee’s switch to roaming up front meant she threatened the goal on many occasions, with breaks from both Marie and Monica Ryan, who led by example as captain setting up chances. After Catholic Institute scored their fifth Clonmel responded with an excellent goal from a short corner by Marie Kelly. Clonmel had as many if not more chances than their opponents as a very exciting and encouraging second half finished 1-1. Congratulations to Dearbhla O’Keeffe and Marie Kelly on making their debuts last weekend.
U-14: Clonmel 3 Ashton 2
The U14 team saved the club’s reputation last weekend with a fantastic win over Ashton. Lining out for just the second time, coaches Jacqui Stokes and Andrea O’Dea had a great team and were able to roll players on and off regularly during each half. Clonmel quickly took the lead with a splendid goal from Camille Boisson. Ashton settled and by half time Clonmel were 1-2 down but some specific direction from Jacqui set them straight and they started the second half in fighting spirit. The team was duly rewarded with goals from Kayleigh Tobin and Lucy Hayes and a 3-2 win. A big welcome to new member Alyssa O’Connor and a speedy recovery to Aisling Walsh following a number of knocks sustained during the match.
Division 5: against Belvedere in Tipp Town, Saturday, 14th January, time to be confirmed.
Many thanks are extended to the Loreto for the recent use of their pitch for training, which hopefully kept some of the Christmas excess at bay. Training returned to Rockwell on Tuesday night while Junior Hockey resumes in the Presentation on this Sunday, 15th January at 10.30am.