Tipperary Town 1 - 5 Cashel Town
The Cashel girls travelled to Tipperary Town for their first ever U10 league game and came away with a well deserved win. Tipperary started a little bit better but when the away side found their feet, they took over the game in every area of the field. The opening score came from Ella O’Dwyer, and the lead was quickly doubled with a very neat finish from Evelyn Gayson Molloy. Just before half time, debutant Alicia Mazzola made it three for Cashel when she side footed the ball home from outside the box. Cashel’s defence were keeping things very tight, and there were good performances from Emer Dwan and Abbie Moloney, plus goalkeeper Anna Fahie who did what little she had to do, very well. In the second half, Cashel took the initiative again attacking constantly and were rewarded when after good work by cousins Ciara “Cici” Moloney and Grace Moloney, set up Alicia Mazolla for her second goal of the day. Tipperary did get a consolation goal after this but the game was finally put to bed late on, when Evelyn Molloy scored her second of the day.
Tipperary Town 0 - 3 Cashel Town
The U14s followed their younger counterparts onto the field for their first competitive game of the season. A lot is expected of this team as they hope to go one better this season and avenge their playoff defeat of last year. The game was played on a very tight pitch and chances were at a minimum in a poor enough first half. While the Cashel girls were on top, they couldn’t fashion any clear chances against a resolute Tipperary defence. Cashel did have the ball in the net once from a Tipperary Town back pass, but confusion reigned as the referee disallowed the goal.
All square at half time, Cashel brought on three substitutes who had an immediate effect with Niamh O’Dwyer running hard up the left side and Ciara Mulcaire running hard up the right to stretch the game out. The opening goal finally came when third substitute Spanish debutant Natalia Calveria took a pass from O’Dwyer to finish past the Tipperary keeper. Cashel settled down and started to make more chances, especially from well taken set pieces by Emily McGrath, and they doubled the lead with ten minutes to go with a McGrath pass to Kate Gayson Molloy. The final goal came in the closing minutes when a very impressive Calveria beat three Tipperary defenders but was fouled lining up her shot, and Gayson Molloy very coolly despatched the resultant penalty to the bottom corner. This was a good win, featured seven girls making their under 14 league debuts, and all of them acquitted themselves well.