The weather again dominated results this weekend for Cashel Town FC as the first team had a league game they were leading abandoned, and the schoolgirls found it tough going with the Rockets suffering their first league defeat in Clonmel. The Rebels also lost out at home, but put in a very strong performance, while the schoolboys had a mixed weekend with one draw and one defeat.
Under 13: Cashel Town FC 1 – 1 Gorthnahoe
Under 15: St Kevin’s Boys FC 3 – 1 Cashel Town
U12: Clonmel Celtic FC 4 – 1 Cashel Town Rockets FC
The Rockets suffered their first defeat of the season on Sunday morning as they went down away to league champions and favourites Clonmel Celtic FC. But they didn’t go without a fight, and a mixture of bad luck and injuries probably cost them a share of the points in the end. The girls started well and showed no fear of their illustrious opponents, matching them all over the pitch. Their work got its reward midway through the half, when Niamh O’Dwyer opened the scoring and rocking the Clonmel girls back on their heels. However, Celtic aren’t league champions for nothing, and came back strong to equalise shortly before half time, sending the teams in one goal apiece.
This was where things began to go wrong for Cashel though, as their captain and defensive inspiration Emily McGrath had to go off with an injury, and it proved to be a fatal loss for the team. Buoyed by this, the Clonmel girls attacked strongly right from the restart, and took the lead after ten minutes. Things got worse for Cashel almost immediately, as they opened a two goal lead a few minutes later, and finished the game off with a fourth near the end. That’s not to say however that the Rockets gave up, and they had their chances to get back in the game on a few occasions. The difference was that they didn’t convert their chances, while Celtic did. Nonetheless, this was a great experience for the girls, and they are already looking forward to trying to even the score when Celtic visit Cashel in a few months time.
U12: Cashel Town Rebels FC 1 – 3 Cahir Park FC
The younger girls were also in action this weekend and welcomed Cahir Park to Scoil Cormac on a blustery Sunday morning. The conditions though didn’t damp the enthusiasm and this team showed once again that they deserved their place in the league by going hammer and tongs against their older and more experienced opponents. And they too took the lead with their first goal of the season as Katie Sherlock rounded two defenders and shot low into the Cahir net. At this stage Cashel were dominant in midfield through Clodagh Quinn and Eve Moloney, while Grace Dwyer was also showing some very mature defending for someone so young.
The experience of their opponents finally did tell as the half wore on, and Cahir scored a very well worked equaliser shortly before half time. The second half was a backs to the wall effort for Cashel, but they kept Cahir out through stout defending and some brilliant goalkeeping by keeper Aobhe Gayson Molloy. In the end though, the strength of the Cahir bench was the difference and after both teams made a number of substitutions, Cahir scored two late goals to go home with all three points. The home team though can be very proud of their efforts and are coming on in leaps and bounds. It might be next season before we really see the best of this team, but they are worth waiting for.
This weekends club fixtures:
FAI Junior Cup, 4th Round
Nenagh AFC v Cashel Town, November 11, Nenagh, Time TBA
TSDL Division 3
Cashel Town B FC v Burncourt Celtic FC, November 11, Palmershill, time TBA
Under 14: Cashel Town FC v Cahir Park FC, Nov 10th (Sat.), Palmershill, 11:00 am
Under 12: Clonmel Town FC v Cashel Town, Nov 10th (Sat.), Clonmel, 11:00 am
Under 11: Cashel Town FC v Vee Rovers FC, Nov 10th (Sat), Palmershill, 11 am
No fixtures this weekend.