Clonmel Credit Union League Division 3
BURNCOURT CELTIC 1
A double ‘hat-trick’ from Jamie Kelly saw Redmondstown open their League Division 3 campaign in excellent fashion hitting a hapless Burncourt Celtic for seven in Clonmel last Sunday.
In what was described as one-man demolition job it saw Jamie Kelly opening the scoring in the 12th minute and Kelly extended Redmondstown’s lead from the penalty spot on 23 minutes. Burncourt Celtic looked like they might make a fight of it when Paudie Fitzgerald scored in the 27th minute. Nevertheless, it was just a token of resistance, as Brendan Boland made it 3-1 to Redmondstown right on the stroke of half-time.
The second half belonged to the goal scoring exploits of Jamie Kelly who was a top sharp-shooter when a youth player at Clonmel Celtic helping them win many honours and kept Redmondstown in this division with his goals last season. Kelly’s remaining goals came in the 57th minute, 65th minute, 69th minute and 74th minutes.
Landers goal enough for Ballypatrick
CLONMEL CELTIC B 0 BALLYPATRICK 1
A strike from the impressive Paul Landers mid-way through the first half proved sufficient for Ballypatrick who opened their League Division 2 account against Clonmel Celtic B in Clonmel last Sunday.
Ballypatrick started brightly putting Celtic under some early pressure, forcing fine saves from Celtic custodian Cianan O’Sullivan. Long range efforts from Stephen O’Keeffe and Ciaran Stapleton threatened the Ballypatrick goal. Ballypatrick got the break through on the half hour mark when Paulie Landers wormed his way into the Celtic penalty area before coolly slotting the ball across the keeper into the back of the net via a post.
Clonmel Celtic B then came to life pushing Ballypatrick back into their own half. However, there was no reward from this period of pressure and the half ended with Ballypatrick a goal to the good. The second half was even tighter than the first with both teams having plenty of possession but just a handful of chances created. As the half wore on Celtic began to press higher up the field in an attempt to draw level, but were always vulnerable to a counter-attack with Barry Kiely lurking menacingly on the shoulder of the last defender. Celtic’s Stephen O’Keefe forced a fine save from the Ballypatrick net-minder with a well struck direct free-kick with 20 minutes remaining. Celtic, who had dominated the second looked to have got a richly deserved reward with 10 minutes left. Gerard Kennedy was brought down by the Ballypatrick left back who was subsequently sent off for a second bookable offence, despite strong claims for a penalty a free-kick was awarded. Corey Connolly struck the free-kick well that rebounded off the ‘wall’ for a corner kick. From the resultant set-piece Ben Browne saw his curling effort skim the top of the crossbar.
Reade strike secures a point for Cashel reserves
CLERIHAN 3 CASHEL TOWN B 3
Cashel Town B produced a late-late show to salvage an opening day point in this League Division 3 clash with newly promoted Clerihan FC at the Community Sports Complex, Clerihan last Sunday.
The game was just three minutes old when a Thomas Hill volley from just outside the 18 yard area proved unstoppable. Relegated Cashel Town B were back on level terms after 35 minutes from a well executed James Harding direct free-kick and it remained like that at the halfway stage.
Like the start to the opening half it saw Clerihan again take the game to Cashel and Michael O’Connor restored their lead when finishing off a Shane Power centre after 55 minutes. Clerihan made it 3-1 in the 70th minute when Thomas Hill’s younger brother Andrew drilled home a shot from 18 yards. However, Cashel Town Reserves refused to give up the ghost and Davy Horgan reduced the leeway when rounding a defender before scoring. When it was looking like Clerihan were holding on for a victory they failed to clear their lines following a corner-kick in the 87th minute and Donie Reade pounced to score from close range in a goalmouth scramble and salvage a share of the points for a battling Cashel Town B side.
DONOHILL & DISTRICT versus VEE ROVERS was off due to a bereavement.