Clonmel Credit Union Premier League
Cahir Park AFC 3 Cashel Town 1
Cashel came to the Park buoyed by a fine early season win in their opening League game.
With the home side creating more of the early chances, Shane Murphy, James McGrath and James Darcy were close to breaking the deadlock whilst at the other end a fit Town side outfit looked dangerous when in the last third.
A Shane Murphy pass found the free-scoring Darren Sweeney, making a remarkable transition from reserve team goalkeeper last season, to fire a shot just past the post on 11 minutes.
On 20, the visitors were nearly ahead but some ball-juggling by earnest keeper Aaron Wall cleared.
Wall cleared up-field to find McGrath on the right wing. His cross to Pa Fitzgerald saw an attempted volley strike the defender’s hand, referee John Lyons immediately pointing to the spot. Cahirparkafc.com man of the match Sweeney struck home the resulting penalty kick with confidence to put the Park on their way. Cahir were on the attack again immediately afterward, McGrath breaking free in space to have his one-on-one effort well saved.
The next period of the game was all Cashel and a succession of corners saw them unlucky not to put a dent in the score-sheet, Wall marshalling a busy defence which was at times more shaky than desired.
Midfield dynamo Pakie O’Dwyer almost had two between the sides on the half-hour, his chance well saved.
A couple of minutes later, he found Sweeney with a fine pass. Confidence high, the latter held the ball up, worked his way past a defender and fired home across the goalkeeper to make it 2-0.
The competitive game provided plenty of action at both ends, Town refusing to lie down and Wall kept busy when the visitors broke through the home defence once more.
There were three between the sides with Sweeney and goal-scorer Murphy combining well to bamboozle the Cashel defence when put free by a Hickey clearance from the right of defence.
Three minutes later, a ball which seemed to have been under control in the Park defence somehow got tangled in two defender’s legs and broke for Johnathan Kennedy to take full advantage, this no more than Town deserved for a period of incessant pressure.
With legs tiring, a strong bench was made use of by Tom Ryan and Paul Conway.
With Cashel again on top in the last ten, and a ball cleared off the Cahir line in the last five minutes, the Park can be thankful for a strong performance in the first half, this enough to establish a commanding lead and secure a mostly deserved three league points.
The visit to champions Clonmel Town is next on the agenda for a Park side promising a lot this season.
Cahir Park AFC: Aaron Wall, Keelin Hickey, Paul Frasier, Sean Kiernan, James Darcy; James McGrath, Pakie O’Dwyer, Jason Coffey, Pa Fitzgerald; Darren Sweeney, Shane Murphy.
Subs: John O’Donnell for Coffey, Alan Ward for Fitzgerald, Eamonn Wootton for Darren Sweeney, Shane Ryan, Jason Grant
Park AFC have their fun Field Day as part of the Community Challenge weekend. This takes place next Saturday, August 27, from 2pm to 6pm. Usual sideshows - great fun for all the family. Cahir Park AFC Players of the Year at all age groups announced at 4pm on the day and the final of the Town League is scheduled for 6.30pm.