Cashel Town Schoolgirls have put themselves into pole position to win both the U12 and U14 league titles in their first year of competing in the South Tipperary Schoolgirls League, after two wins against last year’s champions and title favourites Clonmel Celtic, last Sunday morning at Scoil Cormaic.
U12A Cashel Town Rockets 3
Clonmel Celtic FC 2
The Rockets started off the morning’s soccer in Scoil Chormaic with a tough match against league favourites Clonmel Celtic. The away team pinned Cashel back early on, but good defending by Niamh O’Dwyer and Sophie O’Shea, and some fine saves by Cora O’Shea kept the score at nil all. Cashel finally woke up, and took the lead mid-way through the half from a brilliant solo effort by Emily McGrath who beat three players before finishing to the net. A few minutes later Cashel doubled their lead through Ciara Dwan and went to the break two goals to the good.
Clonmel started the second half strongly, but Cashel looked to have secured the win when they scored a third through Ciara Dwan on the counter attack. Clonmel pulled one back immediately from the kick off, and then reduced the lead to just a single goal with 10 minutes to play, setting up a grand stand finish.
Try as they might though, they could not break down the Cashel defence a third time, and with Claire Delaney and Ciara Mulcaire working hard to keep the ball at the Clonmel end of the field, Cashel hung on to win, and put themselves at the top of the table. The girls have given themselves an excellent chance of winning this league, and if they perform in the future like they did today, then it will take a very good team to stop them.
U14 Cashel Town FC 5
Clonmel Celtic FC 1
The under 14’s took to the field to face a must win game against the table leaders, and faced a strong wind and driving rain from the kick off. Celtic tried to use this to their advantage with a couple of early long range efforts, but were rocked when Cashel took the lead from their first serious attack through top goal scorer Kate Gayson Molloy. Molloy followed up with two more goals in quick succession to give Cashel a comfortable cushion. However, they lost concentration just on half time, by allowing Clonmel to score and reduce the deficit to two goals.
However, with the wind now at the Cashel backs, they took complete control of the game, and restored their three goal lead when Aisling Maguire finished coolly to the net at the end of a flowing passing movement. Maguire took her tally to two goals five minutes later and Cashel took their foot off the pedal to run down the clock from there in. This was a very assured performance by the girls in terrible conditions, but it now makes them slight favourites to win the U14 league, though they will probably have to meet Clonmel at least once more if they are to do so.
U12B Clerihan FC 1
Cashel Town Rebels FC 0
The younger of the two U12 teams went down cruelly in Clerihan this morning by a single goal, after another very good performance. The teams were level at the break, and Cashel looked to have a good chance to break their duck this season, but were hit on the break midway through the second half. They never dropped their heads though, and deserved at least a draw in the end. Alas, the game can be cruel but the girls can keep their heads high after this performance