Clonmel Town U13 team secured the Tipperary league trophy in emphatic style winning 6-0 against near neighbours Clerihan in the unseasonal sunshine at the complex on Saturday afternoon. This team who reached the penultimate stage of two National Competitions last season showed their true calibre with a blistering performance worthy of true champions.
Conal Kennedy got the boys off to a flying start with a spectacular overhead kick. Ryan Lambe having the game of his life scored a hat-trick within the next 20 minutes with each goal better than the last. Cathal McKeown then put the match beyond any doubt sending the Town lads in 5-0 up at half time. The way the town boys played with such style, grace, power and pace was more impressive than the scoreline.
They continued this form after the break with Cillian Crowe, Oisin Napier and Cavan McKenna dominating the midfield battle from start to finish. The lightening speed of Luke Kiely on the wing was too much for the Clerihan defence and he was rewarded when one of his many crosses was turned in to the Clerihan net after great pressure by Daniel Foley and Jack O’Donnell. The squad system was used and every single player played their part on a memorable day.
One player who deserves special mention is Aidan Tobin, the Town goalkeeper who has played 9 league and cup games keeping 8 clean sheets and only conceding one goal. This is a remarkable achievement and could only be reached with the help of his excellent defenders Colm Power, David Burke, Daniel Traas, Niall Hoctor, Jack Harney and John Furlong. Full credit must be given to Clerihan who never gave up and kept trying to play football to the final whistle. Well done to all the town boys who will now focus on securing a league and cup double.