Clonmel Town kept their unbeaten run going as they picked up three points in the TS&DL Premier League after denying the ten men of Old Bridge the opportunity to retake top spot in a local derby at Ferryhouse, Clonmel, winning 2-0.
It was the most lack-lustre scoreless opening 45 minutes witnessed for many seasons with neither Clonmel Town or Old Bridge having a shot on target. However an Old Bridge side that could have gone top with a victory were reduced to ten players after half an hour for a straight red card.
Clonmel Town who needed the points to keep their interest in the destination of the Liam Delahunty Perpetual Trophy alive eventually got the breakthrough on 64 minutes. A direct free-kick from 30 yards by Paul Shanahan deceived Old Bridge ‘keeper Brian Sweeney as it found the back of the net. With Old Bridge forced to push players forward Clonmel Town sealed the victory after 74 minutes when a speculative strike from 20 yards went under the body of the Old Bridge net-minder.
Going into the Christmas break, the top three in the Premier League are: Clonmel Celtic on 20 points from 8 played; Old Bridge are on 19 points from 9 played with Clonmel Town on 17 points from 7 played.