CLONMEL TOWN 4 CLONMEL CELTIC 0
Champions Clonmel Town took another vital step towards retaining the John Quirke Jewellers sponsored Youth League with a comfortable victory against neighbours Clonmel Celtic last Saturday.
The game begun with the usual derby pace but as the game began to settle Town took control and took the lead thanks to a Kevin Fahey direct free kick. The same player hit the crossbar and post within seconds as Town pushed forward in numbers. Mark O’Reilly was on top form in midfield with Ian McGrath as were the centre back partnership of Luke Trimble and Stephen Kelly.
The second half started with Town again pressing forward for their second goal. Celtic defended well but it wasn’t long before Town added to their tally and within minutes they had trebled their lead. A piece of magic from Mark O’Reilly on 55 minutes as he spotted the Celtic keeper off his line and his sublime lob from all of 40 yards was inch perfect. Mark O’Reilly made it 3-0 moments later as he flicked a near post header to the net to end the game as a contest. Stephen Kelly put the icing on the cake with a penalty minutes from time.
Saints shocked at home by Two-Mile-Borris
ST. MICHAEL’S 1 TWO MILE BORRIS 3
Two Mile Borris surprised a fancied St. Michael’s to secure their first victory in the Youth League at the Canon Hayes Complex, Tipp town last Saturday.
Saints apart from the first 10 minutes struggled against a Two Mile Borris side that looked far more up for it and gained a deserved victory. Saints Sean O’Halloran headed just over from a Darragh Coughlan free-kick on 5 minutes. Philip Roche came close after 13 minutes. Borris slowly came into it and gave a few warnings before taking a 31st minute lead when a corner-kick wasn’t dealt with allowing William McCarthy score from close range. Any hopes Saints had of taking something from the game ended on 48 minutes when Ashley Laslett made it 2-0 after a good move. Saints made a few changes moving John Carew into midfield and he gave them an unlikely lifeline on 79 minutes when Ciaran Maher spilled a harmless ball and he followed up to score from six yards. Borris had a string of decent chances to put the game to bed and wrapped it up on 88 minutes when substitute Jamie Carey added the third..
Casey scores twice as Cahir Park win in Thurles
PEAKE VILLA 1 CAHIR PARK 3
Cahir Park secured their first victory of the new Youth League when they overcame the gallant challenge of Peake Villa at the Tower Grounds, Thurles last Saturday.
Villa had most of the play in the opening twenty minutes with a few scoring that they failed to take. Cahir Park with their superior physical strength and good passing game coming to the fore were rewarded on 25 minutes when Liam Casey got his first of the game. Cahir continued to push forward and again Liam Casey finished to the net on 36 minutes to lead 2-0 at the break. Cahir continued the second half in attacking mode and played some excellent football and an impressive move up the left involving 5 players was completed with a fine goal from Gerry Cronin on 67 minutes. Peake Villa tried hard to push forward and after some close efforts were finally rewarded with a consolation goal scored by Caley Maher.
Bansha too strong for Clerihan
BANSHA CELTIC 4 CLERIHAN 1
Unbeaten Bansha Celtic picked up their first win of the Youth League campaign as they hit a Clerihan side struggling to break their duck in this game played at sun-kissed Celtic Park, Bansha last Saturday.
Bansha went into this game having picked up a point on the opening day scored first in the 22nd minute. Andy Cummins blasted a cross from the left into the top of the net to give Bansha a 1-0 lead at the halfway stage.
Clerihan were back in the game when a mistake at the back opened up the middle of the defence for Jack Kennedy to slot home from 10 yards. Bansha scored again on 60 minutes, when Kevin Power headed home a corner-kick. On 65 minutes, a well taken direct free kick from Shaun Barron found the top left corner and Thomas Ivory finished the scoring in the 80th minute. This victory puts Bansha Celtic top of their section on 7 points from 2 games, whilst Clerihan remains pointless also from 2 games.