Undefeated Clonmel Town moved back up to second in the South Tipperary Premier League after eventually getting the better of strugglers Wilderness Rovers at the Dr. Pat O’Callaghan Complex, Clonmel last Sunday, winning 5-2
In what could be described as a strange local derby very little happened in the opening twenty minutes, but once Barry Ryan broke the deadlock for Clonmel Town after 21 minutes there was a five-minute spell where neither of the supporters could turn away their head as it began raining goals. Ger Kennedy levelled for Rovers after 23 minutes when steering home a corner-kick. Town went 2-1 back in front when veteran defender Raymie Condon scored after 24 minutes, but straight from the Wilderness Rovers kick-off following that goal a ball into the Town box was intended to be cushioned back by Keith Brown, but stand-in ‘keeper Paul Shanahan was rushing out with the ball finding its way into an empty net to leave it 2-2 after 25 minutes. But the opening half drama was far from over as Town regained the lead through Shane Flynn after being put through by Barry Ryan after 35 minutes to lead 3-2 at the break.
The second half was not as eventful as the opening one with Wilderness forced to throw caution to the wind and Clonmel Town ready to exploit any opening with their pace. It was the latter that unfortunately worked out for Clonmel Town as Barry Ryan added his second of the afternoon after 55 minutes and shortly after the hour mark Shane Flynn did likewise giving the former champions maximum points on a score-line of 5-2.
This victory sees Clonmel Town remain undefeated as they closed the gap on leaders Clonmel Celtic who were otherwise engaged to six points with two games in hand, on 14 points with 8 games left. Unfortunately, Wilderness Rovers with just one win under their belts remains second from bottom on 3 points with 7 games remaining.