Clonmel Credit Union Premier League
ST. MICHAEL’S 7 WILDERNESS ROVERS 0
St. Michael’s were in seventh heaven as they kept their 100% Premier League record intact, proving far too strong on the day for Wilderness Rovers in this top versus bottom clash at Cooke Park, Tipp town last Sunday.
The result was never in doubt from the 7th minute when Richie Ryan beat four players in a mazy run before sending a shot past James Crotty. It was 2-0 after 25 minutes when Colin Bargary was fouled in the area and James Walsh scored from the penalty spot. The third goal came after 27 minutes when Colin Bargary’s superbly-flighted free kick saw James Walsh head home a trademark header at the far post. Saints made it 4-0 a minute before half time when Colin Bargary found Richie Ryan in the area and he scored.
St. Michael’s stretched the Wilderness Rovers cover repeatedly throughout the second half and it was 5-0 after 57 minutes when a sublime pass from Paul Breen found Jimmy Carr in space and he easily beat Crotty. It was 6-0 on the hour when Paul Breen doubled on a Pa Quinn header from a Colin Bargary cross. Jimmy Carr completed the scoring in the 64th minute when finishing off Tony Egan’s free-kick. Jason Barnes hit the crossbar after 76 minutes and Michael O’Hara hit the post with ten minutes left for a demoralised Wilderness Rovers. The win puts Saints in good stead for the trip to Nenagh this weekend in the FAI Junior Cup.
St. Michael’s have now opened up a five-point gap, with a game in hand, at the top of the table, moving onto 21 points with 7 games remaining. Wilderness Rovers, who are still searching for that elusive first league victory, remain rock bottom on a single point with just 8 games remaining.