All three TSDL representatives, James “Chalkie” Walsh, Paul Breen and Christopher Higgins (all St Michaels) started in this afternoons (3rd October) victory over Scotland in the International Quadrangular tournament being held in Limerick over the weekend. Carrick United’s Adrian Walsh also kept goal in a sterling performance which ended in a three goal victory (3-0) to the home team.
The Scottish visitors had the better of the opening exchanges but they never created any clear cut chances, and Walsh was equal to what they had to throw at him when they shot from distance. It was two goals against the run of play at the time, that turned the game on its head. The first came from captain Chalkie Walsh from the penalty spot and the second from a quick break after the goalkeeper from Carrick pushed what looked like a certain goal onto the upright, and had it cleared by Paul Breen. From what could have been a goal apeice, Ireland were suddenly two goals up, and they cruised to half time with this cushion.
The Irish players were a lot more comfortable on the ball in the second half as they defended their lead, and choked off any possibility of the Scottish players playing their way back into the game. It was then put beyond all doubt, when Ireland were awarded a second penalty and Walsh again stepped up to fire past the despairing keeper. The only downside to today’s performance was an injury to Christopher Higgins which saw him leave the field with twenty minutes left to play, but overall it was a solid and rewarding performance by the whole team.
The tournament continues tomorrow when Ireland play the Isle of Mann, with their game against Northern Ireland due to take place on Saturday.
The Tipperary Southern & District League (TSDL) was founded in July 1977 following the breakup of the old County Tipperary League. Over the past 34 years this adult amateur league, that caters for male players over 16 years extends from Thurles in Mid. Tipperary across the borders west into Co. Limerick and south into Co. Waterford, has developed into one of the top amateur league's in Ireland.