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TSDL Premier League 19th May 2024 Match Reports

Tipperary Town 5 – 0 Wilderness Rovers  

Tipperary Town gave themselves a massive shot at escaping the relegation trap door with a five goal win at home to already relegated Wilderness Rovers on a sunny Sunday morning at the weekend. Knowing nothing less than a victory would do, Olek Ivanov got the ball rolling at the Arra Rd when he finished off a peach of a cross from Caleb Hickey in the tenth minute. But they were extremely wasteful after that, missing a host of chances to extend their lead before going to the break a single goal to the good. They found their groove however in the second half, and only four minutes in, added a second when Ryan Maher capitalised on a defensive error to finish from close range. In the sixtieth minute, Ivanov linked up with Alex Mason and whipped a brilliant finish to the top corner to make it three. That became four twenty minutes from time when Vinny Godfrey hit what has now become a trademark free kick that left the visiting keeper flapping at air. Caleb Hickey rounded off a good display to finish a one on one and end the game with a fifth goal three minutes from time.

Cahir Park 2 – 2 Bansha Celtic

With Tipperary Town getting a big win at home, it was imperative that Bansha Celtic get something from this game, and they duly managed a vital point in a pulsating two all draw. The home team got off to the perfect start taking the lead after just three minutes, thanks to a shot by James Darcy that finished low in the corner of the net from edge of area. This gave the hosts control of the game, and they really should have killed it off with the chances they made inside the first quarter of an hour. But Celtic hung on, and got their reward for perseverance when they were awarded a penalty in the twentieth minute that was finished to the net by Cian O Dwyer to level the game. The remainder of half was very even with few more chances and no more goals. The hosts dominated the second half but failed to score, until veteran Chris Higgins finally found the net twenty minutes from the end. He finished of his own good work with a fine strike from ten yards. But like busses another goal came along almost immediately when Eamon Quirke popped up at the end of a rare Celtic attack to score from the edge of the area. That was how the game was to finish, giving Celtic some hope of survival, but their fate is now out of their own hands, so they will be left to wait and hope on the results of other games from here on in.

Clonmel Credit Union Tipperary Cup final, 18th May 2024 Match Reports   

Tipperary Cup Final

St Michael’s 1 – 0 Clonmel Celtic

They came, they saw and they conquered on a sunny Saturday evening, as St Michael’s retained their Tipperary Cup title once again, beating Clonmel opposition. Last year it was the Old Bridge who fell to the Saint’s at the final hurdle, while this years edition saw Clonmel Celtic put to the sword. But the losing side didn’t make it easy, and are a testament to the strength of football in the TSDL, with how hard they pushed the league champions on the night. In fact, in front of a huge crowd at Cahir Park, it was the Clonmel side who started the better, flashing the ball around at pace, and dragging the normally composed Saint’s defence this way and that on a number of occasions. The first real chance of the game came six minutes in, when Celtic fashioned a good move down the right hand side, and a ball was flashed across the penalty area, with the inrushing Sean Browne only inches away from making the contact that would have put his side in front. Five minutes later, in a very similar move, but this time down the opposite side, another ball across the area eluded both Julian Kerton and Philip Drohan, and the game remained scoreless. And as so often happens, when a team faces Michael’s in the ascendency, and do not take advantage, they are made to pay. In the sixteenth minute, veteran winger Jimmy Carr showed his full range of skills when he cut inside from the left and placed a brilliant cross onto the head of Ed O Dwyer who made no mistake from close in, and put the holders in front. After this, they had a number of close efforts as they attempted to kill the game off quickly, but Celtic composed themselves and they two teams played out a dour midfield struggle for the rest of the half, with Michael’s going into the break in front.

The second half then followed a similar pattern as the concluding part of the first, with Saint’s having the better of the midfield battle, but finding it difficult to make progress, in many cases due to the excellent work of Celtic’s Kevin Hawkin’s, who was universally regarded as having a brilliant game by both sets of supporters. They finally looked to have found a leveller midway through the half, when Siant’s keeper Adrian Walsh uncharacteristically dropped a shot at the feet of Sean Browne, but he showed all his years of experience in getting a foot on it to make a block from Browne’s close in effort. This shook St Michael’s into getting back to trying to get a second to make things more comfortable, and they almost did with fifteen minutes left to go, when Rhys O Regan dinked an effort from the edge of the area, that saw Fabian Kerton back pedal and tip over the crossbar, for a brilliant save. Just minutes after this, Saint’s were reduced to ten men, when one of their players was unlucky to pick up a second yellow, and Celtic committed more players to try to find a leveller. The closest they came was when Rory O Dowd found himself in space on the left, cut in, and forced Walsh to make a save, and the chance was lost. After that, the Saint’s showed why they are serial winners, and closed down the game to run out champions and pick up their third piece of silverware in what has been another very successful season.

Clonmel Credit Union Tipperary Cup semi-finals, 14/15th May  2024 Match Reports

St Michael’s 4 – 3 Two Mile Borris

Saints dug out a victory here against a very game and lively Two-Mile Borris team who brought a lot to the game and deserve great credit for their resilience and application. And the hosts were rocked within four minutes of the start when one of the goals of the season at Cooke Park was scored by Borris youth player Tom Ryan, after a Sean Guerins defensive header was met with a superb volley from Ryan which whizzed past Derek Breen in the Saints goal. The game was level in the eleventh minute, when Colin Bargary flicked on a DJ Cremins cross and Jimmy Carr was on hand to make it one all from close range. It was two one to Saints by the seventeenth minute, when a Russell Quirke through ball deflected kindly for Ed O’Dwyer who finished to the net from inside the area. Breen was called upon to make a superb save in the twenty sixth minute from Urban Nolan, after the ball broke to him from the left wing. But Borris did make it two all six minutes from the break, when Danny Rafter outwitted the Saints defence and his run saw him round Derek Breen to even things up. It looked like the teams were going to go in level at half time, but Cillian Coonan conceded a free on the right wing and Loran O’Toole rose to head home from inside the six yard box, to give the visitors a lead at the break, and set up a giant killing second half.

But it only took eight minutes of the second period, to find the teams at parity once again, when Jimmy Carr got on the end of a deep Ed O’Dwyer cross to score at the back post. Thirteen minutes from time, the visitors again had an opportunity to hit the front when Urban Nolan cut in from the right, but his shot was straight at Derek Breen. And they rued the miss, when the hosts got the crucial goal three minutes later, with Ed O’Dwyer doubling a volley on a ball after Jimmy Carr did well to keep the ball alive. The last real chance of the game to take it to extra time, saw Loran O Toole fire just wide when he had the goal at his mercy, and the Cup holders closed out the game to achieve yet another shot at Tipperary cup silverware.

Cashel Town 1 – 4 Clonmel Celtic

The home sides dreams of a place in this seasons Tipperary Cup final, were brought down to earth at Dixie Currivan Park on a sunny Wednesday evening, with a Sean Browne hat trick helping Clonmel Celtic to a four goal to one win away setting up a final in Cahir with the Cup holders St Michael’s. All the damage was done in a five minute spell before the break, after Browne had put his side in front, midway through the first half. The home side stayed in the game, and levelled five minutes before half time. But they were still celebrating when they found themselves behind again, thanks to another Browne goal. If that wasn’t bad enough, they conceded a third in the dying moments of the half, to go in to the break, three goals to one behind. The second half was played at a much slower pace than the first, as both sides showed signs of fatigue. Darren Sweeney was on target ten minutes into the half to make it four goals to one, and there was very little real goalmouth action for the rest of the game.

Paddy Purtill Cup, semi final 18th May 2024 Match Reports

Galbally United 0 – 2 Cashel Town

The teams had to wait until extra time to see the goals that decided this game, before two goals in that time gave Cashel Town a final place to make up for their heartbreak in the Tipperary Cup semi final earlier in the week. It was a tense cup tie with few chances. Jordan Dineen had a goal ruled out in the first half for offside, and Ger Quinlan went close early in the second half for the hosts. Cashel got on top for the final fifteen minutes and were unlucky not to score with a couple of goal line clearances saving the home side. But deep in time added on in the first half of extra time, the deadlock was finally broken when a superb thirty yard pile by Sean Fitzpatrick found the bottom corner of the Galbally net. The visitors doubled their lead less than a minute later when Callum Meaghar bundled home from close range to put them in pole position for a final spot. Galbally piled on the pressure in the second period of extra time with Owen O Sullivan and Cathal O Mahony both going close, but Cashel held out to secure a place in the final.

TSDL Second Division Shield Final 17th May 2024 Match Reports

Second Division Shield Final

Powerstown 2 – 0 Rosegreen Rangers  

A superb second half performance saw Powerstown put beat Rosegreen to the sword in the Division Two Shield final in Cahir on Friday evening. The first half was a close and tense affair, with the best chances on both sides coming from set pieces, and it took until ten minutes before the break, to really test one of the keepers. Powerstown’s Mark Olney got on the end of a cross that was swung in by David Grace, but it fell into the clutches of the Rosegreen keeper and the chance was lost. Rosegreen’s best chance of the half came from a free kick from deep, when a headed effort was flashed just over. The sides went to the break level at nil all.

It only took ten minutes of the second period to finally break the deadlock. Gino Lonergan and Darren Murphy combined down the left to find David Grace, and some excellent trickery from Grace took him past the Rosegreen full back, before he crossed to Brian McKeown who fired Powerstown in front. Seven minutes later, a moment of magic from Gino Lonergan doubled the lead. Cathal McKeown was fouled thirty yards from the Rosegreen goal, and Lonergan stepped up to rifle the free kick into the top right corner, with a spectacular effort. Aaron Kiely was unlucky not to put one more on the score sheet fifteen minutes from time, when David Graces inch perfect cross was headed off the bar. Brian McKeown also hit the bar two minutes later, again with a header. Powerstown continued to create more chances but the game ended with just the two goals, to the delight of the travelling Powerstown fans. They can now look forward to trying to make their mark in the First Division next season, a wonderful achievement for such a new club.

TSDL Premier League 12th May 2024 Match Reports

Peake Villa 1 – 0 St Michaels

There was a good crowd at the Tower Grounds on Saturday evening for the last league game of the season for both these sides, even if it wasn’t a title decider game as many hoped, between the top two sides in Tipperary football. It was a very competitive League game played at a high tempo, and Villa started well, getting at the champions from the start, and putting them under a lot of pressure. They came close through Ronan McGuire in the twelfth minute but were denied by an excellent save. They finally did break the deadlock ten minutes later, when captain fantastic Pippy Carroll scoring from close in to make it one nil. Both sides had efforts leading up to the half time but it remained like this at the break. The Saints were hoping to go the season unbeaten, and came out in the second half with real purpose but found Villa defenders Evan McCormack and Sean Condron in great form and they kept the visitors at bay. Micheal Quinlan was having a fine game in midfield and Dale Loughnane was hurting the visitors with his runs up the wing. In the end, there were no more goals, as one champion handed over the crown to another. There’s no doubt, that both teams will be very much in the mix come next season again.

Wilderness Rovers 2 – 4 Two Mile Borris

Played on Saturday evening in beautiful sunshine, these two teams served up a fine game of football with six goals that kept the watching supporters entertained. Both were up for playing attacking football from the start, and twelve minutes in the visitors opened the scoring when Danny Rafter produced a neat turn and a tidy finish from twelve yards out. The game continued at a fast pace on the dry ground, with plenty of chances, but the twop defences held out until two minutes before the break, when the home side broke down the right, and from a pass into the box from Michael O Hara, found Joseph Cummins, and calmly slotted home. The start of the second period saw the two sides battle for domination, until a fifteen minute spell around the hour mark, saw Borris take control, scoring three times without reply. First through a penalty from Martin Darmody, and then two goals from precocious youth player Tom Ryan, the second being a fantastic finish from a tight angle. Wilderness battled away and went looking for goals, and it took a fantastic save from the visiting keeper, to deny Ashley Keane from reducing the deficit ten minutes from time. In the final minute however, the home side got some consolation, when from a corner by Jamie Dunne, O Hara adding a second with an excellent finish from seven yards out.

Clonmel Celtic 2 – 0 Tipperary Town

Clonmel Celtic played their last home game of the season on Sunday afternoon overcoming Tipperary Town on a two goal to nil scoreline, that leaves their opponents still battling against relegation. With one eye on Wednesday’s Tipperary Cup semi final Celtic made a number of changes, but they started well and played some good football in the early stages.   Sean Browne put the home side a goal up in the fifteenth minute, from a spot kick after the visitors were punished for a handball. They came close to doubling the advantage moments later when an excellent volley from Keenan Kerton struck the bar. Well on top at this stage, they doubled their lead on twenty five minutes with a fine finish from Peter O’Dowd and it remained like this at the break. The hosts made a number of changes in the second half and the game became a little ragged. The visitors kept plugging away but couldn’t get the goal that would have given them a route back into the game and Celtic were good value for their win.

TSDL First Division 12th May 2024 Match Reports

Shield Division 1 semi finals

Cullen Lattin 1 – 2 Cashel Town

Cullen welcomed Cashel to Aisling Park Cullen on a sunny Sunday morning with some silverware and a place in a final at stake. The visitors and league champions had the best of the opening exchanges. But were caught out eleven minutes before the break, when Cullen took the lead thanks to a strike of the highest quality from Darren Mc Grath. Mc Grath picked up the ball on the left wing and cut inside to release a shot into the top corner, that gave the visitors keeper no chance. The home side could have made it two, just after the break when Mc Grath carried the ball into the Cashel box and tried to square it instead of shooting. After this, the visitors began to dominate, and thirteen minutes from time, finally found an equaliser when a long ball into the box was headed down for Kyle Ryan to strike to the net. This awakened Cullen a small bit, and chance fell to Tony O Neill who failed to hit the target on two occasions. The game looked destined for extra time, but in the final minute another long throw from near the corner flag, was thrown to the near post and flicked on to where Kyle Ryan was on hand to smash the ball to the net for a deserved win for the away team.

Shield Division 1 semi finals

Peake Villa 1 – 1 Vee Rovers (AET Vee Rovers win 3 – 1 on penalties)

Vee Rovers make up the other side of the final pairing when they had an unexpected win over Peake Villa on Sunday afternoon in Thurles. Villa started well and took the game to Vee playing some great passing football, but when the Clogheen based side came into the game there was nothing between the sides, and it went to the break level at nil all, despite half chances at both ends. The second half the game opened up a bit and both sides had chances before Villa took the lead in the sixty first minute when Mark Lennon’s corner found Liam McCormack at the back post and he made no mistake. The visitors side had to go for it in the closing minutes and got an equaliser deep into stoppage time when Shane McGrath scored to make it one all at full time. The sides could not be separated in extra time so it went to penalties where Vee won out, and will now join Cashel Town in the final.

TSDL Second Division 12th May 2024 Match Reports

Wednesday 8th May

Powerstown 7 – 4 Two Mile Borris  

A scintillating display from Powerstown in Wednesday evening saw them comfortably dispatch of Two Mile Borris ‘B’ to this seasons Division Two Shield final. But they had to come from behind, as it was the visitors who found themselves in the lead after just eight minutes, when a ball was not dealt with by the home defence, and Tristan Kelly fired home. But the hosts responded well and Brian Mc Keown won a penalty six minutes later, which Gino Lonergan comfortably finished to make the score one all. Powerstown went ahead after twenty one minutes, when Cathal Mc Keown was fouled on the edge of the box and David Grace scored the resulting free kick. Just a minute later, Mc Keown started off his scoring which was to finish with a five-goal tally, when a superb cross field ball from Eddie Sweeney found him in space and he neatly finished. A minute later it was four, when Mc Keown skinned the visiting defence and calmly slotted beyond the helpless Borris keeper. On thirty-three minutes he had his hat trick when a Gino Lonergan cross found Mc Keown again, and he smartly headed home inside the box. Nine minutes before the break, Borris pulled one back, when Eddie Sweeney put the ball in his own net after Powerstown failed to deal with a corner. But in first half added time, Mc Keown added a fourth and his sides sixth, when he headed home from a Darren Murphy cross. The second half saw the visitors pull another goal back six minutes in, when D J Troy converted form ten yards out. And ten minutes from time, Borris made it a two-goal game, catching the hosts out with another set piece. As the game entered injury time, the visitors had a golden opportunity to make it six to five but James Brennan made a big save from a corner to keep his side comfortable. And they closed it out three minutes into time added on, when Mc Keown was taken down in the box but got up and dusted himself down to score.

TSDL Premier League 5th May 2024 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 0 – 1 St Michael’s

Not winning the TSDL Premier League title last season stung St Michael’s, but the Tipperary town side made up for it on Saturday night, when they wrested back the league from holders Peake Villa with a win on the bypass in Clonmel. But the hosts Clonmel Celtic made the Saints battle hard for the positive result last night that saw them crowned champions again. In the end it took a single goal from the penalty spot to separate the sides, but it proved to be enough to spark celebrations among the travelling supporters. It was a good quality first half that saw Adrian Walsh deny Darren Sweeney on twenty minutes, while at the other end a chance that fell to Joey Mulcahy was easily saved by Fabian Kerton. The home side probably shaded a tight first half that ended scoreless. The second period continued in a similar trend, with the sides sharing possession but the turning point came on the hour mark, when the visitors were awarded a spot kick. Mulcahy converted to give his side the vital breakthrough. There are not many better teams around at defending a single goal lead, but Celtic were very close within five minutes to getting level, when Peter O’Dowd rattled the underside of the crossbar. As the home side probed for a leveller and began to chase the game, they left themselves vulnerable at times, and Rhys O’Regan nearly made the game safe in injury with a shot that hit the post. In the end the one goal was enough as the final whistle sounded and St Michaels were crowned champions. Jim Carr accepted the trophy and gave a gracious acceptance speech acknowledging the vital contributions of referees in the local game while also appreciating the support of his sides backroom team throughout the season.

Cahir Park 3 – 0 Two Mile Borris

There was a real feel of an end of season game between these two side in Cahir.  The sun shone and the home side got off to the perfect start, when they took the lead in the sixth minute, thanks to an effort by Willie Dunne. The striker showed a sure first touch when played into the area, and he drilled his side low into the net. After that the home side controlled the game, but they gave up a perfect opportunity to Borris to level, when they conceded a penalty kick in the twentieth minute. However, the Newhill side were unable to take advantage, with the spot kick coming back off the upright and was cleared away to safety. Borris had a number of chances to rectify this miss in the ten minutes after, but they didn’t take them. And they rued the misses when Cahir added a second goal five minutes before the break, thanks to a wonder strike by veteran defender Christopher Higgins which flew from the edge of the area into the top corner of the net. This gave his side a good footing for the second half, which was played at a much more sedate pace. Both teams probed and prodded, but they had to wait until thirteen minutes from time, before the hosts made the points safe with a third goal, this time seeing Niall Daly heading home from close in, to seal the win.

Bansha Celtic 1 – 3 Peake Villa

They may have relinquished their Premier League title the evening before, but Peake Villa still put in a very professional performance in Bansha on Sunday to take all three points, and leave the home side still staring at a possible relegation from the top division. Peake dominated the early exchanges and had a couple of chances but Shane Egan in the host’s goal was equal to them, until ten minutes before the break, when a mistake in the defence allowed Ronan Mc Guire in to score. It looked like that might be the only goal in the half, but just before the break, Stephen Carroll dispossessed a defender and scored to make it two, and give his side a cushion. The home side did continue to battle however, and pulled a goal back on the hour mark, when Tony Egan put one in the top corner from all of twenty-five yards out. They then had a great chance to equalise Tony Egan hit the side netting from close range ten minutes later. But the Thurles side made the game safe on five minutes from time, when Stephen Carroll scored with a left footed shot to the corner, to secure the points.

Paddy Purtill Cup, semi final 5th May  

Vee Rovers 1 – 4 Cullen Lattin

Cullen Lattin came from behind to put in a dominant performance and bag themselves a place in this year’s Paddy Purtill Cup final, knocking out Vee Rovers on their home patch in Clogheen. The game started tight enough with no real chances before Shane McGrath put the hosts up from the penalty spot in the twenty fifth minute, after Fiachra O Grady was taken down inside the box. But that advantage only lasted eight minutes, before Cullen were awarded a penalty of their own, and Mickie O Brien was the man who held his nerve and converted the penalty to level matters. That was how the game went to the break, and in the fifty third minute the visitors took the lead when Tony O Neill cut in from the right and his right footed shot ended up in the bottom corner. This led to a period of dominance from the away side, and seventeen minutes from time, Fiachra O Grady converted from close range after some good build up play. The game was finally wrapped up in the last minute when sixteen year old Havi Serrano finished the scoring, heading home from close range.

Paddy Purtill Cup, semi final 5th May 2024 Match Reports

Peter O Reilly Cup Final 3rd May 2024 Match Reports

Peter O Reilly Cup Final 3rd May   

Donohill and District 2 – 1 Clonmel Celtic

There were huge celebrations in West Tipperary on Friday night, when Donohill overcame Clonmel Celtic, to win the Peter O Reilly Cup final, their first silverware in a number of years. The game was played in a pristine Cooke Park, and the local side came out of the blocks flying, playing exceptionally well in opening minutes, and were rewarded in the fifth minute when Alan O Dwyer was brought down outside box, and Seanie Ryan stepped up to slam home the resulting free kick. This eased any nerves that Donohill had, and saw them dominate for the next half hour, with Dinny Crosse making himself a constant thorn in the side of the Celtic defence. Five minutes before the break, it looked like Crosse had bagged a second, but his shot was brilliantly saved. Unfortunately for Celtic, the rebound fell to the feet of Seanie Ryan who followed in and bagged his second of game. In the second half the dynamics of the game changed, and Celtic came out a different side. They dominated possession and chances, and played excellent football. But man of the match Ned Lowry marshalled the Donohill defence brilliantly, denying Celtic time and again. Ten minutes from the end, Celtics pressure finally paid off, when Cillian O Brien found the net to bring his team right back into the game. In those final minutes, Jack Aylward was caused Donohill all kinds of problems and deep into time added on, he had a free kick that went agonisingly wide. To Donohill’s relief, seconds later the final whistle blew and sparked wild celebrations from the supporters of the victors.

TSDL Second Division 5th May 2024 Match Reports

Rosegreen Rangers 1 – 1 Powerstown

This was a good game between two teams whose seasons are winding down with Powerstown already having gained promotion, and the hosts destined for the drop to the Third Division next season. The game had a number of early chances, but the hosts finally opened the scoring in the twenty fifth minute, when Keith Bergin fired home with a shot from twenty yards out that finished up in the bottom corner of the net. Ten minutes later, Powerstown got an equaliser when they won a corner and saw the home sides defence rooted to the spot as they scorer with a well taken header. That was how the game went to the break, and the intensity died a little in the second half, with neither side creating anything of note, and no more goals being scored

TSDL Youths Report 8th May 2024 Match Reports

Div 1 Youths Shield semi final 2nd leg

Clonmel Town 3 – 1 Clonmel Celtic   

The two Clonmel Youths sides played out their second leg of the shield semifinal on Wednesday evening, with Town coming in holding a slender one goal lead after the first leg on Saturday. The home side started the brighter taking the game to their opponents, and on eight minutes, Milo McNamara hit a free kick from all of thirty yards out, that left the Celtic keeper stranded to put his side in front. After that, the game flowed back and forth until on eighteen minutes, Cian McGrath was pulled down inside the box and a penalty given to the hosts. This was converted by Nazarii Melynk to give Town a three goal aggregate lead, and put them completely in control of the tie. But Celtic didn’t go down easily, and were unlucky not to pull a goal back just after the half hour mark, when they hit the crossbar after the home side were unable to clear a corner kick. Town was more than happy to sit off of Celtic and try and get a third on the counter, which finally came five minutes before the break, when Cian McGrath ran through and slotted home a well taken goal. After the break, it became a scrappy and feisty affair with both teams picking up numerous cards and a Celtic being reduced to ten men.  Neither team letting the other get into a flow any kind of rhythm, but Celtic did finally pull one back fifteen minutes from time, but it was no more than a consolation goal, as town just were happy to let the game run out and move smoothly into the final.

Clonmel Credit Union Tipperary Cup, 28th April 2024 Match Reports

Tipperary Cup ¼ finals

Cahir Park 2 – 2 Two Mile Borris (AET Borris win 4-3 on penalties)

These two Premier League teams played out a ding dong battle in Cahir on Sunday morning before Borris finally progressed on penalties into the semi-finals of this year’s Tipperary Cup. The away side were on the ball from the beginning having a number of early chances that were spurned, and were hit by a lightening break in the thirteenth minute, to see Willie Dunne gave the hosts the lead, very much against the run of play. After that, both teams settled and had a number of chances, before the away side finally made one count. They were awarded a free kick at the edge of the Cahir area five minutes before the break, and Jamie Lee curled a beauty into the top corner to send the teams to half time all square once more. The second half was much more cagey, and neither team wanted to commit too many to attack, with a subsequent lack of chances and eventually the final whistle was blown on a one all game. Into extra time, the game opened up once more, but it took a set piece to get the next goal. One the stroke of half time in the first half of extra time, Lee once again produced a wonderful free kick, this time from the opposite side of the box, but with the same result, to put Borris in front. And that looked like it was going to be enough to progress until the final minute of the second period, with the home side throwing everything at getting a goal back, Willie Dunne popped up to head home from eight yards and at least give his side a chance with penalty kicks. They got that, but couldn’t take it, with Borris proving the deadlier, winning by four goals to three and taking the first semi final place.

TSDL Premier League 28th April 2024 Match Reports

Bansha Celtic 0 – 1 Tipperary Town

Bansha Celtic could have condemned Tipperary Town to relegation if they had got the three points here, but instead it was a gutsy performance from the visitors that has given them another chance to beat the drop, when they won the tie by a single goal. In a cagey game, the away side took the lead on fifteen minutes, when a free kick was awarded on the edge of the box, and Vinny Godfrey curled it into the roof of the net. The hosts had a great chance to equalise shortly after, when a cross from the right was side footed towards goal, but it struck the keeper and rebounded to safety. After that both teams slogged it out, but quality was in short supply and chances in even less, leaving the game to half time with the visitors a goal up. Bansha dominated most of the second period, but Town defended manfully and kept them out time and again. They even had a great opportunity to put the game to bed, when Godfrey was clean through, but he put his shot wide. In the end they didn’t need it, and were more than happy to take the precious three points.

Peter O Reilly Cup, semi finals 28th April 2024 Match Reports

Donohill and District 2 – 0 Tipperary Town

These two teams faced off last Wednesday evening to try to win a place in the Peter O Reilly Cup final and it was a humdinger of a game, with both sides going hell for leather throughout. It was the home side who struck first, in the twenty second minute, when Dinny Crosse was played through in front of goal and he coolly slid the ball past the keeper and into the bottom corner of the net. This spurred on Town, and they should have been level on the half hour mark, when Ray Kelly lobbed the stranded keeper, only to see his effort come back off the cross bar and be cleared away to safety. It was made worse when from that clearance the home side set up a counter attack and Jamie Malone finished it off by scoring a screamer from all of thirty yards to put Donohill two goals up. This seemed to knock the wind out of the visitors and they eventually wilted, finding it hard to create any attacks of note, and Donohill held on easily enough to book a place in final

Clonmel Celtic 1 – 1 SC & K United (AET Clonmel Celtic win on penalties)

This was the fourth meeting of these sides in all competitions this year, and with the visitors having won on the first three occasions, they arrived to Celtic in confident form. In the opening exchanges however, the hosts started well, but were rocked back in the eight minute when a lightening break down the right hand side, saw Kilsheelan take the lead with a well worked goal. Celtic continued to work the ball well and were creating chances to get back level. That pressure paid off ten minutes before the break, when Jamie Hindley got into the box and finished well to put the home team on level terms. The second half was an even affair with the visitors starting the half the brighter and almost getting back in front. Celtic settled and began to put pressure on themselves, creating a number of chances but didn’t capitalise. Eventually there were to be no more goals in regulation time, and the extra time period was a very even affair with defences winning the day, as players tired after the long game. It took penalties to separate the sides and finally the home side were to have some success at the fourth time of asking, when Peter Boland pulled off a fine save to send his side to the final.

TSDL Second Division 28th April 2024 Match Reports

Tuesday 23rd April

Cashel Town 3 – 1 Rosegreen Rangers

Games between these neighbours are always spicy but there was no real cut and thrust to the midweek encounter when the sides met last Tuesday evening. With weather finally improving, Dixie Currivan Park was bathed in sunshine, and the home side opened the scoring on twenty minutes, with goal from Jamie O’Keeffe, when he lashed the ball to the net from six yards out, after a Blake Doyle Carroll cross. But just ten minutes later, the visitors were given the perfect opportunity to hit back, when they were awarded a penalty kick, and Ian Shelly converted to level the scores. But just when it looked like it would be all square at the break, Cashel regained the lead when Blake Doyle Carroll headed home a Jamie O’Keeffe cross. The second period was rather tame, and the hosts made the game safe on the hour mark with a goal from Thomas O’Riordan, after great work from Colin Ryan on the right set O’Riordan up to finish well from ten yards out.

Division Two Shield quarter final Saturday 27th April

St Nicholas 3 – 2 Cashel Town (AET 2 -2 FT)

This was an excellent game that went all the way to extra time to find a winner, before the home side prevailed by the odd goal in five. The Saint’s started well and thought they had gotten an opener, but Aaron Ryan Shiner was denied by an excellent save in the fifth minute. Jason Sutton tested the Cashel keeper shortly afterwards and again the net minder was up to the task. And they were made pay for the misses when ten minutes in, the visitors opened the scoring with a goal against the run of play. A throw in saw the ball played back to Thomas O Riordan and he fired in what looked like a cross, but it took a deflection and beat the keeper to nestle in the home net. But it only took eight minutes for the home side to get back on level terms when Ryan Shiner took on a pass from Sean Daly and slotted the ball to the net with an excellent finish. Just before half time, Cashel regained the lead when Blake Doyle Carroll got in behind the home defence to give his side a half time lead. The hoem team regrouped at half time, and were dominant in the second period, finally levelling the game from the penalty spot, with Declan Riordan scoring after Aaron Ryan Shiner was fouled in the area. The game had no more goals, but in extra time, substitute Michael Maguire found Ryan Shiner with a sweet assist in the second period of extra time, and that was enough to put them through to the semis

TSDL Third Division Shield 31st March 2024 Match Reports

Div 3 Shield semi finals

SC & K United 3 – 1 Cahir Park

After finishing the Third Division season on a high Kilsheelan United put the midweek loss in the Peter O Reilly cup firmly behind them, when they won a place in the final of this season Third Division Shield, with a three goals to one win over Cahir Park on Sunday morning. They got off to the perfect start, when they were awarded a penalty after just five minutes after a Cahir defender was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area. Up stepped Nathan Dolan to send the keeper the wrong way and give his side the lead. On seventeen minutes, they made it two nil, when a long Ruairi Doyle throw found the head of Mark Heffernan who headed home. The visitors almost halved the deficit right on the stroke of half-time, only to see their effort on goal excellently saved from Conor Grant in the Kilsheelan goal. But the home side made sure of the win midway through the second half, when Ben Smith headed home inside a busy penalty area from a Cathal de Faoite corner. To their credit, the Park continued to battle hard and pulled a goal back with ten minutes to go through Shane O’Neill, but Kilsheelan held on for the final ten minutes to secure their place in the final.

Div 3 Shield semi finals

Donohill and District 3 – 0 Killenaule Rovers

Donohill and District reached their second final in a week on Sunday when they dispatched Killenaule Rovers in the Shield semi-final. Donohill started very quickly, and were a goal up after only two minutes when Seanie Ryan found space on right, and his fine cross was finished by Cathal Ryan. The home side played exceptionally good football for the remainder of half creating several chances but we’re denied time and again by the opposition keeper. In second half, the visitors tried hard to get back into it, but the hosts remained dominant and twenty minutes from the end, a Dinnie Crosse shot was saved, only for Seanie Ryan to follow up and make it two to nil. Ryan was at it again five minutes later, when he scored an excellent free kick. Ten minutes from time, Donohill’s Kevin Browne was brought down in the box, and he dusted himself off to take penalty, but he skied it over bar final, leaving the final score remaining at three goals to nil.

Sunday 14th April Munster Junior Cup Final 2024 Match Reports

St Michael’s 5 – 0 Cahir Park

Saints got a vital three points here in their quest to retain the Premier League title at a sunny Cooke Park on Sunday morning. It was a game which never reached huge heights with Saints coming down from the high of last week’s Munster Junior Cup success. The visitors lost Ger Quinn and Johnny Kennedy early on through injury, and the hosts took advantage, going one up in the eleventh minute, when Russell Quirke found Ed O’Dwyer in the area and he stabbed the ball past Brian Sweeney. It was two just three minutes later, when Jimmy Carr headed a Russell Quirke cross goalwards and it somehow ended up in the back of the net. And the game effectively finished as a contest by the twenty third minute when a Rhys O’Regan left foot shot took a deflection past Sweeney to make it three nil to Saints. The Park had their moments too though, with a John O’Brien free kick coming back off the wall and a Craig Guiry header from a right-wing cross which went narrowly wide. The hosts made it four ten minutes before the break, with Carr turning provider to set up Russell Quirke and his angled shot delightfully found the corner of the net. The tempo dropped a bit in the second half with a lot of play that didn’t have any final result on the scoresheet. Russell Quirke, Ed O’Dwyer and Rhys O’Regan all had chances, throughout the half, but were unable to extend their lead. Finally, it was left to substitute Antonio Rea three minutes from time to add the coup de grace when Sweeney failed to hold a Joey Mulcahy corner kick, and the young striker was quickest to react.

Clonmel Celtic 2 – 2 Two Mile Borris

Clonmel Celtic had to settle for a point on Sunday as Borris came back from two down to share the points. The home side started well and looked lively in the early stages with Julian Kerton twice going close to opening the scoring. Borris weathered the early storm and came close themselves on a number of occasions, but the first half finished scoreless. The Clonmel side were fast out of the blocks at the start of the second half and this time they made it count scoring two quick goals. On fifty-one minutes Niall Prendergast got on the end of a sweet Kevin Hawkins’s cross and his deft header found the corner of the net. Hawkins was involved again two minutes later when he released Philly Drohan, and though the keeper saved his first effort Darren Sweeney was on hand to fire home the rebound. It looked at this stage as if Celtic would go on and win this game comfortably but they lost their way a little and Borris battled their way back into the game. When Louis Coughlan swept home a centre on sixty-eight minutes it was game on. Celtic’s earlier composed play was gone and they found themselves involved in a scrap. Sensing the home side were vulnerable, the visitors pushed for an equaliser and levelled ten minutes from time, when Urban Nolan scored from close range. Both teams really had a go in the final minutes but neither could find a winner and the points were shared.

Bansha Celtic 2 – 0 Wilderness Rovers

Bansha Celtic took another big step towards safety from the Premier League relegation battle when they condemned Wilderness Rovers to the drop, with a two goal win on Sunday afternoon. The home side took the lead on eight minutes when Shane Egan was taken down in the box, and Kevin Mullins stood up and fired home the resulting penalty kick. Dominant for most of the half, the hosts had a few half chances to extend the lead but didn’t convert any of them. The closest they came was when Egan found himself in space, rounded the Rovers keeper, but his shot struck the post and went wide. The only real danger from the away side seemed to come from set pieces, but they never really troubled the Bansha net minder. The destination of the points was finally put beyond doubt five minutes from the end, when Bansha doubled the lead. From a low corner, Kevin Mullins side footed home and they saw out the remainder of the game comfortably.

Tipperary Town 0 – 7 Peake Villa

Peake Villa are not giving up their hard-won Premier League title without a fight, and came out of the blocks like a train on Sunday against Tipperary Town, before claiming a big win in the end. After coming back from injury to score four goals last weekend, Villa’s striking ace Pippy Carroll got the ball rolling with two early goals, before his frontline partner Ronan Mc Guire added a third within the first twenty minutes. The flood gates were well and truly open, and Daragh Burns, Jack Ryan Casey and Keith Cahill continuing the goal riot to leave the Thurles side six in front by the half hour mark. Somehow the home side steadied the ship, and managed to keep the deadly Villa attack quiet until Kieran Hennessy added number seven, ten minutes from time. The home side were happier to hear the final whistle, but while Villa clin to their title hopes, the relegation trap door is wide open and pulling Tipperary Town back toward Division One.

TSDL First Division 21st April 2024 Match Reports

Cashel Town 2 – 0 Vee Rovers

Cashel Town celebrated winning the First Division title on Sunday, when they beat Vee rovers by two goals to nil. This is the first full season that the club are playing at Dixie Currivan Park, in Palmershill, and the title win would have been celebrated by the man known as Mr Soccer in Cashel, had he been there to join in the celebrations. On the day, it was obvious that the home team were still smarting a bit from their defeat to Cullen last weekend, and they were in no mood to repeat the mistakes, starting off by taking control of the ball and the game. They had a number of chances before they finally opened the scoring in the twentieth minute of the game, when a great passing move saw the ball end up at the feet of Eoin Byrnes who turned his man and finished well from ten yards out. This sorted out the early nerves, and from then on, the home side played in a controlled manner. They got a second ten minutes into the second half when Jack Fitzpatrick got on the end of a Mikey McDermott corner, and that was enough to secure the points and the silverware.

Galbally United 3 – 6 Peake Villa

After the rain and wind of a long winter, last Sunday mornings game at the Tower Grounds in Thurles was bathed in sunshine, with ideal conditions for a game of football. And both teams came to play and open game, which resulted in a nine-goal feast for the supporters. The early part of the game was tentative, and you’d hardly have guessed what was in store, but the deadlock was broken in the twenty fourth minute after a back pass by a Villa defender went astray, and ended up in his own net, to give the visitors an unlikely lead. But that was cancelled out eight minutes later, when Villa equalised from a fantastic solo effort. Kevin Croke picked up the ball in midfield and rounded three players before finding the bottom corner to make it one all. The hosts continued to press and were rewarded four minutes before half time, when Adam Garrett played in a good cross, which found the head of Liam McCormack, who made no mistake putting Villa two goals to one up at the break. They continued their domination into the early minutes of the second period, and two goals within five minutes of the restart, had then four goals to one in front. Kevin Croke got his second of the day scoring from a header, and Alex Moloney scored shortly after. Galbally did not give up and were rewarded for their efforts with two quick fire goals themselves. Frank Leonard scored from close in, and Ciaran Sheehan got their third to make it a one goal game again. But the home side were not going to share the spoils here, and re-opened the two-goal lead in the sixty-eight minute, when Danny Treacy was put through by Luciano Carelli, and he found the bottom corner on the net. Carelli was taken down in the box, sixteen minutes from time and Danny Treacy scored the resultant penalty kick, to make the score six to three, and what was how in finished in the end.

TSDL Third Division 21st April 2024 Match Reports

Ballingarry Albion 1 – 1 Cahir Park (AET, Ballingarry win 3 – 1 on penalties)

Ballingarry Albion took the prize of promotion from the Third Division on offer on Saturday evening, when they eventually triumphed on penalties over Cahir Park, after a tense but exciting game of football. Both sides knew what was on offer, and that made them tentative in the early stages. The first shot in anger was fired on the twentieth minute, when a long-range effort was fired wide by Cahir. Albion’s Eoin Burke went close on twenty-seven minutes but his shot was well blocked out for a corner. Eventually the first goal of the game came in the thirty third minute, when a corner was well cleared by the Cahir defence but Adam O Connell picked up the loose ball, beat two players on the edge of the box to win a free kick. The resulting set piece was whipped in at the goal by Dylan Walsh catching the keeper unaware to put the Ballingarry side in front. Just on the stroke of half time Cahir were awarded a corner which was headed away only into the path of an onrushing forward, who swivelled and took a good shot which went through a mass of players, leaving David Cashin unsighted in the goal and seeing Cahir level before the break.

The second half started much the same as the first ended with tackles flying in from both sides. The tackling and intensity from both teams was top class with neither giving an inch and making chances hard to come by. Both teams had a few long-range efforts but were troubling to create any real chances. As the game got closer to the end a goal for either team would surely be the winner. Cahir had the best of the chances, and pinned Ballingarry back for the final ten minutes, but to no avail on the scoreboard. The game eventually finished one all, and it was off to penalties to decide who gained promotion. In that, it was Ballingarry who held their nerves from the spot kicks, and saw some of their opponent shots saved by the excellent David Cashin, to see Ballingarry promoted to Division Two at the first time of asking.

Third Division Shield      

Burncourt Celtic 0 – 1 Killenaule Rovers

This game was played in perfect conditions for football at Cahir Park AFC grounds. Early stages the game was scrappy with little chances created. In the fifteenth minute, Paudie Fitzgerald engineered a chance when he collected the ball forty yards out and got around his marker, but his attempted lob of the goalkeeper went just over the crossbar. Killenaule were having their best spell late in the first half, and they hit the front six minutes from the break when a fine strike from Kieran Walker from twenty yards out found the top corner. Just on the stroke of halftime, the hosts task was made more difficult when one of their players picked up an unfortunate second yellow and Celtic were reduced to ten men. In the second period, as is often the case, the team with the disadvantage rolled up their sleeves and had the better of the chances. But despite long periods of pressure, Burncourt could not find an equaliser with Killenaule advancing to the semi-finals in the end.

Sunday 14th April Munster Junior Cup Final 2024 Match Reports

St Michael’s 3 – 1 Villa FC

St Michael’s achieved a record ‘El Decimo’ by winning their tenth Munster Junior cup on Sunday in Fermoy, winning out over the team that knocked them out of this year’s FAI Junior Cup, Villa FC from Waterford. Their first win was back in 1973 against another Wateford side Johnville, and the victory will mean’s that they stretch their lead at the top of the roll of honour of this prestigious competition. The win was set up by a brilliant first half attacking display and a resolute defensive showing in the second half. The TSDL side were two up at the interval following two sensational goals. The first on twenty eight minutes, when Jimmy Carr accelerated ahead of his marker John Fred Tamen, and when the tackle came he held his feet and found the strength to power a low shot across the keeper Craig Dunphy who got a touch but the ball nestled snugly in the net. Villa had hardly steadied when five minutes mins later, Rhys O Regans shot was blocked for a corner which he delivered unerringly himself to the back of the penalty area, and Paul Breen rose and powered home from ten yards out with a trademark header, that will rank amongst his best, and there have been many of those in a long illustrious career.

Villa had started brightly and a hooked volley on the turn from Dean Walsh was just wide in the fifth minute. But once the Tipperary town side found their feet, they were the dominant force. They could have been even further ahead at the break, when most notably two Ed O Dwyer efforts well saved by Dunphy, and a Russell Quirke twenty five yarder that was tipped onto the bar. Shortly before the break Quirke broke clear from halfway and unleashed from just outside the box but again Dunphy denied him.

It looked like Saints were in a great position as they took a two goal lead into a second half aided by a breeze but the Waterford side kept playing positively and Luke Walsh kept their momentum going by dropping back tirelessly in the centre to try to get them back into the game. A goal came in sixty second minute when a free conceded on the right was delivered powerfully by Dean Conway and met at the far post by an unstoppable header from Aaron O Connor. Shortly after this Paul Breen showed fantastic agility to hook a high ball clear from the inrushing substitute Regix Madika, who went down clutching his face but the referee wasnt moved by his claims for a penalty. Breen had to leave the field shortly after that effort and a defensive reshuffle saw the dependable Murphy drop across to right back. DJ Cremins shift to the centre with Cian Fadden and Donough Hickey come on at left back.

The game was reaching boiling point now and every ball was contested for ferociously, and the Limerick officials who performed brilliantly and kept cool in the face of heated claims for frees and fouls kept an exciting game flowing, despite one or two stoppages for injuries. Saints had two or three chances on the breakaway. Jimmy Carr broke down the right and his pull back was knocked out for a corner with Ed O Dwyer waiting to pounce. O Dwyer was unlucky twenty minutes from time to see his shot pulled down well by the Villa keeper when it looked goal bound. At the other end keeper Adrian Walsh did well on a couple of occasions, once even when his punch clear hit the attackers head but his agility saw him first to the loose ball and he clutched it safely. Saints midfielders Colin Bargary and Cillian Coonan really upped their running, covering and tackling in the final quarter and when the hard graft was required none of the Saints players were found wanting. They were now using all their experience to see the game out and the final twist came when Villa gambled everything for a last minute corner and sent their keeper Dunphy forward, but brilliant defending again and a couple of passes later Ashley Kelliher showed his speed as he won the race for a long ground pass and shot into an empty net to herald delirious scenes as the final whistle sounded.

A great win against great opposition in Villa who had the awful disappointment of two major cup exits within 7 days of each other, something that happened Michael’s a few years ago when they lost out on penalties against Sherriff FC up in Clontarf in the FAI, and again against Carrick Utd at Cooke Park in the Munster Cup seven days later. But that was all forgotten and the famous club from the back of the Church will celebrate this win long after this weekend. Another notch on the belt of history

 



TSDL Premier League 8th April 2024 Match Reports

Two Mile Borris 0 – 6 Peake Villa

Villa came out on top in this local Derby to keep their hopes of retaining their Premier League title intact with some clinical finishing the difference on the day. The first 20 minutes were a tight affair with both defences on their game. The visitors finally broke the deadlock in the thirty fifth minute when Micheal Quinlan played in Ronan Mc Guire, who rounded the keeper to score. They doubled that lead six minutes later when Kieren Hennessy crossed, and Mc Guire leapt highest to head over the keeper to make the score at half time two goals to nil, to the away side. They introduced Pippy Carroll in the second half, coming back from injury, and what a half he had. A Keith Cahill free kick on the hour mark, was cleared but only as far as Carroll, who volleyed to the top corner to make it three. In the sixty fifth minute Liam McCormack played in Carroll who made no mistake to make it with a low shot. And he completed his second half hat trick fifteen minutes from time when he was taken down in the box, and he got up to score the resultant penalty. He rounded off a man of the match performance three minutes from time when he scored his fourth and his sides sixth when he chased down a defender, won the ball, and fired low to the net to the delight of the Villa supporters.

Bansha Celtic 3 – 5 Clonmel Celtic

The home side badly needed the points in this game, and started well, opening the scoring in the tenth minute when a cross into the box was tapped home by Eamon Quirke. Things were looking even better when they doubled the lead in the twenty fifth minute when a Shane Egan shot flew into the far corner. But this seemed to wake the visitors up, and they pulled a goal back ten minutes before the break when a long throw into the box wasn’t dealt with and Philip Drohan fired home at the back post. It still looked like the hosts would take a lead to the break, but almost on the stroke of half time, there was a mix up in the Bansha defence and a back pass was left short, allowing Darren Sweeney to pounce and make it two all at the break. Rocked by this, the home side became hesitant and the visitors took control, hitting the front on fifty three minutes, when a cross from the left was side footed home by Niall Prendergast. But Bansha rallied and got level once again on the hour mark when from a corner, a Clonmel defender under pressure sliced his clearance into his own net for an own goal. But that was as good as it got for the home side, and the away side regained the lead fifteen minutes from time when another mix up in the home defence allowed Niall Prendergast in to score his second of the afternoon. They made sure of the win six minutes from time when Philip Drohan shot from fifteen yards out, and saw the ball nestle in the bottom corner.

Cahir Park 1 – 0 Clonmel Town

Cahir Park cemented their third place position in the Premier League after a one goal win over Clonmel Town on Sunday afternoon. The away team started the brighter and were unlucky not to take an early lead, having two decent chances in the first ten minutes of the game. But the hosts eventually settled down and played their way into the game, finally opening the scoring in the twenty seventh minute when Willie Dunne fired home from the edge of the area, with a very well taken goal. They kept this lead to the break, and in the second half, the home side completely dominated, forcing the Town keeper into a host of saves, and seeing some chances come back off the woodwork. But they were unable to add to the first half goal, and in the end were happy to take the points with a single goal victory.

TSDL First Division 14th April 2024 Match Reports

Cashel Town 0 – 2 Cullen Lattin

Cullen Lattin inflicted the first defeat of the season on Town at home on Sunday afternoon. Strangely lethargic, the home side never seemed to get going, and the visitors were sharper all game. They took a deserved lead in the twentieth minute through Darren Mc Grath, who benefitted from some excellent build up play, and fired to the next from ten yards out with an excellent finish. They continued playing on the front foot, and Mc Grath turned provider in time added on in the first half, when his cross was met by Michael Elligott to give Cullen a two goal cushion at half time. The hosts seemed to be a little more tuned in, during the second period, but were unable to put their opponents under any period of sustained pressure, and in the end Cullen ran out deserved winners on the day

TSDL Second Division 14th April 2024 Match Reports

St Nicholas 4 – 1 Suirside

The home side assured themselves that they would be playing once again in the TSDL Second Division next season, when they ran out easy winners in this tie by four goals to one. The home side started on the front foot and created a few chances. But they missed some good chances and against the run of play they found themselves a goal down when Suirside broke up the pitch and found David Recontre in space, and he made no mistake. But this didn’t deter the home side and they came alive, equalising in the twenty fifth minute when Jack Downey scored after a great assist by Eoin Riordan. This was how the game went to the break, and the home side because really dominant in the second period, grabbing the lead five minutes in when Downey scored his and his sides second. Downey turned provider for the third, delivering an exquisite cross onto the head of Christy O Grady, and he made no mistake from just inside the area. Downey completed his man of the match performance when he got a third late on, to leave the score four goals to one to the hosts, and three vital points in their pocket.

Powerstown 6 – 2 Rosegreen (game abandoned 86th minute)

Unfortunately, this was an excellent game that had to be cut short due to a serious injury with time almost up, but until that point the two sides put on a fine spectacle for the watching supporters. It was Rosegreen who were quicker out of the blocks, scoring from a corner with only four minutes on the clock to take the lead. But a rare goal from Powerstown’s Jack Barlow levelled the game eight minutes later. Aaron Kiely played the ball across to Barlow who was just inside the box, and he found the back of the net with a clinical finish into the bottom right corner. Just after the half hour mark, an Oisin Napier corner caused havoc in the visitor’s box, resulting in a Rosegreen defender turning the ball into his own net to put the hosts two goals to one ahead. Napier was the provider for the home sides third goal, when his ball in behind found Cathal McKeown and the striker fired to the net. And they added a fourth goal in the half, when in time added on, a long ball from goalkeeper was glanced forwards by Gino Lonergan into the path of Cathal Mc Keown who once again found the back of the net. Rosegreen didn’t give up and after a sustained amount of pressure got a goal back in the sixty fourth minute to make it four goals to two. However, the home side had the perfect response and a minute later, Cathal McKeown completed his hat-trick. Oisin Napier sprayed the ball wide to Darren Murphy, whose cross found Mc Keown free at the back post, and he made no mistake from six yards out. The home sides sixth and final goal came from Brian McKeown with twenty minutes left. Mc Keown received the ball in the box with his back to goal, turned brilliantly and found the bottom left corner to make it six goals to two. Unfortunately a serious leg injury resulted in the game being abandoned four minutes from time

TSDL Third Division report 14th April 2024 Match Reports

Clonmel Credit Union Div 3 

Donohill and District 5 – 0 Ballingarry Albion

TSDL First Division report 8th April 2024 Match Reports

Tipperary Town 1 – 3 Two Mile Borris

This game was moved to Newhill Park on Sunday, and by the end of the afternoon, Borris had taken the points and left their opponents still stuck firmly in the relegation mire, with time running out to escape that trap door. But despite having to travel for a “home” game, Tipperary Town started brightly, and opened the scoring early in the game courtesy of an unstoppable free kick from Ryan Maher. The quality of goals didn’t end there however, and in the thirty fifth minute, Borris’ Jamie Lee stepped up and buried one into the top corner giving Town keeper Timmy Esmonde no chance. Just before the break, the hosts took the lead, when a great break away from a Town corner ended up at the feet of Daniel Rafter to score from close range. This left Borris in control, and they dominated much of the second period, before wrapping up the points fifteen minutes from time when a slip in the visitor’s defence allowed Jamie Lee to grab his second of the game with a tidy finish. The Tipperary town side will face the only team below them in the table next Sunday, when they play Wilderness Rovers, and that has become a must win game now, while they hope some of the teams around them begin to slip up.

TSDL First Division report 8th April 2024 Match Reports

Cullen Lattin 3 – 0 Vee Rovers

Cullen Lattin took a huge step towards joining Cashel Town in next seasons Premier League, when they shot down rivals Vee Rovers in what looked effectively like a head-to-head for the second available promotion spot from the First Division. The home side started quickly, and had a number of efforts before Micheàl Elligott finally put them in front when he headed home a cross from Mikey Stokes in the twelfth minute. They thought they had a penalty eight minutes later, when Darren Mc Grath went down in the box but the visitor’s defender was judged to have made contact with the ball, and the claim was waved away. But they finally did get the second goal they craved before the break, when with six minutes left in the half, Ben Carey curled a wonderful free kick into the bottom corner, to the delight of the home crowd. They continued pressing in the same vein in the second period, and wrapped the game up on the hour mark, when Darren Mc Grath finished well after being teed up by Max Reardon on the counter attack. The closest the visitors came to getting a foothold back into the game came ten minutes from the end, when after a mix up in the Cullen box, it fell to Ben Carey to make a goal line clearance and assure his team a clean sheet along with the three precious points.

TSDL Second Division report 8th April 2024 Match Reports

Two Mile Borris 2 – 1 Suirside

Borris Seconds claimed the Division Two title with a game to spare in very blustery conditions in Newhill Park on Sunday last, giving the club representation next season in both of the top two divisions in the TSDL. Chances in this game were few and far between in the first half with the wind hampering both teams’ efforts to play nice football. Both keepers were kept quiet, until right on the stroke of half time when the home side took the lead thanks to a DJ Troy effort that managed to squeeze past the Suirside keeper at his near post.  The second half started fast and Suirside aided by the wind got back on level terms within four minutes of the restart scoring from a set piece. Both keepers were being tested throughout the half, as the pace stepped up from the first forty five minutes, but the crucial goal came five minutes after the hour mark when Troy got released down the right wing and headed straight for goal and released an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net. After that the home side settled into defensive mode, while always looking for opportunities to hit on the break, and in the end claimed the three points that sparked huge celebrations amomgst team, management and supporters. The win is testament to the work being put in by the mid Tipperary side at underage level, with seven youths’ players on the pitch on Sunday, a real sign that great things might be just around the corner for the club.

Powerstown 3 – 0 Cashel Town

Powerstown did their own promotion hopes no harm on Sunday, when they took all three points in their tie against Cashel Town. In the game itself, Cathal McKeown’s rich vein of form continued, scoring after just nine minutes. A clipped pass from Aaron Hannigan found Conor McGrath, who somehow managed to play Mc Keown through while falling backwards, and the striker made no mistake with his finish. He was unlucky not to grab a second moments later, but his effort was touched over by the keeper and out for a corner. Cashel failed to create any substantial chances throughout the half, and the home side went to the break in front. The second goal came five minutes into the second period, when Brendan Boland won the ball in midfield, played it off to Gino Lonergan who put the ball in behind for Cathal Mc Keown, and he added to his tally with a cool finish. The visitors best chance of the half came on the hour mark, but some excellent defending by the home side kept the visitors out. Minutes later, the destination of the points was sealed when Gino Lonergan got the third goal for the hosts. A quick throw from Cathal Mc Keown deep in the Town half found Aaron Kiely, and when his effort was parried by the keeper into the path of Lonergan the veteran found the back of the net with a tap in.

TSDL Third Division report 8th April 2024 Match Reports

Burncourt Celtic 2 – 6 Clonmel Celtic

This game was played in blustery conditions in Ferryhouse, and got off to a brisk start, with the Clonmel side hitting the front in just the sixth minute when Davy Garrett got on the end of a cross to slot home from ten yards out. Burncourt responded well and started to dominate possession creating a few chances but were guilty of some bad misses, before Kyle Hayes latched onto a fine cut back from Alex Meaney to level the game in the twentieth minute. A defensive lapse within a minute though, had Clonmel back in front with Davy Garrett again popping up at the back Post to fire home. Burncourt again were sloppy with chances created not being converted in the next few minutes, but five minutes before the break, they got level for a second time when Aaron O Mahoney turned and shot from inside the box to the bottom corner, to leave the score at two all at halftime. Both sides made changes at halftime and it was Clonmel Celtic who looked the fresher, and Garrett completed his hat trick in the fifty first minute. Jamie Hindley added a fourth on sixty three minutes making it a game to chase for Burncourt. But try as they might they could not find the net again and as they pushed forward, two late goals from Jamie Hindley and Kian O Reilly completed the scoring, to make it a comfortable three points in the end for the Clonmel side.

TSDL Youths Report 7th April 2024 Match Reports

TSDL Tipperary Youths Cup Q Final
Score AET
Two Mile Borris 3 – Cahir Park 1
Borris travelled to Cahir Park today in a pulsating affair against Cahirs’ A team in a hard fought battle against a very strong Cahir side. Borris had many opportunities early on starting brightly but struggled to find the back of the net until late in the first half when Lorcan Bourke scored a wonder goal from a free kick from 25 yards into the top corner to give Kevins the lead. Minutes before half time Cahir replied with an equaliser through an unlucky deflection after a mix-up in the Borris defence. This left the half-time score at 1-1. Both teams struggled to break the deadlock in the second half, with Borris spurning many opportunities with the goal at the mercy. Both sides had opportunities only for the woodwork and some good defending saw the game finish a draw in normal time. This led the game into extra time, where Borris started with the breeze at their backs and started the stronger. Halfway into the first half of extra time Kevins deservedly took the lead after a brilliant over the top ball by our goalkeeper Conor Donnelly to Lorcan Bourke who calmly slotted the ball past the Cahir keeper leaving Kevins 1 up at half time. Cahir to their credit fought hard for an equaliser, but the Borris backline stood strong. Borris capped a fine team performance when Conor Ryan broke down the wing and unselfishly squared the ball to Lorcan Bourke yet again to complete his hat trick to seal the win for Borris. This now puts us through to the semi-final of the Tipperary Cup where our opponents are yet to be determined. A fantastic team performance from a very young Kevins side who still remain unbeaten this season.

TSDL Youths Div 1 Youths Shield

Clonmel Celtic 2 – 1 Cashel Town  

Clonmel Celtic will take a slender lead into the 2nd leg of this Youth Shield tie after a two goals to one win against Cashel Town on Saturday. Cillian O’Brien put Celtic ahead after ten minutes but Cashel responded well and had the better of the first half that failed to produce any more goals. They were stunned as were a lot of the supporters at the start of the second half when straight from kick off Jack Alyward’s audacious effort sailed over a stranded Cashel keeper to put Celtic two goals up. The visitors were rocked a little by this setback but finished the game strongly and with three minutes remaining the ball fell to Callum Butler and his brilliant overhead kick found the net. Celtic know despite having a goal lead they will need a big improvement in the second leg as Cashel looked the better side for much of this game.

TSDL Premier League 31st March 2024 Match Reports

Tipperary Town 0 – 5 St Michael’s

Saints took all the points in the other derby game of the weekend at Arra Road in Tipperary town, to keep up their bid to regain the Premier League title, on what was a rainy day with soft under foot conditions. They had the lion’s share of possession from the start, and were ahead in the eight minute, when Cillian Coonan connected with a ball that broke to him and found the net from twenty yards out. It was two nil minutes later, when David Slattery was on hand to finish from close range. In complete control now, the visitors pretty much made the points certain when they added a third in the twentieth minute, with Ed O’Dwyer heading home an Ashley Kelliher cross. The home side had their best chance of the game on the half hour when Ryan Maher got in from a right angled cross, but shot straight at Adrian Walsh. Rhys O’Regan then had an effort saved and again Eric Higgins pushed a strong effort from him over the crossbar. Russell Quirke with a shot and Cian Fadden with a header went close before the break but Saints were in control with their movement and passing and went in with a comfortable half time lead. The second period followed a similar pattern to the first, with the league leaders having the majority of possession and chances, and added a fourth just after the hour mark, when DJ Cremins executed a beautiful lob from the right hand side of the area, which beat goalkeeper Eric Higgins. David Slattery added a fifth fourteen minutes from time, with a low shot to the net. Mikey Nash had a shot saved by Higgins late on but the game was long over as a contest, and the Saints continued their title challenge with three more points in the bag.

Two Mile Borris 6 – 0 Bansha Celtic

Two Mile Borris assured themselves of Premier League football next season when they opened up a substantial gap between themselves and the bottom three with a strong performance and a six-goal win at home to Bansha Celtic on Sunday. The hosts were in charge from the early minutes, and had a number of chances before they took the lead in the twentieth minute, when Loran O Toole finished off a Jamie Lee corner in the twentieth minute. They added a second when Daniel Rafter scored from close range just after the half hour mark, and made it three nil before the break when Jamie Lee finished off some good approach play by the home midfield. The second period followed a similar pattern to the first, with the hosts well on top, and they added the fourth on the hour mark when Lee cut through the middle and fired past the keeper from the edge of the area. The same player hit the post ten minutes later, when looking for his hat trick, but he didn’t have to wait too long, getting that third goal to make it five to nil, ten minutes from time. The goal of the game came in the final minutes, when youth player Louis Coughlan who had come on as a sub, slammed a thirty five yard free kick to the net, to the delight of the watching supporters, to put the cherry on the top of a very good home performance.

Clonmel Celtic 4 – 0 Clonmel Town

An early brace from Sean Brown set Clonmel Celtic on their way to a comfortable four goal win against local rivals Clonmel Town in the derby game on Sunday. The game was only a minute old when the deadlock was broken, with Sean Browne firing low to the corner to give the hosts the lead. They doubled that advantage on the quarter hour mark, when Browne struck again, this time firing a fine half volley to the net with the Town keeper rooted to the spot. When Darren Sweeney headed home on twenty eight minutes it looked a case of damage limitation for the visitors as Celtic went to the break three goals to the good. Early in the second half Philip Drohan saw his effort scrambled off the line but the respite was brief for Town as Cian O’Sullivan scored from close range to make it four. Town battled away but Celtic didn’t have to be at their best as they ran out comfortable winners.

Peake Villa 13 – 1 Wilderness Rovers

This was all one-way traffic for the home side who definitely had their shooting boots on at Sunday Lunch time in the Tower Grounds in Thurles. They entertained an under strength Wilderness side and the points were secured In the first ten minutes of the game with goals from Ronan McGuire, Kieren Hennessy and Keith Cahill. Darragh Byrne scored in the fifteenth minute to make it four, before Mc Guire and Byrne added another two goals, before the game had reached the half hour mark. Kieren Hennessy then got his second in and Ronan Maguire secured his hat-trick from the penalty spot four minutes before half time. Keith Cahill added his second of the game just before half time to make it nine to nil at the break. The second half saw the Thurles aide add another four goals with Cahill and Hennessy also scoring three goals each. Ronan McGuire scored two more to bring his total to five on the day, before Wilderness scored late on from a very good free kick taken by Cian Cullinane.

TSDL First Division Shield 31st March 2024 Match Reports

Cullen Lattin 6 – 5 Galbally United

Cullen and Galbally played out an eleven goal thriller in the only first Division Shield game that went ahead on Sunday afternoon, before the home side took the spoils on the day. But they had to come from behind, as they were a goal down within a minute, when they conceded a penalty kick that was converted by Galbally’s Josh Dineen. Six minutes later, Owen O Sullivan put the visitors two up, when his strike from outside the box went flying past the stranded home keeper. But eventually the home side got their bearings, and got back into the game in the second quarter of the first half, when Ben Carey converted from close range after a corner. Just on the half hour mark, Darren Mc Grath put the hosts level after a great individual effort sailed into the bottom corner. And they completed their first half comeback in the thirty fifth minute, when he added a second, with another sweet strike, this time from just inside the visitor’s area. But five minutes from the break, Owen O Sullivan got his second and Galbally’s third, when he beat the offside trap to score. And the breathless first half saw one more goal before the half time whistle, when Max Reardon played in Tony O Neill who finished well, and gave the home side the lead. They continued their scoring exploits early in the second period when a Darren Mc Grath cross found the head of Tony O Neill to put them five to three in front. The visitors didn’t drop the heads however and a Jordan Dineen double drew the game level once again. The final say though, went to the home side, when with just minutes to go, Darren Mc Grath popped up once more to put Cullen back in front and they held on for a win in the end.

TSDL Second Division Shield 31st March 2024 Match Reports

Moyglass United 1 – 3 Rosegreen Rangers

Moyglass started this game the better side, with a couple of early half chances that left Rosegreen scrambling to hold on, and they eventually took the lead ten minutes before the break, when a brilliant through ball by Eoin Byrne found Niall Doocey, and he squared to Stephen Houlihan to tap home from close in. This was how the game went to the break, with the hosts in firm control. However, whatever was said in the visitors dressing room at the break, it had the desired effect, as Rosegreen took control almost right from the restart. They eventually levelled in the seventieth minute, when they took a quick free kick and the ball broke to Ben Young who fired into the top corner of the net from the edge of the area. They pressed on and took the lead five minutes later when Ian Collins got in behind the Moyglass defence and dinked an effort beyond the keeper. Three minutes after that, they got the third and vital goal, when Keith Bergin finished another very clever move to ensure they move into the semi final draw.

TSDL Third Division Shield 31st March 2024 Match Reports

Tipperary Town 0 – 7 Cahir Park

This game was moved to Cahir on Sunday morning and they took full advantage of the newly found home status, by putting up a big win and advancing to the next round of the competition. The early part of the game was tight enough with both sides creating chances, before Cahir finally opened the scoring ten minutes before the break through a scrambled effort by Conor Murphy from inside the area. Six minutes later, a Padraig Farrell free kick added the second for the Park. But then, it turned into the Leigh Murphy show, when he scored four goals both sides of the half time whistle, to put the game firmly out of the grasp of the visitors. Two late goals by Keelan Darcy and Conor Murphy, added the extra on top of an already assured win.

SC & K United 4 – 2 Clonmel Celtic  

Third Division league champions Kilsheelan United continued their winning form into the Shield on Sunday morning when they produced four goals to two win over Clonmel Celtic. They got off to a great start, finding themselves two up inside the opening fifteen minutes. Brandon Cagney opened the scoring in the thirteenth minute when he touched down the ball inside the visitor’s area from a corner kick, before beating his man and firing into the roof of the visitor’s net. Just ninety seconds later it was two, when Jamie Roche picked up a mis-placed pass outside the Celtic box before firing beyond the keeper to double the advantage. They thought that they had made in three seven minutes from the break, but John O‘ Dwyer saw his header excellently saved by the visiting keeper, and they had to be content with the two goal half time advantage. They Clonmel side came out firing in the second period and pulled a goal back eight minutes in, when Dylan Kiely found the bottom corner from just inside the home area. Conor Grant in the Kilsheelan goal was in fine form all afternoon, with two huge saves within a five-minute period to maintain the host’s lead. Firstly, getting a finger-tip save from a dangerous Celtic set-piece delivery which took a deflection, before the getting down low to save from a cross that also took a deflection off one of the United defenders. Those saves proved vital, as just moments after the second, Kilsheelan made it three to one when John O’ Dywer headed home at the back post from a Nathan Dolan in-swinging cross, to put themselves firmly back in control. It became four goals to one with twenty minutes remaining, when again Nathan Dolan was the provider from a similar position, this time finding Cian Roche to volley home to extend the lead. The visitors pulled one back with fifteen minutes left, when Dylan Kiely poked home his second of the game, but in the end, the homes side hung on comfortably enough to secure the semi-final place.

TSDL Youths report 31st March 2024 Match Reports

TSDL Youths Div 2 Youths Shield

Clonmel Town 1 – 4 Two Mile Borris

This Div 2 Youth Shield first leg match between Clonmel Town and Two Mile Borris was played in Ferryhouse last Saturday, with both teams starting well and creating chances at both ends. But it was Borris who broke the deadlock after twelve minutes with a quick free kick catching the home defence off guard. They doubled their advantage five minutes later but Town were still looking dangerous and they pulled one back with a long ball from Patryk Galka finding Cian McGrath who finished to the net in the twenty fifth minute. It looked like that’s the way it would stay until the break, but two goals in quick succession for the visitors just before half time finished the game as a contest, and gave the Newhill side a commanding lead to take into the second leg, where the teams will meet again.

TSDL Premier  Division 24th March 2024 Match Reports

Wilderness Rovers 1 – 2 Bansha Celtic

Wilderness played hosts to Bansha Celtic on Sunday morning, hoping to pick up their first win of the season, but once again fell just short on the day. The tough underfoot conditions made it hard going for both sides, but the hosts started well and caused problems for the visiting defence on a couple of occasions. They finally got rewarded for their good play in the twenty seventh minute when Ciaran O Loughlin won the ball in defence and a set up some good play in the middle of the pitch that finished in Jamie Dunne firing to the net. But all the good work they had done in getting their noses in front, was undone two minutes later when Robbie Byron finished to level the game. There were no more goals in the first half, and the visitors began to take control of the game in the early part of the second half. Just after the hour mark, they got the lead when a quick break down the right wing saw a ball crossed to Eamon Quirke, who just got ahead of the advancing keeper to poke the ball home. The hosts kept battling and worked really hard to get back in to the game, coming close twice through a Josh Greene header and a shot from Keane Farrell that went just over. Bansha had another chance to score fifteen minutes from time, but absolutely never say die defending from Leon Hopkins kept the ball out of the net. The home side were reduced to ten men for last few minutes of the game, but they still continuously attacked in search of an equaliser that ultimately never came.

Clonmel Celtic 2 -1 Cahir Park

A last-minute goal from substitute Jack Aylward saw Clonmel Celtic get back to winning ways as they overcame Cahir Park by a single goal in an exciting encounter at Celtic Park on Sunday afternoon. It was a good quality game dominated by defences, but it didn’t look like that after in the early stages as both rearguards were breached in the first eight minutes. The visitors were ahead after two minutes when Celtic didn’t deal with a high ball into the box and the ball dropped to Niall Daly who nodded home from close range. But the hosts were level within six minutes with a well worked goal. Cillian Hogan did well on the right and his centre was swept home to the corner of the net by Jack Purcell. After the early drama both defences tightened up and chances were few and far between. The rest of the first half was an entertaining even affair but both solid backlines dominated with neither side able to create any clearcut chances. The second half followed a similar pattern but as the game progressed Celtic began to get on top. A fine move on the hour mark opened up the visitor’s defence, but Brian Sweeney got down well to deny Peter O’Dowd. A draw probably wouldn’t have been a bad outcome for either side but the home side were rewarded in the eighty ninth minute for pushing that bit harder for a winner. It was another finely worked goal. Sean Brown did well to win and hold up the ball before releasing Philip Drohan and his cross was expertly despatched to the corner of the net by Aylward, to the delight of the watching crowd. Cahir tried to respond in injury time and had a couple of efforts on target but both were comfortably saved by Fabian Kerton as Celtic held on for an important three points.

TSDL Second Division 24th March 2024 Match Reports

Two Mile Borris 9 – 4 St Nicholas

The supporters at this game were treated to thirteen goals, with neither defence covering itself in glory on a wet Sunday afternoon in Newhill. The home side are pushing for a title, and dominated the first half, going into the break six goals to one ahead, after a first half hat trick from DJ Troy along with two goals from Jake Jordan and one from Jack Delaney. The visitors goal in response came from the head of James Scanlon. The second half started off slowly, but once both teams got going again they exchanged six goals between them. The home side saw Troy add two more goals to finish up with five for the game, along with a goal by Conor Ryan. While Saint’s three came from Nick Cummins, Aiden Riordan and Jason Sutton, for a final scoreline of nine goals to four on the day.

Suirside 3 – 2 Rosegreen Rangers

Suirside took all three points here in a huge game in their push for promotion against a very game Rosegreen side at Grange on Sunday. The home side started brightly and should have been a goal up in the eight minute when good work by Gavin Sheehan set up John Darmody, but his shot was brilliantly saved by the visiting keeper. But in the twentieth minute, it was Rosegreen who took the lead when the home defence failed to deal with in innocuous cross and the ball fell to Darren Corbett who coolly finished to the net from six yards out. The home side continued to press and they were level eleven minutes from the break when Gavin Sheehan tapped in from close range. There were no more goals before the break, but the home side continued to play well at the start of the second period and they took the lead with goal from a corner when Colm O Gorman headed to the net just on the hour mark. They extended the lead fifteen minutes from time when John Allen Lowes took advantage of some excellent play by his team mates to score from twelve yards, and made the game look safe. But Rosegreen kept fighting and pulled a goal back in the final minute when Luke Quinlan scored after a mix up in the Suirside defence. For the last few minutes, the visitors threw everything at the hosts, but Suirside held on to take the precious points.

Moyglass United 1 – 1 Powerstown

Moyglass United put a dent in Powerstown’s fading title hopes when they held them to a draw at Moyglass on Sunday. The game was pretty even for most of the first half, with what few chances that were created, falling to the away side, but they were easily dealt with by the home keeper. However, they finally did manage to take the lead ten minutes before the break when a long ball over the home defence was controlled well by Aaron Kiely, and he fired a shot across the keeper into the top corner with an excellent finish. Moyglass however responded well, and were level within five minutes when Johnny Gleeson came up from left back, and hit a thunderous shot that could only be parried by the visiting keeper, into the path of the inrushing Niall Doocey, and he made no mistake from six yards. There were no more goals in the game, with the defences being on top, and the teams shared the spoils.

TSDL Third Division 24th March 2024 Match Reports

SC & K United 2 – 1 Clonmel Celtic B 

Kilsheelan United’s juniors finished off their league campaign on Sunday afternoon with a two goals to one win over Clonmel Celtic FC ‘B’ in Kilsheelan, on a day that they were presented with the Third Division league trophy as this season’s champions. They got off to the perfect start in the game, when after some early dominance, Cathal de Faoite fired home after picking up the loose ball from Billy O’ Connor’s corner kick delivery after in the fifteenth minute. They came close to doubling the lead later in the first half, with de Faoite firing narrowly over the Celtic crossbar, and Mark Heffernan dragging a shot just wide of the Celtic near post, but they ultimately went in, just a goal in front. Both sides shared possession in the second-half, but found it difficult to break each other down. It wasn’t until the seventieth minute when the visitors found their equaliser, when a corner wasn’t dealt with before their centre-half struck a low volley beyond a host of bodies in the home box. It looked like both sides were going to have to settle for a point each, but the champions found the winner six minutes from time through Mark Heffernan. Nathan Dolan found space on the edge of the Celtic penalty area, before his shot fell to Cathal de Faoite who found Heffernan open inside the area to fire home his 18th league goal of the season. They saw out the final remaining minutes to pick up another three points, as they ended the season with a 100% home record in their league campaign.

Tipperary Town 1 – 2 Donohill and District

In a close contest that finished the league campaign for the home side, the two teams swapped half chances, but ultimately went to the break scoreless. The second half came to life ten minutes in with a great strike from Christy Malone from twenty yards out, into the top corner, to give Donohill the lead. The hosts bounced back and got rewarded when Fergal Mc Namara cut in from the left side and was able to loop the ball over the Donohill keeper, fifteen minutes from time. Both sides pushed to get the winner and the visitors got joy when the ball broke for Sean Ryan, who pounced on a save from Timmy Esmonde, to slot home almost right on the full time whistle to make it two to one, and take the three points.

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TSDL Youths Report 24th March 2024 Match Reports

TSDL Youths Cup ¼ final

Cashel Town 4 – 1 SC & K United

Cashel’s youths got over their loss in the Division 1 decider last weekend, when they ran out comfortable winners against Division Two side SC & K United at home on Saturday afternoon. But the hosts didn’t have it all their own way, as the game was quite even for the first half hour, before the visitors took the lead through Ciaran Lonergan who finished well after a quick break down field. The home side stepped up a gear after this setback and had a number of chances before Artem Izhko finished from close range after the keeper failed to hold blistering shot a minute before the break. In the second period, the home team began to dominate and took the lead on fifty four minutes with a shot from outside the area by Sami Laaksonen that gave the visitors keeper no chance. They put the game to bed five minutes from time, with another screamer, this time Niall Hallisey. Artem Izhko got a fourth in time added on with a nice finish from twelve yards, from a cross from the right by Colm Ryan.

TSDL Youths Cup ¼ final

Two Mile Borris 6 – 0 Mullinahone

League champions St Kevin’s, welcomed Mullinahone to Newhill on Saturday, with both teams slow to start in the cold weather, and creating very little until eight minutes from the break, when the hosts hit the front with Tristan Troy’s deft finish from six yards. Louis Coughlan made it two just before the break, and they started the second half on the front foot, with Jake Cullen adding a third only four minutes in, with an excellent solo effort, beating three defenders before scoring with a rifling shot from twenty yards. Borris scored their fourth after Sean Treacy battled well to win the ball and pull it back for Jason Kelly who cooly finished, on the hour mark. Well on top now, Sean Treacy set up Louis Coughlan to score Borris’ fifth with a long range finish to the bottom corner, fifteen minutes from time. And they rounded off the afternoon when a darting break by Jason Kelly who rounded two defenders, set up to Tom Ryan to coolly finish to the net.

TSDL Premier League 17th March 2024 Match Reports

Peake Villa 3 – 0 Clonmel Celtic

After all the rain the last few days, there was a break in the weather Sunday morning for this league encounter, and the Villa staff had the pitch in fine order for the game, which Villa needed to win, after some poor results in recent weeks. The first half was a cagey affair with both defences on top, limiting the chances to a few for both sides. The hosts had the best chance of the half when a Keith Cahill cross in front of the goal deceived everyone, but the keeper parried it to keep it out. The second half was only a minute old when the home side finally took the lead. A great cross by Kieren Hennessy was met by the head of Ronan McGuire, and his header was unstoppable finding the top corner. They completely took control after this, creating some good chances, but unable to extend the lead. And they almost paid for their profligacy when Celtic nearly found an equaliser in the sixty sixth minute from the penalty spot, but the spot kick was well saved by David Purcell, in the Villa goal to keep it at one nil. That scare was enough to make the champions kick on, and four minutes later a free kick into the area by Keith Cahill, found the head of Evan McCormack, went back across the box and Kieren Hennessy was first to react to score from close in, and give his side some breathing space. They saw out the final twenty minutes comfortably enough and deep into injury time, Ronan McGuire made a great run and found Kieren Hennessy who made no mistake scoring his second of the day to make it three and ensure the points were staying at the Tower Grounds.

Two Mile Borris 2 – 1 Clonmel Town

Borris won a massive three points in this tie to move out of the relegation zone for the first time this season, when they came up with a late winner to deny a Clonmel Town side who were hoping to go on a mini run of victories themselves. The game was exciting, with both teams forging plenty of chances in the early minutes, but it took until just before the half hour mark, for one of those to count. The homes side Urban Nolan picked up a ball forty yards from goal out on the left hand side, cut inside and flashed an unstoppable shot to the net to the delight of the home support. The game became a midfield battle after this, and there were no more goals in the first period. The hosts started the better in the second half, and should have extended their lead, with Danny Rafter having two excellent chances, but being denied on both occasions by the Clonmel net minder. Eventually Town got back into the game fifteen minutes from time, when after good work in the middle of the pitch, Darragh Cronin flashed home a low shot to the corner of the net. The final destination of the points were up in the air at this point, but Town looked more likely and were doing most of the attacking. But three minutes from time, they over extended their attack and got caught on the break. Urban Nolan raced up field on a breakaway attack and found Lewis Kearney, who was fouled in the Town area. Anto Walker stood up to take the penalty, and made no mistake. Stunned by the turnaround, Town threw everything at the home side for the final five minutes but Borris held on to take the precious points.

St Michael’s 1 – 0 Bansha Celtic

Saints took all three points here in a game that never rose to any great heights in the Premier League in Cooke Park on St Patrick’s Day. Both teams had chances in the early part of the game, with Aido Walsh having to be smart in the fifth minute, to parry away a Shane Egan free kick. The home side then tested Kelvin O’Brien in the Bansha goal on a number of occasions, before they finally made a breakthrough in the thirty third minute, when Colin Bargary’s cross found Rhys O’Regan unmarked in the area, and he headed home from close range. Cillian Coonan saw his goal bound shot blocked minutes later, after a wonderful Rhys O’Regan run through the visitor’s midfield, but in the end, there were no more goals in the half. Veteran Jimmy Carr looked to have done everything right three minutes into the second period beating a number of players but his finish went wide of goal. Bargary had an effort saved by O’Brien just before the hour mark, after good work by Carr, as the Saints tried hard to get a second goal that would have made the game more comfortable. In the end, they didn’t need it, as the tie petered out, into a dull finish, leaving the hosts firmly in charge of the destination of this year’s TSDL Premier League title.

TSDL Second Division 17th March 2024 Match Reports

Rosegreen Rangers 2 – 4 St Nicholas

Rosegreen were left rooted to the bottom of the Second Division table after going down to St Nicholas at home Sunday morning in Nijinsky Park. The game was a lively one, with plenty of goals, and the home team started well, going a goal up in the tenth minute when Luke Quinlan fired home from just inside the Saint’s area. But they only managed to hold onto that lead for five minutes, and the visitors equalised with a well worked move, that was finished to the net by Aaron Ryan Shiner. Quinlan restored the home sides lead on the half hour mark, and they looked like they were going to go to the break in front, but a lapse in concentration allowed the Solohead side to equalise once again, when Eoin O Riordan popped up in the area and made no mistake from six yards. This gave the away side the momentum going into the second half, and they had the best of the chances without converting, until twenty minutes from the end, when they finally broke down the stubborn home defence and got their noses in front with another goal by Shiner. Rosegreen were forced to come out in search of an equaliser, and five minutes from time they were caught on the break, with the away side adding a fourth when Riordan also got a second goal, and assured his side of all three points.

Peter O Reilly Cup, 17th March 2024 Match Reports

Cahir Park 1 – 2 Donohill and District

Donohill booked their spot in the semi final of this years Peter O Reilly Cup when they travelled to Cahir and won by the odd goal in three in a lively game at the weekend. The home side started better and almost scored in the second minute, only to be denied by a brilliant save from the visiting keeper. But the away side soon settled and hit the front in the tenth minute with a goal by Dinny Crosse, who finished to the net from six yards out. But the home side continued to make chances and found themselves level seven minutes before half time when David Clifford poked the ball home from close in after some good build up play down the right-hand side. The teams went in level at the break, and played a very even second half, with only half chances available for both sides. That was until ten minutes from time, when the visitors finally got back in front. Awarded a free kick at the edge of the area, Seanie Ryan stood up and slammed the ball into the top corner, giving the Park keeper no chance of stopping the shot. Cahir did push forward in the hope of getting the game to extra time, but in the end the visitors held on.

TSDL Youths Report 16th March 2024 Match Reports

TSDL Youths Div 1

Cashel Town 1 – 3 Two Mile Borris

Borris ran out rather easy winners in this league decider with a three goals to one victory at Dixie Currivan Park in Palmershill, Cashel. The visitors started brightly and took an early lead on five minutes when Sean Treacy finished from close range after a great shot was saved but wasn’t held. They doubled their lead in the seventeenth minute with a goal from Tristan Kelly, who finished well after a great passing move cut the home defence apart, to leave themselves in total control. The visitors were well on top and created numerous chances but failed to add to their tally before half time. After the break and playing with the wind, the hosts attempted to get back into the game but failed to take any of the chances that they created. And Borris put the result beyond doubt twenty minutes from the end when they added a third, after being awarded a penalty after a quick break away. Tom Ryan stepped up to slot the resulting spot kick to the net. Cashel, to their credit, continued to press forward and were rewarded for their persistence fifteen minutes from time, with a goal from Ryan St. John, who volleyed in from six yards after a cross from the right. The hosts continued to press, but the Borris defence held firm and ran out deserved winners to take a hard fought Division 1 title.

TSDL Youths Div 1

Cashel Town 1 – 3 Two Mile Bor

Tom Ryan Captain of Two Mile Borris receiving te cup from the League Chairman Liam Clohessehy and Vice Chairman Benny Tynan

The Two Mile Borris Youths League Division 1 Winners

Clonmel Credit Union Tipperary Cup, 10th March 2024 Match Reports

Bansha Celtic 2 – 3 Cashel Town

First Division league leaders Cashel Town humbled Premier League side Bansha Celtic, by dumping them out of this year’s Tipperary Cup, by the odd goal in five on Sunday afternoon. The visitors took the lead on ten minutes when a cross into the box wasn’t dealt with by the home defence and Kyle Ryan pounced to score. They made it two just before the half hour mark, when a shot from twenty five yards out, struck the bar and Kevin Keating headed home the rebound, giving the away side a two goal advantage at the break. Celtic made a comeback early in the second half, and reduced the deficit to a single goal in the sixty fifth minute when a cross from the left was struck home by Shane Egan. Flying now, they equalised from the penalty spot, when Egan was taken down in the box and Tony Egan scored the resulting penalty kick. They looked like the more likely team to go on and win from there, but Cashel showed a steely resolve, and retook the lead five minutes from time, when Sean Fitzpatrick scored a from a free kick. The hosts threw everything forward for the final five minutes, but were unable to get the equaliser, and Cashel head into the draw for the next round of the competition.

St Michael’s 7 – 0 Powerstown

Saints got back to winning ways, when getting the better of a game Powerstown side at Cooke Park on Sunday afternoon in the Tipperary Cup. The visitors were hoping to put in a good performance and cause a shock, and they started well, forcing a good save from veteran keeper Derek Breen in just the fifth minute. But once the home side found their feet they took the lead on eleven minutes when Danny O’Brien received the ball and turned making space to fire past Shane Doyle from eighteen yards. It was two in the fifteenth minute, when Mikey Nash scored from close range after good work by Ashley Kelliher. Derek Breen again did well on just before the half hour mark, when Oisin Napier played in Cathal McKeown but Breen turned his effort round the post. Two goals in a minute sealed the deal late in the half when firstly Danny O’Brien made it three when he converted a rebound after a Russell Quirke shot, and on forty one minutes an Ashley Kelliher free kick beat the stretching hands of the Powerstown net minder. The second period was played at a less frantic pace, with the home side dominant and they made it five seventeen minutes from time when Doyle failed to hold an effort by Kelliher. Seanie Guerins made it six in the eighty third minute, and Seanie Murphy finished the scoring going into time added on when he turned a Colin Bargary chip to the net.

TSDL Premier Division reports 10th March 2024 Match Reports

Two Mile Borris 8 – 1 Wilderness Rovers

This was a huge relegation six pointer for the two teams, and Borris gave themselves a fighting chance of survival, by posting a big win against a Wilderness team that now look doomed to going down. That said, the Clonmel side opened the scoring in the tenth minute when a defensive mix up at the home end, allowed Jake Guiney to capitalise and he made no mistake. That was as good as it got for the visitors however, and the home side dominated from there on. They finally got a leveller in the twenty fifth minute when Daniel Rafter, broke through and gave the visiting keeper no chance from ten yards out. Minutes later they were in front, when Rafter forced the keeper into a parried save, but Jamie Lee was in hand to tap in the rebound. Rafter then completed a hat trick before the break, adding two more goals, when he finished off a flowing move in the thirty fifth minute, before slamming a thirty yard free kick to the top corner of the net, with seconds left in the half. The second period got no better for the away team, and they conceded a fifth just five minutes into the half when Anto Walker found the net. Youth player Tom Tyan added a sixth on the hour mark, before an Eoin Sheridan header made it seven with fifteen minutes left. Walker wrapped up the scoring with a late goal and finished off his sides biggest win of the season.

Clonmel Town 4 – 2 Peake Villa

Peakes Villa’s recent run of poor form continued on Sunday, when they went down to a Clonmel Town side whose form has been up and down of late, and might just have put a huge dent into the Thurles sides chances of retaining their Premier League title. Despite starting well and taking an early lead through Liam McCormack, Peake Villa failed to kick on and were made to pay by a Town side who were clinical throughout. Once Juan Aguedo cancelled out McCormack’s opener it was all Town and they added a second immediately through Charlie Barlow to take the lead. Town pushed on again and again but it was from a breakaway that saw them score a third. It was a goal reminiscent of that famous Ryan Giggs effort all those years ago in an FA Cup semi-final, when Jake French Davis picked up the ball in his own half and took on the entire visiting defence before finding the net with a brilliant finish. Davis then was on hand to add a fourth goal for Town early in the second half to put the game to bed. Villa did however mount a comeback and pulled a goal back through Billy MCarthy and despite forcing Daniel Hade into making a couple of fabulous blocks their efforts where much too late to seriously threaten the home side.

TSDL First Division reports 10th March 2024 Match Reports

Old Bridge 6 – 0 St Michael’s

The Bridge had a good win against a young St Michael’s side and, in doing so, gave themselves a little bit of hope in their battle against relegation. They seemed more focused than in recent games and scored early on when Alex Greene forced the ball home after great work from Dylan Guiry. This was followed by the first of Michael O’Sullivan’s brace after he followed up his own shot, which came back off the post to finish the ball to the net. Luke O’Donnell made it three to nil with a powerful shot, which went in via the post, as they took complete control of the game in the first half hour. Michael O’Sullivan got his second when he finished to the net after a good move to make four to nothing for the home side at the break. Saints to their credit, continued to play nice football, and had their best period of the game in the early stages of the second period, but on the hour mark Ciaran Walsh headed powerfully home following a corner kick, to give the home side a five-goal cushion. The scoring was completed with two minutes remaining when Aaron Larkin found the back of the net with an absolutely stunning shot from all of thirty yards. It was a big win for The Old Bridge, but they must now wait anxiously on St. Michael’s to complete their programme to see what their fate will be.

Peake Villa 1 – 2 Cullen Lattin

A highly entertaining game up at the Tower Grounds Sunday afternoon with both teams giving it everything, seen Villa losing out to a Cullen team, desperately trying to stay involved in the title and promotion race. The home side started bright and got at Cullen from the off with some good passing play. They finally took the lead in the twenty eight minute when a Mark Lennon corner was headed into the top corner by Jordan Fahey. There were some half chances for both teams before the half ended, but both defences were in good form, and there were no more goals. The visitors came out with more purpose in the second half but found David Purcell in the Villa goal in good form. His goal was finally breached however, just after the hour mark, when Tom O Mahony scored from a Cullen corner to draw the sides level. Both sides went for the win after this, and Villa had a great chance with five minutes to go when Billy McCarthy broke through the Cullen defence but he scuppered his shot and the keeper saved it. With that looking like the last big chance of the game, the home side were shocked well into injury time when Michael Elligott scored, to give Cullen what might yet become a huge three points in their season.

TSDL Second Division reports 10th March 2024 Match Reports

Suirside 2 – 1 Moyglass United

This was a tense and tight game in Grange on Sunday afternoon, but it was the home side that hit the front in the tenth minute when John Allen Lowes fired to the net with a brilliant strike into the top corner of the net from the edge of the eighteen yard box. After this, the home side began to dominate, and five minutes later a brilliant through ball found John Darmody, and he curled the ball around the out stretched hand of the visiting keeper to double the home sides advantage. They continued to make chances, and should really have put the game to bed, but a combination of wayward finishing and brilliant goalkeeping, kept Suirside at bay. They went into the second period with that two goal lead, but Moyglass found a way back into the game twenty minutes from time, when Stephen Houlihan finally beat the home keeper after a number of efforts, to reduce the deficit to a single goal. Moyglass did push for an equaliser, but in the end Suirside managed to hold on for a precious three points that sees them up to second in a really tight Second Division table

St Nicholas 4 – 2 Dualla

St Nicholas pulled off a huge win in the relegation battle with Dualla on Sunday at Danny O Dwyer Park, that leaves the away side with a mountain to climb if they want to stay in the Second Division next season. The game started evenly enough but Dualla took the lead in the sixth minute with the first real chance of the game when he finished well from just inside the box. They held that lead for most of the remainder of the half, but minutes before the break they were pegged back when Aaron Ryan Shiner found the net with an excellent finish after being teed up by Jack Downey. It looked like that would see the teams to half time all square, but right on the stroke of half time, Ryan got a second when he and Downey combined again, to send the Saints in a goal to the good. But Dualla once again started the second half the quicker, and five minutes in, Tossy Ryan levelled the game once again with another well taken goal. But that was as good as it got for the visitors as the hosts began to dominate, and retook the lead twenty minutes from the end when Jack Downey went from provider to scorer with the strike from close in. The visitors were out on their feet after this, and Downey ensured the win minutes later when he scored a goal after a quick break up field.

TSDL Third Division reports 10th March 2024 Match Reports

Killenaule Rovers 0 – 8 SC & K United

Kilsheelan United will play Division 2 football next season after securing promotion at home to Killenaule this morning with a big victory. After coming close through Cathal de Faoite, Billy O’Connor & Jamie Roche early on, they deservedly found the opening goal after ten minutes through Mark Heffernan, before the same player made it two, eight minutes later, firing home from close range after a quick throw from Jamie Roche. Roche got on the act himself just before the half hour mark, when Heffernan returned the favour by setting him up, and then he added his second from a Cathal de Faoite cross five minutes before the break. de Faoite was next to get on the scoresheet, heading home after the visitors failed to clear a corner on the stroke of half-time. Heffernan completed his hat-trick on the hour mark, finding the bottom-right corner from all of twenty five yards out, before Jamie Roche got a hat-trick of his own fifteen minutes from time when he tapped home after great play from Jamie Ryan and Evan Forristal to make it seven. Mark Heffernan finished off the scoring in style inside the final minutes, beating four Killenaule players before slotting beyond the keeper.

Tipperary Town 3 – 3 Burncourt Celtic

This was a cracker of a game played out at the Arra Road on Sunday morning, with Burncourt racing to a two-goal lead inside the first fifteen minutes, thanks to goals by Dylan Ryan and Pa Ryan with neat finishes after good work in the middle of the park. The hosts didn’t panic however, and the early nerves settled when Adrian “Butch” Swords cooly slotted home after some good work from the Town front five. Jamie Ryan popped up shortly after and fired home from ten yards to make it level pegging on the half hour. The tide turned in the favour of the home side then Evan Ryan who was anchoring the Tipp midfield made a late run into the box and cooly slotted home from six yards, just before the break. Burncourt came out hammer and thongs in the second half and were awarded a penalty just before the hour mark, but Timmy Esmonde stood strong in the home goal, and pulled the ball out of the top corner to send the home fans wild. They must have sniffed a victory at this point, but they were cruelly denied late on, when Dylan Ryan popped up to score from close range to earn a share of the points.

Cahir Park 5 – 2 Donohill and District

Cahir Park’s seconds stayed in the promotion hunt with a good win at home against Donohill on Sunday afternoon. And they got the best possible start, when they took the lead in the first minute, with a Hichem Briem goal from close range. After that however, the game settled down and there were no more goals in a very even first half. Ten minutes into the second period, Briem made it two with a good finish from eight yards out, following a good thought ball from Conor Murphy. He added his third just after the hour mark when he finished well after being played in one against one with the visiting keeper. But Donohill battled away, and pulled a goal back twenty minutes from time, when Alan O Dwyer followed up on a save by the Park keeper, and tapped home. The home side weren’t in any mood however to allow this to be the springboard for a revival, and re-asserted their dominance and their three-goal lead, when Leigh Murphy volleyed home five minutes later. The two teams swapped a goal each in the final five minutes, with Murphy getting the fifth for Cahir, to set them up for an interesting final few weeks.

FAI Junior Cup quarter finals, 3rd March  2024 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 0 – 2 Cockhill Celtic

It was good while it lasted, but Clonmel Celtic’s run in this year’s FAI Junior Cup came to an end on Sunday when they went down by two goals to nil, against Donegal side Cockhill Celtic, the favourites to win this year’s competition. Though no doubt disappointed Celtic can’t have too many complaints about the outcome as on the day they were second best to a strong and well drilled side. It was a lively opening to a game that drew a fine attendance and the home side gave as good as they got in the early stages. Indeed, they had the first effort on goal when Philly Drohan did well on the left and his cross found Jack Purcell but his first-time effort was easily gathered by Hugh Doherty. The visitors came close on nineteen minutes when Luke Rudden got on the end of a cross, but his header was tipped over by Fabian Kerton in the home goal. It was end to end at this stage, though Celtic were finding it hard to create any clearcut chances against a resolute Cockhill rearguard. The visitors hit the front on thirty-one minutes, and once again it was a cross field ball that undone the home side. Rudden was on the end of it, and his header back across goal was tapped in by Jack Mullan. It was a vital breakthrough and Donegal side saw out the first half relatively comfortably. Celtic almost created a chance just on half time when Peter O’Dowd got on the end of Philly Drohan’s cross but his shot was well blocked.

The Clonmel side were still very much in this tie as the second half kicked off, but the game deteriorated into a scrappy affair bereft of any quality. Both sides battled hard but the game was littered with stoppages. Cockhill put the game to bed on sixty nine minutes when Luke Rudden got on the end of a centre and fired home to effectively seal the win for the Donegal outfit. Celtic made some changes in an effort to get back into the tie but the visitors snuffed out their challenge and saw out the game in relative comfort. Celtic will regret that they were unable to produce their best on such a big day but you would have to credit Cockhill for that as it was very much mission accomplished for them.

Gorey Rangers 1 – 1 Peake Villa (AET Gorey win 3 – 0 on penalties)

There was heartbreak for the second weekend in a row for Thurles side Peake Villa when they exited the FAI Junior Cup on penalties in Wexford on Sunday afternoon. The game itself was an ultra cagey affair, with both sides giving each other the height of respect in the early stages. But then the tie caught fire in the tenth minute, when the home side took the lead after some brilliant play down the right side, saw Adam Territt cut in and score. But while they were still celebrating, Villa hit straight back, and good build-up play between Keith Cahill and Pippy Carrol, saw Carroll find Ronan Mc Guire in space in the area, and he found the bottom corner to the delight of the travelling crowd. Unfortunately the game settled back down after that, with defences on top, and there were no more chances of note in the first half. The second period seen Villa press higher and they were nearly rewarded when Ronan McGuire had a great chance ten minutes in, but his effort was well saved by the Gorey Keeper. Gorey did get back into the game near the final whistle and came close only for a great defensive clearance by Dale Loughnane, but in the end it finished level at one all.

Extra Time could not separate the sides with the best effort for Villa falling to Micheal Quinlan right at the death with his effort just going wide of the post. Penalties are a lottery, and it wasn’t to be Villa’s day missing their first three, while the Wexford side were deadly from twelve yards, and this saw them through to the semi-final for the second year in a row on a three to nil scoreline.

Villa FC 2 – 0 St Michael’s

Saints lost out on Sunday to the 2022 winners Villa F.C who were worthy winners on the day but Saints will rue a good spell towards the end of the first half that didn’t yield any reward as the part of the game that may have cost them a chance of victory. It was nervy edgy start with both sides looking for a way to get the opening goal. Jimmy Carr, playing a captain’s role had an inspiring period in the period before half time winning numerous frees and putting in a series of good crosses that Saints really should have capitalised on. For the first half hour the Wexford side were reduced to hopeful long balls Aaron O’Connor but they came to nought all too often. The defining moment of the first half came eleven minutes before the break, when Villa won a free on the left and Saints goalkeeper Adrian Walsh misjudged his punch away, allowing Conor Kilgallon to head home a soft goal, which was massive in what was always going to be a tight game. Villa were quick off the blocks in the second half and took control of the game, pressing the TSDL side back for long periods.  Crucially they were winning the vital second balls and on sixty-seven minutes, sunk a dagger in the hearts of the Saints when a good move saw Dylan Walsh finish to the net. This deflated the Tipperary side, but they tried hard to steady the ship. However, it all became a bit frantic and when that happens you rarely tend to get the luck you sometimes need. In the end time ran out on them, but they can be proud of their effort, not just today but over the last number of years, where they have always been a name to fear in this most brutal of competitions.

TSDL Premier League reports 3rd March 2024 Match Reports

Bansha Celtic 4 – 1 Clonmel Town

This game was switched to Clonmel as the Bansha pitch was unplayable, but Celtic brought their best form, when they dismantled a Town side that had returned to form in recent weeks. The home side did start better however, and had a header from a corner cleared off the line, in the opening minutes. But Bansha eventually worked their way back into the game, especially on the counter attack, and it was a quick breakaway from another Town corner, that allowed them break up field and find Adam Hennessy, and he made no mistake with a rasping finish to the roof of the net, midway through the half. That was how it stayed until half time, but they added a second three minutes into the second period, when Daniel O Dwyer again beat the home keeper with a rasping shot from the edge of the area. Stunned by this, the hosts had no response, and Bansha put the game to bed on the hour mark, when a header from a cross came back off the post, and Daniel O Dwyer was on hand to tap in the rebound for his second, and his sides third of the game. They were rampant at this stage and added a fourth fifteen minutes from time with a finish at the back post by Tony Egan. Town got a consolation goal five minutes from time when after the Bansha keeper made a great save, the ball rebounded to Juan Arguedas, and he finished off the rebound from six yards out. But it was too little too late and Celtic picked up the three precious points.

Two Mile Borris 0 – 2 Cahir Park

Cahir Park moved up to second place in the TSDL Premier League table with a win away in Newhill Park on Sunday afternoon. The game was evenly fought, despite the visitors being much more physical than the younger Borris side. Both sides had early chances, but the deadlock was finally broken in the twentieth minute when a John O Brien cross into the Borris area was met on the volley by Craig Guiry, whose excellent shot fizzed past the motionless home keeper. After that for the rest of the half, the better chances fell to the home side, with Daniel Rafter forcing a good save from the Park keeper on the hour mark, and a Loran O Toole header going narrowly wide just before the break. The second half followed much the same pattern as the latter half of the first, with Cahir happy to give up possession and look for opportunities to hit on the break. Daniel Rafter did have a chance to level the game twenty minutes from time, but his free flew inches the wrong side of the post. The game was finally decided five minutes from time, when Cahir were awarded a penalty kick, and Niall Dally despatched the ball to the net, to ensure they would take home all three points.

Paddy Purtill Cup, Quarter finals, 3rd March 2024 Match Reports

Cullen Lattin 2 – 0 Rosegreen Rangers

Cullen Lattin welcomed Rosegreen Rangers to Aisling Park on Sunday, in the first of the Paddy Purtill Cup quarter finals this year. The home side are flying in Division One at the moment, and carried that form into the game, dominating early possession, but finding it hard to fashion a clear chance against a resolute Rangers rearguard. Mark Riordan finally made the breakthrough in the twenty seventh minute, after Tony O Neill had done well on the left and cut in to find Riordan unmarked at the back post, and his powerful shot flew past helpless keeper. Nine minutes later, they made it two, when Fiachra O Grady headed a cross down to Thomas O Mahoney and he finished well. The visitors made things even harder for themselves before the break, when they were reduced to ten men, but the home side were not able to add any more goals. Cullen thought they would put the game to bed easily enough against a ten-man Rosegreen side in the second half, but that wasn’t the case and it was a very flat second half with both sides going through the motions on a very sticky pitch. The best chance of the half fell to Cullens Micheál Elligott, but the visiting keeper got a finger to his header to deny the Cullen striker with an excellent save. In the end, two were enough to see Cullen through to the semi-finals.

Cashel Town 3 – 1 Suirside

Division One league leaders Cashel Town had to come from behind to overcome Suirside in a tough game at Palmershill on Sunday afternoon. The visitors took the lead in just the second minute, when a looping shot from John Alan Lowes deceived the home keeper after a corner was cleared to the edge of the box. Knocked back by this, the home side slowly worked themselves back into the game, and finally equalised in the twenty-eight minute when Kyle Ryan fired home from six yards out. There were no more goals in the first half, and the second was a very tight affair, mostly played around the middle of the pitch, with neither side really creating a clear-cut chance. But Town have been showing a resilience this season that was missing last year, and stayed plugging away until the got the opportunity to take the lead, when Lee Riordan unleashed an unstoppable shot from all of twenty-five yards into the top corner of the net. This forced Suirside to push for an equaliser, but they were caught on the break in the final minutes, with Riordan slipping Shane Tarrant through to finish into an empty net, and assure his side a place in the semi-finals.

Vee Rovers 5 – 3 Moyglass United

These two teams played out an eight-goal thriller in Clogheen before the home side emerged victorious in a game that took a while to get going, but left the watching supporters more than satisfied by the end. The early part of the tie saw both sides vie to gain control of the middle of the pitch, but they struggled to create clear chances until eight minutes before the break when a Vee corner saw Mark Haide pop up in the area and head the home side in front. The celebrations had barely died down two minutes later when Rovers added a second through Shane Mc Grath, but they weren’t able to take that two goal lead to the break, as Moyglass were awarded a penalty kick in time added on, and Jamie Morrissey reduced the deficit. Carrying on the momentum from that late first half goal, Moyglass levelled the game in the fifty third minute with an excellent strike by Keith Cleere. However, on the hour mark, the good work done by the Moyglass front line, was undone by a defensive mix up that allowed Shane Mc Grath to roll the ball into an empty net and restore Rovers lead. They looked to be home and hosed sixteen minutes from time, when Anthony Crotty belted home a screamer of a shot from outside the area, but nine minutes from time, Moyglass pulled it back to a single goal deficit when Niall Doocey took advantage of a defensive mix up in the home backline to score his sides third. But they needed to find an equaliser, and in pushing forward left gaps at the back, which were finally exploited in time added on, when a breakaway attack allowed Dylan Kennedy to round the United keeper and give his side the insurance they needed to move into the semi finals

Galbally United 3 – 2 St Nicholas

Galbally United made up the final four in this years Paddy Purtill Cup, when they despatched St Nicholas by the odd goal in five after an entertaining game on Sunday afternoon. Going well in the league, they carried that form into the game and took the lead in the twenty fifth minute with a goal by Pa Murphy, who fired a shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the area. They made it two nine minutes before the break with a goal from Bernard O Brien after some good build up play. But the Saints battled on, and pulled a goal back just before half time when Aaron Ryan Shiner was taken down, and Jason Sutton made no mistake with the spot kick. Two minutes into the second period the visitors got a leveller through Jack Downey, who finished off an excellent cross from a free kick by Declan O Riordan. But Galbally steadied the ship, and retook the lead fifteen minutes from time, when Peter Morrissey set up Jordan Dineen and he powered home. That wasn’t the last of the drama however, and in the final five minutes, both sides were awarded penalties, with both being saved, allowing the hosts to win through in the end.

TSDL Third Division reports 3rd March 2024 Match Reports

Cahir Park 1 – 1 Ballingarry Albion

Both sides needed a win here on Sunday as things are tightening at the top of the Third Division, but in the end they had to settle for a share of the spoils with the game finishing on a goal apiece. The first twenty minutes were pretty even before the hosts started to carve out the better chances. It was a surprise therefore, when Albion took the lead in the thirty fifth minute, but Dylan Walsh converted against the run of play to put his side ahead, a lead they kept to the break. The Park though put the screws on again in the second period, and finally got their reward when Kieran Condon converted an excellent volley from the edge of the area, so secure a share of the points.

Killenaule Rovers 0 – 3 Tipperary Town

This game was played in Tipperary town, and the home side got off to a strong start when Tony Byrnes in his first outing of the season jinked past two defenders before putting the ball through the keepers’ legs, to open the scoring in the seventh minute. Confidence grew in the Tipp camp with Tudor Ignot coming close on a few occasions. They finally did get that elusive second when Jamie Ryan came up from the back and pounced with a neat finish early in the second half. Killenaule worked hard and came close a few times but Timmy Esmonde was solid between the posts and had the air of a man who was not going to be beaten. The game was wrapped up late on when Ray Kelly was introduced as a sub in the second half, and caught a strike cleanly to fly past the keeper ten minutes from time.

Burncourt Celtic 0 – 1 SC & K United

Promotion chasers Kilsheelan United visited Ballyhurrow on Sunday morning, and came away with three precious points after an intriguing game in which both sides had chances to win. Conditions were tough but both sides settled into the game, though the visitors had the better of the early exchanges. On twenty-five minutes, the game had its first major effort on goal when Marc Cagney swept up a through ball but the Kilsheelan attacker collided with him and it was deemed a penalty. However, the taker missed the target much to the relief of the home crowd, and there were no more real efforts before the break, leaving the score nil all at half time. The second half was much of the same, a tough uncompromising midfield battle, with both sides trying to eke out chances that were proving hard to come by. It looked like it may end scoreless, until eight minutes from time, when a long throw by Ruairi Doyle deflected off a Celtic player and found its way into the net, to put the visitors in front. The home side tried to get back into the tie after this, but with a lead to protect, Kilsheelan closed out the game and took the three vital points in an exciting title race.

Cahir Park 1 – 1 Ballingarry Albion

Both sides needed a win here on Sunday as things are tightening at the top of the Third Division, but in the end they had to settle for a share of the spoils with the game finishing on a goal apiece. The first twenty minutes were pretty even before the hosts started to carve out the better chances. It was a surprise therefore, when Albion took the lead in the thirty fifth minute, but Dylan Walsh converted against the run of play to put his side ahead, a lead they kept to the break. The Park though put the screws on again in the second period, and finally got their reward when Kieran Condon converted an excellent volley from the edge of the area, so secure a share of the points.

Killenaule Rovers 0 – 3 Tipperary Town

This game was played in Tipperary town, and the home side got off to a strong start when Tony Byrnes in his first outing of the season jinked past two defenders before putting the ball through the keepers’ legs, to open the scoring in the seventh minute. Confidence grew in the Tipp camp with Tudor Ignot coming close on a few occasions. They finally did get that elusive second when Jamie Ryan came up from the back and pounced with a neat finish early in the second half. Killenaule worked hard and came close a few times but Timmy Esmonde was solid between the posts and had the air of a man who was not going to be beaten. The game was wrapped up late on when Ray Kelly was introduced as a sub in the second half, and caught a strike cleanly to fly past the keeper ten minutes from time.

Burncourt Celtic 0 – 1 SC & K United

Promotion chasers Kilsheelan United visited Ballyhurrow on Sunday morning, and came away with three precious points after an intriguing game in which both sides had chances to win. Conditions were tough but both sides settled into the game, though the visitors had the better of the early exchanges. On twenty-five minutes, the game had its first major effort on goal when Marc Cagney swept up a through ball but the Kilsheelan attacker collided with him and it was deemed a penalty. However, the taker missed the target much to the relief of the home crowd, and there were no more real efforts before the break, leaving the score nil all at half time. The second half was much of the same, a tough uncompromising midfield battle, with both sides trying to eke out chances that were proving hard to come by. It looked like it may end scoreless, until eight minutes from time, when a long throw by Ruairi Doyle deflected off a Celtic player and found its way into the net, to put the visitors in front. The home side tried to get back into the tie after this, but with a lead to protect, Kilsheelan closed out the game and took the three vital points in an exciting title race.

Munster Junior Cup, semi finals 25th February 2024 Match Reports

St Michael’s 2 – 1 Avenue United

Saints showed good spirit and tenacity to come from behind with a second half comeback to reach the 2024 Munster Junior Cup final, after a fantastic game of football in tough conditions on Sunday afternoon in Cahir. The Clare side came with intent and forced Aido Walsh into a fine save in just the third minute, as they sprinted out of the blocks. Once the TSDL side settled however, they started to create chances of their own and were unlucky in the thirteenth minute when Ed O’Dwyer found Jimmy Carr on the left but his shot went just wide of goal. Paul Breen did well to head away an Avenue Utd free kick shortly after, and Jimmy Carr tested the visiting keeper on a number of occasions. Eventually in such an open game between two well matched and very skilful sides, a goal was bound to come, and it did in the thirty second minute. Saints failed to clear after a corner and after the ball bobbling around the penalty area, Avenue’s Ronan Kerin forced the ball home from close range. The Tipperary side had a golden chance to equalise six minutes before the break when Russell Quirke hit the crossbar after lay off from Jimmy Carr, but eventually they went to half time a single goal in arrears.

Old hands at this type of game at this stage, the record Cup holders were sharper in the early exchanges of the second period, forcing a number of corners and pinning their opponents back for long period. They levelled matters in the fifty fifth minute, when DJ Cremins got on the end of a Rhys O’Regan cross to put the ball past Woodrow in the Avenue goal, to huge cheers from the Michael’s faithful. They began to probe deeper after Nesa faded in midfield after a bright first half, and went in front on sixty seven minutes, when after winning a free kick, Joey Mulcahy put the ball onto the head of Seanie Guerins and he made no mistake from six yards out. After this, the Saints did what they do best, squeezing the life out a game and giving their opponents very little sight of goal to try to force their way back into the game. They brought in the whole bench of subs to give themselves some fresh legs and closing out experience, and held out to once again, reach another Munster Junior Cup final.

Munster Junior Cup ¼ Final

Peake Villa 0 – 4 Villa FC

It was a day to forget for the current TSDL champions, who despite playing well, fell to a heavy defeat against namesakes Villa FC of Waterford. Both sides sounded each other out in the first twenty minutes with defences on top, and neither able to fashion a decent chance of note. The home side had the first real sight of goal in the twenty third minute when a Keith Cahill corner found Evan Mc Cormack at the back post, and though his header looked like it was going in, it hit a defender’s legs on the line and it was cleared to safety. Had that found the net, things may have turned out differently, especially as it was the visitors who broke the deadlock nine minutes before the break when a cross was met by the head of Dean Walsh, and he headed powerfully home. The hosts did have one more chance to get level before half time, but Pippy Carroll’s shot just went the wrong side of the post and wide.

Peake came out in the second half with some purpose and came close to equalising on a few occasions, with the Waterford side’s defenders doing very well at the back to clear their lines on numerous occasions. The momentum changed in the sixty fifth minute when a mistake in the home defence saw Aaron O Connor capitalise, and he made no mistake to make it two to nil. Though Peake tried their best to get back into the game, they took to committing too many players into attack and were picked off twice in the final two minutes of the game, leaving them defeated on a four goal to nil scoreline that barely reflected the totality of the game itself. But that is Cup football and they will now like their wound and head to Gorey next weekend where they will be hoping for better luck.

Clonmel Credit Union Tipperary Cup, 25th February 2024 Match Reports

SC & K United 0 – 2 Cullen Lattin

Cullen Lattin justified their favourites tag in this Cup tie, and defeated a gamey home side by two goals to nil on a wet and windy day in Kilsheelan. The home side started off the stronger of the two sides and twice came close to opening the scoring through Cian Roche and Evan Forristal, but they found the Cullen keeper in fine form, and he saved on both occasions. They were sure they finally had broken the deadlock just before the half hour mark, when Jamie Roche rifled an effort from all of twenty-five yards out, that slammed off the inside of the Cullen post before rebounding back into play. And the misery was compounded just seconds later, when the visitors were awarded a penalty down the other end of the pitch, which Mikey O’Brien converted to give them the lead which they held to the break. With the weather conditions worsening and the surface proving difficult to play in, the second-half was much more of a battle for both sides with both teams struggling to play their usual football. The hosts pushed forward looking to find an equaliser, but as they pushed on they were punished when the visitors doubled their lead through Micheal Elliott who struck twelve minutes from the end. Cullen held onto this two goal margin to secure their passage into the next round.

TSDL Youths Report 24th February 2024 Match Reports

TSDL Youths Div 1

Cashel Town 5 – 1 Clonmel Town

Cashel Town’s Youths put the two narrow cup defeats they suffered over the past two weekends behind them when they returned to domestic action and make short work of Clonmel Town with a comprehensive victory on Saturday at Palmershill. In control from the start of the game, they took the lead in the tenth minute with a goal from Cillian Fitzgerald after a goalmouth scramble from a corner. Ciaran Byrne doubled the lead ten minutes later with a shot from the edge of the box after a great passing move. But the visitors did put up some resistance and pulled a goal back seven minutes before the break, when Milo Mc Namara converted a penalty kick. But the home side didn’t let that setback harm them, and they restored their two goal lead, when Jack Lawlor fired home from close range on the stroke of half time. The second half was a more sedate affair with the home side dominating, and they added a fourth on the hour mark thanks to a curling effort by Callum Butler from just inside the area. The cherry on the cake was a fifth fifteen minutes from time, when Conal Moloney finished to the net after some great work from Artem Izhko set him up

TSDL Youths Div 1

Two Mile Borris 5 – 0 Clonmel Celtic

Two Mile Borris set up a winner takes all game to win the Youths Division 1 title when they dispatched rivals Clonmel Celtic, in a game played in perfect conditions on an immaculate pitch at Newhill on Saturday afternoon. The better of the teams from early on in the game, the hosts took the lead halfway through the first half when Jake Jordan put a pin point cross on to the head of Tristan Kelly who made no mistake with a great finish. They added a second just on the half hour mark when Jordan played a ball across the visitors six yard box, that was met by Finn Jones at the back post who coolly side-footed to the net. The home side also missed a penalty just before the half ended, but went to the break two goals to the good. A further three goals were added before the end by Tristan Kelly, Darragh O Dwyer and Jake Jordan, the Borris side a vital three points in the race for the title.

Clonmel Credit Union Tipperary Cup 3rd Round, 18th February 2024 Match Reports

Galbally United 3 – 5 Two Mile Borris

There were eight goals and lots of excitement in this ding dong battle of a cup tie on Sunday afternoon. The game was moved from Galbally, and the sticky ground made good football difficult, but lessened in no more of a spectacle and the two sides fought for every ball. They may have given up home advantage, but Galbally struck first when they opened the scoring in the fifteenth minute, when after some good play down the right wing, a ball was crossed onto the head of Ciaran Sheehan and he made no mistake from six yards out. But the lead lasted just five minutes, and Jamie Lee had Borris level with a well taken shot from the edge of the area. Lee was instrumental again five minutes later, this time providing an assist to send Daniel Rafter away and he put his side in front with a cool finish from ten yards out. It looked like this would see the teams out to the break, but the final three minutes of the half, witnessed chaos and three more goals. First Galbally were awarded a penalty kick three minutes from half time, and Jordan Dineen made no mistake in levelling the game. But while they were still in celebration mode, Borris went upfield, won a corner, and Anto Walker fired them back in front. Rocked back by this, United were caught for the second time in a minute, when Daniel Rafter was played in on goal, and the wily striker showed all his experience to score again and give Borris a two goal lead as they headed in for the break. The goals slowed down in the second period, but the game remained frantic, and Galbally pulled it back to a single goal game in the sixty fifth minute when Jordan Dineen pounced on a poor back pass to get his second and his sides third of the game. This lead to the First Division side throwing everything at their Premier League opponents, but two minutes from time they left themselves open to a classic counter attack, and Ciaran Purcell made sure of the victory when he added a fifth for Borris.

St Nicholas 2 – 4 Clonmel Celtic A

Clonmel Celtic’s first team prepared for their upcoming FAI Cup quarter final, by moving into the next round of the Tipperary Cup, after a good win in Solohead against St Nicholas by four goals to two. The game was dominated in the early stages by the visiting side, and they opened the scoring in the eleventh minute when a corner wasn’t dealt with by the home defence and Niall Prendergast had a free header at the back post, from which he made no mistake. But far from that opening the floodgates, the Second Division side dug in and even created some half chances themselves in a first half that ultimately saw no more goals scored. They had a brilliant chance to level the game five minutes into the second period which they spurned, and they got a lesson in the gap between Second Division and the Premier League, when the higher up side put the game beyond them shortly after with two goals in as many minutes. First Darren Sweeny found the net after some clever build up work, and then they were awarded a penalty kick which Ayo Williams blasted to the net. That said, the Saints never lay down and pulled a goal back in the sixty first minute when Brendan Collins finished off a cross from Jason Sutton from less than twelve yards out. The game opened up after this, with both sides making chances, but the crucial goal went to the visiting side, when Prendergast got his second of the day, to dispel any notions of a comeback by the home side. The hosts continued to push on, and got a second eleven minutes from time when Sutton finished off an assist by Collins, but it was too little too late, and the Clonmel side move forward.

Suirside 1 – 4 Clonmel Town

Clonmel Town continued their good run of form of late when they progressed to the next round of the Tipperary Cup with a comfortable five goals to one win against Second Division side Suirside in Grange at the weekend. The home side started well and held the Premier League side for the first quarter of the tie, but with the pressure intensifying Town opened the scoring in the twenty fourth minute, when Keith Cashman finished off a good flowing movement and gave the home keeper no chance from ten yards out. They quickly got a second when loose play in the middle of the field saw a ball turned over and Town flashed a pass into Jake French who saw his shot deflected to the net. Cashman made it three quick goals in the twenty ninth minute with a shot that flashed to the top of the next, to effectively end the game as a contest. The home team battled hard however, but in doing so left gaps at the back, and three minutes before the break the visitors added a fourth when Ben Browne scored from just outside the box. Suirside continued to acquit themselves well and finally pulled a goal back twenty minutes from time, when Paul Kennedy set up David Recontre to score from the edge of the area. But the final goal of the day went to the away side, who re-established their four goal lead when Browne got his second in the final minutes of the game.

Clonmel Celtic 6 – 0 Killenaule Rovers

Both these teams may currently play in Division Three of the TSDL Leagues, but there was a clear gulf in class in this Tipperary Cup tie, with a Mike Cooper hat trick laying the foundations for a big win by the home side. Three more goals added by Dylan Kiely, Cillian O’Brien and Davy Garrett, gave them the victory by six, and they now join their first team in the next round of the cup.

TSDL Premier League 18th February 2024 Match Reports

St Michael’s 9 – 0 Wilderness Rovers

St Michaels warmed up for next week’s Munster Junior Cup with Avenue United when they easily took the points in a one-sided contest at Cooke Park on Sunday Afternoon. Ashley Kelliher opened the scoring in the very first minute, after good approach work by Russell Quirke and Colin Bargary, and it got worse for the visitors when the Saint’s added a second four minutes later. A right-wing cross from Rhys O’Regan was misjudged by Jake O’Donnell and ended up in the net. O’ Regan made it three in the eighteenth minute, with a left foot shot from eighteen yards out, before Ashley Kelliher added a fourth shortly after he finished well from the edge of the box. Russell Quirke rounded off the first half scoring six minutes before the break, with a good finish after some intricate play in the middle of the pitch. It took the hosts just two minutes to make it six in the second half, when Kelliher scored again after following up a Joey Mulcahy effort. David Slattery made it seven in the fiftieth minute, when he scored a header from close range after Ashley Kelliher had retrieved a Donagh Hickey cross. Credit to Wilderness Rovers as they kept plugging away and never lacked for effort, but two more goals in the latter stages of the game by Ashley Kelliher and David Slattery completed the rout.

TSDL Second Division 18th February 2024 Match Reports

Moyglass United 2 – 3 Two Mile Borris

Borris’ seconds travelled to Moyglass for their final away game of the season, and assured themselves of promotion to the First Division with a good win in a five-goal thriller. The visitors started well, creating many chances but unable to convert until the fortieth minute when DJ Troy got in behind the home defence and scored from ten yards out. But they undid all that good work when almost immediately from the kick off Moyglass went on the attack and levelled from close range, with a strike by Adam Lyons. There were no more goal in that frantic first half, and ten minutes into the second period the home side got their noses in front when Niall Doocey fired home a superb lob from all of thirty yards out to the delight of the home support. This goal didn’t deter the league leaders however, and ten minutes from the end, they found an equaliser when Padraic Fogarty headed to the net from a Martin Darmody corner. This gave Borris a new lease of life and they went all out attacking, looking for the winner. Three minutes from time, a Louis Coughlan cross found Michael Anthony Mc Carthy in space, and he finished from close range to give his side all three points and a huge boost in their push to wrap up the title race as champions.

TSDL Youths Report 17th February 2024 Match Reports

Donohill and District 3 – 2 Ballingarry Albion    

Donohill caused a big upset in the Division Three title race when they beat league leaders Ballingarry Albion by the odd goal in five at home on Sunday. The visitors were first out of the traps when they opened the scoring in the tenth minute, when Jack Pollard rose highest to head home. But Donohill didn’t panic and started playing some lovely football, resulting in Dinny Crosse winning a penalty kick that was converted by Ned Lowry on the half hour mark. It looked like the teams were going to the break level, but in the final minute of the half, Alan O Dwyer put the home side ahead with a tidy finish from close range. The away side upped their game in the early part of the second half, but hey had to wait until fifteen minutes from time to see some reward when Riain O Callaghan scored a brilliant goal to level the game for a second time. Both sides now went in chase of a winner, and eight minutes from time, the hosts delivered when a brilliant run from Darragh Kelly saw him brought down in the box, and for the second time in the game, Ned Lowry stepped up to score from spot, and secure all three points.

Burncourt Celtic 0 – 4 Cahir Park

This Division Three fixture was played under the lights at Cahir Park’s astro pitch, and got off to a brisk start with both sides looking to get on the ball and play. Cahir got a foothold early on with former Celtic player James “Pimmy” D’Arcy a big influence. In the eight minute, following a mix up in the Celtic defence, Rhys Byron pounced to finish to the net from ten yards out. With Burncourt still reeling from the early setback, the Park had the opportunity to double their advantage minutes later, when they were awarded a penalty, which Padraig Farrell converted. The game settled down after this with both sides enjoying spells of possession, but Cahir still looking the more likely to add to their advantage from open play. As halftime neared some loose play on the edge of box saw Burncourt cough up possession and Shane Oneill controlled the ball and fired an unstoppable shot from twenty yards out, to give Park a comfortable three goal lead at the break. They added a fourth seven minutes into the second period, when some nice inter play between Byron and Farrell saw the latter finish neatly from twelve yards out. The game petered out after this with both sides having some half chances, but unable to convert into goals.

TSDL Third Division 18th February 2024 Match Reports

FAI Youths Cup ¼ final  

Cashel Town 1 – 2 Aisling Annacotty (AET 1 -1 FT)

Cashel Town’s youths suffered heartbreak for a second week in a row when they were knocked out of the FAI Youths Cup at the quarter final stage on Saturday by Limerick kingpins and competition favourites Pike Rovers. Once again, this fine group of young players gave a great account of themselves, but were just pipped by the finest of margins. The visitors came to Palmershill and started the brighter, but didn’t really create any chances of note in the first quarter of the game. The hosts finally started to get going and began pressing forward, but all their good work was undone in the twenty first minute when a speculative shot from distance, deceived the home keeper to put the visitors in front. This didn’t deter the home side and they stormed back in to the game, being unlucky not to equalise just after the half hour mark, when Cillian Fitzgerald was denied by a good save by the away keeper. Early in the second half, Cashel kept pressing forward but failed to create much with both defences on top. Fifteen minutes from time, the TSDL side finally got a gilt-edged chance to level the game, when they were awarded a penalty, and up stepped Blake Doyle Carroll, who coolly slotted the ball into the net. But just five minutes later, Pike were awarded a penalty of their own, and Shane Franklin made no mistake from twelve yards out. This left Cashel throwing everything bar the kitchen sink at their opponents to try to get back on level terms a second time, but the Limerick side defended superbly and took the spot available in the semi-finals at the end.

TSDL Youths Division Two

Two Mile Borris 2 – 2 Mullinahone

Borris were crowned Div 2 Youths champions on Saturday after a cracking game at home to Mullinahone, that produced four goal and finished in a draw. This was a fast moving and free flowing game from the start, with both sides having plenty of early chances. But it was the hosts that struck first in the twenty fifth minute, after great work from Conor Ryan saw him play in Cian Dwyer who made no mistake firing across the goalkeeper to the net. The visitors didn’t let this deter them, and went on the hunt for an equaliser which they got ten minutes later, with a quick counter catching the hosts cold. It looked as though the teams were going to go in level at half time but again, Conor Ryan broke free down the right and squared an inch perfect ball to the oncoming Dwyer, who buried his effort past the Mullinahone keeper to put Borris ahead at the break. The second half started again at a frantic pace with multiple gilt-edged chances missed by both sides. With twenty minutes to go Borris were made to rue their squandered chances the visitors charged forward, and tore through the home defensive line to get a second equaliser. Both sides went looking for a winner in the final minutes but there were to be no more goals and the point gained was enough to land Borris the league title.

TSDL Youths Division Two

Cullen Lattin 1 – 0 SC & K United

This was a tight and tensely contested game played on a soft pitch, before the home team Cullen emerged victorious with a narrow single goal victory. Both teams started well, and the midfield area was heavily contested before the hosts broke the deadlock in the twentieth minute with a well-taken goal by Jamie McGrath. A cross field pass found Jamie in space, and he drove at the centre of the visitor’s defence, before directing his shot ball past the out-stretched arms of the goalkeeper. Despite taking the lead, the home team struggled to capitalize on their momentum, squandering several promising opportunities to extend their advantage. The visiting side, buoyed by their resilient defence, fought tooth and nail to stay in the game, keeping the scoreline close. As the match wore on, both teams fiercely contested every ball. In the end, it was the home team’s early goal that proved to be the difference-maker, securing them a hard-fought victory in a tightly contested affair.

FAI Cup Quarter Final Reports 11th February 2024 Match Reports

Peake Villa 3 – 0 Buncrana Hearts

Current TSDL Premier league holders Peake Villa booked their place in the quarter finals of the prestigious FAI Junior Cup on Sunday afternoon when they downed a highly rated Buncrana Hearts side who came to the Premier County with a big reputation, at the Tower Grounds in Thurles. The visitors began with a slight breeze at their backs, and started the better, taking control of the early possession for the first twenty minutes, but without creating a lot in front of goal. It was the hosts who had the first good chance in the half on thirty four minutes when Darragh Byrne had a shot on goal that was well saved by Taylor Clarke in the Donegal’s sides goal. But eventually the Villa grew into the game, and just three minutes later they took the lead when a corner made its way out to Michael Quinlan, whose shot found the bottom corner of the net. They nearly doubled their lead two minutes before the break, when a great free kick from Pippy Carroll rattled the crossbar, but was cleared away to safety. The second period however saw the TSDL side take the game to the visitors playing some good football, and they finally did get that second goal twenty minutes from time when another corner, this time taken by Quinlan, was headed into the net by Pippy Carroll. After travelling all the way to Tipperary, the Buncrana side tried to find a way back into the game and had a great chance ten minutes from the end but home keeper Shane McGuire made a great save to deny them. The goal of the game came three minutes from time when Dale Loughnane broke away and passed four defenders before slotting his shot to the bottom corner, to the delight of the home fans. They saw out the game to record a great home win in front of a large crowd and must now be beginning to believe that this might be the year they could become the third Tipperary side to pick up this most prestigious of trophies in Irish football

Clonmel Celtic 2 – 1 Letterkenny Rovers

Jamie Hearne may only be a recent addition to the squad but he wrote his name into Clonmel Celtic folklore with an injury time strike that completed a stunning comeback to clinch a place in the last eight of the FAI Junior Cup for the TSDL side. Moments earlier Cian O’Sullivan scored a deserved equaliser just when it looked the Donegal side had done enough after Zach Gorman had fired them ahead in the 53rd minute. Played on a good surface before a decent sized crowd, Celtic made a good start to the game with some nice link up play and seemed to settle quicker that the visitors. The away side did have the first attempt on goal with Adrian Delap trying a shot from distance that didn’t trouble Fabian Kerton however. Delap was looking likely as the Donegal side began to find their way into the contest and Zach Gorman saw his free kick clear the bar ten minutes in. Two minutes later Cian O’Sullivan was called into action to stop a promising attack from the Rovers. Celtic at this stage were relying on quick breaks and were nearly in on twenty one minutes but Blake Forkan was quick off his line to deny Philly Drohan with a fine save. They came even closer on the half hour, when from a quick break Philly Drohan released Darren Sweeney who did well to hold off the defender but his effort was inches wide when it looked destined for the corner of the net. The Donegal side finished the half well but the home rearguard held firm. Adrian Delap was prominent again in the early stages on the second half and he flashed a shot just wide two minutes in. The visitors didn’t have to wait much longer and they hit the front in the fifty third minute, when Zach Gorman’s low shot served away from Kerton to find the net. It was a blow for Celtic but their response was excellent. Straight away they took the game to Letterkenny winning battles all over the pitch. The away side began to drop deeper and deeper and on seventy-three minutes, minutes Sean Brown’s overhead kick saw Blake Forkan scrambling across his line to push the ball away. At this stage it looked as time would be Celtic’s enemy, despite creating lots of chances, seeing themselves denied time after time. But the best was saved until last. It was a great fighting display by the hosts and they got their reward in the final minute when another ball into the box fell at the feet of Cian O’Sullivan and he made no mistake as he fired low through a crowd of players to find the net to huge roars from the home crowd. It looked as the game was heading for extra time but Celtic had the momentum now as they continued to push forward. After suffering a late setback last week, it was the opposite this time. Two minutes into time added on, Philly Drohan did well on the left and his cross found Jamie Ahearne on the edge of the box and he kept his composure to fire a stunning effort to the corner that left the Rovers’ keeper rooted to the spot. Celtic have had some big wins over the years, but rarely has the bypass witnessed such a joyous reaction from supporters when Ahern’s hit the net. It completed a stunning late comeback to an exciting contest, and heartbreak for Letterkenny who played their part in a very sporting game.

Evergreen 0 – 2 St Michael’s

St Michael’s made it a clean sweep for the TSDL away in Kilkenny on Sunday, to book their quarter final place in the FAI Cup, with a very assured performance against Evergreen. They were right at it from the beginning and almost took the lead in the opening minute, but Russell Quirke’s shot went narrowly wide. The game then settled into a tense dogged tussle with clear chances at a premium. The first goal was always going to be crucial and first blood came to the Saints in the twenty eight minute when Jimmy Carr got the ball on his left leg and his effort flew in off the post to the visiting supporters delight. Aido Walsh did well to punch away an Evergreen free kick as they looked for a quick response, but the experienced Tipperary side drew the sting out of their attacks and went to the break a goal to the good. The Kilkenny sided had a lot of possession in the second half but found Adrian Walsh and the visiting defence equal to everything that came their way. They did have a spell midway through the half, where they looked particularly dangerous, but the wily old Saints produced heroics time and again to keep them out. A tight game was eventually put to bed seven minutes from time, when Jimmy Carr won a free on the left and Rhys O’Regan’s delivery saw Seanie Guerins flick a header beyond the grasp of Nathan Owens in the Evergreen goal to double the Saint’s advantage. Evergreen threw everything at the away side over the last few minutes, but it was never going to be enough and once again Michael’s must be thinking of how close they are to the trophy they covet probably above all others.

TSDL First Division 11th February 2024 Match Reports

Old Bridge 0 – 5 Galbally United

Galbally secured a vital three points in this game as they leapfrogged a very disappointing Old Bridge side in the Division One table at Ferryhouse on Sunday. With both sides in danger of being sucked into a relegation battle, the result will have ramifications beyond the game itself, but the visiting side were right on their game from the beginning, and opened the scoring in the third minute through a neat finish by Ger Quinlan. This was quickly followed when Michael O’Sullivan found the net, and Ger Quinlan added to his home sides woes with a third after just fifteen minutes. This left the away side in total control and there was little in response from The Bridge with the exception of an Alex Greene effort, which hit the crossbar midway through the half. In the end there were no more goals and Galbally were very good value for their first half lead. They didn’t take their foot off the pedal in the second period either and added two more goals with efforts from Jamie Morrissey and Cathal O’ Mahoney to complete the rout. All in all it was a deserved win, but Bridge will have to improve very quickly if they are not to slide into a battle they never expected at the beginning of the campaign.

TSDL Second Division 11th February 2024 Match Reports

Rosegreen Rangers 1 – 5 Two Mile Borris

Borris’ seconds travelled to Rosegreen on Sunday morning in their first league game back since before Christmas, and showed no signs of ring rustiness when they recorded a big win that extends their large lead over the pack in Division Two. Aided by a strong wind in the first half, the visitors Borris created plenty of chances only to be denied by some fine saves by the home keeper. They finally broke the deadlock however in the twentieth minute, when a Martin Darmody corner was met by the head of Pauric Fogarty, and it sailed into the net unimpeded. Right on the stroke of half time they made it two, when Darmody himself finished from close range, after some excellent build up play. Now playing against a strong wind in the second half, the visitors had some extra work to do, but they still started where they left on in the first half, and were soon three to the good when Daniel Rafter headed to the net ten minutes in. Two minutes later the home side finally pulled a goal back through a Mark Furlong strike. But this didn’t un-nerve Borris, and they re-established their three goal lead ten minutes from time after a fine finish from Jack Delaney. Right on the stroke of full time, the away side were awarded a penalty after Delaney was fouled in the area, and Martin Darmody capped a fine team performance when he finished it coolly to the net to give his side a well-deserved win.

Powerstown 1 – 3 Suirside

Suirside took all three points away to Powerstown, to put a dent in the home sides hopes of catching up in the title race, in what were very tricky underfoot conditions on Sunday afternoon. John Allen put the visitors in front after just nine minutes, when a cross to the back post found him all alone, and his header trickled into the right bottom corner. The hosts responded well, and Cathal Mc Keown and Jack Barlow both with big chances but neither could find an equaliser before the break. The game was a tough battle in the second period with both sides finding it difficult to create clear chances, but finally a Brendan Boland header brought Powerstown back into the game five minutes after the hour mark. A cross from Gino Lonergan found Boland who made no mistake with the finish. But Suirside restored their advantage twelve minutes later. A home defender was adjudged to have handled the ball on the line, and the referee rightly pointed to the spot and brandished a red card, reducing the home side to ten men. David Brannigan stepped up and scored the resulting penalty to put his side ahead. The hosts then committed bodies forward in search of an equaliser but were punished, when John Darmody followed up with a third goal two minutes from time to conclude the scoring.

TSDL Third Division 10th February 2024 Match Reports

Donohill and District 1 – 3 SC & K United   

The visitors continued their recent good form with another good win in this game when they travelled to Donohill and came away with a three goal to one victory. They started the brighter and were well on top in the opening ten minutes, and that pressure told when Mark Heffernan opened the scoring shortly after. That seemed to settle the home side down however, and they competed well, eventually getting an equaliser on the half hour mark, when Dinny Crosse rifled a free kick to the net. For the final fifteen minutes of the half, the home side were on top, but missed two glorious goalscoring chances, and the half finished all square. In the second period, the away side upped their game and Jamie Roche put them back in front in the sixty third minute with and excellent scissors kick goal. The hosts tried hard to get back into game after that, but the Kilsheelan based side dealt well with everything thrown at them. Ten minutes from the end, Mark Heffernan capitalised on a defensive error to put game to bed with his second and his sides third goal.

Ballingarry Albion 7 – 1 Tipperary Town

Ballingarry Albion out a recent defeat behind them with a big win at home against Tipperary Town on Sunday afternoon. They had their first chance of the game in the sixth minute when Ian Ivors played Marty Ivors in behind the defence but he failed to get a shot away. They continued to make chances however and finally made their pressure count in the twenty fourth minute when Ian Ivors won a free kick deep in the Tipp Town half and he took a quick shot catching the visiting keeper off guard to see the ball nestle in the net. But the away side weren’t going easily, and had not one but two great chances to equalise before the hosts added two quickfire goals in the last minutes of the first half through Paul Fogarty and Dylan Walsh, to give themselves a healthy three goal lead at the break. Dylan Walsh added his second of the day five minutes into the second half, to ensure there would be no comeback, but Town to their credit plugged away as any decent side does and gave themselves a lifeline in the seventieth minute when they won a penalty which was brilliantly dispatched. That was as good as it got for them however and the home side retook a four goal lead minutes after when Adam O Connell was sent through by Ian Ivors and the young man had the composure to lob the keeper from outside the box. They added a sixth seven minutes from time when John Pollard went through two tackles before being brought down in the box to win a penalty. Up stepped Bobby Chapman to coolly put away his first goal of the season and for the club. And they rounded off the day two minutes from time, when Pollard again flew down the right wing and flashed a great ball across the goal for Patrick Ivors to tap in from close range.

TSDL Youths reports 10th February 2024 Match Reports

Munster Youths Cup ¼ final  

Cashel Town 1 – 2 Aisling Annacotty (AET 1 -1 FT)

Cashel Town’s youths suffered heartbreak when they exited the Munster Youth Cup after an extra time defeat to Limerick side Aisling Annacotty at Dixie Currivan Park in Cashel on Saturday afternoon. The home side have been flying of late in domestic competition, but this is their first time in years getting so deep in a provincial competition, and showed some nerve in the early stages, allowing the visitors to start the stronger with plenty of possession but without creating any real chances. Eventually the hosts looked like they had grown into the game, but they were rocked back in the eighteenth minute when they were caught out by a goal from Cathal Downes, who waltzed all too easily through the home defence. Town didn’t let this set back affect them and drew level on nine minutes before the break, when Artem Izhko saw his stunning strike fly to the back of the net. The second half was a great game off football on a very heavy pitch with both sides creating chances but great goalkeeping and poor finishing failing to add any more scores. In extra time Cashel came close to scoring when a great shot from Callum Butler was headed brilliantly off the line. But from the clearance, the visitors broke and scored with Alex Keating finishing well. The final ten minutes saw the home side throw the kitchen sink at their opponents, but to no avail, and in the end, they were disconsolate to see themselves drop out of the competition.

Munster Youth Cup 1/4 Finals

College Corinthians 1 – 0 Two Mile Borris

This eagerly awaited match was played in ideal conditions with a good crowd watching. Corinthians started the game well and were in the ascendancy for the first twenty minutes but failed to find the net due to solid defensive work from the Borris back four and keeper. The TSDL side then had their spell on top for the rest of the half, and had some good chances to score but didn’t take any of them. They also had a big shout for a penalty but in the end the half finished all square at nil all. It was a very even game from the start of the second period, up to when the hosts took the lead in the seventy fifth minute. A corner was whipped into the Borris box and a Corinthians player rose high above everyone to score with a powerful header. Borris tried everything to equalise but despite coming close on a few occasions they just couldn’t find the net. The Cork side defended for their lives up to the final whistle and held out for victory in a very entertaining match.

TSDL Youths Div 2

Clonmel Town 1 – 3 Two Mile Borris

Clonmel Town’s seconds played hosts to Two Mile Borris in the home sides last youth league game of the season, at a wet and windy O’Callaghan Park on Saturday afternoon, and although they were the wrong side of the scoreline at the end, will be very happy that such a young team has gotten some brilliant experience at this level over the season. Town started brightly with Cian McGrath and Cian LeBlanc both getting shots away without troubling the keeper, before they took the lead in the tenth minute when Patryk Galka set up Conor Makim to stroke a wonderful shot over the keeper from distance into the top right-hand corner. That seemed to kick-start the visitors into life, and they scored two goals in the final five minutes of the half to go into the break in front. First Conor Ryan beat the home keeper from the end of the area, and then Cian O Dwyer headed home from a corner kick. The second half saw the heavy rain return and would continue to come down for the entire half. It looked most likely that a set piece would provide the best avenue for the next goal and Town had their share with Cian Le Blanc and Jack Cooney delivering good crosses and shots but the Borris defence held firm. Borris did have a brilliant chance to put the game beyond reach when they were awarded a penalty around the hour mark, but the Town keeper guessed right and saved to keep his team in the tie. Town had a strong penalty claim of their own when Cian McGrath shipped a heavy tackle in the box but stayed in his feet to shoot just wide five minutes from time. But in the end, as so often happens, in chasing an equaliser, the home side left themselves open, and the visitors did get an insurance goal in the final minutes when Cian O Dwyer pounced to add a second, and his sides third to ensure the win.

Munster Junior Cup 1/4 final 4th February 2024 Match Reports

St Michael’s 2 – 1 Clonmel Celtic

A late late goal from veteran striker David Slattery put St Michaels into the semi-final of the Munster Junior Cup at Cooke Park on Sunday at the expense of local rivals Clonmel Celtic, who added immensely to a wonderful game of football between the two TSDL side. The visitors had a strong second half and will feel aggrieved that they didn’t at least take the tie to extra time, but they also know that when you give the Saint’s an inch, they are more than happy to take a mile. The game fizzed right from the off and Aido Walsh had to be sharp off his line to smother the ball after Peter O’Dowd had played in centre forward Browne of the Clonmel side. At the other end the home side created three good chances in as many minutes around the quarter hour mark, but Paul Breen, Ed O’Dwyer or Jimmy Carr were unable to break the deadlock. After that the game settled into a tough midfield battle with both sides giving everything and it looked like they were going to go to the break scoreless until Rhys O’Regan picked up the ball on the right and his superb left foot shot sailed past Cooney five minutes before half time, to give Michaels the lead. Celtic changed some of their personnel at the break and this gave them an extra lift but once the home side had worked out the new tactics and formations, they took back control once again. But they found it impossible to get that second goal that would have given them some breathing space, and they were punished fifteen minutes from time when Cian O’ Sullivan saw his header cross the line from a Peter O’Dowd corner kick to level the game. The goal energised Celtic and O’Sullivan almost added a second five minutes later. Saints brought in David Slattery with five minutes left, and they were under the cosh. But, as stoppage time ran down, they broke upfield and a Carr cross into the area was turned away for a corner. Just as the game seemed to be heading for extra time Joey Mulcahy’s delivery dropped for Slattery, who managed to find the corner of the net and send the Saints bench and supporters into raptures, while the Clonmel contingent sunk into desolation. They had been mugged at the death after a powerful second half display, and all they could do was watch the hosts run down the clock and record another important if at some times improbable looking victory.

FAI Junior Cup 5th Round, 3rd February 2024 Match Reports

Crumlin United FC 1 – 2 Peake Villa  

Peake Villa travelled to Dublin on Saturday to play out a rematch of a game that had to be called off due to bad weather in Thurles a fortnight ago, and they came away with a good win against a very strong Crumlin United side. The game was played on un unfamiliar astro turf surface and the Dublin side started better, but it didn’t take for Villa to settle into the game and their first real chance led to the opening goal. Good play by Keith Cahill down the left saw him put in a great cross that fell to Liam McCormack at the back post, and he made no mistake scoring with a half volley in the twelfth minute. The hosts were stunned but they weren’t going to go quietly, and created a few half chances during the half, but they found Shane McGuire in the Villa goal having an inspired performance. In the end the Tipperary side saw out the half and went in at the half-time break a goal ahead. The start to the second half was hectic, and just two minutes in, Crumlin were awarded a penalty for a foul in the box. Alan McGreal stepped up to take it, but it was excellently saved by Mc Guire who dived full length to his right to keep the ball out. The Dublin side were rocked by this and Villa went on the attack and doubled their lead a minute later when a shot from Dale Loughnane was parried by the keeper and Ronan Maguire was on hand to tap in. Two nil up now, the visiting side were happy to cede possession of the ball to the hosts while looking for chances to add to their tally on the break. But Crumlin finally got a breakthrough ten minutes from the end when Dean Sutcliffe made it two goals to one. The closing minutes of the game were tense, with the hosts pushing to get an equaliser, but they found veterans Alan Leahy and Evan McCormack in fine form at the back for Villa, marshalling their defence, and they saw it out to join St Michael’s and Clonmel Celtic in the final 16 of the competition.

TSDL Premier League 4th February 2024 Match Reports

Wilderness Rovers 1 – 4 Clonmel Town

This was a tough derby game, with very little real bite, as Town roll on in mid table while the home side seem firmly rooted to the bottom and in real danger of going down at the end of the season. A double from Ben Browne in the twenty fifth and fifty fifth minutes, along with a double from Darragh Cronin just before the break, and in time added on, made sure that Town were always in control and always going to take the points in this game. Wilderness did have the ball in the Town net from the penalty spot, but it was never enough to make any real difference to the final result.

Clonmel Credit Union Tipperary Cup, 4th February 2024 Match Reports

Two Mile Borris B 1 – 3 Bansha Celtic

Borris’s seconds knew they were going to be up against it when they drew Premier Division side Bansha Celtic in the second round of this years Tipperary Cup, and although they gave a good account of themselves, the superior fitness and ability of the higher division side won out in the end. The visitors started quicker and had a number of early chances before they finally opened the scoring in the twelfth minute when Adam Hennessy finished to the net after some slick passing through the middle of the park. But not long after the home side were level when they won a corner and Martin Darmody’s cross was met with an excellent header from Louis Coughlan who rippled the onion bag. After that the sides went toe to toe, and created chances but they went in level at half time at one apiece. The hosts started the second period in lively fashion, but failed to convert the chances that came their way. This was crucial as by the hour mark the away side started to turn the screw and added a second goal with a header from Shane Egan. They took control after this and put the tie to bed ten minutes from the end when Tony Egan scored from a free kick, and then they controlled the final moments without too much bother.

Clonmel Celtic 3 – 1 Donohill and District

This was a battle in the cup between two sides close together in the middle of Division Three and ultimately it was the more clinical finishing of the home side that settled the affair. The opening score came in the thirteenth minute when a ball broke to Celtic’s Cillian O Brien in the visitor’s box and he finished well to put his side in front. They doubled their lead seven minutes later when Ben Norris crossed low in the box for Jamie Hindley to finish from close range, and took control of the rest of the first period, albeit without adding to their tally. At the start of the second half the hosts almost added to the two goal lead when Hindley broke through and hit the post. But they did get their third on the hour mark when Dominic Mendel was taken down in the box, and Jason Barnes stepped up to slot home. The visitors did keep battling and pulled a goal back twenty minutes from the end, but it was never enough to really ruffle the Celtic feathers and they ran out winners in the end.

Cashel Town 2 – 2 Killenaule Rovers (AET Killenaule Rovers win 3-1 on penalties)

This was an entertaining game between two closely matched teams, which ultimately saw Killenaule advance on penalties after the teams had shared four goals between them in regulation and extra time. Both teams started in an attacking fashion and had a series of chances each before the visitors finally took the lead ten minutes before the break when Kieran Walker took a shot outside the box, that fizzed into the bottom corner of the net. This was enough to leave them in front at half time, and when they extended their lead ten minutes into the second period after Craig Walker put away a nice move, it looked like they were going to have an easy passage into the next round. But Cashel rallied and reduced the deficit when with ten minutes remaining David O’ Dwyer netted after some nice build up play. This spurred the home side into all out attack and with just four minutes left, Ross Bonnar scored a great goal to level the tie. That pushed the game to extra time, and the best chance in the extra minutes fell to the home side, but they spurned it when scoring looked easier. With no more goals the game went to penalties, where the visitors keeper was inspired saving the first three penalties he faced, and helping his side to a three goal to one win from the spot kicks.

Suirside 3 – 0 Dualla

These two teams have met numerous times in different competitions in the last few years and some of these games have been titanic battles, but Suirside got a well deserved win here on Sunday on a relatively comfortable scoreline. The home side started the brighter and had an early opportunity to open the scoring in the fourth minute, but John O Darmody’s effort went narrowly wide. Gavin Sheehan had another good chance in the ninth minute, but again his volley went he wrong side of the post. It seemed inevitable that they would score however, and six minutes before the break they got the opening goal when Jason Coffey found an onrushing Gavin Sheehan, whose strike was parried by the Dualla keeper into the path of veteran striker Paul Kennedy and he made no mistake from just yards out. This was enough to give Suirside a half time lead, and they doubled their lead in the second minute of the second period when a Jason Coffey corner was met by the head of Kennedy to give him and his side a comfortable cushion. This left the hosts in control, but eighteen minutes from time Dualla almost pulled a goal back when a brilliant through ball put a visiting striker one on one with the home keeper, but Mark Kelly in the goal got down to make a very brave save. This shook the Ardfinnan side back into action, and they added a third goal to make sure there would be no comeback ten minutes from time, courtesy of a mistake in the visiting defence. A looping back pass was spilled by the Dualla keeper and Oisin Ryan was in hand to get the third to put his side in the hat for the next round.

TSDL First Division 4th February 2024 Match Reports

Cullen Lattin 2 – 2 Cashel Town

League leaders Cashel Town dropped their first points of the season away to a Cullen side who are battling to join them in the promotion race after the two sides shared four goals in Sunday in Aisling Park. The first period was tight with the home side having the better of the early chances, with Micheál Elligott and Darren Mc Grath going close on occasion. Cashel’s Ciaran Fitzpatrick was unlucky not to tap home at the back post ten minutes before the break, when a long Mikey Mc Dermott throw was headed on by Eoin Byrne at the near post. Ultimately however the sides went into the break level at nil all. It didn’t take long for the second half to warm up though, and the home side opened the scoring ten minutes in, when Tony O Neill flicked on a Darren Hueston kick out on and Darren Mc Grath took on the visiting defence to finish well. The away side’s chances were dented further ten minutes later when they were reduced to ten men for a bookable offence, and just before the hour mark looked holed below the water line when Micheal Elligott made it two to nil, after Tristan Stokes played wonderful ball into the box and Elligott headed home. But Cashel showed fantastic resilience and dug deep to get something from the game. Fifteen minutes from time Darragh Browne was fouled in the area, and Kyle Ryan despatched the resulting penalty to make it a one goal game again. They seemed to have undone that good work when they were further reduced to nine men, but a late Daithi Hall throw into the area was flicked on Ciaran Fitzpatrick and Browne scored from close range to the delight of the travelling contingent. That point seems to assure them of promotion back to the Premier League but they will continue to turn their thoughts to going back up as champions in the coming weeks.

Vee Rovers 1 – 1 Peake Villa

A last-minute goal for Vee Rovers kept them very much in the promotion hunt, but as good as finished any lingering hope that the away side have of catching Cashel in the Division 1 title race. The game was dominated by the weather with a strong wind blowing throughout, and when behind the visitors in the first period, ensured that the were on the front foot for most of the half. But they had to wait until the thirty fourth minute to make that pressure count when Scott Brennan opened the scoring after taking advantage of a mistake by the home keeper who inexplicably dropped the ball into Brennans path after what looked like an innocuous ball over the top. This was the only goal of the first period and the home side now had the elements on their side in the second. They attacked relentlessly but looked destined to finish the game empty handed, before Kieran Hackett fired home from a corner in the final minute of the game

TSDL Youths Report 3rd February 2024 Match Reports

FAI Youths Cup

Bridge United 2 – 0 Two Mile Borris

Borris travelled to Clare on Saturday to take on a strong Bridge United side in the fifth round of this year’s FAI Youths Cup, hoping to join fellow TSDL side Cashel Town in the last eight. Alas they faltered in the end, but gave a great account of themselves a long way from home. The home side had the better of the opening twenty minutes but the Borris defence was resolute and their keeper was in fine form. Eventually the Tipperary side started to get into the game, but just as they seemed to be getting to grips, Bridge made the breakthrough with a lovely through ball ten minutes from the half time break, that was clinically finished to the net. The TSDL side regrouped at half time and played some nice football but frustratingly could not find the net. For the last twenty minutes both teams had chances to score and the game was still on a knife edge, when the Clare side delivered the sucker punch when adding a second goal in the final twelve minutes from time to go two up. Borris threw everything they had at the hosts for the remainder of the game and thought Louis Coughlan had scored to pull a goal back, but the score was somehow disallowed. Darragh O Dwyer and John Lacy also came close but it wasn’t to be, and the visitors dropped out of the competition.

TSDL Youths Div 1

Clonmel Town 0 – 1 Cashel Town

Cashel Town kept up their recent excellent run of form by taking another three points on the road against Clonmel Town, to keep them right in the hunt for the title in the top division of Youths football in Tipperary this season. It was a closely fought affair, with the away side dominating for most of the game, but finding it hard to break down a very stubborn Town side. In the end it looked like the game would finish in a draw, until the visitors were awarded a penalty kick with four minutes left to play, and up stepped Blake Doyle Carroll to smash the ball to the net to the delight of the travelling supporters. After that it was simplt a case of keep ball for the away side and they were happy to go home with three extra points in their pockets.

TSDL Youths Div 2 Cup semi finals

SC & K United 2 – 1 Cullen Lattin

The Kilsheelan Youths produced a heroic performance here to come from behind, and with a man down to snatch a win late in extra-time and secure their place in this year’s Division Two Youths Cup final. The opening of half of this game was a tight and cagey affair, with very little separating the sides. Although both had half chances neither were able to apply that killer touch and they went into the break scoreless. The game continued in the same vein in the second period, until it looked like it had reached a turning point when the home side had a player dismissed just after the hour mark. Minutes later Cullen fired to the net and things looked ominous for the hosts. But they dug deep, and with ten minutes remaining Gus Nolan’s in-swinging corner kick found its way directly into the back of the net to give us the equaliser and send the game to extra-time. It continued tight throughout this period and looked destined for penalty kicks. But with just four minutes remaining Preston Vickers popped up with a stunning first-time effort, off his weaker foot, from the edge of the penalty area that found the bottom left-corner of the Cullen net, much to the delight of the home fans. This was enough to settle the game and the home side will be looking forward to a final in the weeks ahead.

TSDL Youths Div 2 Cup semi finals

Two Mile Borris 2 – 0 Clonmel Town

Borris’ seconds entertained Clonmel Town’s second side on Saturday in Newhill to fight for a place in the Division Two Cup final, and both teams played out a very enjoyable tie in front of their respective supporters. The two teams started well with a few chances each, but it was the hosts who broke the deadlock after great work from Aaron and Lorcan in midfield Cian was slipped through and unleashed an unstoppable effort into the far corner to put Borris in front. It was nip and tuck up to halftime with Clonmel applying strong pressure and playing some good football but Borris remained strong and went in ahead at the break. Borris started the 2nd half at a blistering pace and doubled their lead inside 5 minutes when Conor Ryan cut inside and buried past the Clonmel keeper giving him no chance. It was a nervy last 30 minutes with Clonmel looking for a lifeline back into the game and only for some great defending would have pulled one back. Borris held out well for the remainder of the game to take the tie. We now look forward to a Cup Final in a couple of weeks time which is sure to be an entertaining affair. A great achievement for this very young Borris side. Well done to players and management and best of luck in the final.

Division 2 Youths League

Galbally United 0 – 5 Mullinahone

The away side were always on top here against a depleted Galbally side, and once they opened the scoring ten minutes before the break through a Dylan Meagher strike, it looked like there was only going to be one winner. In fairness to the home side, Anthony Murphy almost levelled, on the stroke of half time, but the home side went in a goal behind. A three goal blitz after half time sealed the win when Michael Cuddihy, Liam Doyle and  Pierce Vaughan all scored, and a Colin O’Brien goal five minutes from time added the cherry on the top of a good win for Mullinah

Tipperary Cup 1st Round 28th January 2024 Match Reports

Suirside 4 – 1 Wilderness Rovers

The Second Division side caused the shock of the first round of this year’s TSDL Blue Riband competition, when they came from behind to dump Premier League side Wilderness Rovers out of the cup. The higher league side started much the better and were unlucky not to go in front as early as the sixth minute when Jamie Dunne forced a brilliant save out of Mark Kelly between the Suirside goal posts. But the tentative home start continued and five minutes later, Dunne made amends for his miss when he headed home a pinpoint cross to put Rovers ahead. The hosts seemed to rally after this, and their first real sight of goal was in the twenty fifth minute when Eoin Walsh went close, and over the next five minutes they produced some more good efforts thanks to John Darmody and David Recontre. But it looked like the Wildies had weathered the storm until the final minute of the half, when captain fantastic Jason Coffey levelled the game with a brilliantly taken twenty five yard free kick. Carrying on the momentum from the end of the first half, into the second, Gavin Sheehan and Coffey executed a nice one two, before releasing veteran striker Paul Kennedy and he made no mistake in firing Suirside in front. But the Premier League side didn’t just fall away and the hosts were thankful of Kelly in goal once again twenty minutes from time, when he produced another excellent save to keep his side in front. The game was almost assured for the hosts twelve minutes from time, when they were awarded a penalty kick for handball which Coffey converted, and which saw the visitor’s reduced to ten men for the rest of the game. When Kennedy popped up with a second seven minutes from the end the final result was in no doubt, and Suirside won through to a second round game at home to Dualla next week.

Peake Villa 1 – 0 Powerstown

Villa were highly favoured in this game, but struggled to really impose themselves on a stubborn Powerstown side that made them fight for everything to claim a victory in this first round game of the Tipperary Cup. Villa were quickest out and created some early chances, before taking the lead in the eighteenth minute, when Kieran Hennessy found the net. But they lost a player to a red card just before the hour mark, and this seemed to really knock them out of their stride and they had to defend some stern Powerstown attacking before they saw out the first half. Powerstown continued to create most of the second half chances, but wily defending by the home side meant that their real sights of goal were limited and Villa saw out the game without picking up any injury worries ahead of their replayed FAI Junior Cup tie in Dublin next weekend.

TSDL Premier Division 28th January 2024 Match Reports

Two Mile Borris 2 – 3 Clonmel Celtic

This tie turned out to be the veritable game of two halves, with a strong win dominating the play for the duration of the game. In the end it was Celtic that came from behind to record the win, which leaves the home side in relegation trouble at the bottom end of the table. The wind favoured Borris in the first half and they had the better of the early play, opening the scoring in the fifteenth minute when Loran O Toole headed home a corner kick fired in by Jamie Lee. They continued to make the better chances and doubled their lead just after the half hour mark when Urban Nolan produced a good finish from just inside the area, after some excellent build up play. But probably the most significant goal of the first half came in the final minute, when with it looking like the hosts would take their two goal lead to the break, Celtic pulled a goal back when Philip Drohan evaded a number of defenders and shot to the net from twelve yards out to half the deficit. With the wind at their backs in the second period, the Clonmel side took control of the game and pinned Borris back for significant amounts of time. The home side defended well but the pressure finally told and Celtic won a penalty kick twenty minutes from time, which was converted by Drohan for his second of the game. The visitors continued to press after drawing level, and hit the front six minutes later when they opened up a tiring home back line and Jack Purcell got on the end of a move to put his side in front. After that the home side did try to find an equaliser, with Daniel Rafter coming close on a number of occasions, but in the end Celtic hung on and took the three points.

Clonmel Town 1 – 2 St Michael’s

Saints came from behind to take the points at the Complex on Sunday in a dour uncompromising encounter, in which the strong wind hindered the game as a spectacle with passes overhit and the ball out of play a lot. The away side were favoured going into the game and had the bulk of the early chances with Paul Breen, Shane Ryan and Rhys O’Regan on his return to Clonmel going close in the first twenty minutes. But they were rocked at the end of the first quarter when they coughed up possession in the middle of the park, and Ian Cleary did well to make space and fire a right foot shot beyond Adrian Walsh to give first blood to Town. O’Regan was just wide of goal shortly after from a Jimmy Carr pass, as they tried to get back level, but they were almost caught out again on the half hour, when Adrian Walsh was forced to make a good reflex save to tap over a half volley from Jack O’Donnell from the edge of the area. Seven minutes before the break came a significant turning point in the game when Town were reduced to ten men after a quick fire double yellow card, and although they kept their slender lead to the break, it always looked like the second half was going to feel a lot longer than usual for them. And so it proved, as within three minutes of the restart the game was level again after a Russell Quirke free kicked was parried into the path of Sean Guerins who forced the ball home for Saints. The visitors looked to push home the extra man advantage and Town’s only out ball was French Davis in attack who showed pace down the right, but constantly came up against the solid Saints backline. But Town were still in the game and fought valiantly for every ball as the time ticked away. The sickening blow for them finally came five minutes from time when Ashley Kelliher got on the end of a Russell Quirke corner to score from six yards out, much to the relief of the Saints players and travelling entourage. The three points secured, the visitors were happy to get back home to start preparing for some big cup games in the weeks ahead.

Tipperary Town 0 – 3 Cahir Park

Cahir Park continued to stay in touch at the top end of the Premier League table with a good win away to Tipperary Town on Sunday last. Both teams started well and some good football was played with chances at both ends. Vinny Godfrey came closest to opening the score for the hosts, before the visitors struck in the fifteenth minute, when Willie Dunne reacted quickest after the ball bounced around the six yard box, to poke home. They doubled their lead ten minutes later with Dunne again on target with a great header from close range after the home side had squandered a couple of good chances, leaving the Park two goals to the good at the break. The tie followed a similar pattern in the second period with both teams playing good football, but again it was the visitors that had a little more cutting edge when a great free kick from John O Brien gave the keeper no chance to put Cahir three up just after the hour mark. The game out of sight for the home team but they never gave up and the game was a lively contest for the remaining thirty minutes, before Cahir took the win.

TSDL First Division 28th January 2024 Match Reports

Galbally United 0 – 1 Cashel Town

League leaders Cashel Town continued their relentless push to get back to the top table of TSDL football by maintaining their seasons 100% record and recording their ninth win from nine of the road at Galbally. But the home side did make it hard for them, producing a really good defensive display that almost managed to snag them a point. It might even have had been more if Jamie Morrissey had converted when going close for the hosts in the twentieth minute. In reality though it was the visitors who always seemed to be likeliest to score and Eoin Byrnes really should have done better with a couple of chances before the sides went to the break scoreless. The second half followed the same pattern as the first, with Cashel dominating the game. They still had to wait until five minutes from time to make that pressure count when centre half Jack Fitzpatrick finished well after a corner wasn’t cleared, and the defender smashed home from close in.

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Peake Villa 2 – 1 Old Bridge

Villa had the wind at their backs in the first half but were guilty of over passing and playing some long balls which caught out their strikers up front. They did create some chances with Liam McCormack coming close on a few occasions. But ultimately it was the visitors that took the lead just before the quarter hour mark when a free kick was not dealt with in the box, and this gave Ciaran Walsh an opportunity close in and he scored. The visitors should have doubled their lead just before the break and would have only for two fine saves by the home keeper David Purcell. Against the wind in the second half, Villa seemed to play a lot better but still struggled to create a clear enough chance to get back into the game. That was until thirteen minutes from time when they were rewarded for their consistent pressure when a great cross put in by Liam McCormack was headed to the back of the net by Adam Garrett to level the game. They pushed on looking for an equaliser and four minutes later Mc Cormack put the gloss on an excellent performance by getting a goal of his own to wrap up the victory.

Cullen Lattin 6 – 3 St Michael’s

There were nine goals in this West Tipperary thriller, that gave the watching supporters plenty to cheer about throughout the game. In just the first minute the visitors almost opened the scoring, but Cian O Dwyer’s cross was narrowly headed wide by Antonio Rea. This was a huge wake up call for the hosts and within twenty minutes they raced into a two-goal lead. First Fiachra O Grady drove home Darren McGrath’s pass in the seventh minute, and then Mickie O Brien headed in a well delivered Tony O Neill corner ten minutes later. On  twenty nine minutes, Saints got back in the game when a Cian O Dwyer free kick found Danny O Brien at the back post and his finish was of the highest quality. Seven minutes later they were level, when Rea made up for his early miss after a mistake by a Cullen defender, he showed great composure and finished well to the bottom corner.

But the home side were not to be denied a half time lead and in the final minute of the half were awarded a penalty after Tony O Neill was taken down by the Saints keeper. Up stepped Darren Mc Grath to stroke the ball to the net. The second half was to be dominated by the home side and four minutes in, Fiachra O Grady put Cullen four goals to two up when he took advantage of a scramble in the box to steer his shot to the net. Micheál Elligott made it five when he got on the end of a Tony O Neill corner kick to tap home on fifty seven minutes, and O Neill added a sixth eighteen minutes from time when his left footed strike ended up in the bottom corner. Saints got a late consolation goal four minutes from time when Danny O Brien was fouled in the penalty area and the veteran striker got up to smash the penalty to the net, but it was never enough to make any difference to the final destination of the points.

TSDL Second Division 28th January 2024 Match Reports

Cashel Town 2 – 1 St Nicholas

Cashel’s seconds picked up three valuable points with a good win at home to St Nicholas, at Dixie Currivan Park on Sunday afternoon. The game itself was scrappy in the first period, without any clear cut chances, and with both teams guilty of poor final passes. The game was scoreless at the break, but three minutes into the second half the visitors went ahead with a header from a corner from Aidan Riordan, who was left unmarked at the back post. Cashel however didn’t lie down and were level ten minutes later when Jack Price finished from close range after a goalmouth scramble from a corner. Cashel were reduced to ten men just after the hour mark, but kept battling and were rewarded in the seventy second minute with an absolute cracker from Thomas O Riordan, who blasted a bullet like shot into the top corner from all of twenty five yards out. The hosts spent the last fifteen minutes pinned back as the Saints looked for a leveller, but they defended their lead well and ran out deserved winners in the end.

Dualla 3 – 1 Moyglass United

This was a tight affair from the off, with both teams trying to bets the other on the break by using their pace on the wings and upfront. As the game progressed the hosts took control and opened the scoring when John Ryan nipped in front of a defender and won a penalty. Tossy Ryan stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to put the hosts ahead. With their tails up now, the continued to dominate and added a second five minutes before the break when Tossy found himself one on one with the keeper and he slotted home with aplomb. In the early stages of the second period, the visitors started pushing forward which left them vulnerable at the back, and Dualla had a couple of chance but failed to capitalise on this. In the sixty third minute the visitors won a free thirty yards out, which after being fired into the area, bobbled around before being eventually poked to the net. Dualla responded to this, pushing forward and new kid on the block Colin Bourke making his senior debut, capped it by rounding a defender and keeper and slotting the ball home to ensure his side won the points with a three goal to one win.

TSDL Third Division 28th January 2024 Match Reports

SC & K United 3 – 0 Cahir Park  

The home side picked up a crucial three points in this game against promotion rivals Cahir Park with a comprehensive win on Sunday morning. The strong wind made it tough for both sides and both took time settling into the game. The closest either side came to opening the scoring in the early exchanges was when Aaron Costin saw his in-swinging corner clip the Cahir Park crossbar, before being cleared to safety. Six minutes before the break however, the hosts finally found the breakthrough through Cianan O’Brien, when he found space in the visitors area goalmouth scramble to fire home from ten yards to give United the lead. The wind continued to cause problems in the second period, with the visitors now having it at their backs, but too often they were unable to make use of it, with many overhit passes that were either comfortably defended or ran out of play. The home side gave themselves  some breathing space in the seventy second minute, when Evan Forristal found Mark Heffernan who calmly slotted into the bottom left corner from twelve yards to double his sides advantage. And they made it three in the final minutes when a Conor Grant kick out found Jamie Roche in behind the Cahir defence, and he slotted home to give his side the points.

Burncourt Celtic 0 – 2 Donohill and District

This game started off with Celtic on the front foot with Dylan Ryan having an early chance saved. On twenty-two minutes Robbie O Brien was very unlucky when he got on the end of a Cian O Reilly cross, but saw his effort flash agonisingly wide. The best chance from the visitors in the first period came eight minutes before the break but the home defence managed to scramble the ball clear, and the sides went to half time level at nil all. The second half turned into a scrappy affair with both sides struggling in the tough weather conditions, and but the opening score came just a few minutes in, when Joe Shannon popped up at the back post to strike home a fine finish from ten yards out. Both sides had chances after this, but as the home side pushed on looking for the equaliser, Donohill punished them on the break and Cian Mooney fired home a second ten minutes from time to secure his side the points.

Tipperary Town 2 – 3 Clonmel Celtic

In a game played in Clonmel, Celtic started brightly and were a goal up in the fifteenth minute when David  Hindley reacted to a short kick out and lobbed the Town keeper from the edge of the area. They doubled the advantage ten minutes later when a long range effort from Dominic Mendel eluded the visiting keeper for a second time, and then made it three just before the break, when the ball broke in the box and was fired home by Jason Barnes. After the break the visiting side came out fighting and Fergal Mc Namara pulled a goal back midway through the half, when he shot home from close range. They made it a nail biting last ten minutes for their hosts when Adrian Swords tucked away a near finish to make it three goals to two. But Celtic buckled down and managed to see out the game and win the points, in a great spectacle for the watching supporters.

TSDL Youths 28th January 2024 Match Reports

Division 2 Youths

Two Mile Borris 6 – 1 Cullen Lattin   

Borris had another good win on Saturday in the Youths Second Division league at home to Cullen Lattin. The home side made a quick start to proceedings and had the ball in the net inside the first minute after great pressing by the attack led to the ball falling to the feet of Cian Dwyer who calmy slotted home. Ten minutes later, Lorcan Bourke charged down the visitors centre half and, after some good work, steered the ball past the oncoming keeper. They away side finally found their feet and responded well, pulling a goal back when a free kick was steered into the box and was bundled home from close in. Minutes later they almost made it two all but for a point blank save from Shane Bourke in the Borris goal. Bourke had to be replaced when making that brave stop and Ben Moore was introduced as a sub, not wasting much time making an impact, scoring a great solo goal with his first involvement to put his side three goals to one ahead at the break. It was a very even start to the second half but it was the home side who got the important next goal when after a great save by the Cullen keeper the ball fell to Ben Moore who buried his second to give his side some real breathing space. They stepped up the tempo now, and twenty minutes from time Moore completed his hat trick scoring a brilliant curled effort. With fifteen minutes remaining Cian Dwyer won possession and drove at the Cullen defence, before sliding a great through ball to Moore again who dinked over the keeper for his fourth of the afternoon. Not a bad tally for a substitute and assuring his side of all three points on the day

Mullinahone 0 – 0 Clonmel Town

The home side began the brighter playing some nice football in the opening exchanges, with  Liam Doyle on the wing impressing early on, and having the first real chance of the game stopped by a late block from the visiting defence. Town finally started to find their feet after the first quarter but found it hard to create any clear cut chances. The first real chance of the game came from a long ball by the home sides keeper which Liam Doyle ran onto but poked just wide passed the onrushing keeper.  The visitors had a ten minute period of dominance before the break, but weren’t able to make any count and the sides headed to half time scoreless. The second half was a much scrappier affair with both teams struggling at times to play ball and reverting to the long ball to try to gain any field position. This made for a busy day for both defences but both sets of back four were excellent in the air and any loose balls were easily cleared. By the end, both sides were frustrated, but both deserved the point they picked up in the end.

FAI Junior Cup 5th Round, 21st January 2024 Match Reports

Hardwick FC 1 – 3 St Michael’s

Saints booked their place in the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup with a comprehensive win at Dublin Port Stadium against Hardwick FC, where a strong last quarter paved the way for the victory. The Dublin side started well and were ahead in the seventh minute when Adam Hanney found space at the edge of the area and his left foot shot nestled in the corner of the net. But they were only ahead for six minutes as the TSDL side came roaring back and levelled matters when Russell Quirke freed Jimmy Carr who was deemed to have been fouled by a defender, before coolly slotting the resulting penalty past Ivory in the goal to make it one all. On twenty four minutes, the home side were reduced to ten men when Mc Ailey was sent off as the last defender for a professional foul on Jimmy Carr, who was in fine form terrorising the Dublin defence. The resultant free kick saw Colin Bargary hit narrowly wide. Rhys O’Regan went close five minutes before the break from an Ed O’Dwyer lay off, but just on the cusp of half time the Saint’s got a warning that the win wasn’t assured when Robbie King brought a good save from Adrian Walsh. As the second period wore on, the fitness of the away side, coupled with having the extra man say them slowly take control of the tie. They had already had a number of chances to take the lead before they finally did in the seventy third minute when Joey Mulcahy curled a free kick in at the near post. The game was now quite open and free flowing and Saints put the tie to bed eleven minutes from time mins when Rhys O’ Regan was found in space on the right and his left foot shot found the corner of the net. Hardwick battled away and Saints coughed up soft possession and a few silly frees and at one stage it looked like it was going to boil over with a flurry of yellow cards. But it was the home side that were further reduced when a defender had a red card brandished for a foul on Ashley Kelliher. Referee Robert Bradley’s final whistle sent the large Saints contingent into raptures as they await next week’s draw for the next round

Clonmel Celtic 2 – 0 Malahide United

A very impressive performance from Clonmel Celtic saw them take their place in the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup following a two-goal win against Malahide Utd on a wet and windy Sunday afternoon. With a strong wind at their backs Celtic started the game on the front foot and came close on six minutes after a fine move involving Philly Drohan and Peter O’Dowd culminated with Graham Kelly flashing a shot inches wide from the edge of the box. Kelly was very prominent in the early stages and he came close again a minute later with an almost identical effort. This time a Peter O’Dowd centre fell invitingly at his feet but he shot flew inches past the opposite post. Having weathered the early storm, the visitors grew into the game and put together some nice passages of play but were unable to create any real chances against a strong and well organised home backline. The watching home support felt that the hosts needed a lead at the break, having the advantage of the elements and that duly arrived on thirty-five minutes with Cian O’Sullivan getting on the end of a Philly Drohan free kick to put his side ahead. Peter O’Dowd then had a long-range effort just off target two minutes before the break and Celtic had to be content with a slender interval lead. The early stages of the second probably proved crucial to the outcome of the tie. After Cross had an effort for the visitors that was deflected wide, the hosts upped the ante and pushed for a second. That duly arrived on fifty-three minutes when Jamie Ahearne teed up Philly Drohan on the edge of the box and he fired home a fine effort to the roof of the net. Celtic nearly put the game to bed a minute later when Julian Kerton raced clear but Darragh Mooney denied him with a good save. The Clonmel side had put in a huge effort at this stage and the heavy conditions saw them tire as Malahide began to have more of the ball as they tried to find a way back into the tie. Murtagh tried his luck from a free just after the hour mark but Fabian Kerton gathered his effort comfortably. Ten minutes from time, the home side came closest to adding a third when Darren Sweeney managed to get around the keeper but his effort was cleared off the line by the retreating Curtis. Malahide to their credit kept plugging away but just couldn’t create any clear opening against an obdurate Celtic rearguard, and in the end, the home side were good value for their win.

TSDL Youths Report 20th January 2024 Match Reports

Munster Youth Cup, 4th Round

Cashel Town 4 – 1 Midleton  

Cashel advanced to the last eight of the Munster Youth Cup with a well-deserved win over the reigning champions Midleton of Cork in very difficult conditions at Dixie Currivan Park in Cashel on Saturday afternoon. The home side began the match playing into the strong wind and started really, being on top from the early exchanges and finally hitting the front in the seventeenth minute when a ball was fired across the edge of the area and in an attempt to clear it, was hooked into his own net by a Midleton defender. They doubled the lead ten minutes later when the visitors failed to clear a corner and after several ricochets ended up at the feet of Pawel Zakowicz who finished confidently to the corner of the net. After this the home side dominated proceedings in the middle of the pitch, but were unable to add to their tally before the half time break. The Cork side came out firing in the second period, but were rocked back shortly before the hour mark when their defence was caught out by a fantastic pass from Sami Laaksonen who put Callum Butler away. Butler was taken down in the area, and the resulting penalty was finished by Blake Doyle Carroll to extend his sides lead to three goals. The Cork side kept coming however, and were given a sliver of hope on sixty five minutes with a goal from Josh Dempsey after a goalmouth scramble. They continued to try and press but were easily snuffed out by Cashel defence and midfield. On the stroke of full time, Cashel’s Ciaran Byrnes put the cherry on the top of an excellent performance when he dispossessed a defender and rounded the keeper before finishing calmly to the net and sparking off wild celebrations in the home dugout.

TSDL Youths Division 2

SC & K United 4 – 4 Two Mile Borris

These two teams played out a thrilling four all draw on Saturday afternoon in testing conditions at the Ormond Stores pitch in Kilsheelan. The home side started well and found themselves in front after eighteen minutes when Daniel Condon netted after picking up possession deep inside the opposition penalty area and neatly finishing past the keeper. They extended that lead to two just after the half hour mark when a long kick out from the keeper was misjudged by a Borris defender, and deflected over his own keeper into an empty net. And they found a third six minutes into the second-half when Darren Kirwan found Brandon Landers with an inch perfect through-ball, and Landers made no mistake with the finish finding the bottom-right corner. The game looked up at this point for the visitors but they fired two quick goals in the next five minutes to put the tie back into the melting pot. Fifteen minutes from time the turnaround was complete when they added a third thanks to a long distance effort into the top corner of the goal, and to make matters worse, the hosts were reduced to ten men for the remainder of the game. Eight minutes from time, all the early good work was undone for the home side when Borris took the lead for the first time in the game, thanks to a penalty the was fired to the opposite side of the home keeper and into the net. But the home side kept battling and deservedly found an equaliser in the final minute when Anthony Boyle fired home after a goal mouth scramble from a Gus Nolan free-kick, to put the gloss on what was an excellent game for the watching supporters.

TSDL Premier League 14th January 2024 Match Reports

Peake Villa 0 – 2 Cahir Park

Cahir Park pulled off the result of the weekend when they inflicted the current champions first league defeat of the season on them in Thurles on Sunday afternoon. Conditions for the game were perfect with the pitch in great condition, and it turned out to be a game of two halves. The hosts dominated the opening forty five minutes, and Eoin O Dwyer came close early on when Mick Ryan crossed, but his shot was deflected out for a corner. Midway through the half a cross from the same side from Micheal Quinlan fell to O Dwyer but he just could get that touch that would have put the home side one up. And five minutes from the break, Villa almost took the lead from a corner, but Ronan McGuire’s shot came back off the post. A dominant half for the champions, but they just couldn’t find that opener. they started the second half like the first, but Cahir’s defence was in excellent form and was well marshalled by the experienced Chris Higgins. And the home sides wastefulness almost came back to haunt them three minutes after the hour mark when Cahir broke quickly and home keeper Willie Tierney was forced into a brilliant save with his feet from a Park header. Try as Villa may, they couldn’t break the visitors down and were dealt a blow with twenty five minutes left, when they lost talisman Pippy Carroll to injury. With Villa pushing on, Cahir were happy to counterattack, and it paid off six minutes from time, when John O Brien scored with a header. The home side got caught again on the counterattack three minutes later when Craig Guiry scored a great goal, lobbing the keeper from distance to ensure his side took the points, and blew the title race wide open.

St Michael’s 5 – 1 Two Mile Borris

Saints warmed up for next week’s trip to Hardcastle in the FAI Cup, and were good value for their victory over Two Mile Borris at Cooke Park on Sunday afternoon. The visitors started well and were awarded a penalty in just the fourth minute, when Jamie Lee had his kicking leg impeded, but Adrian Walsh got down well to save Lee’s resulting spot kick. A good move on eleven minutes saw Owen Sheridan find Urban Nolan but he shot tamely at Adrian Walsh, as the home side found it difficult to get to grips with their quick counter attacking game. If anything, Borris should have found the front on a number of occasions, but poor finishing was their undoing. And you cannot afford to be profligate against a team as good as St Michael’s, who punished them just after the hour mark when Colin Bargary played in Jimmy Carr who kept his composure to round the keeper and find the net from a tight angle. It was two five minutes later, when a lovely lay off from Russell Quirke saw Ashley Kelliher finish well from an angle to blast to the net. Saints put the game to bed in the final minute of the half, when Paul Breen was on hand in the area to head home a Jimmy Carr cross. The second half was a bit more disjointed as the home side used their bench to give lots more players some playing time, but in the sixty sixth minute they added a fourth when Ashley Kelliher got in behind an Ed O’Dwyer effort to finish well from six yards out. That became five when Ed O’Dwyer played in Rhys O’Regan, who outpaced the defence and finished well twenty minutes from the end. The away side did get a goal back nine minutes from time when Dan Rafter persevered and managed to block down an Adrian Walsh clearance and the pace of the ball saw it over the line. But it was no more than a consolation in a game well wrapped up by then.

Clonmel Town 6 – 0 Wilderness Rovers

Clonmel Town were convincing winners over Wilderness Rovers in this local derby on a cold afternoon at the Dr Pat O’Callaghan Sports Complex on Sunday. Town started well and were ahead after fifteen minutes when Ben Browne scored on his return to the club. They then had numerous chances to increase their lead but struggled to add a second until Ian Clery continued his run of goalscoring form to score from the penalty spot just before half time. That goal seemed to suck the life out of a game Wilderness were well in up to that point, and when Jake French Davis added a third five minutes into the second period it was game over. Browne added his second of the day soon after and not to be out-done, Davis secured his brace twenty minutes from time. There was still time for a sixth when Sean Kenny pounced twelve minutes from the end, and it was a comfortable last ten minutes for the home side as they used their bench well to secure a clean sheet and very important three points.

Tipperary Town 1 – 2 Clonmel Celtic

The opening half hour of this game was very even, with the home side playing much better than in last week’s surprise Cup exit, and the visitors finding in harder to adapt to the cold and blustery conditions. Eventually the home side opened the scoring when a Ryan Maher corner wasn’t dealt with and Caleb Hickey hammered home a volley from close range. They upped their tempo after this, but their final ball let them down on too many occasions and they weren’t able to add to their tally before the half time break. The second period however showed why the Clonmel side are in the latter stages of national cups, pinning back the home side who had Mikey O Dwyer to thank in goals on a few occasions. The equaliser eventually came with fifteen minutes left on the watch, when after relentless pressure from a number of corner, Sean Browne stabbed home from close range. The winner though broke home hearts, coming in the final minute of the game, when a well worked move down the left saw Sean Browne meet a cross at the near post with an excellent finish. The hosts threw the kitchen sink at it in injury time but were nearly picked off twice more, and in the end the away side took all three points.

Paddy Purtill Cup, 14th January 2024 Match Reports

Rosegreen Rangers 2 – 2 Dualla (AET Rosegreen win 4-2 on penalties)

Games between these two sides are always close run affairs, and Sunday’s edition was no different with the home side finally progressing thanks to winning a penalty shootout after the game finished in a draw. It started off well for the home side and they took the lead in the fifth minute when Keith Bergin fired to the net from twenty yards out. They added a second ten minutes later through Mark Furlong, and looked to be well in control of the game. But Dualla eventually settled and pulled a goal back before the break when Tossy Ryan headed to the net from ten yards out. The second period started much the same as the first ended with both sides making chances, and defences being on top. The hosts looked like they had drawn the sting from the game, until they were caught on the break ten minutes from time and Dualla pulled level with a well worked team goal. Things got harder for the hosts when they were reduced to ten men, but they hung in for a draw. Extra time produced no more goals on either side, and when it went to penalty kicks, and in those Rory Heffernan in the home goal was the hero, saving two spot kicks and setting his team up to move smoothly into the next round.

Cashel Town 0 – 2 Suirside

These two Division Two sides met in the Paddy Purtill Cup on Sunday, in what was an even game for the majority of the tie. Both sides missed some good opportunities in the first half and left the score at the break even at nil all. Three minutes into the second period, Suirside finally opened the scoring when John Alan Lowes got on the end of a good move. They added to their advantage twelve minutes later when David Recontre produced a tidy finish after he had been put clear through on goal. This left the visitors in control and though Cashel had chances to reduce the deficit, they were just lacking that bit of clinical finishing on the day. In the end, it was the away side that progressed.

Vee Rovers 8 – 2 Old Bridge

The size of this win makes it look like it was a much easier game for the home side than it was, but they had to come from behind to eventually put Old Bridge to the sword and move into the next round. In fact, the away side dominated the early exchanges and eventually took a deserved lead in the twenty third minute when Alex Greene shot home from just inside the area. But Rovers came back and within seven minutes were level. A long ball from Shane Mc Grath out of defence was latched onto by Dylan Keating and the striker produced a delicious lob to leave the visiting keeper stranded. The same player put his side in front eight minutes later finishing off a great pass from his brother Zak. And a well taken volley by Sean Casey two minutes before the break put the Clogheen side in complete control at half time. They were determined to hammer that advantage home in the early minutes of the second period, and only three had elapsed before Liam Maunsell had added the fourth goal. Bridge did continue to make chances though and pulled a goal back in the fifty fifth minute when they were awarded a penalty kick that Connie Power despatched with little trouble. That was as good as it got for them however as they seem to have collapsed in the final half hour, coughing up four goals thanks to three long range efforts by Anthony Crotty and a Jessy Kiely brace, as well as a Zak Keating tap in for good measure.

Galbally United 4 – 3 St Michael’s (AET)

These two sides produced a seven-goal thriller that needed extra time to separate them before Galbally progressed to the next round of this year’s Paddy Purtill Cup. It only took three minutes to see the first goal and it went to the hosts and James O Sullivan produced a great turn and strike to find the net from all of twenty-five yards out. But Saints are not a team to just lie down and they took control of the next quarter of an hour of the game, finally pulling level when Danny O Brien found the net in the twentieth minute. The match was flowing over and back now, and Galbally retook the lead when Ciaran Sheehan produced a tidy effort on goal in the thirty third minute that eluded the out stretched hand of the visiting keeper. They held this lead until fifteen minutes from time, when they scored what they thought would be a crucial third through Jordan Dineen. But the visitors were in no mood to throw in the towel and O Brien showed all his strikers’ instincts to finish well from inside the box with eight minutes to go. This set up a grandstand finish with Saints throwing everything at their hosts, who thought they had weathered the storm until deep into time added on, Dale O Mahoney popped up onto an Adam Mc Grath cross and powerfully headed to the net to send the game to extra time. The home side might have gone into that deflated, but they never showed it and took the lead for the third time midway through the first half, when Cathal O Mahoney found the net. This time however, they weren’t in any mood to give the advantage up again, and they held out for a win.

St Nicholas 2 – 2 Peake Villa

St Nicholas rounded off a miserable weekend for Peake Villa when they ejected them from this year’s Paddy Purtill Cup in a penalty shoot out after the two teams shared four goals at the end of extra time. It was an excellent game in Danny O Dwyer Park, and the early part of the game saw both sides fashion chances before the visitors opened the scoring on the half hour mark when Kevin Crowe found the net. Minutes later the home side levelled the game again when Aaron Ryan Shiner produced a super goal beating a couple of defenders after he’d been found in the area by Jack Downey. And things got better for the home side seven minutes from the break, when a Declan O Riordan free kick found Aiden Riordan free at the back post and he found the net. The scoring was completed in the first half, in time added on when Villa’s Adam Garrett with a headed effort. The watching supporters would have hoped for a similar goal fest in the second period, but it was much cagier, and despite the two teams having chances, they were not able to produce the quality needed to add to the scoreline. This continued in extra time as the teams tired, so it was inevitably a penalty shootout that was needed to separate the sides. In that, the hosts held their nerve better and advanced to the next round.

Peter O Reilly Cup, 14th January 2024 Match Reports

Preliminary Round

Burncourt Celtic 2 – 2 Donohill and District (AET Donohill and District win 5 – 3 on penalties)

This game got off to a brisk start and inside five minutes Celtic hit the front when Sean Cagney slotted a penalty after a foul on Pa Ryan. The hosts continued to play on the front foot after this, and added a second just before the half hour mark when a long ball over the top by Sean Cagney was collected by the onrushing Ryan again, and he finished with a fine strike to the roof of the net, to double his and his sides tally. After this though, the visitors seemed to wake up and created some good chances. Just as halftime approached, they pulled a goal back, when a cross into the box was finished from close range by Alan Wallace. The second half flowed over and back with chances for both sides, and fifteen minutes from the end, Donohill levelled after they were awarded a penalty kick. Despite a great save from Marc Cagney from the initial effort, Ned lowry followed up his spot kick to score the equaliser. There was to be no more goals in the ninety minutes, so extra time ensued. Again, both sides had chances and right at the death Pa Ryan was desperately unlucky to see his strike hit the crossbar, and from the clearance the hosts won the ball back and got in a shooting position, but David Cagney unfortunate scuffed his shot wide. The lottery that penalties is played their part to finally divide the teams, and Donohill came out on top winning on a five goals to three scoreline to progress to the next round.

Quarter Finals

Killenaule Rovers 2 – 3 Kilsheelan United

Kilsheelan United got their defence of the Peter O Reilly Cup off to a winning start over near neighbours Killenaule with a narrow win by the odd goal in five on Sunday morning. After an even opening half-hour in which the visitors dominated possession without creating many clear chances, they eventually took the lead when Billy O’Connor played a smart through-ball in behind the home defence to Aaron Costin, who deftly chipped over the keeper and open the scoring. This was the only goal of the first half, and ten minutes into the second-half, the hosts levelled the scoring with an effort from distance. But that shook the visitors once again, and just after the hour mark they regained the lead through Nathan Dolan, who emphatically powered home a header from an inch-perfect corner kick from Billy O’Connor. But while they were still in celebratory mood, they were rocked again when Killenaule levelled for a second time courtesy of a fantastic volley into the top-left corner from a set-piece delivery. The game was on a knife edge after this, with both sides going close, before Kilsheelan finally found the vital fifth goal. With just eight minutes remaining, Aaron Costin caused havoc down the left-wing, before his cross found the head of substitute Jamie Roche to head home from close-range. The hosts were reduced to ten-men soon after, and the away side soaked up all the pressure to secure their passage into the semi-finals.

Quarter Finals Peter O Reilly

Clonmel Celtic 1 – 1 Ballingarry Albion (AET Clonmel Celtic win 4-3 on penalties)

Clonmel Celtic’s seconds edged out Ballingarry Albion at home on Sunday morning, to qualify for the semi-finals of this year’s Peter O’Reilly Cup. It was a tight keenly contested encounter that went all the way to penalties. The visitors started brightly coming close on a couple of occasions to taking the lead. But the hosts, under new management finally settled into the game as the first half finished scoreless. The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, with chances at a premium, before the visitors hit the front on the hour mark when John Pollard headed home a Dylan Walsh corner. Albion were on top at this stage with Gerard Ivors coming close to a second. But the home side hung in and rallied in the final ten minutes, before they were rewarded in injury time when Davy Garrett headed home a free kick. The visitors had the better of extra time but Peter Boland made a brilliant save and a goal line clearance from a Celtic defender brought the game to penalties with Celtic winning out on a scoreline of five goals to four.

TSDL Youths report 14th January 2024 Match Reports

TSDL Youths Div 1

Cashel Town 1 – 0 Cahir Park

Cashel Town Youths continued their winning ways against a resilient and battling Cahir Park side at Palmershill on Saturday afternoon. Played in ideal conditions, the hosts started the game brightly and controlled the game for the majority of the first half but squandered a number of chances to take the lead. The visitors were comfortable in soaking up pressure and always looked to hit the home side on the break with some half chances, just to keep the hosts back line on their toes. By the time the whistle blew for half time, it was likely that the Park were the happier of the two going into the break. The second half saw the same pattern repeated for long spells, with Town dominant but coming up against a very disciplined defence and an inspired goalkeeper. Eventually though, the pressure told and midway through the half, a loose ball at the edge of the area was pounced on by Ciaran Byrne who walloped the ball into the bottom corner and gave the home side a deserved lead. Credit to Cahir Park they stuck in right up to the final whistle frustrating the home side and had a few chances on the break but the home side saw it out, and picked up a valuable three points in their hunt for the league.

Clonmel Town 4 – 6 Two Mile Borris

This game turned out to be a ten goal thriller at Ferryhouse on Saturday last, as the visitors continued in their hunt to pick up a Youths title. They took early control of the game and in the twelfth minute, opened the scoring when Tristin Kelly slotted home into an empty net after a scramble in the area. They doubled their lead shortly after when Tom Ryan showed a great piece of skill before firing home, and things looked to go from bad to worse for Town as a coming together in the box resulted in conceding a penalty just after the half hour mark. But it was brilliantly saved by Oisin Martin one of many great saves he made in the game in the game. But four minutes from the break, the third came when Tristin Kelly added his second. That wasn’t the end of the scoring however, and the home side pulled a goal back just on the half time whistle when Monsur Emiabata fired home after a long throw was flicked into his path. At the restart the hosts came flying out and pulled another goal back within five minutes when Mark Neville found Emiabata in space and he made no mistake from twelve yards out. But this seemed to kick Borris back into gear and they regained their two goal advantage five minutes later when Tristin Kelly broke away and got his hat trick goal. From there both sides fought for control, but it was the visitors who struck next again, with Tom Ryan adding his second and his sides fifth with another good finish at the back post. Thirteen minutes from time, Emiabata completed a hat trick of his own, sparking the tie back into life, and with six minutes left a corner for Town was swung in deep and was met by Conor Makim to reduce the deficit to a single goal. But in stoppage time a great set piece play by the away side was finished by Jake Jordan putting the game to bed and giving his side the points.

TSDL Youths Div 2 Cup

Clonmel Town 7 – 0 Galbally United

Clonmel Town’s seconds hosted Galbally in the first round of the Div 2 Tipperary cup on Saturday in Ferryhouse, and had too much for their visitors before moving into the next round. They started well, with Isaac DeSilva hitting the foot of the upright in the first minute, to set the tone of the game. The hosts didn’t have to wait much longer to open the scoring, and some excellent play in the middle of the pitch set up Cian McGrath to apply a clinical finish and put his side ahead in the fifth minute. Town’s lead was doubled following some slick passing down the left wing culminating in Ciaran Kenny driving another accurate cross to the same Cian McGrath, with the same result in the twenty fifth minute. Galbally then started to dial up the pressure on the Town defence going close from several corners in quick succession. But the were unable to pull anything back and the hosts took their two goal lead to the break. They started quickly in the second half and had the ball in the Galbally net after only three minutes with Isaac DeSilva’s shot from outside the box too good for the visiting keeper. De Silva found himself on the scoresheet again ten minutes later with a calm finish. And he completed his second half hat trick within minutes with a superb free kick that cannoned into the goal off the underside of the bar, giving the keeper no chance of saving. To the visitor’s credit, they committed numbers forward in an attempt to get back into the game, but the home defence was up to anything they were expected to deal with. DeSilva added his fourth ten minutes from time, and substitute Sean Galligan rounded off the rout in the final minute, to put Town in seventh heaven.

Munster Junior Cup, 7th January 2024 Match Reports

Munster Junior Cup, 5th Round

Killavilla United 1 – 8 Peake Villa

TSDL champions Peake Villa once again re-iterated the gulf in standards between the South and North Tipperary Leagues, when they easily overcame their neighbours in Roscrea, in this one-sided Munster Junior Cup game. It was a cold afternoon and a little foggy, with both teams eager to get going after the Christmas break. And it was the home side that started better, taking the lead in the eleventh minute when David McNamara scored after being put through by Michael Fitzgerald. But that was as good as it got on the day for the NTDL side. Villa upped the tempo and were level seven minutes later when Darren McGuire put through Pippy Carroll, and the ace marksman made no mistake in finding the net. They hit the front in the twenty ninth minute, when Ronan Mc Guire fired home after being sent on his way by a brilliant Dale Loughnane pass. And six minutes later, Carroll got his second and his sides third when Darragh Byrne turned provider to put him through on goal. The TSDL side held this two goal lead to the break, and added a fourth goal just before the hour mark when Ronan McGuire got his second of the game with another assist from Darragh Byrne. Whatever chance Killavilla had of making a game of it was snuffed out three minutes later when Carroll secured his hat trick, finishing off some excellent support play by Kieren Hennessy. Totally in control now, they added three more goals in the final half hour, with a Billy Mc Carthy strike, and a Kieran Hennessy finish, sandwiching a fourth goal by man of the match Pippy Carroll, making the score eight goals to one, when the referee eventually blew the final whistle.

Tipperary Cup first round 7th January 2024 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 4 – 2 Cahir Park B

Clonmel Celtic progressed to the second round of the Tipperary Cup, with a workmanlike four goals to two win against Cahir Park’s seconds at a foggy Celtic Park on Sunday. The hosts almost took the lead in the first minute when a Sean Browne header was scrambled off the line. But they didn’t have to wait much longer, with Brown heading home an inch perfect centre from Paddy Ormond five minutes later. They doubled that lead in the nineteenth minute when the impressive Browne took advantage of a defensive error to fire home from just outside the box. The visiting keeper produced a fine save to deny Celtic a third before the break. The second half followed the same pattern as the first, with the hosts in complete control, and Browne finally completed his hat trick on the hour mark when he was played through and he made no mistake to make the game safe for Celtic. Celtic made a number of changes and one of these Peter O’Dowd set up Seanie Hawkins on seventy minutes to score from close range. Mikey O’Connor pulled one back for the visitors fifteen minutes from time, and Keenan Darcy put further respectability on the scoreboard with his side’s second two minutes from the end.

Cahir Park 2 – 1 Moyglass United

Cahir Park may be having some success after returning to the Premier League this year, but they had to scrap all the way to finally get past Moyglass United in this first round Tipperary Cup tie played at home on Sunday morning. The ground was cold and hard, but it survived the extensive frost of the weekend. What was also on display however was the rustiness of the winter break, in this the first game back in almost a month. And it showed, as while the home side dominated most of the early proceedings, they found it difficult to break down a stubborn Moyglass defence, fashioning nothing more than half chances for most of the first half. If anything, once they grew into the game, it was the visitors who looked the more dangerous, and the Park had goalkeeper Brian Sweeny to thank, after he made two excellent saves, for them going to the half time break scoreless. The second half however saw the hosts re-assert their control, and as the half wore on, their superior fitness started to come to the fore. That said, it took until just ten minutes from the end, for the breakthrough to come, when a long ball from Stephen Duggan found Ger Quinn in space, one on one with the visiting keeper, and he held his nerve to slot the ball into the net. With the away side now needing to commit more bodies forward, gaps opened up inevitably, and they conceded a second goal three minutes later, this time Paraic Farrell firing across the goal, for John O Brien to tap in. This gave the home side some cushion of comfort and although Stephen Houlihan did pull a goal back for Moyglass, it was the final kick of the game, and made no impact on the final outcome.

Tipperary Cup first round 7th January 2024 Match Reports

SC & K United 6 – 1 Tipperary Town

Played on a desperately cold morning for a game, one of the only morning games to survive the bug freeze at the weekend, Kilsheelan United’s juniors made their way to the second round of the Tipperary Cup after a big win over fellow Third Division rivals Tipperary Town. The home side started strongly and deservedly went a goal ahead after nine minutes when Ben Smith’s pull-back found Mark Heffernan who tapped home. Mid-way through the half, they came close twice to doubling our lead, firstly John O’Dwyer saw this effort rebound off the crossbar, before O Dwyer again saw his low-drilled effort saved well by the keeper. From the resulting corner however, Cian Roche got on the end of Cathal de Faoite’s delivery to fire home and extend the lead. But just moments later, the visitors halved the deficit, with their striker getting in behind the home defence and finding the bottom left corner. The game went to the break, two goals to one, and ten minutes into the second period, the hosts regained the two goal lead once more, when Cian Roche got his second of the game, heading home from another Cathal de Faoite corner kick. It was four to one in the sixty eight minute when a mix up in the visiting defence ended up in an own goal, before substitute Aaron Costin got on the score-sheet himself fourteen minutes from time, to make it five one. Celtic finished off the scoring after seven minutes from the end, when Nathan Dolan dispatched a penalty to leave the scoreline six goals to one at the end.

St Nicholas 4 – 2 Peake Villa

The home side started brightly and thought they had opened the scoring after just five minutes, but their effort was ruled out for an offside infringement. They continued to have the upper hand though, but were rocked on eighteen minutes when Villa’s Liam Mc Cormack scored against the run of play to put the visitors one up. But this didn’t stop the hosts from continuing to attack, and they were level in the thirty second minute, when Aaron Ryan Shiner converted a great cross from Declan Riordan, heading past the stranded keeper. The game was very entertaining at this stage, with both sides having a go at every opportunity that was presented to them. But there were to be no more goals in the first half, and the teams went to the break level. Villa started better in the second period and only took three minutes to re-establish their lead when Renan De Carvalho headed home with the home defence caught napping. On fifty seven minutes, the Saints were back level for the second time, with Jason Sutton getting the goal, another headed effort after Aaron Ryan Shiner provided the assist. From here on in, it was one way traffic with the home side taking over, and twenty minutes from time, they finally got their noses in front, when Ryan Shiner was taken down in the area for a penalty kick, and Sutton added his second of the day from the spot. They made sure of the win, with a fourth goal in the final minutes when Ryan Shiner topped a brilliant performance by setting up Jack Downey, who finished to the net from ten yards out.

Galbally United 2 – 2 Ballingarry Albion

These two teams will have to do it all again in their Tipperary Cup first round game, after the tie ended in a draw, but decreasing visibility due to fog made it impossible to play extra time on the day. The game was dominated in the early stages by the home side, and they finally made their pressure count in the twenty fifth minute when they opened the scoring thanks to a long range strike by James O Sullivan. They continued holding the initiative and got what they thought would be a crucial second goal five minutes before the break, when O Sullivan added a second, assisted by a Peter Morrissey header across goal from a corner kick. But the visitors were a different proposition in the second half, and pulled a goal back just after the hour mark when Marty Ivers found the net, after some good build up play. They continued to chase down an equaliser, often pinning the hosts back for long periods, and finally got a deserved second goal when Eoin Burke got on the end of a pass into the area, and fired home from twelve yards. The game finished level on two all after ninety minutes, but with thick fog beginning to envelop the pitch, the planned extra time was called off and the teams will do it all again in a fortnight to see who advances to the second round.

Cashel Town 5 – 0 Burncourt Celtic

Cashel Town continued their good pre-Christmas form in this first game back after the festive celebrations, by completing a good win at home to Third Division side Burncourt Celtic. The home side were at it from the get go, and had a number of half chances before they finally opened the scoring in the tenth minute, with a good strike Seanie Fitzpatrick. They continued to make chances throughout the first half, but showed some ring rustiness in the finishing, fluffing their lines in front of goal on a number of occasions. They finally got it right however, five minutes before the break, when Eoin Byrne finished from close range after a goalmouth scramble. They went into cruise control mode for most of the second period, but added to their tally almost twenty minutes from the end when they were awarded a penalty and Byrne added his second and his sides third. Callum Meagher added a fourth ten minutes from time with a bullet of a shot from fourteen yards out, and evergreen veteran Joe Breen got the final goal of the game when he made a great run, rounded two defenders, and slammed home a good finish into the corner giving the visiting keeper no chance.

Cullen Lattin 4 – 0 Vee Rovers

Cullen welcomed a depleted Vee Rovers side to Aisling Park on Sunday, and progressed to the next round of the Cup after a well-earned four goal win. The home side were dominated from the start but failed to put the ball in the net until the thirty second minute, when centre back Mickie O Brien got in the end of a Darren Mc Grath corner, and fired the ball to the net. But for all their control of the game, they were almost made to pay for some loose play just before half time when an Alex Spence free kick found Alan Condon at the back post unmarked but failed to hit the target by inches. Buoyed by that, the away side started the second period strongly, but the hosts weathered the storm and went two up when Darren Mc Grath did well out wide, getting the ball to the end line, before pulling a pass back to Tony O Neill to tap into the net, just on the hour mark. Tommy O Mahoney made it three twenty minutes from time, with Mc Grath again the provider, and again finding his player unmarked at the back post. Mikey Stokes made it four ten minutes from time, when a Tony O Neill corner was flicked on and he made no mistake from six yards out. Vee didn’t throw in the towel and Dillon Keating had a shot deflected wide two minutes from time, but Cullen dealt with the resulting corner to hold on for a good win.

Clonmel Town 3 – 1 Old Bridge

Clonmel Town advanced to the next round of the Tipperary Cup thanks to a hard-earned victory over local rivals Old Bridge on a very cold afternoon last Sunday. The Bridge came to the Complex looking for a repeat of last season’s single goal victory but it wasn’t to be as Town dug deep late on to secure the win, and shrug off a poor run of form of their own. The away side started well and created a few half chances but eventually the hosts settled into the game and took control when Ian Cleary steered them in front before half time. Town were the better side in the first twenty minutes of the second period, but were rocked back with twenty minutes left, when a long ball over the home defence caused confusion and Ale Greene was able to capitalise, beating the keeper to the ball, and lobbing it to the net. This setback however spurred the home side into attack and they soon regained the lead when Ian Cleary got his second of the day, with a very tidy finish after some good build up play. Town got the insurance goal with time running out when Shane O’Meara scored his first goal of the season on his return from injury, after the visitors left gaps in defence while trying to chase an equalising goal.

Tipperary Youth Cup, 1st Round 06th of January 2024 Match Reports

Cullen Lattin 0 – 5 Cashel Town

Second Division Cullen/Lattin returned to action after the Christmas break on Saturday when they hosted high flyers Cashel Town, who are also on an excellent run in the FAI and Munster Youths cups. Given that, the young Cullen team were always going to be up against it from the off. In the tie, and the visitors went at them right from the start. They had two early chances, but both shots were dragged wide. Finally, on twelve minutes they broke the deadlock when Jack Lawlor’s high cross was misread by the home keeper and dropped into the net to put his side in front. They continued to dominate and looked set to double their lead on a couple of occasions, but the home side dealt with all that was thrown at them, and even fashioned a good chance just before the break, but Javi Serrano’s shot, just went the wrong side of the post. Only a goal to the good at the break, the Division One side came out with real intent in the second period and added a goal within two minutes, when Ciaran Burke tapped home from close range to double the advantage. Cillian Fitzgerald added a third three minutes later, and that made things much more comfortable for the away team. Five minutes after the hour mark, Conal Moloney headed home at the back post after some good work down the right, to ensure there would be no unlikely comeback from the hosts.  Joe Howard in the Cullen goal was having an excellent performance, but even he couldn’t keep the fifth out seven minutes from time when a desperate clearance rebounding off of one of his own defenders and ended back up in the net behind him, to close out the scoring for the day.

Clonmel Town 1 – 5 Clonmel Celtic

It was Clonmel derby day at Ferryhouse on Saturday afternoon as Town and Celtic faced off in the first round of the Tipperary Cup. But by the end of the game, the spoils most emphatically law with the nominal away side on the day, as Celtic progressed on a comprehensive scoreline. The first ten minutes were very even with both teams vying for control of the game, but Celtic finally drew first blood in the twelfth minute when Michael Reilly flicked home a corner at the front post. Ten minutes later, things got even better for Celtic, when Rhys Lonergan added a second, placing a well struck effort into the bottom corner of the net. They were in full control at this stage, and added a third just after the half hour mark when Roy Nugent deftly flicked a ball over the stranded Town keeper, and watched it roll into the net. The rest of the half was rather quiet with no more real chances of note being created. The game effectively finished as a contest three minutes into the second period when Celtic added their fourth, stripping the Town defence before crossing to find Dominik Mendel all alone to tap in at the back post. Town didn’t give up however, and pulled a goal back in the sixty seventh minute when Monsur Emiabata shot across the face of goal into the bottom corner. But the next chance of note that Town had to try to claw their way back into the game, came five minutes from time when they were awarded a penalty, that was unfortunately dragged wide. A minute later Celtic broke upfield, and Mendel slotted home his second, and his sides fifth goal of the game, to round out the scoring.

Clonmel Town B 2 – 6 Two Mile Borris

Clonmel Town Youth’s second team also fell from the Tipperary Youths Cup at the first hurdle when they went down to a very strong Two Mile Borris side at the weekend. The home side started brightly and went ahead through Joyel Joby after ten minutes following a mix up in the Boris defence. The same player thought he had added a second three minutes later only to see it ruled out for off side. And that proved to have been a turning point as the visitors were level just minutes later following a free kick which was met by Cian O’Dwyer at the back post. They went ahead in the twentieth minute when another well taken free rebounded into the net off a Town defender. The home side fought back and levelled on the half hour mark following good work from Eanna Cullinan who crossed for Jack Fahey to finish well from inside the area, but ten minutes from the break, Borris went ahead again following a long-range free kick from Sean O’Dwyer to leave the scoreline three goals to two to the visitors at half time. A fifteen-minute spell at the start of the second half saw the away team pull well ahead. They made it four five minutes into the half following a well struck Adam Bolger goal, and five minutes later he increased the with a well taken shot from the edge of the box. Cian O’Dwyer rounded off the scoring just after the hour mark. Town to their credit battled well and had a few half chances but were unable to add to their tally and Borris ran out deserved winners.

Munster Junior Cup 4th Round 10th December 2023 Match Reports

Munster League Champions Cup semi final, 17 th December
Peake Villa 1 – 2 Villa FC (Waterford)
There was heart break for TSDL champions Peake Villa on Sunday when they were knocked out of the Munster League Champions Cup at the semi final stage, to a late late goal at the Tower Grounds in Thurles. But when they look back on the game, they will probably conclude that they had a part in their own demise, conceding late goals both in normal time and extra time, and for not being as clinical in front of goal as this side normally are. The game was played at a frantic pace from the start, with both sides going at it, and the home side had a few early chances with when Pippy Carroll came close and Sean Wade headed over from a corner. The Waterford side had some chances of their own, but on the rare occasions they managed to get a shot away, they came up against Willie Tierney, who was in fine form in the home goal. The opening goal of the game came six minutes before the break, when sustained pressure from the hosts saw Ronan McGuire send over a cross to the back post, and Kieren Hennessy was on hand to score from close in. Mc Guire had a great chance just before the break to make it two, but his shot went straight at Craig Dunphy in the visitors goal, and the chance went a begging.
The second half was a cagey affair with Peake defending well and counter attacking in numbers. This was working well with McGuire and Carroll going close. The Tipperary side really should have doubled their lead before full-time but they just couldnt find that second goal. Things got more difficult from them twenty minutes from time when they went down to ten players, but they still looked like they were going to get away by the skin of their teeth until they conceded in the ninety third minute when Conor Kilgannon scored to send the game to extra time. The home side continued to put in a great performance in extra time to keep Villa Fc at bay and came close to winning it themselves when McGuire almost scored. It looked eventually like the tie was going to have to be decided by penalty kicks, but just as they were preparing, the home sides heart was broken when Conor Whittle scored a minute into time added on in the second period of extra tie, with an absolutely brilliant strike that Tierney could do absolutely nothing about. That meant heartbreak for a Villa side who left nothing out on the field and deserved at least a shot at penalties, but being down to ten men for the last forty minutes of the game was probably their undoing. There are some massive games ahead in the New Year, so there is plenty to play for in the second half of the season.

Munster Junior Cup 4th Round 10th December 2023 Match Reports

Peake Villa 4 – 1 Ringmahon Rangers

TSDL Premier League champions joined Clonmel Celtic in the quarter finals of this year’s Munster Junior Cup, when they overcame Cork side Ringmahon Rangers at the Tower Grounds in Thurles on Sunday afternoon. The conditions were harsh, and hampered the home sides usual free flowing game, with a lot of rain and high winds. Villa played against the wind in the first half and had the majority of possession, creating some half chances throughout the half with Pippy Carroll, Darragh Byrne, and Mick Ryan going close, but unable to make a breakthrough. The visitors played with the wind and created a few chances of their own with the strong wind behind them, but Villa keeper Willie Tierney was in fine form and the game went to the break scoreless. The second half saw the home side press higher up the pitch, and they finally took the lead in the fifty first minute when they were awarded a penalty after a hand ball in the area. Pippy Carroll stepped up and made no mistake, sending the keeper the wrong way. It took them only three minutes to add to that goal when Ronan Mc Guire was put through on goal and he was clinical with the finish. And two minutes later the tie was as good as wrapped up with Carroll got his second and his sides third in that devastating five-minute spell. In the sixty-eight minute, a good run and cross from Eoin O Dwyer saw a Ringmahon defender put the ball into his own net to make it four for the Tipperary side. Ringmahon did pull a goal back thirteen minutes from time, when Humberto Januairo scored a fine effort, but with conditions worsening as the game went into the final stages, they never looked like being any danger to the final result.

ST. MICHAELS 2 AISLING ANNACOTTY 0

Saints dug out a victory here against a very good Aisling Annacotty side but cup football is about adapting to windy bad conditions and days when you can’t fly a kite. On 2 mins a cross from Foley saw Riordan head wide of Adrian Walsh’s goal. On 8 mins a long ball from DJ Cremins saw Shane Ryan nearly in on goal. Rhys O’Regan was probably off balance on 11 mins when he had a right foot shot that went wide of goal from a Colin Bargary cross. On 11 mins a shot from burly centre forward Barry was blocked from Cian Fadden Adrian Walsh was solid always and gathered a Foley cross on 16 mins. A poor kick out from Cody on 20 mins saw Ed O’Dwyer gather but he was tackled as he kicked and the ball went over the bar. From the resultant corner from.Rhys O’Regan corner saw Shane Ryan head narrowly wide. From a Rhys O’Regan corner saw Boevi make a last ditch clearance to save the goal.

Shane Ryan went close on 39 mins before the first big moment in the game came on 41 mins when Jimmy Carr made space on the left and his cross saw a sublime finish from Rhys O’Regan saw the Saints go in a goal ahead at the break despite Aisling having the bulk of the ball it was first blood to St Michaels.

Aisling started the second half well and Cian Fadden cleared a ball on 48 mins to keep the Saints goal intact. A cross on 53 mins saw the ball just miss Barry in the area. A huge turning point on 53 mins saw Barry sent off for a second yellow card after an awkward tackle on.Cillian Coonan. The game was in the melting pot as the game reached the hour mark. Aisling had a lot of the ball but met a resilient outfit in St Michaels. Saints had a huge chance on 79 mins when a Cillian Coonan cross saw Russell Quirke get a bad bounce of the ball and Russell hit the bar on 82 mins from an Ashley Kelliher pass. Jimmy Carr made it 2-0 on 81 mins from Rhys O’Regan cross which was the insurance goal for Saints. A frantic finish and about 10 mins injury time saw Aisling press Saints defence which didn’t yield and they booked a quarter final place in the Munster Junior Cup allled to the last 32 in the Fai Junior Cup which keeps the wagons rolling into 2024.

Munster Junior Cup, 9th December 2023 Match Reports

Munster Junior Cup, 4th Round

Blarney United 0 – 2 Clonmel Celtic

Clonmel Celtic are through to the last eight of the Munster Junior Cup after an accomplished display in Cork on Saturday afternoon in Cork. They were good value for their two goal win against Blarney Utd and a rock solid defence provided the platform for a top performance. The TSDL side started the game well with good periods of possession and they hit the front on eighteen minutes when Philly Drohan showed some good control before firing home. The home side had some decent spells but found an obdurate Celtic rearguard difficult to break down and they only managed one decent chance in the first half. The visitors continued to control the tie in the second period, but had to wait until ten minutes from time to put the game to bed. Peter O’Dowd who was outstanding throughout found space down the left and picked out Sean Brown with a pass. He in turn teed up the in-form Graham Kelly who smashed his effort to the top corner to settle the contest for the Clonmel side.

Munster Shield 6th Round, 10th December 2023 Match Reports

Powerstown 1 – 2 Ballynanty Rovers

Powerstown’s fairytale run in the inaugural Munster Junior Shield came to an end on Sunday afternoon against Limerick giants Ballynanty Rovers, after a brave performance in Clonmel. The strong wind and soft pitch made playing conditions tough for both sides, and the home side found it tough to get out of their half early on. A flurry of Ballynanty long throws caused the home side problems, but they still managed to keep the game all square until nine minutes before the break. That was when a free kick by Jamie O’Sullivan put the Limerick side a goal in front. His well struck effort from the wide right found its way into the back of the home net, aided by the strong wind. The hosts best chances came from counterattacking football. The closest they came in the first period was five minutes before the break when Cathal McKeown won the ball high up the pitch, took it down the wing and crossed in to the back post where Brian McKeown headed it just over the visitor’s crossbar. But at the resumption of the game for the second half, and with the wind at their back, Powerstown started much better. Gino Lonergan came closest getting on the end of a corner, but despite having the majority of possession, it was not capitalised on. And they were made to pay on the hour mark when the Limerick side doubled their lead. A ball in behind wasn’t dealt with and Dean O’Brien made no mistake with the finish. Cathal McKeown pulled one back for Powerstown seventeen minutes from time. His header halved the advantage and brought the home side back into the game. They continued to apply pressure in search of that all-important equaliser but it was not to be. Ballynanty held strong and did enough to see themselves through to the next round.

TSDL First Division 10th December 2023 Match Reports

Old Bridge 0 – 4 Cashel Town

Cashel Town’s march towards the first Division League title continued at Ferryhouse with this victory over Old Bridge, but they were the first to admit that the scoreline flattered them at the finish. They got off to the best possible start when Ciaràn Fitzpatrick looped a header into the opposition net following a corner after eight minutes. Five minutes later, the same player doubled Cashel’s advantage when he volleyed home again following another corner that the Bridge didn’t adequately deal with. The home side were reeling at this stage, but to their credit, they pulled themselves and made a real contest of the game until the last few minutes. The second period continued in the same manner with The Bridge having more of the ball, but the visitors defence holding firm. Colm Guiry and Connie Power had attempts at goal, but again without success. The winners were dangerous on the break and were awarded a penalty five minutes from time. The home keeper Kian Quinn superbly saved Ciaràn Fitzpatrick’ effort. But it was a brief respite, as the away side did get a third just two minutes later, through a magnificent twenty-five-yard strike from Padraic Ryan, which flew into the top right-hand corner of the net. Devon Ryan completed the scoring in the ninety first minute when he poked home from close range. It was a good win for Cashel Town, and it will take something extraordinary to stop them winning the title. As for Old Bridge, a better performance and if they can strengthen the squad, they could get out of the rut that they seem to be in.

TSDL Third Division 10th December 2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 1 – 2 SC & K United

SC & K Utd recorded an important win in this Division 3 clash between two sides chasing promotion, on a wet and windy Sunday morning in Clonmel. After a great start to the season the home sides form has dipped alarmingly so they would have been well pleased when a Jason Barnes’s header at the far post gave them a single goal lead at the interval. However, the visitors came out strongly in the second half and two quick fire goals from Nathan Dolan from the penalty spot and Aaron Costin turned the game on its head. Celtic pushed hard to find an equaliser late on, but the visitors held on for three important points that saw them leap frog their hosts in the Division Three table.

TSDL Youths Report 9th December 2023 Match Reports

TSDL Youths Division 1

Two Mile Borris 1 – 2 Cashel Town

This eagerly awaited clash between two good youth teams took place in stormy conditions in Newhill Park and didn’t disappoint the spectators with a fine game. The first thirty minutes flew by and chances were at a premium. Cashel took the lead just after the half hour mark when a corner was poorly defended and the ball broke to Ryan St. John on the edge of the box and he made no mistake with a fine finish to put his side ahead. Jake Cullen Jordan looked like he’d found an equaliser five minutes later, when did all the hard work to beat the visiting defence and place the ball past the keeper, but it came agonisingly back off the post. Two other players had chances to put the ball away but the first shot was blocked on the line and the second was put over the crossbar. Borris then started the second period on the front foot, and had a period of sustained pressure on the visitors goal. However, despite numerous good chances the home team couldn’t put the ball past the excellent Cashel defence and keeper. This wastefulness came back to haunt them in the sixty fifth minute, when Cashel extended their lead against the run of play. Niall Hallissey hit a sweet left footed shot from outside the box which found its way into the bottom left hand corner of the Borris net to the delight of the Cashel contingent at the game. Borris then threw caution to the wind and went in search of a goal, eventually puling one back from a Tristan Kelly header with ten minutes left to play. This set up a grandstand finish to the match. But despite the hosts throwing the kitchen sink at the Cashel goal, they could not find the equaliser, leaving the away side to move further up the Division One table.

TSDL Youths Division 2

Mullinahone 1 – 3 Two Mile Borris

The away side began the better, playing some lovely football with the home side struggling to get to terms with the pace being set. For the first fifteen minutes it was all Borris but they failed to turn their dominance into any real clear-cut chances. The first that finally came fell to the home side when some good play by Michael Cuddihy and Phillip Dunne led to a good effort by Liam Doyle that went just wide. The home side were now growing into the game but found themselves two goals down after conceding twice in five minutes. On twenty-seven minutes a pass was intercepted in midfield and the ball fell to Lorcan Burke who placed a brilliant low curling effort past the keeper. Burke then grabbed his second when confusion in the Mullinahone box saw a ball failed to be cleared and the striker was on hand to fire home from close range. Mullinahone to their credit came out firing in the second half and were really on the front foot. They got a well-deserved goal in the fifty seventh minute when Phillip Dunne curled in a deflected effort. This seemed to spur on the home side with Liam Doyle and Colin O Brien both going close. But they were dealt a huge blow twenty minutes from time when a long pass over the top was ran onto by Aaron Dwyer who tucked home a good effort and put the game beyond the home side.

SC & K United 1 – 0 Clonmel Town

Kilsheelan’s youths returned to winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a gutsy single goal win at home over Clonmel Town thanks to a first-half strike from Gus Nolan. In an opening period that was played in dreadful conditions causing both sides to take a while to get into the game, it was the home side that broke the deadlock in the twenty fifth minute. Nolan was fed the ball at the edge of the area, before his drilled effort was fired beyond the visiting keeper. The away side began the second-half with a higher tempo, but the home defence was more than a match for anything that was thrown at them. Alec Knightly pulled off two fantastic saves in the half to secure a first clean sheet of the season and a crucial three points.

Cullen Lattin 2 – 0 Galbally United

This was a west Tipperary derby between local rivals that was always going to entertain the spectators particularly on a cold windy December day. Cullen started this game with crisp passing play and showing the improvements which has been evident over the last few weeks. With a strong breeze at their backs the home side were dominant and restricted Galbally to rare passages of play in the Cullen half of the pitch. The hosts pressed hard and forced a number of corners but couldn’t find the breakthrough, despite hitting the post on two occasions. It was a worry that their profligacy would once again negate their fine build up play, and when the half time whistle came with both sides scoreless, the visitors were the much happier side. The 2nd half started with the hosts now playing into the stiffening breeze, but they remained comfortable doing and forced Galbally back early on and which led to a more open game. But they still had to wait until eight minutes from time to get the opening score. Seanie Burke and John O Brien orchestrated a brilliant counterattack, threading a perfectly weighted through-ball to Jamie McGrath, who calmly slotted the ball past the opposition goalkeeper. Barely recovering from the first blow, the away team found themselves under siege as the home team continued to press forward with relentless determination. With just minutes left on the clock, the home supporters were treated to another moment of brilliance when Reece O Dwyer netted the second goal two minutes from time with a twenty-five-yard free kick which left the opposition goalkeeper with no chance, sealing the victory for the home team.

FAI Junior Cup 4th Round, 3rd December 2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 2 – 0 Killorglin

Celtic kept up their recent good cup form with a fairly comfortable two goal win against Killorglin. The Kerry outfit were missing a few players and were on the backfoot in the early stages as the hosts made a bright start to the game. Julian Kerton had Celtic’s first effort on four minutes but he was denied by a good save by Adam Carey. Sean Brown then flashed a shot wide as the TSDL went in search of an early goal. They didn’t have to wait too long with Sean Brown heading home Philly Drohan’s cross on fourteen minutes to give his side the lead they craved. They were two up eight minutes later when Keenan Kerton played in Julian Kerton and he kept his composure to slot home. Celtic were well in control at this stage with Cian O’Sullivan and Sean Brown both coming close to increasing the lead before the break. They lost some momentum at the break, and weren’t in control as much in the second half and a number of substitutions saw the game become a bit scrappy. Killorglin kept plugging away and came close late on but Fabian Kerton got down to push away a free kick and Graham Kelly did well late on to clear as the visitors came close to snatching a lifeline, but never quite made it.

Munster Shield 4th Round, 3rd December 2023 Match Reports

St John Bosco 1 – 1 Powerstown (Powerstown win 12 – 11 on penaties)

TSDL Second Division side Powerstown played their first competitive game ever outside the local league and kept the flag flying with a win over Cork side ST John Bosco’s after a marathon penalty shootout on Saturday afternoon. But you wouldn’t have thought it was going to get that far when Conor McGrath put the visitors a goal up after just four minutes, taking advantage of a ball in behind the Cork defence, placing it calmly past the home keeper. After this the two teams were pretty even with the game being played in the main around the middle of the pitch. The home side’s best chance came from a long ball over the top midway through, and although the home strike beat the Powerstown keeper, the shot was cleared off the line by Nicholas Ryan. Cathal McKeown was unlucky not to put Powerstown further in front ten minutes before the break but his strike went narrowly wide. The second half was a more open affair. Visiting keeper Kieran Quirke made a point blank save from a corner, tipping the header over the bar on the hour mark, and moments later after a break up the field, Powerstown had a goal controversially ruled out. An Oisin Napier shot was parried by the Bosco’s keeper, and although Aaron Kiely put the ball in the net, he was adjudged to have fouled the keeper. The anger over this was compounded minutes later when the hosts got their leveller with sixty-five minutes on the clock. Their striker was judged to have been fouled inside the area and the referee pointed to the stop. The subsequent penalty was converted and the game stood at one all. Both sides had chances to win it in normally time but the 90 minutes were not enough to decide a result. Extra time was a cagey affair. The Tipperary side dominated the possession for the large part but found it tough to break the Cork side down. Neither side could find the break through and the game went to penalties. It took all of twenty-three penalties to decide the outcome of the shootout, 12-11 in favour of Powerstown. Powerstown goalkeeper Kieran Quirke made an excellent save, diving to his left to setup Oisin Napier to score the all-important penalty.

TSDL Premier League 3rd December 2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Town 0 – 2 Cahir Park

Cahir Park took all three points in this entertaining Premier League game played at the Dr Pat O’Callaghan Sports Complex, to widen the gap between themselves and their opponents and cement third place in the TSDL behind the big two above them. Despite starting well and dominating the early proceedings, the home side couldn’t find a way past an inspired Brian Sweeney in the Cahir goal, who produced a number of good saves to keep his side level. Cahir eventually got themselves into the game and hit the front when Niall Daly got on the end of a cross to power his diving header to the net, just after the half hour mark. It was pretty even from then until half time with the visitors holding on to their slender lead. The second half was almost identical to the first with Town dominant early on but any hopes of drawing level were extinguished when Willie Dunne found the net for Cahir from all of twenty yards in the seventieth minute. It was harsh on the home side, who were on top at that stage, but they couldn’t find a way past Sweeney who was excellent throughout, and the away side took all three points.

Bansha Celtic 2 – 5 St Michael’s

Bansha Celtic got no succour from their relegation travails when they went down here against local rivals St Michael’s in this West Tipperary derby. After a cagey first fifteen minutes for both sides, it was the visitors who drew first blood when they took the lead in the eighteenth minute, after a good save from the home keeper, was followed in by Russell Quirke scored on the rebound from close in. They doubled that advantage in the twenty fifth minute, when a smart through ball put Quirke clear and he slid it past the keeper to add to his and his sides tally. They had the perfect opportunity to add a third minutes later when they were awarded a penalty kick, but the home keeper made a great save. They finally did add that all important third goal just on the stroke of half time, when a quickly taken corner was headed home by Shane Ryan. Ten minutes into the second period, they got their fourth, when Rhys O Regan cut in from the right and buried it in the far corner. To Bansha’s credit, they continued to battle and pulled a goal back in the seventieth minute when William O Dwyer squeezed a shot into the far corner of the goal. Five minutes later they added another this time when a deflected shot from O Dwyer found the roof of the net. They went close to making it three only to be denied by a magnificent double save by the visiting keeper. But the Saints closed out the game after this, adding a fifth in the final minute when Joey Mulcahy curled a sublime effort into the top corner and assure his team of all three points.

Wilderness Rovers 1 – 7 Peake Villa

Top visited bottom in the Premier League on Sunday in Clonmel, and the league champions blew their hosts away with another brilliant display of attacking football and clinical finishing, to maintain their joint lead at the top of the Premier League table. Wilderness did quite well early on and dealt well with the champions attack, but once their defence was broken in the fifteenth minute by an Eoin O Dwyer tap in, it looked like being a long day for the Clonmel side. But just seven minutes later, the Wildies were back on level terms, when Cian O Connell blocked down a clearance and sidestepped the advancing keeper and slotted home to the delight of players and management. But their joy was short lived as it took just two minutes for the visitors to get back in front when O Dwyer was in the right place once again to finish a good attacking move. Three minutes later Villa got their third through Ronan Maguires slightly deflected shot, and although the hosts worked hard for the rest of the half, they went to the break two goals behind. The away side came out in the second half all guns blazing, and fantastic football scoring four more goals inside the first quarter of an hour. Three minutes in, O Dwyer completed his hat trick with a headed goal, before Kieran Hennessy added one on the fiftieth minute. On fifty seven O Dwyer got his fourth with a superb finish and on the hour mark, Ronan Mc Guire made it seven. The Wilderness kept battling away and got in behind a couple of times but the Thurles sides keeper dealt with it both chances pretty easily and they eased to a really good win.

Two Mile Borris 4 – 0 Tipperary Town

This game was closer than the scoreline suggests, but clinical finishing by the home side was the difference between the two teams as they recorded their first, and much needed win of the season. Borris started well and had a number of chances before Jamie Lee found Jamie Carey with a peach of a cross to open the scoring for the hosts. After that they had most of the ball without creating anything clear cut, and they were unable to add to their tally before the break. The second half was only five minutes old however when a corner was cleared to the edge of the visitors area, and Jamie Lee fired home from sixteen yards out. This gave Borris some breathing space and they added a third five minutes after the hour mark when man of the match Lee set up Daniel Rafter and he made no mistake from just inside the box. But right throughout the game, Borris’s young keeper Ben Allen was displaying a maturity in the goals beyond his years and dealt with anything the visiting side could throw at him. Ten minutes from time, the hosts sealed the win when Josh Connolly shot from the edge of the eighteen yard area and made it four without reply.

TSDL First Division 3rd December 2023 Match Reports

Cashel Town 2 – 0 Galbally United

Cashel Town maintained their winning start to the season and extended their lead at the top of the First Division table in the only game played in the division at the weekend. It was a hard fought win against Galbally but in the end they prevailed to ensure they will be in pole position both in the title and promotion races in the New Year. It was an early struggle for both sides, with much of the game being played around the centre of the park and no real chances of note created before the home side took the lead on twenty seven minutes from the penalty spot after Andy Fitzpatrick was taken down, and Kyle Ryan stepped up to bury the spot kick. Five minutes later the home side doubled their lead with a goal from Andy Fitzpatrick when quick break from Devon Ryan slipped Fitzpatrick through, and he finished well from eighteen yards out. The game fell into a dull pattern after this with the home side dropping off and defending their lead, but with the visitors not really showing any guile to break down the stubborn home defence, who ensured they took all three points at the end of the game.

TSDL Second Division 3rd December 2023 Match Reports

Dualla 0 – 6 Two Mile Borris

Borris’ seconds made the short trip to Dualla on a foggy Sunday morning and got off to a great start when DJ Troy finished coolly to the net in the sixth minute. Shortly after it was two nil to the visitors when a great cross from Michael Anthony Mc Carthy was met with as good a finish on the volley from Jack Delaney. And half way through the first period they added a third, after a great team move was finished brilliantly by Richie Mc Carthy to put themselves in complete control at the break. They started the second period as quickly as they had the first, and put the result beyond doubt another great team move was finished by Robert Jordan five minutes in. Twenty minutes from time, a corner by Jack Delaney was met by the head of Martin Darmody who finished to the top corner, and Robert Jordan capped a fine team performance when he got his second of the day and Borris’ sixth late on.

Moyglass United 3 – 3 St Nicholas

These sides played out a six-goal thriller on a freezing cold day in Moyglass on Sunday, with the entertainment provided warming the small but committed crowd that turned out to cheer the teams on. The game itself was a good sporting contest right from the start, with both teams playing open football, and it wasn’t long before the game produced its first goal when Aaron Ryan Shiner produced a neat finish to put the Saints in front. The away side were in the ascendency at this point and hammered home that advantage when they doubled the lead eight minutes later, after being awarded a penalty kick that Jason Sutton made no mistake with. Eventually though the home side began to come back into the game, and although they didn’t score before half time, they did dominate much of the possession and chances for the rest of the game up to half time. They carried that momentum into the second period after making a few changes at half time, and eventually made the pressure count by pulling a goal back in the fifty third minute when Jamie Morrissey deliciously curled a free kick to the net. They only needed four more minutes to get back on level terms when Keith Cleere showed a clean pair of heels and finished a shot to the bottom corner of the net. With the wind in their sails now, the hosts completely turned the game around and went ahead in the sixty fifth minute when Tony O Brien viciously whipped a free kick inside the right hand post of the Nicholas goal, giving the keeper no chance. After this they seemed to settle on their laurels, a fatal mistake after doing so much good work to get into the lead and they got caught right on the line when Jason Sutton swooped to save a point for his side, with a goal deep into time added on.

Suirside 3 – 1 Cashel Town

This was a massive six pointer in Grange between two teams who sit mid table currently in the Second Division but who still harbour outside hopes of putting a run together and getting themselves involved in a promotion race. The home side got off to the perfect start in this game, when they opened the scoring in just the second minute when some intricate play in the centre of the pitch teed up the onrushing John Darmody who gave the visiting keeper no chance of keeping the ball out of the net. They could have increased that lead shortly afterwards but Andy Hickey’s shot from a cleared corner just shaved the outside of the post and went wide. The hosts were completely dominant at this stage however, and in the seventeenth minute they did add to their tally when Gavin Sheehan found David Recontre with a through ball and he fired home from the edge of the area. Cashel though seemed to be awoken from their torpor after this, and pulled a goal back in the twenty seventh minute Tomas Riordan scored from a corner kick to half the deficit. He almost equalised minutes later with an outstanding shot, that was brilliantly saved by the home keeper Mark Kelly, who kept his side in front. Two one up at half time, the home side got back in control in the second period, and in the seventieth minute they all but assured themselves of the points when captain Jason Coffey found Darmody again, and he unleashed a rasper of a shot to open up a two goal advantage again. This was enough to ensure they would win the game and they’ll now hope to push on in the weeks and months ahead.

TSDL Third Division 3rd December  2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 0 – 1 Cahir Park

An injury time goal from David Clifford saw Cahir Park B take three important points against promotion rivals Clonmel Celtic B at Ferryhouse this morning. This was a lively end to end encounter between two sides still very much in the promotion hunt. There wasn’t much between the sides though the hosts probably had the better chances with Michael Cooper and Davy Garrett both going close in each half. Just as it looked as if the game was going to finish goal less Clifford was played through and he did well to hold off a defender before finding the net and giving the visitors three important points.

Bansha Celtic 2 – 5 Ballingarry Albion

The visitors got off to a flying start in this game, forcing two good saves from the Celtic keeper, before finally finding the net in the tenth minute when Marty Ivors played in Eoin Burke and he made no mistake. The same player then doubled the Albion seven minutes later when a loose kickout was pounced on by Adam O Connell and he played Burke in on goal, and his shot had too much on it for the keeper. They added a third in the twenty-eight minutes when an Ian Ivors free kick was cleverly worked to Michael Ivors who struck a fantastic shot into the Bansha net from just outside the box. The home side probably saw out the half the better team but still found themselves three down at the break. The start of the second half was a bit more even affair with the home side starting to string passes together a bit better. But in the fifty fourth minute an overhit pass by Michael Ivors was spilled by the keeper in front of Adam O Connell, and he walked around him and finished well from a difficult angle. The away side them had a goal chalked off for offside, before the hosts pulled one back in the sixty fourth minute with a long range effort. They very nearly added a second moments later when a loose pass out of the backline fell to their striker but Jack Pollard recovered to keep it out. Ballingarry had a few more half chances but couldn’t find the target until five minutes from time, when a loose ball was seized upon by Marty Ivors after good work by Bobby Chapman and Ivors finished well. The scoring wasn’t done just yet as the home side added one more from a free kick deep in time added on.

SC & K United 8 – 2 Tipperary Town

Kilsheelan’s Juniors continued their recent run of good form with a dominant display at home to Tipperary Town FC on Sunday morning. They got off to the perfect start when Cathal de Faoite was fouled inside the visitor’s penalty area within the first 15 seconds, and Nathan Dolan stepped up to fire home early on. By the time there was 5 minutes gone, it was three nil to the home side, after John O’Dwyer fired home a quick fire brace, first getting on the end of a Mark Heffernan through ball and then firing home from Cathal de Faoite’s cross. By the eighth minute, it was four, when Aaron Costin had an effort from distance saved, before Mark Heffernan was quickest to react and tap home. Things settled for the next quarter of an hour, before Nathan Dolan got his second when he got on the end of a de Faoite corner, and he completed a hat trick before the half hour mark, finding the top corner from 25 yards out to make it six. To their credit, the visitors continued to battle, and found one back just before half-time when a free-kick was laid off on the edge of the penalty area and the low-drilled effort found the bottom-right corner. The second period was a bit staider compared to the first half, and it took until the sixty fifth minute before another goal was scored, the home side getting a seventh when Mark Heffernan headed home a John O’Dwyer cross. Billy O’Connor got on the scoresheet ten minutes from time when he found the top-corner from close range after Heffernan’s pulls-back on the end-line. The visitors finished off the scoring when they capitalised on a defensive mistake in our back-line with five minutes remaining, but it made no significant impact on the final scoreline.

TSDL Youths Report 2nd December 2023 Match Reports

Munster Junior Cup 3rd Round

Clonmel Town 0 – 4 Cashel Town

Cashel Town have been in flying form in both local and national competition with this youth’s team this season, and that continued on Saturday when they progressed to the final sixteen of the Munster Youths Cup with a good win away to Clonmel Town. It was a close affair early on where both teams battled to gain control of the game, with the hosts enjoying the better share of possession and pressing their opposition for the first fifteen minutes, creating a few half chances but nothing of real threat to the visitor’s goal. Eventually the away side began to assert themselves and a poor clearance by the hosts resulted in a shot by Niall Hallissey from outside the box whistling into the bottom right corner of the net, to put Cashel a goal up in the twentieth minute. After the restart both teams continued to battle for control of the game with Cashel now more dominant. Right before half time whistle a chance broke to Artem Izhko, and he slammed home to double the visitor’s advantage. After the break Clonmel tried hard to get back into the game, but a quick breakaway ten minutes into the second half resulted in Callum Butler putting a third goal into the Clonmel net, giving the home side a mountain to climb. Cashel having the three-goal cushion continuously pushed for a fourth and added it fifteen minutes from time when Alex Richtor finished off some good build up play, to ensure his side ran out by four goal winners on the day.

TSDL Youths Division 2

Two Mile Borris 3 – 2 Galbally United

Borris had another good win on Saturday in the Second Division when they overcame Galbally United by the odd goal in five at a cold but dry Newhill Park. Starting quickly, the hosts took the lead in the fifteenth minute through Conor Ryan, who turned out to be a constant threat throughout the game. But Galbally weren’t rolling over and gave as good as they got for the remainder of the half, before levelling matters just before the break. Stung by this, the home side came back out all guns blazing in the second period and it was barely five minutes old, when they retook the lead with a terrific goal from Eric Garcia. They stayed pushing, and Ryan got his second with a thunderbolt to the top corner to put Borris two ahead just after the hour mark. Galbally to their credit, responded well and pulled one back with fifteen minutes to go to make it a very nervy finish for the home side, but they just about held on to take all three points.

Cullen Lattin 2 – 3 Clonmel Town

On a cool, crisp December day this game showed off everything good about youth football in Tipperary. From the start both sides showed their intent and this led to a very open game. It was the visitors who took the lead in the nineteenth minute from a poor clearance when Isaac De Silva netted from just inside the eighteen-yard box. This spurred Cullen into life and ten minutes later they scored an equaliser that would have graced any game anywhere when George Maher skipped past two midfielders and unleashing a piledriver to the top corner from all of twenty-five yards out. This was no more than the visitors deserved and now it was very much game on. Cullen were now in the ascendency and pushed hard for the lead goal with the visitors still dangerous on the counter attack. Two minutes before the break, the hosts were awarded a free on the edge of the Clonmel box, but rather than scoring, the away side broke downfield chasing a long clearance, and Jack Burns won the foot race before finishing to put the visitors two goals to one up at half time, a lead which slightly flattered them. The second half saw the home side come out of the blocks with clear intent and began to play a good passing football looking for gaps that might appear. The pressure paid off ten minutes in when John O Brien slipped a superb ball to Javier Serrano who curled a left footed daisy cutter inside the keepers right hand post and levelled the game. This was no more than Cullen deserved and now it looked like they would kick on and claim a winner. Despite hitting the crossbar and post and the Town keeper forced into making two good saves, as well as having a goal chalked off for offside, they just could not find that elusive lead goal. And three minutes from time, they paid for their profligacy, when Isaac de Silva somehow found himself alone in the penalty area and he forced home his shot despite Howard in the Cullen goal getting a hand to it. An unlikely winner but that is how football goes.

FAI Junior Cup 4th Round, 26th November

Tramore 0 – 2 St Michael’s

The Saints beat the Seagulls at Graun Park in an entertaining and competitive FAI Junior Cup tie on Sunday afternoon. Perennial specialists in this competition, the TSDL side hit the front early when Colin Bargary was on hand to follow up good play by Rhys O’Regan and Jimmy Carr, and his right foot effort from the edge of the area nestled in the net on just three minutes. After this, the visiting defence was composed but Adrian Walsh produced an excellent one handed save in the eleventh minute from Sam Sheperd to keep his side ahead. Shepherd again went close again shortly after, but the visitors thought they had doubled their lead in the nineteenth minute, only to see Shane Ryan’s header ruled out for offside. The rest of the half saw a very even game with most played around the midfield and no more real chances of note being created. Shane Ryan went close again early in the second half, but the game developed back into a tight battle as the teams approached the hour mark. Just after it, came the defining moment, when Ryan won a corner for the Saints, and from the resulting set piece, he headed home from a Rhys O Regan cross. This seemed to deflate Tramore and the away side were able to sit and soak up pressure while looking for chances to hit on the counter. The closest either of the sides came after that was a botched chance by the visitors in the final minute, but by that stage they’d done more than enough to book their place in the next round of the competition.

Strand Celtic 0 – 3 Peake Villa

TSDL Champions Peake Villa made the long trip to Sligo to take on Strand Celtic in the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday, but the distance travelled was worth it as they came away with a very good win against tough opponents. Villa started well and pressed high, making the home side defend early on. They were rewarded for good pressure in the twelfth minute when Ronan McGuire capitalised on a mistake in midfield and ran with the ball directly at the heart of the Strand defence. Space opened up for him and he scored to the bottom corner to make it one nil with a fine individual goal. But the home side were not without chances of their own coming close on a couple of occasions, only to find Willie Tierney in good form and he easily dealt with their efforts. The visiting team were having great joy on the wings with Darragh Byrne and Dale Loughnane a thorn in the home side all game. And that led to them extending their lead three minutes before the break when good play from Pippy Caroll saw him cross the ball into a dangerous area forcing a home defender to put into his own net and make it two to nil at half time. The second half was a half of few chances with Strand trying to get back into the game. They did have a great chance midway through the half, but the shot was again well saved by Tierney. The final act of note came six minutes from the end when the Thurles side but all chances of a comeback beyond doubt, getting a third when Mc Guire controlled a ball into the box with his chest and scored with his left foot, to the delight of the travelling supporters.

Two Mile Borris 1 – 2 Avenue United

A young Borris team faced up to one of the favourites in this years Junior Cup and probably gave them a little too much respect before bowing out on Sunday at Newhill. The home side started slowly and were punished in the sixth minute when a cross into their box eluded the whole defence before landing at the feet of Ronan Kehir who made no mistake from six yards out. As the game went on though the nerves began to settle and the TSDL side more than matched their Clare opponents. They had one really good chance to level the game close to the break, but Stuart Hanrahan’s header went narrowly wide, and they when to half time still a goal down. But they continued probing right from the beginning of the second period and levelled the game in the fifty fifth minute when a superb through ball from Jamie Carey found Urban Nolan in space and he buried the ball in the net. The game ebbed and flowed after that with both sides having chances, until the moment of the game arrived fifteen minutes from the end, when Avenue striker Na unleashed a screamer from all of twenty yards out that would have troubled any keeper in the country. Borris spent the last quarter of an hour in and around the Avenue box trying to find an equaliser, but the closest they came was a mishit shot by Daniel Rafter in the final moments that the Clare keeper managed to scramble away to safety. In the end, Avenue prevailed but the TSDL side laid down a marker for themselves in this and other competitions in the future.

Munster Junior Cup 3rd round 26th November

Munster Junior Cup, 3rd Round

Clonmel Celtic 2 – 1 Newport Town

Clonmel Celtic battled past Newport Town to reach Round 5 of the Munster Junior Cup on a two goals to one scoreline at Celtic Park on Sunday afternoon. The visitors started well and had the first effort on target when Christopher Doyle’s header was comfortably saved by Fabian Kerton in the sixth minute. They were definitely up for the challenge as they harried and hassled the home side who struggled to get a grip on proceedings. The away side finally hit the front in the eighteenth minute when Elliot Slattery’s deflected free kick found the net. However, the visiting supporters were still celebrating when Celtic levelled a minute later with Graham Kelly scoring from the spot after Philip Drohan was fouled. The goal seemed to settle Celtic and just after the half hour mark Cianan Kerton connected with Seanie Hawkins’s cut back but Newport keeper Seamus O’Regan brilliantly saved his effort. Celtic went ahead just before the break when the hardworking Graham Kelly did well to win the ball in midfield and release Cianan Kerton who went on a fine run before unleashing an effort that beat the keeper with the help of a deflection. The second half was a dour affair with both teams battling for supremacy, The visitors tired a little as the second half progressed though Cillian O’Shea caused an anxious moment for the home supporters with an effort that just went wide. Celtic defended well to see out the game out though Newport nearly grabbed an equaliser in the last minute with an effort that was blocked and scrambled clear.

TSDL Premier League 26th November 2023

Cahir Park 4 – 0 Wilderness Rovers

Cahir Park jumped up to third place in the Premier League when they came out on top on Sunday against a Wilderness Rovers side who are still looking for their first points of the season. The home team started well and controlled the match from the off, creating a number of half chances before taking the lead on fourteen minutes when Kyle Delaney found the bottom corner from the edge of the area after the visitors keeper had made a great double save. The home side were completely dominant from there and should have added to the lead on a number of occasions before Niall Daly finally made it two with a great individual effort ten minutes before the break. The second period continued in the same vein as the first and Daly made it three five minutes in, when finishing well after being put through one on one with the visiting keeper. Though the home side continued to add chances to their play, credit must go to the Wildies keeper who had a superb game. But even he could not stop the fourth goal in the final minutes, when David Clifford found the net after a smart turn and finish from inside the box.

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Tipperary Town 2 – 0 Bansha Celtic

The home came out of the blocks quickly in this west Tipperary derby, and were rewarded in the sixth minute when a route one clearance from Eric Higgins was controlled well by Ryan Maher who cut into the area and hit a low shot beating the keeper on his near post. After this the visitors battled back into the game, and gave the hosts a few worrisome moments, none more so than when Eamon Quirke was brilliantly denied from close range by Eric Higgins, and the rebound fell to William O’Dwyer, who was denied by a remarkable Michael Frawley block. The second half saw the home side take control and they had a number of shots from distance, before Vinny Godfrey hit a stunning thirty yard free kick which brought big celebrations from the home support. Celtic kept going but were caught on the break a few times, and had to be happy that in the end they weren’t beaten by more. Both sides had chances in the final ten minutes but it was the home side who saw out the game and took a valuable three points.

TSDL First Division 26th November 2023  

Cashel Town 5 – 0 Old Bridge

Cashel Town continued their unbeaten start to the season with a comprehensive win at Dixie Currivan Park on Sunday, that already puts them in prime position for the First Division title and promotion back to the Premier League, even at this early stage. They were on top from the start and the only surprise was the it took twenty-eight minutes to open the scoring when Devon Ryan headed home a Kevin Keating cross, that gave the visiting keeper no chance of stopping. That was it until the break, but seven minutes into the second half Keating got a goal of his own when he swept the ball home from less than six yards out. On the hour mark Lee Riordan got a third with a good finish from fifteen yards, to assure the home side would take the points. But they weren’t finished with the scoring, adding two more before the end. Ryan St John produced a poachers finish from six yards out with a quarter of an hour to play, and Sami Laaksonen produced the goal of the game from the edge of the eighteen-yard box five minutes later to wrap the scoring up.

Vee Rovers 2 – 3 Galbally United

Galbally United had to survive a late onslaught in this game before they took the points, as the home side came back from three goals down late in the tie to almost snatch a point. The visitors were the better team from early on, and were only denied taking the lead by some great saves from the Rovers keeper in the first quarter of the game. Eventually though pressure told and Kieran Sheehan opened the scoring in the twenty sixth minute after a wonderful through ball that cut open the defence. They continued to boss the game, but could not add to their tally until ten minutes into the second period when Eoin O Sullivan added a second, taking advantage of the home sides hesitancy at a corner kick. When Peter Morrissey added a third with a strike from the edge of the area in the seventy fifth minute it seemed like a routine win for Galbally. But five minutes later, Bob Childs managed to get in behind the defence and score from twelve yards out, to pull a goal back for the hosts. Four minutes from time, the relentless pressure they were putting on, resulted in a second goal being scored, this time by Tommy Childs. Nevertheless although the home side camped in the Galbally area for the final minutes of the game, they were unable to add a third, and Galbally took the precious points.

TSDL Second Division 26th November 2023 

Powerstown 5 – 0 Dualla

Powerstown went in front here after just five minutes, when a quick throw from Cathal McKeown in behind the visiting defence found Conor McGrath, and he made no mistake with the finish. Four minutes later, Nicholas Ryan grabbed the home side’s second, taking advantage of an Oisin Napier corner to put a crucial touch on it, and flick the ball to the net. Dualla struggled to create anything throughout the half, and Napier came close again with a free kick just before the break, forcing the away keeper into a magnificent save the keep the game at just two. But a third wasn’t long coming and five minutes into the second period, Nicholas Ryan got his second, coming again from a corner. An inch perfect cross found Ryan unattended at the back post and he didn’t look the gift horse in the mouth. A fourth followed just five minutes after, when after being played in behind Brian Mc Keown composed himself well and placed the ball beyond the keeper. Mc Keown grabbed his second and finished Powerstown’s scoring on the seventieth minute with another good finish after some excellent build up play.

TSDL Third Division 26th November 2023 

Ballingarry Albion 3 – 0 Burncourt Celtic

The home side started very strongly creating numerous chances before the dealock was finally broken in the twenty first minute when despite all the domination the hosts had, Ian Ivors who made it all on his own after he went through two tackles and found the ball at his feet, lobbing the keeper from all of thirty yards out. The goal drove Powerstown on and they continued to create all the chances. Patrick Ivors saw his effort from outside the area come back off the cross bar before the move of the match which saw all eleven players involved, working over and back before finishing with the ball cut back to Michael Ivors who smashed the ball off the crossbar denying his side what would have been a spectacular team goal. The visitors had the better of the early moments of the second half but once the hosts weathered that little period, they started to turn the screws themselves and got a second twenty minutes from the end when Riain O Callaghan put two up with a classy finish. They added a third sixteen minutes from time after Adam O Connell played a quick give and go with Ricky Cashin, before finding O Callaghan again to add to his and his sides tally.

 TSDL Youths Report 26th November 2023  

U17 FAI Cup, last 32

Two Mile Borris 1 – 2 Midleton

A brave Borris u17 side bowed out of the FAI Cup on Saturday when they went down by the odd goal in three against a very strong Midleton side from Cork at Newhill on Saturday. The visitors started the quicker and got a deserved goal to take the lead in the fifteenth minute. This seemed to wake up the home side and they started to control the middle of the field creating numerous chances and finally taking one to level the game when Cian O Dwyer got in behind the visitors defence and scored with a superb finish. There were no more goals in the first half but the home side went to the break the happier. They continued the good form into the second period, but crucially could not find the reward they desperately required as they were thwarted time and again by some superb defending and goal keeping. And they cruelly suffered for their misses twenty minutes from time when the Cork side put together an excellent move that resulted in them going back into the lead. The last twenty were frantic for the home side, but they just could not add that tiny bit of quality needed to get the goal that might extend their run in the competition, and bowed out in the end.

TSDL Youths Division 2

Clonmel Town 2 – 2 Galbally United

This game was played in ideal conditions in Ferryhouse and the home side opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Jack Burns was taken down in the area, and Cian LeBlanc coolly dispatched the spot kick to give his side the lead. But Galbally reacted well and had a lot of pressure on the home goal drawing a good save from Peter Carroll and a few minutes later an off the line clearance by Cillian Britton. The teams exchanged chances and the visitors were rewarded a penalty of their own following good play down the left flank. The home guessed the right way but there was too much power on the shot, and it fizzed to the net to level the scores in the twenty fifth minute. The teams continued to make chances throughout the half, but it was the away side the finished stronger and they went in front right on the stroke of half time when they finished to the net after a corner from close in. In the early part of the second period, the visiting defence look very solid giving up very few clear cut chances to Town. A lot of the second half was being played in the middle third and Galbally seemed happy to hold what they had and used all their cunning to slow the play and frustrate the hosts, while always looking for opportunities to catch them on the counter. On more than one occasion Adam Johnson was required to make some excellent challenges for Town sprinting back towards his own goal. As the clocked ticked the homes side had no option but to commit more men forward and finally were rewarded for their positive when they combined to put Issac da Silva through for a well finished equaliser to the corner the net with ten minutes left to play. Though sensing another goal was possible, in the end the teams shared the points on a two all scoreline.

TSDL Tipperary Cup Draw 2023 – 2024  

Tipperary Cup Draw 2023 – 2024

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Preliminary Round 

  1. Suirside Vs Wilderness Rovers

1st Round

  1. Clonmel Town A Vs Oldbridge
  2. Killenaule Rovers Vs Cashel Town B
  3. Cahir Park Vs Moyglass
  4. Bansha Celtic B Vs Rosegreen Rangers
  5. St Michales A Vs Tipperary Town B
  6. Galbally United Vs Ballingarry Albion
  7. Peake Villa A Vs Powerstown
  8. Two Mile Borris B Vs Bansha Celtic A
  9. Cashel Town Vs Burncourt Celtic
  10. Two Mile Borris A Vs St Michales B
  11. Donohill & District Vs Clonmel Celtic B
  12. Suirside / Wilderness Rovers Vs Dualla
  13. SC&K United Vs Tipperary Town A
  14. Clonmel Celtic A Vs Cahir Park B
  15. Cullen Lattin Vs Vee Rovers
  16. St Nicholas Vs Peake Villa B

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Bye

  1. Moyglass United

Quater Finals

  1.  Cashel Town B Vs Suirside
  2.  Cullen Lattin Vs Powerstown
  3.  Rosegreen Vs Dualla
  4.  Galbally United Vs St Michaels B
  5.  Vee Rovers Vs Oldbrige
  6.  Two Mile Borris B Vs Cashel Town A
  7.  St Nicholas Vs Peake Villa B

Quater Finals

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TSDL Peter O Reilly Cup Draw 2023 – 2024  

Peter O Reilly Cup Draw 2023 – 2024

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Preliminary Round 

  1. Burncourt Celtic Vs Donohill & District

Quater Finals

  1. Killenaule Rovers Vs SC&K United
  2. Bansha Celtic B Vs Tipperary Town B
  3. Cahir Park B Vs Burncourt Celtic / Donohill & District
  4.  Clonmel Celtic B Vs Ballingarry Albion

TSDL Tipperary Youth Cup Draw 2023 – 2024  

Tipperary Youth Cup Draw 2023 – 2024

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1st Round 

  1. Clonmel Town A Vs Clonmel Celtic
  2. Cullen Lattin Vs Cashel Town
  3. Clonmel Town B Vs Two Mile Borris B

Quater Finals

  1. Cullen Lattin / Cashel Town Vs SC&K United
  2. Cahir Park Vs Clonmel Town B / Two Mile Borris B
  3. Two Mile Borris A Vs Mullinahone
  4. Clonmel Town A / Clonmel Celtic Vs Galbally United

TSDL Division 2 Youth Cup Draw 2023 – 2024  

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Preliminary Round 

  1. Mullinahone Vs Cullen Lattin
  2. Clonmel Town B Vs Galbally United

2nd Round

  1.  SC&K United Vs Mullinahone / Cullen Lattin
  2.  Two Mile Borris B Vs Clonmel Town B / Galbally United

FAI Junior Cup, 19th November  2023 Match Reports

FAI Junior Cup, 3rd Round

Clonmel Celtic 3 – 2 Cashel Town

Clonmel Celtic advanced to the open round of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday morning with a win over Cashel Town by the odd goal in five. This was always going to be a tricky encounter against a side who have made a good start to the season and even the hosts must have been scratching their heads a little when they found themselves three up at the break. The away side had the first chance and should have been a goal up after only five minutes when Kevin Keating thought he was rolling the ball into an empty net after rounding the keeper but Peter O’Dowd somehow got back to clear off the line. The visitors remained the more likely to open the scoring and came close again on eight minutes with Lee O’Riordan’s shot just clearing the bar. But the hosts slowly clawed their way back into the tie and gave notice of their intent when Paddy Ormond’s cross deceived the keeper to hit the inside of the post before been scrambled clear in the eighteenth minute. The visitors then shot themselves in the foot conceding a penalty on twenty two minutes which Graham Kelly confidently dispatched to the net. This began a good spell for the hosts with Jack Purcell and Philly Drohan both coming close with long range efforts. They finally doubled their lead on just after the half hour mark when a Graham Kelly header fell to Darren Sweeney and he turned to fire a low shot to the corner. The visitors almost hit back immediately but were denied by a stunning save from Fabian Kerton. Celtic made it three just before the break when a Philly Drohan free kick crept inside the far post. Cashel started the second half on the offensive but Celtic nearly put the game to bed ten minutes in when Graham Kelly’s shot hit the post. The away side were rather lucky with the lifeline they were given minutes later when a defensive clearance cannoned off Darragh Browne and into the net. The hosts had emptied the bench at this stage which you would normally imagine would be safe to do with a three goal lead, but they lost their way a bit and a second Cashel goal twelve minutes from the end when Kyle Ryan converted from the spot blew the tie open. With the momentum on their side everyone expected a grandstand finish from Cashel but it never really materialized as Celtic held on comfortably enough to advance to Round 5.

Munster Junior Cup, 19th November  2023 Match Reports

Munster Junior Cup, 3rd Round

Peake Villa 4 – 1 Cahir Park

Villa entertained fellow Premier League side Cahir Park up at the Tower Grounds on Sunday afternoon in what was a blustery evening, with the prize of a place in the open round draw of this year’s Munster Junior Cup on offer. The hosts set out their stall in the early minutes coming close on two occasions with Ronan McGuire just heading over and Pippy Carroll strike going just wide of the post. They took the lead in just the sixth minute when a Keith Cahill corner was headed in by Mick Ryan, and that lead was doubled in the nineteenth minute when good play out on the left from Pippy Carroll found Eoin O Dwyer who laid it off to Michael Quinlan whose shot took a deflection before going over the keeper’s head to make it two. The goal of the game came in the thirty third minute when Darragh Byrne found Ronan McGuire who turned well and played in Carroll, who unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner. They could have extended their lead three minutes later when Sean Wade done well at the back post and from a very tight angle his effort came back off the crossbar. The second half was just five minutes old, when the visitors pulled a goal back through Craig Guiry whose shot gave the home keeper no chance. The tails up now, the Park had a great chance just before the hour mark, but their striker’s header went straight into Willie Tierney’s hands. Any chance of a comeback however was snuffed out just on the hour mark, when Villa were awarded a penalty after a handball in the box. Pippy Carroll stepped up and put it away to make it four, and ensure they advanced to the last 32.

TSDL Premier League 19th November 2023 Match Reports

St Michael’s 5 – 0 Tipperary Town

Saints warmed up for next week’s FAI Junior Cup match in Tramore by taking the points in a sometimes dogged encounter in this derby game that was moved to Cooke Park. The opening fifteen minutes were largely uneventful, with Ed O’Dwyer having one effort just wide and another gathered by Town’s custodian Mikey O’Dwyer. Karl Lowry put a ball across the box in the eighteenth minute, but there was no one there to finish to the net, in the away sides first riposte. The home sides final ball might have been just off up to that point, but they took the lead minutes later when Rhys Byron’s left foot effort found the corner of the net. Cian Fadden was unlucky on twenty eight minutes, with a backward glancing headed from a Danny O’Brien corner that was cleared off the line with Saints players claiming it had made its way over. They finally got the much wanted second just after the half hour mark, when Rhys Byron the last touch on a Danny O’Brien effort towards goal. This was how it went to the break. They had a few early efforts in the second period, but the visitors were dogged and it took until twelve minutes before time, before they got the third goal that put the tie beyond all doubt. The goal itself was a spectacular one, with Danny O’Brien scoring with an overhead finish from an Ashley Kelliher cross from the byline. Paul Breen hit a great cross from the left wing that went invitingly across the area before Ashley Kelliher made it four in the eighty fourth minute from a Danny O’Brien assist following good approach play by Ed O’Dwyer from the left flank. The best wine was saved till last when in the final minute Paul Breen produced a spectacular diving header from a Joey Mulcahy free kick to make it five.

TSDL First Division 19th November 2023 Match Reports

Old Bridge 2 – 3 Cullen Lattin

This was a great win on the road for Cullen as they got the better of Old Bridge in Ferryhouse on Sunday last. It was a close game, and I’m sure the home side are very aggrieved with themselves for not securing at least a draw, but that’s how football goes sometimes. The game was only three minutes old when a Michael Elligot pass found Tony O ‘Neill on the edge of the box, and he fired a beautiful angled shot to the bottom of the net to put the visitors in front. The home side pushed forward after this, looking to regain parity and created a lot of chances but unfortunately for them they failed to convert. That all changed in the thirty second minute when the Bridge were awarded a penalty, and although Darren Hueston stopped Connie Power’s initial effort, Jake Mulcahy followed up and finished to the net. Sixty seconds later, a Simon O’Donnell corner was brilliantly headed to the net by Michael O’Sullivan to put the home side ahead. The visitors were still well in the game and were getting the better of the midfield battle and got rewarded three minutes before the break when a Danny O’Dwyer cross was headed clear, but it fell to Tristan Stokes who volleyed to the top right hand corner of the net from twenty five yards out, a truly spectacular effort, to level the game at half time. The Bridge started brightly in the second period, and Michael O’Sullivan just failed to head the ball home from a great Shane Foley cross. The away side delivered the crucial blow in the fifty third minute when a long clearance found Tony O’Neill in space, and he fired to the bottom of the net for what turned out to be the winning goal. The hosts went on the offensive and laid siege to the opposition goal but ended up frustrated despite numerous set pieces and goalmouth scrambles. In the end, the spoils went back to West Tipperary, keeping them well in this year’s promotion hunt.

St Michael’s 1 – 1 Galbally United

Saints salvaged a point here late on in a game where both sides had chances to win, before the spoils were shared. Early exchanges were even enough with both sides trying to create chances and the visitors took the lead on twenty four minutes, when Robbie McGrath was deemed to have fouled Jordan Dineen, who picked himself up to make it one to nil from the penalty spot. This was the beginning of a good spell by the away side, and they were unlucky not to add to their tally before the break, but some excellent work by Robbie Mc Grath in the home goal kept them at bay. The second half say the home side come more into the game, and Antonio Rea had a few chances that almost levelled the game, before he finally found the net sixteen minutes from time, converting a Callum Lonergan assist. Declan Dineen had two chances late on to win it for Galbally but Robbie McGrath did well on each occasion to keep him out, and preserve a point for his team.

TSDL Second Division 19th November 2023 Match Reports

Cashel Town 0 – 4 Two Mile Borris

Borris’ second made the short trip to Cashel on Sunday and needed a dominant second half performance to take the points and consolidate their position at the top of Division Two. The game was played in poor conditions and this made the first half a fairly drab affair with a lot of play finishing with no real outcome. The visitors had the better of what chances did arise, but never really threatened the home keeper. A different Borris emerged in the second period, with DJ Troy rattling the cross bar almost immediately from the kick off. Soon after, their pressure finally yielded a result, when Jack Delaney finished off a great through ball from Troy. Troy finally got the goal his play deserved ten minutes in, and when Jake Jordan took advantage of a Jamie Meaney pass to make it three with twenty minutes left, the destination of the points was secure. There was still time for one more when Tristan Kelly reacted quickest to a cleared corner finishing well in the final minutes, to give his side a comprehensive win in the end.

Dualla 4 – 1 St Nicholas

This game was lively and physical from the kick-off, with the visitors starting well with a strong breeze in their favour. They dominated most of the play in the first half, but with the home defence in a thrifty mood, they were unable to make the possession count and the teams went to the break scoreless. With the wind at their backs now, the home side took control and started to pile on the pressure with players pushing forward at every chance. But despite this, they were rocked back when they found themselves a goal down after the visitors were awarded a free kick at the edge of the area in the fifty fifth minute, and Jack Downey found the bottom right corner, to the delight of the travelling supporters. But Dualla kept their composure, and within five minutes were level, when the away side failed to clear from a corner and the ever-reliable Lar Devane slotted home from close range. With the conditions still causing problems for both teams, the home side took the lead in the sixty seventh minute after Tossy Ryan pounced on an opportunity and finished neatly, scooping the ball over the outrushing keeper. The game started moving completely in the home team’s direction and with fifteen minutes left, Stevie Coppinger received a ball twenty yards out and volleyed home to give his side some breathing space. They added a fourth when John Ryan found himself free inside the box and beat the keeper from twelve yards out, to put the shine on a much-needed win for the home team.

Powerstown 2 – 0 Moyglass United

These two teams produced some mighty battles in the Third Division last season, and this has carried on after the both were promoted in the Second this time around. Early on in this tie, it was the visitors who were exerting the most pressure, with an onslaught of long throws early on causing the home side trouble. But they managed to settle and get their own game going, and opened the scoring in the twenty first minute when Brian Mc Keown was brought down in the Moyglass area, and the ever-dependable Gino Lonergan made no mistake converting the resulting penalty. The away side responded well and almost got level five minutes before the break, only to see the home keeper Kieran Quirke forced into a point blank save to keep his side in front. Seven minutes into the second half, Powerstown doubled their advantage. This time it was Cathal Mc Keown. A cross into the box from Conor McGrath found Brian Mc Keown at the back post, and his header back across the area, was put into the net by his brother Cathal. With light between the teams now, the home side started to pile on the pressure. Conor Mc Graths first time effort from a ball in behind out was pushed around the post by the keeper, and Aaron Kiely’s effort two minutes from time forced another good save. In the end though, there were to be no more goals and the hosts took the valuable three points.

TSDL Third Division 19th November 2023 Match Reports

Cahir Park 4 – 0 Tipperary Town

The home team were slow to settle with the visitors having the best of the early exchanges, but once the Park settled down, they took control and a deserved lead in the twenty fifth minute, when David Cliford finished to an empty net. After that they always looked most likely to score again before the break, but the visitors keeper kept the scoreline to just one with some smart saves. The second half was all one-way traffic with the home side in full control and Clifford made it two just before the hour mark. Twenty minutes from time, Padraig Farrell added a third with a close-range header. And Clifford finally got his hat trick with almost the last kick of the game to round out the scoring.

Clonmel Celtic 1 – 3 Donohill and District

This was a tough game for the home side today at a windswept Ferryhouse, where they were over powered by a much more physical Donohill side, to record their second loss of the campaign. The visitors were up for this from the beginning and took a lead in the fourth minute, through a tidy finish by Alan Wallace. Playing into a stiff breeze the home side were unable to get their usual passing game going, and went further behind five minutes before the break when Dinny Crosse added a second for the away side. But the home side did manage a glimmer of hope before the break when they were awarded a free kick just outside the area, which Dylan Kiely converted to make it two to one at half time. Then in a five minute period in the second half around the hour mark, the whole thing unravelled for them, when they were awarded a penalty kick but missed, only to see Cian Mooney add a third for the visitors minutes later, setting them up to take all three points.

TSDL Youths Report 19th November 2023 Match Reports

FAI Youths Cup, 3rd Round

Cashel Town 5 – 1 Charleville

A dominant second half performance by high flying Cashel Town Youths propelled them into the last 16 of this year’s FAI Youths Cup, when they overcame Cork side Charleville at Palmershill on Saturday afternoon. The home side started well, and went one up after ten minutes through a Callum Butler Buckley strike. But they weren’t getting things all their own way in the half, and the visitors levelled ten minutes later, when they scored directly from a free kick. After that the hosts began to take control of the game, but were unable to add to their tally before the half time break. They came out of the blocks quickly in the second half and were back in front within five minutes, when Cillian Fitzgerald finished well from a sweeping move. The same player made it three on the hour mark when he headed in from a great corner to put daylight between the teams. In control now, the home side added two more goals in the final fifteen minutes with Fitzgerald secured his hat trick with a poachers finish and Butler Buckley scoring a brilliant goal after a well worked team move. The result delighted the Cashel crowd, and they now await the draw to see who they will face in the next round.

FAI Youths Cup, 3rd Round

Portlaoise 3 – 8 Two Mile Borris

Borris travelled to Portlaoise on Saturday afternoon, to take on the leaders of the Kildare league and came away with a great win that made it two for two for the TSDL. The game was effectively over ten minutes before the break, when the Tipperary side found themselves six goals up after a stunning period of play. Alex Coppinger continued his extraordinary goal scoring exploits with a first half hat trick, and he was followed by a brace from Tristan Troy and a Jake Cullen Jordan effort. They were still disappointed however, to concede two goals in the final ten minutes of the half, but went to the break in a good position. The second half was a much more even affair and the home side showed what a good team they are by playing some good football and deservedly scored their third fifteen minutes in. But Borris opened up again to make sure the hosts would not get back into the tie, and killed the game off with a quarter of an hour to play when Troy completed his hat trick and the icing on the cake from Tom Ryan to take the Newhill side to the last 16.

Youths League Div 2

Clonmel Town 5 – 3 Mullinahone

Town started well and were one up after only two minutes when a cross from Joyel Joby was slotted home by Isacc DeSilva. Mullinahone settled after this and were level five minutes later following a mix up in the home defence. After this, the visitors began to dominate possession in midfield and had a couple of half chances before deservedly going in front ten minutes before the break. The home side made a number of changes at half time and started the second half brightly. Minutes in a Paul Maher free kick rattled the crossbar and the same player forced a good save from the keeper a minute later with a long range effort. Continuous pressure from Town finally paid off when Kevin Kenny picked the ball up at the edge of the penalty and fired home the equaliser twelve minutes into the second period. On top now the hosts retook the lead two minutes later following a Jack Burns strike from the edge of the box. Isacc Da Silva made it four to two in the sixty sixth minute with a goal direct from a corner kick, before Conor Makim scored the goal of the game after seventy minutes with a spectacular twenty-five-yard free kick to put Town further ahead. To their credit, Mullinahone never gave up and pulled one back with ten minutes remaining. They were awarded a penalty with four minutes left but Peter Carroll in the Town goal pulled off a great save to keep his side two up.

Youths League Div 2

Cullen Lattin 3 – 8 Two Mile Borris

This was a match played in great spirit and high energy between two very eager teams. It was an open game of lots of chances where the visitors were far more efficient in taking there’s and the home team a bit wasteful at times. The visitors took the lead after ten minutes through Lorcan Burke, but Cullen responded well and equalised through Jamie McGrath. The home side upped the tempo and finished the half the stronger and were unlucky not to go in ahead at half time, but conceded a penalty in stoppage time of the first half which the visitors converted through Lorcan Burke, to leave Borris in front by two goals to one. It was hard to envisage the final score at half time but the away side added further goals from Lorcan Burke, a brace by Eric Garcia, Cian O Dwyer, Ben Moroney and Eamon Ryan. Jamie McGrath completed his hat trick for Cullen with two further goals, one being a brilliant finish from the half way line in lobbing the keeper. An eventful game with two hat tricks and some quality finishes.

FAI Junior Cup 3rd Round, 12th November 2023 Match Reports

Clodiagh Rangers 0 – 6 Peake Villa

TSDL champions Peake Villa eased into the fourth round and open draw of this year’s FAI Junior Cup when they made the relatively short trip to Drombane to dispense of North Tipperary side Clodiagh Rangers on Sunday. The away side pressured from the start and had some good early chances, but the hosts keeper was in fine form, keeping them at bay in forst quarter of the game. But he could do nothing about the opener when Dale Loughnane played in Pippy Carroll who made no mistake from close in on the twenty fourth minute. This really allowed the Thurles side to get going and they doubled their lead on the half hour mark when a great ball found Carroll again, and he knocked it down to Eoin O Dwyer who finished to the net. O Dwyer didn’t have to wait long to get his second when Kieren Hennessy played him in, and knocked it past the keeper to make it three seven minutes before the break. Villa created some more half chances before the break but did not extend their lead. They kept the pressure on early in the second half and scored again when Dylan Coady got on the score sheet four minutes in. In the fifty third minute Darragh Byrne added a fifth when scoring at the back post. Eoin O Dwyer capped off a fine performance when he secured his hat trick scoring a sixth ten minutes from time. This sees Villa advance to the open draw where they will face Strand Celtic of the Sligo League.

Munster Junior Cup, 4th Round 12th November 2023 Match Reports

St Michael’s 2 – 0 Ferrybank (Waterford)

Saints won through to the fifth round of this years Munster Junior Cup in a tense absorbing clash at Cooke Park on Sunday afternoon against a strong Ferrybank side from Waterford. The early exchanges were even with both sides fashioning chances but struggling to gain any level of fluency. Colin Bargary saw a shot in the twelfth minute go straight to Brandon O’Callaghan from a Jimmy Carr pass, and six minutes later Meshal Babatu had an effort that went just wide of Adrian Walsh’s right hand post. Carr was switched to the left wing late in the first half and he caused danger to the Ferrybank defence, setting up a series of attempts on the Ferrybank goal in the final minutes of the half, but ultimately the sides went to the break level. Veteran Paul Breen came in for DJ Cremins at half time and Saints started to up the tempo in their movement and passing. They finally took the lead in the fifty first minute with a moment of brilliance from Jimmy Carr who showed good peripheral vision to spot O’Callaghan off his line and his lob from twenty yards beat the retreating keeper to give first blood to the home side. A minute later Ashley Kelliher played a precise pass for Carr but O’Callaghan did well to advance off his line and made a telling save. Though seemingly in control, the hosts allowed themselves to be caught out on their left with ten minutes remaining by not clearing the ball and a free kick was conceded, but Meshal Babatu’s shot was too high and didn’t trouble wall in the Saint’s goal. Five minutes from time the tie was assured when an Ed O’Dwyer shot saw O’Callaghan drop the ball into his own net. After that is was a case of what the TSDL side had, they held and they moved smoothly onwards.

Munster Junior Cup, 3rd Round 12th November 2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 1 – 1 Bansha Celtic (AET, Clonmel Celtic won 4 – 3 on penalties)

Clonmel Celtic needed a penalty shootout to edge past Bansha Celtic in a keenly contested Munster Junior Cup Round 3 clash at the bypass on Sunday. The home side hadn’t played for a few weeks and they looked a bit rusty in a lacklustre first half of few opportunities. Indeed it was the visitors who had the best chance of the first half and the woodwork denied them an interval lead. They did hit the front however five minutes into the second period when Daniel O’Dwyer took advantage of hesitancy in the Celtic defence to fire low to the corner. It woke the home team out of their slumber but they were struggling to create much and were making too many errors. They finally began to motor and got level in the sixty fifth minute when Cian O’Sullivan swept home an in-swinging corner from close range. Well on top now they pushed for a winner, and Seanie Hawkins twice came close with headers before Jake Forristal nearly lit the place up with an audacious overhead kick. Despite having most of the play however they couldn’t force a second. Philip Drohan had an effort ruled out for offside and with ten minutes remaining they looked to have won a penalty when Seanie Hawkins was tripped but the referee adjudged the contact was outside the box. The hosts remained in the ascendancy in extra time but neither side could find the winner and so it was penalties that decided the tie. Celtic were faultless with their spot kicks scoring all four and keeper Fabian Kerton emerged the hero saving twice to see Celtic through on a scoreline of four goals to three.

Munster Shield 4th Round, 12th November 2023 Match Reports

Cahir Park’s second team travelled to Ennis on Sunday more in hope than in expectation, and though they gave a good account of themselves the home team was too strong for the TSDL Third Division side. The home team got off to the perfect start with a solo goal after just three minutes and remained on top for the rest of the first quarter of the game. The Tipperary side did however come into the game themselves and created some chances with one cleared off the line from Hicham Briem in the twentieth minute when they looked like they had drawn level. But just when it looked like they were right in the game, the home side hit them a hammer blow in the thirty third minute with a breakaway goal to double their advantage. This was how the game went to the break, but the Park finally did pull a goal back on the hour mark when the ever-dangerous Briem blasted an effort to the net from all of twenty-five yards out. This gave the visitors some hope, and they laid siege to the home goal for the next twenty minutes, without adding to their tally. Fairgreen finally wrapped the tie up with a brace of goals in the final ten minutes to move to the next round.

TSDL First Division 12th November 2023 Match Reports

Old Bridge 0 – 3 Vee Rovers

This was an excellent result for the visitors who took all three points from Ferryhouse against a side expected to be a promotion rival at the beginning of the season. The home side started the better, but apart from a few speculative shots from Michael O’Sullivan and Jake Mulcahy, they did not trouble the visiting goalkeeper. Rovers forced a corner after thirteen minutes, and they took the lead when Alan Condon fired a spectacular volley to the back of the net. The Bridge really upped their game after this and dominated exchanges for the remainder of the half. Jack Burke had a number of efforts go close, and the home side was left collectively scratching their heads when, after several attempts during a goalmouth scramble, the ball miraculously failed to hit the net. Burke, Jake Mulcahy, and Michael O’Sullivan were all off target, and the hosts were dealt a blow when Ciarán Walsh had to be replaced just on half with a nasty looking ankle injury. The away side spurned a great chance shortly after the break when Zak Keating missed a very scorable chance, and seven minutes into the second period, home keeper Kian Egan pulled off a good save as Vee began to threaten on the break. They effectively put the game to bed when a poor defensive clearance fell to Keating, and he made amends for his earlier miss, when he waltzed through the home defence to put his side two up. That score knocked the stuffing of the home side as the game meandered towards its inevitable conclusion, and it was no surprise when marksman Alan Condon added a third in the ninety first minute to put the cap on a good performance by his side.

Peake Villa 0 – 3 Cashel Town

Villa’s second team came off second best on Sunday morning when they fell to defeat against a very strong Cashel Town outfit. On a lovely morning for football at the Tower Grounds, the visitors fashioned the first big chance when they almost opened the scoring in the ninth minute only to be thwarted by David Purcell in the Villa goal. But even Purcell couldn’t keep Cashel out three minutes later when Kyle Ryan scored after hitting the home side on the break. The hosts did settle after this, without creating too much against a solid Cashel defence, and the game went to half time with no more scores. In the second half, Villa pressed again, trying to get back into the game, but they conceded from a corner in the fifty third minute when Darragh Browne reacted quickest to a breaking ball to score from close range. They secured the three points in the sixty second minute when Ciaran Fitzpatrick got on the end of a free kick to make it three. It was a frustrating day for the home side with nothing really going their way, but taking nothing away from Cashel, who fully deserved the win.

Cullen Lattin 1 – 2 Galbally United

Cullen welcome neighbours Galbally United to Aisling Park on a dry Sunday morning last weekend, and struggled in the early phases of the game to get to grips with the visiting side. Galbally dominated the early exchanges and went one up in the twenty third minute, when a Jordan Dineen free kick was headed home by Ger Quinlan. The hosts though they had levelled when Micheál Elligott showed good feet to get behind the visitors defence in the twenty eight minute, but his shot was well saved. Cullens Darragh O Brien delivered two excellent free kicks into the box just before half time but no Cullen player was able to get on the end of them, and Galbally went to the break in front. They doubled their lead ten minutes into the second period when Robert Doyle saved well from a Jordan Dineen free kick but James O Sullivan was on hand to tap home the rebound. The home side finally got something for their endeavours twenty minutes from time, when Harry Maher turned home an excellent Darragh O Brien cross to make it two goals to one. And Mikey Stokes thought he had salvaged a point right at the death, but his shot was well saved at the near post as the visitors held on for all three points

TSDL Second Division 12th November 2023 Match Reports

Rosegreen Rangers 4 – 2 Suirside

Rosegreen picked up three valuable points with a good win at home to Suirside on Sunday afternoon at Nijinsky Park. The game started with both teams coming at each other hard but underfoot conditions after so much heavy rain, made it hard for either side to develop any real rhythm. The hosts finally opened the scoring on the half hour mark when Dan Corbett scored from header, and five minutes later Sean Cormack fired a screamer from all of twenty five yards out to give the home side a two goal lead at the break. Suirside came out hard in the second period to try to get back into the game, but they got caught on the break just after the hour mark when Sean Cormack set up Luke Quinlan, and he fired straight to bottom of the net to make three to nil. The visitors pulled a goal back when they scored from corner with ten minutes to play, but a Brian Morrissey goal for the hosts shortly after, restored their three-goal lead. The away side got a second back two minutes from time and were then awarded a penalty, but Rory Heffernan in the home goals made a brilliant save to ensure his side wouldn’t have a jittery final few minutes.

TSDL Third Division 12th November 2023 Match Reports

SC & K United 2 – 0 Burncourt Celtic

In a game played in ideal conditions, the two sides started evenly, with the first real chance falling to the home sides Mark Heffernan who struck the post in the thirteenth minute. They began to dominate and took the lead on twenty-seven minutes when a long throw by Ruairi Doyle was met by the head of John O Dwyer and he nodded to the net to make it one to nil. The away side struggled to create chances but thought they had levelled right on the stroke of half time, only to see Conor Grant make an excellent save in the home goal to preserve his sides lead. The home side struck the post again just before the hour mark, before they finally secured the points with fifteen minutes left on the clock when Billy O Connor set up Heffernan for his second goal, which he headed home.

TSDL Youths Report 12th November 2023 Match Reports

FAI U17 Cup, 2nd Round

Clonmel Town 2 – 3 Two Mile Borris

Town started well but found themselves one down after ten minutes when a looping cross from the right was knocked home at the back post by the unmarked Lorcan Bourke. Borris settled well after this and went further in front after twenty five minutes following a close range effort from Alex Coppinger. After this, the hosts started winning more possession in midfield and had a couple of half chances but were unable to break down a solid Borris defence. There were no more goals in the first half but Town started the second half brightly, only to concede a third goal when they failed to deal with a counter attack to leave Alex Coppinger room to volley home his second of the day. They never gave up however, and ten minutes later a superb strike from Conor Makim made it three goals to one. The game really opened up at this stage with chances at both ends. Dylan McCormack, in particular was unlucky to see his long range effort shave the outside of the post for the home side. With five minutes remaining Monsur Emiabata rose highest to head home from close range to make it a one goal game and set up a grandstand finish. However, despite the best efforts of the home side, Borris managed the closing stages very well to see themselves through to the last 16 of the competition.

TSDL Premier League 5th November 2023 Match Reports

Peake Villa 6 – 0 Bansha Celtic

Villa entertained Bansha in this league game, a fixture that was reversed the evening before, with the weather playing havoc on a lot of grounds. The home side were at it from the start and took the lead in the thirteenth minute when Pippy Carroll was put through behind the Celtic defence and he made no mistake scoring into the top corner. They doubled their lead in the twenty fifth minute when Kieren Hennessy reacted quickest to a loose ball in the area, scoring at the back post from close in. Bansha had a great chance to pull a goal back ten minutes before the break, but Willie Tierney was equal to it in the Villa goal. The hosts had a few good chances before the break to add to their lead but eventually went in two goals to the good. The second half was just five minutes old when Villa extended their lead in the when Hennessy and Pippy Carroll combined to put Pippy Carroll in, and he made it three. In the sixty sixth minute Jack Ryan Casey crossed a great ball and Ronan McGuire scored with a diving header to make it four. Carroll secured his hat trick fifteen minutes from time when he scored to the bottom corner. It was Carroll who finished off the scoring when Darragh Byrne found Eoin O Dwyer who played in Carroll who scored his fourth and his sides sixth in the final minutes of the game.

Clonmel Town 1 – 0 Tipperary Town

A Sean Kenny goal early in the second half ensured the home side picked up what could be a crucial three points come season end. In truth it was a deserving win for Clonmel Town but it didn’t come easy against a dogged Tipperary Town side who were competitive throughout the entire ninety minutes. The hosts thought they had scored sooner but had their goal chalked off for a foul on the visiting keeper mid way through the first half. With chances few and far between, it was always going to be a game settled by a single goal and it came early in the second half when Kenny rose highest to head home from a corner kick. The visitors battled hard for an equaliser but couldn’t create a clear goalscoring opportunity to get anything from this game played at a cold and wet Dr Pat O’Callaghan Sports Complex.

FAI Junior Cup 3rd Round, 5th November Match Reports

St Michael’s 7 – 0 Rearcross

Saints eased into round four of the FAI Junior Cup while playing well within themselves against a game Rearcross side at Cooke Park on Sunday. It was obvious the gulf in class right from the off and they had a couple of chances to score before finally making one count inm the twenty second minute when the ball fell kindly for Danny O’ Brien to score from close range. It could have been two four minutes later when Colin Bargary played in Ashley Kelliher but his effort went narrowly wide of the far post. Three goals in three minutes ended this game as a contest just before the break when first the evergreen Paul Breen headed home, before O’Brien forced the ball home to add his second, and right on the half time whistle Ed O’ Dwyer turned well and his right foot shot nestled in the corner of the net. It only took three minutes to make it five when Breen got his second heading home a Colin Bargary free kick. Fifteen minutes from time Jimmy Carr made it six from the penalty spot, and Shane Ryan finished the scoring on the day with a goal two minutes from time turning home a Jimmy Carr cross.

Cahir Park 0 – 2 Two Mile Borris

The home side never really got going in this game and were dumped out of this years FAI Junior Cup, going down to a brace of strikes by the deadly Jamie Carey for the visitors. Carey showed his intent as early as the eight minute when he forced a good save from Aaron Wall, in a period of dominance from the visitors that saw them pin the home side back consistently. That was for all but a five minute spell around the middle of the first half, when both Pa Quinn and Niall Daly were thwarted by good saves from the visiting keeper, but beyond that small spell Borris were in the ascendency and were unlucky not to go to the break in front. That changed ten minutes into the second period when they finally found a way through thanks to a spectacular goal by Carey who beat Wall from all of twenty five yards out. After that the visitors were content to allow the Park to come at them and look for a second on the break. This came fifteen minutes from time, when once again Jamie Carey did the damage, slamming home a second rasping effort from outside the area. The spirit knocked out of the home side, Borris held on comfortably to the end to find a place in the draw for the next round.

TSDL Second Division 5th November 2023 Match Reports

Dualla 0 – 0 Cashel Town

Both sides finished this game frustrated as it seems like a common thread has emerged of neither getting the reward their play deserved, and this game finished scoreless. Both sides looked to start pushing forward early but it was the defences that were on top throughout and the game went to the break with no goals scored. It was the very same for the second half with plenty strong challenges going in, but even when the defence may have been breached, the keepers from both sides were well up to their tasks. It was nil all in the end, a fair result, if a frustrating one.

TSDL Third Division 5th November 2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 0 – 1 Ballingarry Albion

The visitors took the points in this keenly contested top of the table clash at Celtic Park on Sunday morning. The home side started the brighter and had the better of the opening half creating some good chances. They missed one great opportunity just before the break as the first half finished scoreless. The visitors then began the second half on top, and unlike Celtic they took advantage of the period when they were in the ascendancy with Jack Pollard powerfully heading home Michael Ivors’ corner in the sixty fourth minute. They almost added a second moments afterwards, but the hosts managed to scramble the ball to safety. Celtic steadied themselves and finished strongly but couldn’t break down a strong Ballingarry rearguard as they held on for a crucial win.

SC & K United 5 – 1 Killenaule Rovers

After a number of recent defeats Kilsheelan returned to winning ways on Sunday afternoon when they hosted near neighbours Killenaule Rovers. After a great start they found themselves two goals up within fifteen minutes through Mark Heffernan and Cathal de Faoite. Killenaule then pulled a goal back just on the half hour mark, but Billy O’Connor netted late on in the half to give the hosts a two-goal lead at the break. Their dominance continued in the second period and Nathan Dolan fired home from distance midway through, before Jamie Roche finished off the scoring late on, to give the victors a comfortable five goal to one win, and crucially all three points.

TSDL Youths Report 5th November 2023 Match Reports

Munster Youths Cup, 3rd Round

Clonmel Celtic 3 – 4 Two Mile Borris

Clonmel Celtic welcomed Two Mile Borris to Ferryhouse on Saturday in what promised to be one of the most highly anticipated games of the season, and they didn’t disappoint, producing seven goals and ninety minutes of action. In the opening minutes it was the away team that got off to a flying start when after just four minutes, Tom Ryan scored direct from a free kick to put his side in front. For the next fifteen minutes the away team dominated and extended their lead in the twentieth minute, when Louis Coughlan scored a glancing header from another dead ball. At two down the challenge for Celtic to get back into the game was tough, but they settled and began to get a foothold in the game, reducing the lead to a single goal just after the half hour mark, when Jack Aylward struck a superb long range shot to find the top corner. Five minutes before the break Aylward struck again from outside of the box to level the game, and set up a massive second half. The hosts continued their momentum at the beginning of the second period and took the lead ten minutes in when Cillian O Brien got in behind the Borris defence and finished well from close in.  But the visitors heads never dropped and just a short time later they levelled the game once again when Tristan Troy found himself free in the penalty area and he made no mistake from twelve yards out. At this point the game was all to play for, but the decisive moment came with just under twenty minutes to play, when the away team were awarded a penalty that was fired home by Jake Cullen Jordan, to once again allow Borris get their noses in front. The home side rallied and continued to create chances, especially after the visiting keeper saw red, but the stand in managed to pull off some superb saves to keep Celtic at bay. In the end that was enough and they held out to win a place in the next round of the draw in this competition.

TSDL Youths Division 2

SC & K United 4 – 1 Cullen Lattin

Kilsheelan’s Youths picked up their first win of the season at home on Saturday when they despatched Cullen Lattin with a dominant display that they won by four goals to one in the end. The opening exchanges saw the home side create the better chances, before the visitors were reduced to ten-men midway through the first-half. The hosts continued to see most the ball without creating any clear cut opportunities, and the sides went into the break scoreless. Just moments into the second half, the home side finally made their pressure pay off, when Gus Nolan twisted & turned before firing home inside the visitors penalty area. The lead as doubled in the fifty third minute when Sean Boyle found the bottom-corner from twenty yards out, to put Celtic in complete control of the game. And two became three, just before the hour mark when Senan O’Shea got the goal his work-rate deserved, firing home from close range to open his account for the season. By the sixty fifth minute Celtic had added a fourth Brandon Landers volleyed home from the right after a smart cross

field ball. To the visitors credit, they continued to battle and deservedly pulled a goal back in the final minutes firing home from the edge of the penalty area, but it was much too little, much too late to make any difference to the final result.

Two Mile Borris 4 – 3 Clonmel Town

Borris entertained Clonmel Town in the Second Division of the Youths league on Saturday and came away with a win by a single goal in a seven-goal thriller. The hosts opened the scoring through Cian Dwyer after some great football, mid-way through the first half, and looked like they were going to see it out to the break in the lead. But the visitors got back on terms just before half time. They then took the lead five minutes after the restart, but Borris replied brilliantly through Eric Garcia and inside the next ten minutes, got two quick fire goals through Lorcan Bourke and Cian Dwyer, to put themselves in complete control. The visitors got a third late on, and put the hosts under pressure in the later stages of the game, but Borris held on to take all three points.

Mullinahone 3 – 0 Galbally United

This game was played in testing conditions with a heavy pitch which made it difficult for both teams to really get a hold of the game. The first chance of the game fell to Liam Doyle in the eighteenth minute when a loose goal kick fell to the home striker but his effort failed to hit the target. Mullinahone finally took the lead minutes later after a free kick from the right hand side was headed back across the goal by Michael Cuddihy and was turned home by Colin O Brien. The visitors had a flurry of corners in the twenty fifth minute and went close with a header at the back post, but were unable to make a breakthrough. Both teams struggled for the rest of the half to create any real chances and the home side went in a goal up. The second half saw an improvement in the home team and made a number of good chances, with one goal being ruled out for offside. They finally made their pressure pay though fifteen minutes from time when Michael Cuddihy sent Liam Doyle through on goal and he made no mistake in finding the net past the out rushing keeper. Two quickly became three when Adam Doyle beat two players in the Galbally area, and squared it across the face of the goal for Liam Doyle to tap home. The home side almost made it four in the final minutes but they were more than happy with their days work when the final whistle was blown.

Munster Junior Cup, 29th October  2023 Match Reports

Munster Junior Cup, 3rd Round

Cashel Town 0 – 8 St Michael’s

Saints were in top form here and turned in probably their best performance of the season when they dismantled Cashel at Dixie Currivan Park on Sunday afternoon. After a bright start and a few half chances, they took the lead on seven minutes when Jimmy Carr was upended after an Ed O’Dwyer pass and he stood up to score from the spot kick. It was two in the twenty first minute, when Colin Bargary found Ed O’Dwyer just outside the area, and the striker spun and fired home from the edge of the box. Shane Ryan’s header on the half hour mark from a Rhys O’Regan corner hit the side netting, as the visitors smelled blood in the water. Cashel had brief moments but never really looked like they were going to break down the solid visiting defence and Saints went in comfortably two goals to the good. They moved up a gear in the second period and added a third only two minutes in, when O Dwyer finally got the goal, his performance had been threatening. Four minutes later it was four nil, when Shane Ryan was upended in the area and Jimmy Carr scored with his second penalty of the day. At the other end substitute Andrew Fitzpatrick saw his free kick go narrowly wide of Adrian Walsh’s goal, and Eoin Byrne headed narrowly wide, while a left footed effort from Eoin Byrne was tipped over by Adrian Walsh. These were brief respites in a dominant Saints performance. Rhys O’Regan saw his effort deflected into the goal twenty minutes from time to make it five, and they added three more inside the last ten minutes through David Slattery and a brace by Danny O Brien, to round off a really dominant performance.

Munster Shield 2nd Round, 29th October Match Reports

St Nicholas 1 – 3 Ballingarry Albion

This game started out very evenly with both sides probing the other looking for chinks, but the the first real chance came in the fourteenth minute when a free kick to the hosts taken by Declan O Riordan looked like it was heading to the net, only to be clawed away by a brilliant save from the visiting keeper. Eight minutes later Jamie Buckley fired a pin point cross into the area but Paddy Fitzgerald was just inches away from applying the finishing touch as the Saint’s looked like they were about to go in front. This was the last of the clear chances in the first half and the teams went to the break level at nil all. It took thirteen minutes in the second half for the deadlock to finally be broken, and when it was it was scored by Jason Sutton who gave the hosts the lead their play deserved. Well in control now, the home side lost Fitzgerald in the sixty fifth minute to an injury, and this seemed to shift the momentum of the game back towards the visitors. Three minutes later Eoin Burke scored the equalising goal with a good finish from a cross into the area, and ten minutes later they took the lead when Ryan Hicks scored from close in. The game was nip and tuck after this as the hosts tried hard to get back level, but in the final minutes they conceded a third goal to Eoin Pollard on a breakaway which ensured that it would be Albion heading into the next round of the competition.

Cahir Park 5 – 0 Two Mile Borris

This started off a very even game with both teams having a number of half chances to score in the first twenty minutes, but a devastating nine minute spell for the home side made sure that they would be going into the draw for the next round of the Shield. After the initial probing had been done, the Park finally opened the scoring in the twenty third minute, thanks to a brilliant long range effort from David Clifford, that gave the Borris keeper no chance between the posts. And he was hardly over the concession of that effort when another long range shot, this time from James Darcy doubled the home sides lead. Two minutes after the half hour mark, Liam Murphy added a third, to turn what might have been a tight affair for the home side, into a much more comfortable game. Leading by three at the break, the home side sat back a little in the early part of the second period, drawing Borris on to them, and almost paid the price on the hour mark, when Oisin Lavin was forced into a brilliant save to preserve his sides advantage. This stirred the home side again however and they added a fourth when Dean Fitzwater found the net fifteen minutes from the end. A fifth arrived some minutes after to put a gloss on what was a very good performance by Cahir on the day.

TSDL First Division 29th October 2023 Match Reports

Peake Villa 2 – 0 Vee Rovers

The home side started quickly in this tie, and were rewarded in the sixth minute when Adam Garrett played a good ball through to Liam McCormack, who made no mistake finding the corner of the net. Despite this however, Vee played themselves back into the game, restricting their hosts to some long-range efforts for much of the rest of the half. They had two long range efforts themselves that went close, but in the end, there were no more goals and Villa went to half time a goal to the good. Vee were also dominant in the early stages of the second period, but once again the home sides defence stood up and made sure nothing got past. The home side made some changes early in the second half and this wrested the momentum from Rovers, before they finally doubled their advantage ten minutes from time when good work from Liam Mc Cormack seen him cross a great ball to Luciano Carelli who fired home a beautiful volleyed effort. The home keeper David Purcell was called into action in the six minutes from time, and he pulled off a fine save to keep a clean sheet, ensuring his side would run out the victors.

TSDL Second Division 29th October 2023 Match Reports

Moyglass 3 – 1 Rosegreen Rangers

The home team started strongly and were always on the front foot throughout the early part of this game, but found it hard to break down a very stubborn Rosegreen defence. Eventually the visitors found their feet and gave the hosts some trouble with their quick counter attacks, but eventually the deadlock was broken by Moyglass five minutes before the half time break, when Niall Doocey forced an error from the visiting defence and cleverly beat the keeper at his near post. That looked like it was going to be the only goal of the half, but the home side got a second in the forty fourth minute when a one two on the left between Craig Nolan and Alan Lyons left the Rangers defence flat footed when Lyons shot was parried, Ciaran O Loughlin finished with a deft touch from close in. Two behind at the break, the visitors pushed on more in the second half, and won a penalty in the sixty fifth minute, which was converted by Ian Shelly to bring the deficit back to the minimum. But five minutes later the home side added a third through Eddie O Brien to ensure that they would take all the points on offer.

TSDL Third Division 29th October  2023 Match Reports

Donohill and District 1 – 0 Bansha Celtic B

Donohill hosted Bansha Celtic’s seconds on Sunday morning, in what was a tough physical battle, where both teams tried hard but saw chances difficult to create. On the half hour mark Ned Lowry had an excellent chance to put the hosts in front, but scuffed his shot and saw it go the wrong side of the post. Level at the break, the game continued to be very scrappy into the second period, until twenty minutes from time, the hosts were awarded a penalty after Sean Ryan was adjudged to have been fouled in the area. The ever reliable from the spot Ned Lowry stood up, and made amends for his first half miss by sending the Celtic keeper the wrong way and put his side into the lead. After that they shut up shop and gave Celtic little chance to get back into the game, taking the three precious points as they strive to keep in touch with the teams at the top end of the division.

TSDL Youths Report 29th October 2023 Match Reports

FAI Youths Cup, 2nd Round

Killavilla 1 – 5 Two Mile Borris

For the second week in a row, the Borris youths faced North Tipperary opponents in this year’s FAI Youths Cup, and once again they progressed after a dominant performance, this time away from home in Roscrea. Underfoot conditions were poor and a heavy stream of rain throughout the game didn’t improve matters. The TSDL side started well and immediately went on the attack, creating numerous chances right through the first half, but only to see a combination of brilliant goalkeeping, poor composure in front of gaol and sheer bad luck, seeing them go to the break scoreless. Things went from bad to worse immediately after the break when a long ball from Killavilla eluded the Borris defence and was finished to the net to give the hosts a surprising lead against the run of play. But this was the shock the visitors needed, and within a minute Tom Ryan equalised with a left footed curled effort into the top right corner of the net. They began to dominate again, and had the result wrapped up in the next ten minutes with goals from Tristan Troy and another from Ryan to make it three goals to one. He put the game to bed twenty minutes from time when he expertly rounded the keeper and fired home to claim his hat-trick. Jake Jordan added a fifth in the final minutes to put a real gloss on the score line.

TSDL Youths Division 1

Clonmel Celtic 3 – 1 Cashel Town

Celtic welcomed in form Cashel Town to the Bypass with both teams unbeaten in the league, in what promised to be an excellent game of football, and both teams delivered on the day. It was the visitors who settled quickest and took the lead after just five minutes when Cillian Fitzgerald rose at the back post to head his side in front. This lead to a period of dominance over the next quarter of an hour, and they were unlucky not to extend their lead on a few occasions, the closest being when a shot dropped onto the top of the home net when it seemed goal bound. But the home side managed to get to the break only a single goal behind, and regrouped, coming back out in the second period much more settled and determined to get something from the game. The Introduction of Luke Hannigan proved to be a big difference and within five minutes, he had hit the post with a great first-time effort. The home side continued to create chances but couldn’t convert until a Jack Aylward free kick was flicked home by Cillian O Brien to level the game, just after the hour mark. Once they had gotten level, they took over the game and with fifteen minutes to play fashioned an excellent move to free Hannigan in space in the Cashel area, and he fired his side in front with a rasping effort. Both Teams had chances in the last ten minutes of the game, with the away side desperate to get something from the tie. However it was Celtic that added a third in the last minute from a Jack Aylward free kick, and assure that all three points were staying with the home team.

Clonmel Town 3 – 5 Cahir Park

Both teams added to an eight-goal spectacular in this game, with the sides playing high octane, high pressing games right from the get go. The first chances fell to the visitors, but they were wasteful and had to see Town open the scoring in the twelfth minute when Harry Tobin took a ball to the end line before cutting back to Nazari Melnik to fired home from the middle of the area. But they weren’t able to hold onto that lead for long and within six minutes were level. The remainder of the second half was played mainly in midfield, with both sides creating half chances, and looked like going to the break without any more goals until Harry Tobin once again split the visiting defence, this time playing in Milo Mc Namara to calmly finish past the keeper and restore the home sides lead, a lead they took to the break. With their tails up, the hosts continued to press and early in the second period, they added a third when Melnyk broke into the box and slotted home his second of the day. But then a crazy five-minute spell saw the home side hand back all that advantage when they conceded two soft goals to their opponents, set up a fantastic finale to the game. The final turning point came when the home side were reduced to ten players after losing Jayden Mullery to injury after they’d used all their available substitutes, and Cahir took advantage of the extra player by adding two late goals to take the points on a scoreline of five goals to three.

TSDL Division 2

Galbally United 2 – 3 Two Mile Borris

This was a really entertaining Youths game that saw Borris prevail by the odd goal in five on Saturday afternoon last. The two teams were making chances from early on, and the home side eventually made one count when they opened the scoring in the fifteenth minute thanks to Aaron Flynn scrambling home from close in after a corner kick. But only minutes later Cian Dwyer fired back for Borris to level the game, and just before the break the same player added his and his sides second to send the visitors to the break a goal to the good. A third goal by Conor Ryan on the hour mark looked to have sealed the points for the away side, but Galbally did not lay down and a volleyed effort by Cian Ryan ten minutes from time brought the game back to a single goal again. Cue a frenzied finish from the hosts, who tried just about everything to secure a point. However in the end it wasn’t enough and Borris held on to take all three.

TSDL Premier League 22nd October 2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 0 – 1 Peake Villa

Clonmel Celtic produced one of their best displays of the season but unfortunately had nothing to show for their efforts as a Stephen Carroll header fifteen minutes divided the sides after a keenly contested game at Celtic Park on Sunday. The champions almost made the perfect start to the game with Fabian Kerton getting down well to push away a Michael Ryan effort in the second minute, but the hosts quickly settled into a very effective counter attacking game. This resulted in Villa not getting the time to create any meaningful openings, frustrating them for long periods of the game. When the home side did get a chance to break, Sean Hawkins in particular looked dangerous and he brought out a couple of very good saves from Willie Tierney in the away goal. Celtic still looked comfortable containing Villa though Michael Ryan and Dale Loughnane came close for the visitors just before the break. After a huge effort in the first half, it was obvious bodies began to tire but the hosts were still more than holding their own. As Celtic tired Villa were having more of the ball in the Celtic half and were finding more openings. Stephen Carroll glanced a header wide from a corner on just before the hour mark. It was a fine defensive display from Celtic but they will be disappointed with the goal, and what proved the winner, that they conceded sixteen minutes from time. Carroll given too much room to head a Michael Quinlan cross to the net to undo the home sides good work to that point. A tired Celtic tried to rally but it was more in desperation than producing anything constructive as Villa held on without too much trouble for a hard-fought win.

Cahir Park 0 – 4 St Michael’s

The Saint’s pretty much turned the lead into a two horse race once again with this win over a Cahir side that have been producing some excellent results of late. Both sides came to play football and the first twenty minutes of the game were very even with the two teams creating half chances that they were unable to convert. The visitors finally took the upper hand in the twenty sixth minute however, when they managed to get behind the home defence and Rhys O Regan sent a peach of a cross onto the head of Ashley Kelliher who made no mistake from less than six yards out. Cahir responded well but then shot themselves in the foot conceding two goals in three minutes just before the break. The first was scored by Cian Fadden who added the most delicate of touches to a Rhys O Regan free kick to guide the ball past Aaron Wall in the home goal, and shortly afterwards O Regan got a goal of his own, when he fired a piledriver to the net from outside the area, so send the Saints to the break, three goals to the good.

TSDL First Division 22nd October 2023 Match Reports

St Michael’s 1 – 6 Peake Villa

Despite having many good passages of play the home side were ultimately outdone here by defensive errors, as the visitor ran out clear winners at the Complex on Sunday. Peake took the lead in the fifth minute, when the Saint’s defence failed to clear the ball and Conor Murphy played in Adam Garrett who finished to the net. Robbie McGrath then made two superb saves, firstly from Conor Murphy when he tipped the ball over the bar and secondly from the resultant corner kick when he saved a header from Jack Croke. Conor Murphy was causing Saints problems on the wing as were dead balls from left full Mark Lennon, with Mc Grath having to make another save from Garrett just before the half hour mark. After the Thurles sides early dominance, the hosts began to find their feet and had a few half chances before they were rocked back in the thirty third minute seeing Garrett made it two after more indecision at the back from the home side. But just before the break, Antonio Rea pulled a goal back to send the sides in with only the bare minimum between them. The points were ultimately decided seven minutes into the second period, when Villa were awarded a penalty and Danny Treacy made it three from the spot. The hosts used their bench and tried hard but ultimately gave too many passes away and slack marking saw three goals for the visitors in over the last quarter of the match. Liam Mc Cormack made it four, before Adam Garrett finished off his hat trick seventeen minutes from the end. The cherry on the top was a goal nine minutes from time by Adam McCormack.

Galbally United 1 – 2 Old Bridge

Old Bridge bounced back from a heavy defeat last time out, to take the points in this game, that was decided by the odd goal in three in a good game of ball last Sunday. The game was pretty even in the opening quarter, but the home side eventually took the lead in the twentieth minute when a Cathal O Mahoney shot was half blocked and looped over the head of the stranded Old Bridge keeper. But that lead only lasted eight minutes before the game was back level again when and Emmet Ryan free kick from twenty yards out was palmed onto the crossbar by the home keeper, and Dylan Guiry was first to anticipate heading home from two yards out. Both teams had further chances in the half but went to the break level at one all. The decisive goal of the game came ten minutes into the second period when the home defence was caught cold by a shot across the box, only to see Shane Foley ghost in at the back post to tap home from close in. The visitors sat back after this soaking up whatever pressure that the hosts could put on them, and the closest Galbally got to levelling was a Jordan Dineen effort ten minutes from time that went narrowly wide. At the final whistle, the points headed back to Clonmel where they will be greatly appreciated

TSDL Second Division 22nd October 2023 Match Reports

Two Mile Borris 6 – 1 Cashel Town  

Borris’ seconds had a comprehensive win over Cashel Town at Newhill on Sunday morning, but had to come from behind to do so. On a sunny morning in perfect conditions for football, the visitors got off to a flying start taking the lead in the first minute, through a Gerry Horgan strike. That was as good as it got for them however, and within five minutes they were behind thanks for a brace of goals for the hosts from DJ Troy. By the quarter hour mark the home side had got their third goal when Richard Mc Carthy’s pressing persistence paid off and he robbed a defender before coolly firing to the net. On the half hour mark, Troy completed the “perfect” hat trick with a fine finish to send Borris to the break four goals to one in front. The second half started fairly slow until Troy capped a brilliant performance with his fourth of the day to put the result beyond any doubt. And they added the coup de grace late on with another a brilliant team goal finished calmly to the net to leave the full-time score at six goals to one.

Powerstown 2 – 2 St Nicholas

Powerstown and St Nicholas shared the points on Sunday after an entertaining game that produced four goals. The visitors were sharpest out of the blocks and took the lead in the second minute when Paddy Fitzgerald found the net, and almost doubled that moments later but for a wonderful save by Kieran Quirke in the home goal. But they eventually played themselves into the game and began to control possession, finally beating Philip Doherty in the Saints goal in the twenty seventh minute, when Aaron Kiely powered home from the edge of the box. But they were rocked back just minutes later, when a rare Saints attack saw them sweep downfield from a corner kick and Jack Downey kept his composure to place the ball behind the home keepers reach and into the net. This was the final goal in a good first half to watch, with the away side going in a goal to the good. Powerstown came back out and dominated possession for the majority of the second half. But they struggled to create any clear chances until nine minutes from time Cathal McKeown finally got their equaliser. A ball in behind from Gino Lonergan was fired home from the middle of the box. The hosts came close in the end to grabbing a winner but the visitors held strong with the game finishing all square.

Moyglass 3 – 1 Dualla

This was a game played in perfect conditions after a really wet week, and the home side started strongly having some good efforts from Stephen Houlihan and Niall Doocey early on. Dualla eventually settled and the game evened out, but it was the home side that opened the scoring minutes before the break when Craig Nolan got behind the visitors back line and head to the bottom of the net. The away side started the second half on the front foot and fashioned some chances of their own, but it was the hosts that made it two goals to nil on the hour mark when Mike Hickey whipped in a free kick from the left and left the keeper flapping but unable to keep it out. Moyglass made the points safe eight minutes from time when they added a third goal, courtesy of Jamie Walsh finishing well from just inside the box. The visitors did get a consolation goal in time added on from Tossy Ryan, but it made no difference to the outcome and the home side took all three points.

TSDL Third Division 22nd October 2023 Match Reports

Burncourt Celtic 3 – 1 Bansha Celtic

Burncourt Celtic picked up their first win of the season with a good win at home on Sunday morning against Bansha Celtic. They started the brighter and fourteen minutes in they opened the scoring with a well struck Sean Cagney free kick. After this the hosts pushed on and controlled the game, adding a second through Eddie Kendrick in the twenty sixth minute, when he finished from eight yards out. In fairness to the visitors, they played their way back into the game, and pulled a goal back seven minutes from the break when Danny Ryan scored from close range, to make it two goals to one at half time. The second half was more even affair with both sides having their chances, before the hosts got the important third goal five minutes after the hour mark through Eoghan Heffernan, who fired home from twenty yards to put daylight between the sides. Bansha pushed on in the closing stages but couldn’t add to the scoring with the points going to the home side.

Killenaule Rovers 0 – 4 Clonmel Celtic

A hat trick from Dylan Kiely helped Clonmel Celtic B maintain their 100% start in Division 4 when they travelled to Killenaule on Sunday morning. Always in control from the early part of the game, the visitors struggled to break down a resolute home defence and had to wait until midway through the half for Kiely to find enough space to fire home the opener. That was the only goal in the first period, and in the second half, Celtic upped the tempo with Kiely adding two more, before Michael Cooper rounded out the afternoon with a clever effort from close in.

Ballingarry Albion 3 – 1 Cahir Park

The home side had a good win in this game to maintain their 100% record in this seasons Fourth Division, and making themselves look very much like the team to catch, even this early in the season. The were in charge from the start, but still had to wait until the twenty seventh minute before opening the scoring, and when it came it did from the unlikeliest of sources. The home keeper David Cashin was quick in mind and feet when his side were awarded a free kick just outside his own area, and he thumped it the length of the pitch over the unsuspecting and stranded visiting keeper to get his side off the mark. But the Park answered back almost immediately with a great individual effort on thirty three minutes when David Clifford picked up a ball on the right wing and turned inside to unleash a bullet strike from all of twenty yards to level the game once more. That lasted for all of five minutes before the home side retook the lead. Some great work on the wing by Thomas Donovan and Jonothan Ivors turned Cahir over in their half and Ivor’s cross found Eoin Burke who was on hand to dispatch from close range. The away side came out for the second half full of energy and to their credit were on top for the first ten minutes but were unable to fashion a decent scoring chance. Albion finally settled again, and got the vital third goal in the sixty sixth minute, when Eoghan Pollard dispossessed the visiting keeper and rolled the ball to Ian Ivors to score from close range.

Donohill and District 5 – 4 Tipperary Town

Donohill hosted Tipperary Town on Sunday and came out the right side of a nine goal thriller in the end, that had both sets of supporters on tenterhooks right to the end of the game. The visitors started the quicker and ran the home side ragged for the first twenty five minutes or so, with Mark Roche bagging himself a hat trick. It looked all over for the home side on the half hour mark when a Ryan Maher goal made it four, but then from nowhere the home side seemed to emerge and hit back with a vengeance. Ten minutes before the break, Dinny Crosse pulled a goal back, and five minutes later Alan Wallace fired to the net to half the deficit. Crosse got a huge goal in the final minute of the first half, to send his side to half time just a goal behind after looking dead and buried fifteen minutes earlier. Five minutes into the second period, the game was level when Seanie Ryan found space on the right, cut in and bent a beautiful goal past a helpless visiting keeper. The teams went at it hammer and tongs in a very open game for the rest of the half, and six minutes from time, the home side completed the unlikeliest of comebacks when Ned Lowry found the net from the penalty spot to give his side all three points.

TSDL Youths Division 22nd October 2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Town 2 – 3 Cashel Town

Cashel Town continued their recent good run of form in Youths football when they travelled to Clonmel and knocked the hone side out of this seasons FAI Youths Cup on Saturday. The visitors started the game much brighter, moving the ball around the pitch with neat passing, forcing the hosts to chase shadows for much of the opening part of the game. In the ninth minute Cashel finally hot the front when Ciaran Byrne rose highest to head home a pin point free kick. They continued to dominate possession but the home side were starting to make chances of their own and Alex Lawless and Monsur Emibata both tested the visiting keeper. Emibiata finally looked like he’d created a cast iron opportunity to get a leveller when he won a penalty kick, but the Cashel keeper who was in inspired form got down well to save. To rub salt in the wounds of that miss, the away side immediately attacked downfield, won a corner kick and Blake Doyle-Carroll’s head made no mistake to put his side two up, a lead they took to the break. The home side came out in the second half much hungrier, and took control of the game, pulling a goal back ten minutes in when Alex Lawless forced the Cashel net minder into a mistake and slotted home from close in. Shortly afterwards, Emibiata who was causing problems all game taken down again for a second penalty, and this time Lawless made no mistake from the spot to level the game. With the tie now in the melting pot, both sides had chances to win in normal time, but were unable to convert, sending the game to an extra twenty minutes. Extra time saw them slug it out but in the dying seconds when the penalty shootout was looking likely, the visitors fashioned one last chance from a free kick and a glancing header by Niall Hallissey was enough to seal the win at that late stage of the game. It was a heart ache for the hosts who fought hard and played some good football but it just wasn’t to be.

Two Mile Borris 11 – 0 Blackcastle

This was an eagerly awaited clash between two teams from the top end of the South Tipperary and North Tipperary Leagues, but it turned into a rout when the TSDL side completely demolished their Northern counterparts. Lacking a bit of ruthlessness in previous games, the home side had this game put to bed within the first fifteen minutes, taking a five goal lead in that short space of time, where everything they hit seemed to end up in the back of the net. Borris scored three more before halftime continued the scoring through almost immediately after the restart until they had easily progressed.

TSDL Youths Division 2

Clonmel Town 2 – 2 SC & K United

Town started well and should have been one up after five minutes when Joyel Joby found himself unmarked at the back post, but his first-time effort was just wide. The visitors settled well after this and went in front after ten minutes following a long-range effort, before doubling their advantage after a half an hour following a great strike from Gus Nolan. It was left to a brilliant display in the Town goal by Peter Carroll to keep his side in the game with a fantastic double save just before half time. The second half saw the momentum swing back to the hosts and they pulled a goal back through Dylan McCormack on the hour mark. They were winning more possession now and had a couple of half chances that went abegging.  But with fifteen minutes left they were awarded a free kick, and Cian Le Blanc hit a great strike from all of twenty five yards. The visiting keeper saved but couldn’t hold on to the ball and the rebound was squeezed over the line by Dylan McCormack to draw Town level. This was how the game ended which was a fair result on the day for both sides.

Cullen Lattin 1 – 3 Mullinahone

This was a close contest between two evenly matched sides played in great spirit and high energy. The visitors took the lead after ten minutes through Liam Doyle, and with the home side slow to respond they found themselves two down after twenty five when Pierce Vaughan got in behind the Cullen defence to find the net. The hosts upped the tempo and finished the half the stronger and even missing a penalty, leaving them two behind at the break. But they continued on the front foot from the beginning of the second period and won another penalty which was coolly despatched by Jamie Mc Grath to reduce the deficit to the minimum. Both sides pressed on in a very open game but it was the visitors that got the decisive next goal when Adam Doyle struck from inside the area, to give his side some breathing space with quarter of an hour left to play. The home side had chances but could not put the ball in the net, watching the points head away with the victors

FAI Junior Cup 2nd Round, 15th October 2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 7 – 2 Powerstown

Clonmel Celtic eased through to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup after a seven goals to two win over Powerstown on Sunday, on a perfect day for football at the bypass. On the front foot right from the get go, they took the lead in the tenth minute when Cian O Sullivan reacted fastest in the box to a bouncing ball and fired home from ten yards. But the visitors were only behind for three minutes, as they were awarded a penalty that veteran Gino Lonergan made no mistake with. O Sullivan bagged his second goal just before the half hour mark, but only a minute later a lapse in the Celtic defence allowed Ronan Quigley to equalise once again. But the hosts shrugged off this mistake and immediately went back upfield where Andrew Browne restored their lead, one they would take with them to the half time break. Seven minutes into the second period Seanie Hawkins made it four to two, and with this cushion they began to really control the game. Ten minutes later, Hawkins got his second after a lovely through ball by Dean Mcglaughlin. Powerstown never threw in the towel with Aaron Kiely working tirelessly up front, but with ten minutes last Darren Sweeny got in on the scoring act for the hosts, when he turned home Wayne Lazlett’s effort that had rebounded off the post. Micheal Cooper made it seven to Celtic in the final minutes with a cool finish.

Cashel Town 5 – 1 Killavilla United

Cashel welcomed North Tipperary side Killavilla to Palmershill on Sunday with a certain amount of trepidation, but that was misplaced when they ran out easy victors over the in form NTDL side. The home side had a fast start to thank for laying the foundations of their win, and they flew out of the blocks opening the scoring in the tenth minute when Kyle Ryan tucked away a nice finish after some good build up play. It was two five minutes later when a really good passing move was finished by Ryan again, with his movement causing the away side all sorts of problems. Dominant now, they made it three on the half hour marked when Lee Riordan finished off a well worked short corner routine. And on the stroke of half time, the game was pretty much put to bed as a contest when the home side got a fourth when Riordan was on the scoresheet again, finishing tidily after getting in behind the Killavilla defence. The second half was a closer affair with the visitors keeping to their task despite being behind, pulling a goal back after sixty five minutes, when Ian Treacy netted. But Cashel were never going to give up their stranglehold on the game and added a fifth five minutes from time when Lee Riordan completed his hat trick, to send his side through to the next round.

Clonmel Town 0 – 2 Two Mile Borris

Town’s annus horribilis continued on Sunday when they were dumped out of the FAI Junior Cup by fellow Premier League side Two Mile Borris. The visitors were good value for their win, against a depleted Town side, who were always going to be up against it. Town started well and had chances to go in front early on, but were rocked back on their heels midway through the half when Jamie Carey struck for the visitors. Shell shocked after this, the hosts seemed to retreat into their shells, and were unable to muster a shot in anger before the half time whistle. The second half was littered with mistakes coupled with poor passing and decision making from Town, and it was Borris who doubled their lead when Jamie Lee pounced to punish a Town defensive lapse from a long kick out, with twenty minutes left on the clock. The home side deserve some credit for battling until the end, but ultimately lacked the clinical ability of their opponents, who will now look for a good draw to draw to win out into the open draw stages of this prestigious competition.

St Nicholas 2 – 3 Clodiagh Rangers

TSDL Second Division side St Nicholas welcomed NTDL Premier League side Clodiagh Rangers to Danny O Dwyer Park in Solohead, and were unlucky to lose out by the odd goal in five in an entertaining FAI Junior Cup tie on Sunday. The home team started well and pinned their opponents back in the early part of the game, missing some chances, and they were left to rue those misses when the visitors took the lead in the twenty ninth minute through a David Butler goal, after he finished low into the net. Only two minutes later though, the Saints were back on terms when they were awarded a free kick that Declan Riordan landed on the head of his brother Aiden to head to the net and level matters all over again. But while the home side were barely finished celebrating the equaliser, they found themselves behind again when Rangers Brian Hanrahan struck a brilliant effort from outside the box to give the home keeper no chance of stopping. This was how the game went to the break, and though the second half started evenly, eventually the home side began to get on top and make the better chances. They finally converted to level the game again player manager Micheal Maguire who subbed himself in, set up Roger O Connor to level seventeen minutes from time. Both sides battled hard to find a winner late on, and just as it seemed the game might be running out to extra time, disaster struck for the home side when Brian Hanrahan got a winner two minutes from time for the away side, a goal that decided the game in the end.

Ardcroney 1 – 5 St Michael’s

TSDL side St Michael’s had to come from behind in this cup tie against North Tipperary side Ardcroney, but they ultimately did enough to ensure safe passage in a competition they came so close to winning last season. They started well and came close to opening the scoring twice in the first five minutes, with a Russell Quirke effort and Shane Ryan seeing a shot hit the crossbar before being cleared to safety. The home side finally settled and took a surprise lead in the fourteenth minute when a poor back pass allowed Jamie Ryan get a shot away to beat Adrian Walsh. The away side didn’t panic and were back on terms ten minutes later after they were awarded a penalty which Jimmy Carr converted. They took the lead three minutes after that when Ed O’Dwyer poked the ball home from close range. But the North Tipperary side didn’t fold and Aido Walsh did well to gather the ball from Jack Daly seven minutes before the break. Ultimately however Micheal’s went to half time in front, and came out firing in the early part of the second people. Ashley Kelliher, Mikey Nash and Cian Fadden all went close before they added a third in the sixty-eight minute when they were awarded a second penalty kick after Jimmy Carr was fouled in the area, and he got back up to knock home his second from the spot. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the home side and they added a fourth in the seventy second minute when DJ Cremins rose highest to head home a cross from the ever-dangerous Carr. Colin Bargary was unlucky in the seventy fifth minute to see an effort come back off the post, but he made amends five minutes later when he scored to make it five to one and finally end the game as a contest.

Cahir Park 1 – 0 Bansha Celtic

Kevin Dempsey scored in just the second minute of this game, but it was a long slog to the finish in a nervy tie before Cahir booked their place in the next round. The only goal of the game when Stephen Quinn put a pin point free kick on the head of Dempsey and he made no mistake from six yards out. After this the home side dominated the next twenty minutes or so, but when Bansha had weathered that storm, they were offered a gilt edged opportunity to level matters from the penalty spot. Their nerve deserted them however and the penalty was missed, leaving the hosts happy to go to the break a goal in front. The second half however was all Bansha, as they pinned the Park back time and again in their half. However they have added some experience and steel to their side this year, and the one time the defence was breached, former Irish international goalkeeper Aaron Wall made a magnificent save to preserve their lead. In the end they held out and progressed, and will be a tricky opposition for whoever they come up against in the next round.

TSDL Premier League 15th October 2023 Match Reports

Wilderness Rovers 0 – 3 Tipperary Town

With a massive three points up for grabs in this clash between the home side and Tipperary Town, it was the visitors who snaffled the points after a very clinical performance that leaves the Wildies in desperate relegation trouble, even this early in the season. After an even enough start, the visitors opened the scoring in the twelfth minute when an error in the home defence which was punished by the cool finish of Ryan Maher. The hosts tried hard to get back in the game but were dealt another blow when a penalty was awarded to the away side on the half hour mark. Shane Ryan made no mistake from twelve yards out, to give his side a two-goal cushion which they took with them to the break. The second half began with the home side trying hard to get back into the game, but the visitors dealt with most of what was thrown at them easily enough. They made sure of the win twenty two minutes from time when they got a third after breaking the offside trap to see Ivanivic score from twelve yards. Wilderness tried hard to get on the scoresheet and missed two good opportunities late on, and in the end had to give way to their opponents who snagged their first win of the season.

TSDL First Division 15th October  2023 Match Reports

Vee Rovers 4 – 0 Cullen Lattin

Vee Rovers turned over a depleted Cullen Lattin side to record their second win of the season in Clogheen on Sunday afternoon. The visiting side started well and brought some good saves out of the home keeper, but once the hosts settled to their task, they took over the game almost completely. They finally made the breakthrough in the seventeenth minute when Keelan Hogan finished off a cross from Zak Keating, from ten yards out. The rest of the half was a midfield struggle with the home side slightly edging it on chances, but unable to extend their lead. They did do that however five minutes into the second period, when the ever dangerous Keating got behind the Cullen defence to finish from close in. Five minutes later Keating added his second and his sides third as they took complete control of the tie. And they finished it off in the final minutes when Kieran Mackin added a fourth, nodding home a pinpoint cross from Anthony Crotty to put a nice gloss on the score line.

TSDL Second Division 15th October 2023 Match Reports

Suirside 2 – 3 Two Mile Borris

Borris’ seconds travelled to Grange on Sunday, and returned home with all three points after coming out the right side of a five-goal thriller. The game started slowly and was very even in general, with the visitors having the first real chance that was missed by inches from a Jack Delaney shot in the sixteenth minute. But the home side finally settled and took the lead in the twenty third minute when Colin O Shaughnessy set up the onrushing John Darmody to power home a shot from distance that gave the Borris keeper no chance. This didn’t the deter the visitors however and five minutes before the break, Richie Mc Carthy had the sides level when he took advantage of hesitation in the home defence to score an excellent goal of his own from just inside the area. It looked like the teams would be going to the break all square but with the home side attacking, the visitors produced a devastating counter attack that finished with DJ Troy turned his marker before finishing brilliantly. The home team started the second period much the brighter and were level again two minutes in, when Andy Hickey capitalised on a defensive error to level the game. After this both sides cancelled each out for large parts of the second half, and the game seemed to be heading for a draw, before Michael Anthony Mc Carthy got the decisive score ten minutes from time. Suirside launched a huge attacking effort after this, but the away team battened down the hatches and took the points in the end.

Rosegreen Rangers 0 – 1 Cashel Town

Cashel Town took the spoils in this local derby, in a game that struggled to get any momentum going for long periods, as the sides cancelled each other out. There was a dearth of chances created by both sides, with the best of the first half falling to the home side, but they were unable to get a ball past Dean Harding who was in excellent form in the Cashel nets. Scoreless at the break, the second half followed a similar pattern until twenty minutes from time Cashel put a dangerous corner into the home area and after a scramble Thomas Riordan applied the finish to put his side in front. Cashel shut up shop after this and were pretty comfortable until the final five minutes when Rosegreen had an effort cleared off the line, leaving the visitors to hang on for all three points in the end.

TSDL Third Division 15th October 2023 Match Reports

Tipperary Town 6 – 0 Killenaule Rovers  

A large crowd were served up a real Sunday morning treat at a sun drenched Arra Road, watching their teams biggest win in many a game against a hapless Killenaule side last weekend. Aaron Hickey opened the scoring with a tidy finish just inside the box after some good work down the left side by Jordan Cummins in the eight minute, and a stunning run from Cummins again set up the second with Aaron Hickey turning provider and David Hannigan making no mistake to make it two nil. In a game where the visitors never really got a foot hold and were always on the back foot the two nil scoreline at half time was the least the home side deserved. Things didn’t get any better for the visitors in the second half as within minutes of the restart, the hosts made it three when a Jordan Cummins shot was well saved but Hannigan was sharpest to react and grabbed, his second with a nice finish. A mazy run from Tudor Ignat brought another good save but he finished off the rebound to make it four by the hour mark. A long ball forward to Aaron Hickey ten minutes later caught out the Rovers defence and he set up Adrian Swords to make it five. Cummins who was magnificent all afternoon got the goal his performance deserved, with a twenty five yard strike straight into the bottom corner.

Cahir Park 4 – 1 Burncourt Celtic

The home side came back from being a goal down at the break to take all three points with a big score in the end against near neighbours Burncourt Celtic on Sunday. Although the home side started well they were rocked in the fifteenth minute when Celtic produced a speedy counter attack that saw the home keeper pull off a brilliant save only to see Pa Ryan follow up and shoot to the net from close in. After that the home side battered the visitors goal mouth, but the Burncourt netminder Mark Cagney was in inspired form and got his side to the break a goal to the good. The held out for ten more minutes in the second half, before devastating eight-minute spell saw the home side finally take control of the tie. First Eoghan Corbett headed home from a corner kick in the fifty sixth minute, before Gavin Devereaux added a second five minutes later with a shot from inside the area. Barely had Burncourt a chance to regroup before Hicham Briem added a third, when he came in from the right to slide an effort under the now flailing Cagney in the away goal. Things settled after this, with the Park in control of the game, and they added a final goal five minutes from time when they were awarded a penalty that was despatched to the net by Briem for his second and his sides fourth goal.

Ballingarry Albion 4 – 1 Donohill and District

There was a frantic start to this game with both teams struggling to get the ball down and make any real impact going forward. The game then sprung to life when both teams had a goal ruled out in the space of two minutes around the quarter hour mark, for fouls on the keeper and offside respectively. The home side finally took the lead from the penalty spot in the twenty first minute when Michael Ivors converted a penalty which he won himself. They almost made it two straight after when some excellent play between Ian Ivors and Michael Ivors resulted in Jonothan Ivors going through on goal but he failed to hit the target. The visitors settled though, and finished the half the strongest having four or five corners in a row but unable to convert any of them. The home side came back out with real intent and started to gain more control over the ball. This was rewarded with a goal when Riain O Callaghan was put through and after a heavy touch sent him out wide he rifled a left foot shot into the bottom corner six minutes in. But the two goal lead lasted all of a couple of minutes, when a misplaced pass from defence offered the away side a chance and they converted well to make it two goals to one before the hour mark. But they shot themselves in the foot shortly after this, when they were reduced needlessly to ten men. Albion took advantage making it three goals to one, when Adam O Connell finished to the net after Riain O Callaghan’s initial effort came back off the.  The game was them put beyond any doubt when ten minutes from time, when Jonothan Ivors won the ball high up the pitch and produced a quality cross for Michael Ivors (Blondie) to grab his second of the game with a great finish.

TSDL Youths 15th October 2023 Match Reports

Munster Youths Cup 2nd Round

Cashel Town 6 – 0 Mullinahone

The home side have been in excellent form this season in the Youths league, and carried that into the Munster Youths Cup on Saturday, when they eased past Mullinahone with a comfortable win. On top from the outset, they opened the scoring in the twelfth minute when Niall Hallisey headed beyond the outstretched keeper after finishing off some excellent passing through the middle of the pitch. Eight minutes later Cillian Fitzgerald got his first of four on the day, with another header from eight yards out. He doubled his own tally and made it three to the hosts when he scored in the half hour mark, finishing with a shot across the stranded keeper from inside the area, and then more or less put the tie to bed when he completed his hat trick two minutes later, firing from almost the same position. Four up at the break, the home side settled into a defensive mode in the second period, soaking up what pressure Mullinhone tried to apply, and looking for opportunities to catch them on the break. The first of these fell once again to Cillian Fitzgerald on the hour mark and Niall Hallissey book ended the performance with his second and his sides sixth with a delicious lob from all of thirty yards out, fifteen minutes from the end.

Two Mile Borris 7 – 0 SC & K United

The home side were in control of this game from the off, opening the scoring in the fifth minute when Ben Allen played a perfect long ball over the top of the opposition defence to Tristan Kelly who tapped in to an empty net. Jake Cullen scored the second after twenty minutes after a period of sustained pressure, curling a shot into the corner of the net from the edge of the box. Borris has to deal with some pressure from the opposition for the next ten minutes as began to play some nice football, but in the end the hosts had the final say of the half when Tom Ryan played a lovely through ball into the path of Tristan Kelly beat the keeper from the centre of the area, to send his side to half time three goals to the good. The visitors started the second half well and the superb Gus Nolan was denied a goal from a great save by Ben Allen. It took Borris a little while to settle into the second period but when they did, they got their fourth in the sixty fifth minute, when Finn Jones set up Cullen on the wing and he found his way into the box before driving an unstoppable shot past the keeper. Borris controlled the game from here on and scored three more goals in the final twenty minutes with Tristan Kelly scoring a brace and Charlie Walsh getting one after some clever movement inside the box.

Galbally United 1 – 2 Clonmel Town

Clonmel Town game from behind to dump Galbally out of this season Munster Youths cup after a good game of football last Saturday afternoon. The home side opened the scoring in the nineteenth minute when they set up Aaron Flynn to fire home from just inside the area with a left footed effort. And they looked like keeping that advantage to half time, before Harry Ryan equalised for the visitors. The game was in the melting pot in the second half, before the decisive score came five minutes after the hour mark. Good play in the middle of the field allowed the visitors to find Conor Mackin in space and he fired to the net with aplomb. After this is became a backs to the wall effort for Town as the hosts threw everything at them to get back into the game, but it wasn’t to be as the visitors held on to progress.

TSDL Youths Division 2

Clonmel Town 3 – 1 Cullen Lattin

The two teams faced off in this tie on a perfect day for football, in bright sunshine with no wind. The game was evenly matched in the opening quarter of an hour, with the home side having the best chance when a Paul Maher effort came back off the crossbar. The deadlock was broken in the eighteenth minute with some good play by the hosts down the left, saw Maher cross a dangerous ball into the box which wasn’t fully dealt with by the visiting defense and was pounced on by Jack Burns who clinically finished to the bottom corner. own. Cullen reacted well to going behind and had a few chances cleared away before they finally levelled when Seanie Bourke went on a mazy run to waltz past the home backline and slot past the keeper. That was how the first half ended, but the home team came out with more intent in the early period of the second. Adam Johnson tested the keeper early on, and although Joe Howard in the visitor’s goal, made some excellent saves the first twenty minutes of the half h was eventually beaten by a Jack Burns effort to net his and his sides second of the game. Town got the cushion they wanted late on when Burn’s completed his hat trick with a first time shot from the edge of the area.

Munster Junior Cup, 2nd Round 8th October 2023 Match Reports

TSDL Premier League 8th October 2023 Match Reports

Peake Villa 3 – 1 Two Mile Borris

Current champions Peake Villa entertained local rivals Borris in the league Sunday morning, in ideal condition, and advanced their title defence with three more points after a good win. Like any Derby it was a tight affair for the first twenty minutes with both teams playing at a quick pace. Villa did have a few good chances but it was the visitors who took the lead when Jamie Lee rounded the keeper to score in the twenty sixth minute. Stunned by this the home side pushed for an equaliser and came close on two occasions with Ronan McGuire having a shot cleared off the line and Evan McCormack hit the post from a header. Borris themselves had a couple of half chances to extend the lead before the break, forcing Shane McGuire into a number of good saves, but there were no more goals in the first half. The champions came out with greater purpose in the second period and were finally rewarded six minutes in when Michael Quinlan sent in a great corner and Mick Ryan headed to the top corner to make it one all. They took complete control of the game after this and scored again in the seventy sixth minute when Keith Cahills free kick was dropped by the Borris keeper and Pippy Carroll was on hand to fire home. And they made sure of all three points ten minutes from the end when another Cahill free kick was sent in and Evan McCormack reacted quickest as the ball pinged around the area to poke home from close range. They saw out the the final minutes to secure a vital win that sends them to the top of the league once again.

Tipperary Town 1 – 1 Clonmel Town

Both teams secured a hard fought point in this game at the Arra Rd on Sunday morning, with the home side coming from behind to finally get a point on the board for this season. The visitors had the better of the early exchanges and forced a brilliant save from Eric Higgins midway through the half when Shane Heffernan thought he had opened the scoring. They finally did talk a deserved lead midway through the half when Oisin Looney beat the home keeper with a shot that went through a few bodies to go one nil up. The hosts responded with good efforts from Ryan Maher and Andrew Wade, but were unable to bring it back level before the break. The second half saw the home side having more joy and limiting the visitors to shots from distance. They finally got a breakthrough themselves when Higgins went long with a clearance and Brian Roche got between both centres halves before being bundled to the ground. Ryan Maher stood up to take the spot kick and made no mistake. This was the home sides first goal of the new season, and was enough to gain them a precious point with neither side creating anything of note in the final quarter of the game.

St Michael’s 5 – 0 Clonmel Celtic

St Michaels produced an excellent performance here against a good Clonmel Celtic side but some good play and good finishing by the home side saw the game effectively over as a contest by half time. Both teams had early chances. Danny O’Brien went close for the hosts in the third minute, from an Ashley Kelliher cross, and a sublime pass from Cian O’Sullivan four minutes later saw Sean Hawkins hit a superb strike which was matched by a top save from Adrian Walsh, resulting in a corner. Celtic then won four corners in a row but were rocked back in the eleventh minute when a good pass from Sean Murphy freed Rhys O’Regan who crossed from the endline for Ashley Kelliher to tap home from close range It was two nil to the Saints, in the sixteenth minute, when Danny O’Brien played in Rhys O’Regan who again crossed for Kelliher to score a similar goal to the first. They almost made it three in the twenty fifth minute when Shane Ryan tested Fabian Kerton from the edge of the area, but the Celtic keeper pushed the shot round the post. On thirty three minutes, the visitors almost caught out the home side with a long ball out from backline which saw Darren Sweeney square the ball across the eighteen yard line but Ben Browne got under the shot and it went up and over the bar. This was enough to focus the home sides minds again and three minutes later they got their third, when O’Brien played in Ashley Kelliher to score from six yards and complete his hat trick. Just on half time it was four with the move and goal of the game, after a series of one twos between O’Brien and Kelliher saw Kelliher turn provider for O’Brien to meet the ball in mid air and guide it to the net. The game was over as a contest and Saints could afford to ease back and use their bench with Ed O’Dwyer coming in at half time for Shane Ryan. Celtic also used their bench and threw a bit of caution to the wind in order to try and reduce the deficit. Ed O’Dwyer saw his shot saved by Kerton on fifty one minutes and Kelliher followed up but hit the ball wide of goal. At the other end substitute Keenan Kerton also fired wide of goal, before fifteen minutes from time O Brien got his second, from close range to make it five as Saints, closed out the game with relative ease.

Munster Shield 1st Round, 8th October 2023 Match Reports

Cahir Park 4 – 1 Clonmel Celtic

The home side got off to the perfect start in this game when Hichem Briem finished off good play from David Clifford to put the Park in front within three minutes, and they continued to be the better team without creating much of note for the rest of the first quarter of the game. Celtic eventually settled and got back into the game in the twenty seventh minute, when David Garrett headed home a Jason Barnes free kick. The remainder of the half was an even affair, but from the start of the second period the home side dominated creating chance after chance, only to see a misfiring forward line unable to take advantage, and unable to find the net again in regulation time, sending the game to an extra twenty minutes. The first half of extra time was even enough, with the home side thankful to keeper Oisin Lavin for a brilliant save to keep the score level just before the end of the first period. But the second period turned into one way traffic as the home side finally found their shooting boots and added three goals. The first came from Leigh Murphy who prodded home from close range five minutes in, and with Celtic still reeling the same player added a second two minutes later with an excellent individual effort. A close range finish from David Clifford right on the final whistle saw the hosts through to the next round comfortably enough in the end.

St Nicholas 3 – 1 SC & K United

The home side took the win here with a very good performance in Solohead on Sunday. They were unlucky not to take the lead in the fourth minute when Jason Sutton’s shot was well saved by the visitors keeper, but they finally did get their noses in front in the twenty first minute when a mistake by the Kilsheelan keeper saw a mix up in defence that led to an own goal. The Saints continued to dominate and five minutes before the break, added a second goal when Jason Sutton finished off a sublime pass from Declan O Riordan. But just as they looked like going to the break with a comfortable lead, the visitors scored against the run of play, when they were awarded a penalty kick that was despatched to the net. This could have made the second period tough for the home side but they came back out firing on all cylinders again and re-established their two-goal lead just before the hour mark when Sutton again, produced a brilliant finish. The rest of the game fizzled out a little after this with the home side ensuring that the visitors never really built up any head of steam to get back into the game.

Donohill and District 2 – 5 Powerstown

Donohill hosted Powerstown at home in the newly inaugurated Munster Shield competition and despite taking the lead were eventually blown away by an excellent performance from the Clonmel based side. Both sides played nice football in opening quarter, with both keepers tested several times before some great work from Kevin Browne down the right was finished off by a Dinny Crosse header to put Donohill into the lead. And they looked like they would take that advantage to the break until on the stroke of half time, the visitors were awarded a penalty kick, and Gino Lonergan made no mistake from the spot. The visitors buoyed by this, came out much stronger in the second period and took the lead five minutes in when Aaron Kiely produced a fine finish. Twenty minutes from the end, a long range effort from Seamus O Brien saw that lead extended, before some fine work from Dinny Crosse saw his shot find bottom corner to give the home side some hope again. But ten minutes from th end an unfortunate own goal restored Powerstown’s two goal advantage, and when the home side threw themselves forward to try to get back into the game, they were punished on the counter attack in the final minutes when David grace put game to bed and gave his side a five goals to two win.

Bansha Celtic 1 – 5 Two Mile Borris

Borris’ seconds made the journey to Bansha for the first round of the Munster Shield and came away with a well-deserved win the end early on Sunday afternoon. The game started slowly for both sides and the first half an hour was uneventful before Jack Delaney finished a fine through ball from DJ Troy to give the away side the lead. Borris pressed on and were unlucky not to extend that lead before the break, coming close when Adam Daly saw his effort hit the cross bar from distance before being scrambled away. The second half started like the first with nothing happening before DJ Troy slotted home from a corner to put the visitors two up, and a few minutes later Troy headed home another corner kick to take control of the tie. Very dominant now Delaney added another before Tristan Kelly finished a through ball to make it five. The home side did pull a consolation goal back as the game was winding down, but it was no more than a consolation as Borris moved smoothly into the next round.

TSDL First Division 8th October 2023 Match Reports

Cashel Town 4 – 1 St Micheal’s

A beautiful morning at Dixie Currivan Park in Cashel saw an entertaining game between two young sides committed to playing attacking football last Sunday morning. After an even first fifteen minutes, the home side finally took the lead when some really clever play in the middle of the pitch set up Kyle Ryan to finish well. They made it two five minutes later, when a great team move saw Lee O’Riordan finally squaring for Callum Meagher to slide home. Well on top during this period of the game, they effectively ended the tie as a contest when they added a third ten minutes before the break, when Donie Reade tucked away a shot into the bottom corner with the visiting keeper left stranded. The second half saw the Saints come into the game a bit more and to be fair never dropped their head nor their endeavours, pulling a goal back twenty minutes from the end when Antonio Rea fired home a free kick. The game fizzled out from there and in the final minute, a Corey Hines cross was diverted into the net by a visiting defender to end the game at four goal to one to the home side.

TSDL Second Division 8th October 2023 Match Reports

Moyglass United 1 – 1 Suirside

Both these teams went into this game looking to break out of mid table to try to launch a promotion push, and will be both happy and disappointed in equal measure with the share of the points here. The game was very even in the early stages with both having some half chances. Eventually the home side began to dominate and finally took the lead in the twenty second minute when John Mc Menimen got onto a ball over the top from Mikey Hickey and he placed his shot past the keeper into the bottom corner of the net. For the rest of the half the home side had the upper hand but were unable to add to their tally and went to the break a single goal in front. Suirside battled back in the second period and fashioned a number of chances before finally making one count late in the game when Paul Kennedy headed a long ball back into the path of Andy Hickey who smashed a volley to the net to rescue a point for his side.

TSDL Third Division 8th October 2023 Match Reports

Burncourt Celtic 2 – 3 Tipperary Town

Burncourt welcomed Tipperary Town to Ballyhurrow Sunday with three points up for grabs, and it was the visitors who started the brighter hitting the front in the tenth minute, after a foul in the box led to a penalty that was dispatched by Mark Browne. The rest of the half ebbed and flowed with both sides having periods on top but the hosts finally equalised ten minutes before the break, when Robbie O Brien hit a fine twenty-yard strike that flew into the top of the net. The score remained like this until the break, and in the second half, the visitors started the brighter again, taking advantage of a mix up in the home defence and winning a second penalty ten minutes in. Browne stepped up again and held his nerve slotting the penalty home to make it two goals to one. Celtic showed their fighting spirit once again when on the hour mark, they grabbed the equaliser; Sean Cagney with a well-placed free kick twenty-five yards out gave the visitors keeper no chance. It set up an interesting last half hour but Town hit the front fifteen minutes from time, when Mark Ellard got on the end of a long throw to head to the net. There were chances for both sides in the closing stages with Celtic having the majority of them but couldn’t find the elusive equaliser, leaving the final score three to two in favour of Town.

TSDL Youths Report 7th October 2023 Match Reports

FAI U17s Cup

Bridge United 3 – 4 Clonmel Town

Clonmel Town had to dig deep in Kilkenny to get the better of a very physical Bridge Utd in the U17 National Cup. The home side started strongly and had the better of the opening fifteen minutes. Town defended well but had a let off when a deflected shot hit the post and was cleared to safety. This seemed to stir the visitors into action and they eventually started to get on top. After twenty five minutes, they were awarded a free kick, and Harry Tobin stepped up and hit the post from thirty yards, but Monsur Emiabata was quickest to react and headed the ball into the net to give the visitors a deserved lead. It was short lived however, as the equalizer came three minutes later, when the Town defence was caught square and allowed Bridge to get in behind to fashion a goal. But they continued to have the upper hand in the middle of the pitch and regained the lead after thirty five minutes when they were awarded a free kick in a similar position to where they created the first goal. This time Harry Tobin hit a spectacular shot from thirty yards that left the Bridge keeper rooted to the spot. That was how the game went to half time, and ten minutes into the second half the home side equalised following good play from their centre forward. Their tails were up now and they took the lead four minutes later following a free kick when a high ball into the area was slotted home. Despite this, Town rallied and were awarded a penalty on seventy minutes following a foul on Joyel Joby. Harry Tobin made to mistake from the spot to level at three all. The TSDL got back on top now but it took a wonderful individual goal to win it. Joby picked the ball up on the edge of the penalty area and beat three defenders before calmly slotting home to the delight of the Clonmel contingent. They had a couple of chances to add to the scoreline but that was how the game finished to see them advance to the next round.

TSDL Youths Div 1

Cashel Town 2 – 2 Clonmel Celtic

These two teams met in a top of the table clash at Palmershill on Saturday afternoon in perfect weather for a game of football, and by the end it was clear that they will likely push each other all the way for the rest of the season. The first half in this game was tight, with neither side wanting to make mistakes, and defences were on top, allowing no goals to b scored. But four minutes into the second period, the home side took the lead when Alex Richter fired to the net from ten yards out. That opened up the game with both sides switching from defensive mode to attacking, and the visitors pulled themselves level in the sixty seventh minute when Jack Aylward surprised the home keeper beating him at his near post. Cashel immediately went on the attack to get back into the lead, and were caught with a sucker punch when Aylward added a second after a classic breakaway counter attack. And they held that lead until five minutes from time when the home side finally got the goal they deserved after Celtic had difficulty clearing their lines from a free kick and Colm Ryan smashed to the net to win his team a deserved point.

Cahir Park 1 – 3 Two Mile Borris

The home team started this game strongly with Keelan Darcy hitting the bar after just two minutes, but it was the visitors who opened the scoring four minutes later when Finn Jones finished tidily after some good build up play.  The game continued to produce chances at both ends with Cahir hitting the bar again on sixteen minutes, though it was Borris who were proving to be more clinical in front of goal and got their second six minutes before the break when Sean Treacy found the net, to go in two up at the break. They made it three on the hour mark with a Tristan Kelly that looked like wrapping up the result. But the Park didn’t give up and got a consolation effort from a Leigh Murphy strike fifteen minutes from the end. The game was very open to the finish but the home team could not get another breakthrough and it finished three goal to one to a good young Borris side

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Munster League Champions Cup 1st October 2023 Match Reports

Peake Villa 9 – 0 Arra Rovers  

TSDL champions Peake Villa hosted their northern Tipperary counterparts Arra Rovers at the Tower Grounds in Thurles on Sunday and showed a gulf in class between the two leagues by trouncing the North Tipperary side to progress to the semi finals of this prestigious competition. The conditions for the game were excellent with the pitch in immaculate condition, and it was Arra who had the first chance of the game with a great effort from thirty yards out that was volleyed against the crossbar in the third minute. If anything though, this seemed to wake up the home side and they hit the front in the twelfth minute when Pippy Carroll was on hand to score at the back post when a ball broke to him. The hosts took complete control after this, but had to wait until ten minutes before the break before they added a second, when Ronan McGuire put in a great cross and Mick Ryan scored at the back post again. Daragh Byrne made it three five minutes before the break when he scored after sustained pressure, and the Villa as good as ended the game two minutes before half time when after Carroll had a good effort saved Mick Ryan was on hand to head home to make it four nil at half time. The home side were in the mood for goals and never let up in the second period, adding a fifth nine minutes in, when Carroll got his second after being played in by Darragh Byrne. He completed his hat trick three minutes later when the hosts were awarded a penalty and he made no mistake from the spot. The goal of the game came in thirteen minutes from the end when Keith Cahill made a great run down the wing and cut in to score with a shot that flew under the keeper’s body. Cahill’s free kick led to Villa’s eight goal when his effort was parried by the keeper and Kieren Hennessy was on hand to score close in, and he capped a fine performance when he rounded off the goals with his second of the day to make the final score nine to nil, as comprehensive a win as a team could be expected to produce.

TSDL Premier League 1st October 2023 Match Reports

Killavilla 2 – 0 Tipperary Town

Killavilla were well worth their win in Roscrea on Sunday, but were made work right to the final whistle before they got past their TSDL opponents Tipperary Town. The home side started better and opened the scoring in the fifteenth minute when Tom Aherne found the net from well inside the area. They were denied a second ten minutes later when Eric Higgins pulled off a remarkable save that looked goal bound to all watching, and the visitors responded minutes after when Caleb Hickey smashed an effort off the crossbar from all of thirty yards out. Ryan Maher then worked the keeper but the away side couldn’t force the equaliser before the half time break. The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with the home side playing some very neat football and generally having the better of the chances. Their second goal was worthy of winning any game with a spectacular shot from twenty five yards out that left Higgins rooted to the spot. Town kept pushing and Ryan Maher went close again but missed the target with just the keeper to beat. In the end the NTDL side progressed with a deserved win.

TSDL Premier League 1st October 2023 Match Reports

Wilderness Rovers 2 – 5 Cahir Park

It was a lovely morning for a game of football on Sunday morning in Clonmel, and both sides served up a terrific game of ball, before the Park added to their good start to the current season. The home side started brightly and created a couple of chances early on without any reward. Cahir eventually settled and crept in to the game as it went on and created some chances of their own, but the opening score went to the home side ten minutes before the break when a corner taken by Jake Guinan was delivered low to front post and Josh Greene finished brilliantly after a well timed run. This prompted Cahir to really open up and they found an equaliser minutes before the break when after an initial brilliant save from Yusef Arbaz in the Wildies goal, Chris Higgins pounced to fire home the rebound from close range. Level at the break, the hosts started the second half as they did the first and when Cian O Farrell won a header in midfield ten minutes in, he found Jake Guinan who hit an unstoppable screamer from outside the area to put the home side back in front again. But again, the visitors didn’t panic and levelled matters for a second time when Pa Quinn found the net on the hour mark. This was the precursor to a period of intense pressure from the visitors and Niall Daly got a third for the away side with twenty minutes left to put them into the lead. The home side threw everything at their opponents in trying to find a leveller and with legs beginning to tire it was the fitter Cahir side who found an extra gear and a fourth goal four minutes from time, when Niall Daly scored his second of the game. They put the cherry on the top of a good win when they scored a fifth deep into time added on when Willie Dunne scored from the penalty spot.

Clonmel Town 0 – 1 Clonmel Celtic

A Philip Drohan goal right on the stroke of half time was enough to give Celtic all three points in the Clonmel local derby in front of a vocal crowd on Sunday last. It was a close tight battle throughout the ninety minutes but Drohan’s composure to slot home when others had lost their nerve in front of goal was the difference between the sides. Celtic started the brighter and were thwarted twice early on by Town keeper Evan Comerford before the home side settled and gained a foothold. The best chance of the half fell to Jake French Davis but he missed the target with only Fabian Kerton to beat. Set up by Jack O’Donnell, Davis was through on goal but saw his shot go the wrong side of the post. Soon after Kevin Kirwan cut in from the right hand side but just like Davis before him failed to hit the target. Moments later Town were made to pay when Cian O’Sullivan and Drohan combined to give Celtic a goal and the half time lead. The second half saw the hosts in the ascendency for the majority of the time, but despite playing the majority of the game in their opponents half, they never really carved out a clear opening. The best chance came late when Jack O’Donnell curled a delightful free kick past Kerton but his shot skimmed the upright and fell to safety. Celtic had to defend for the remaining ten minutes but Browne and O’Sullivan were solid to ensure the visiting side would leave with a crucial three points.

Two Mile Borris 0 – 5 St Michael’s

Five minutes of madness in the home defence just after the half time break was enough to gift St Michael’s a big win on Sunday afternoon, even though they finished the game with just nine men on the pitch at the end of a very entertaining clash at Newhill Park. Played in perfect conditions both teams started well and had a number of half chances between them in the first fifteen minutes. But the away side finally made a chance count in the fifteenth minute, when centre half DJ Cremins reacted quickest to a save by the home keeper and poked the ball to the net from all of six yards out. This should have put the Saints comfortably in control, but ten minutes later they were reduced to ten men, and had to weather a bit of a storm from the home side. That they did and looked like heading to the break a goal to the good, until things got even better for them in the final minute of the first half, when Russell Quirke followed up a long clearance from defence to round the keeper and slide home doubling his sides half time advantage. Borris felt slightly aggrieved to be down at the break after playing well in the first half, but they had no one but themselves to blame for effectively throwing the game away in the first five minutes of the second. Not once but twice did poor back passes to their keeper get intercepted by the vigilant Colin Bargary and he scored two goals to put the game out of sight. Ten minutes from time Cremins got his second when he headed home a free kick, to make it five. And the final drama of the game was left to the final minutes when the Saints, lost a second player to a red card.

TSDL First Division 1st October 2023 Match Reports

Cullen Lattin 1 – 1 Peake Villa

Division 1 league leaders Cullen Lattin hosted Peake Villa on Sunday, and both teams shared the points after a good game of football at Aisling Park. The two teams adopted an attacking attitude from the off, and Peake were given a great opportunity to open the scoring in the twenty second minute when they were awarded a penalty kick. However, the shot rattled off the crossbar and away to safety, much to the relief of the home side. They settled more after this let off and ten minutes before the break had their best chance to open the scoring when a Mikey Stokes effort warmed the gloves of the visiting keeper. The game went to half time level at no score each, and Cullen began to dominate the early parts of the second period, finally opening the scoring just after the hour mark, when Ben Carey headed home from a Tony o Neill corner kick. They had further chances through Stokes, O Neill and Keith Burke to extend that lead, but the Villa keeper was putting in a man of the match performance to keep his side in the tie. Eventually that paid off for the visitors when four minutes from time they broke down the right and produced a well delivered cross to cause consternation in the home defence, which led to Paul Noonan tapping home to gain a point for his side.

Vee Rovers 1 – 2 Cashel Town

Cashel Town continued their push to get back to the Premier League with a second win on the trot against the other relegated team last year Vee Rovers on Sunday afternoon in Clogheen. Both teams were cagey in the early part of the game with defences ruling the roost for the majority of the first forty five minutes. The closest either side came to opening the scoring came ten minutes before the break, when the visitors had a shot come cannoning back off the crossbar, but in the end they went to half time scoreless. It took just six minutes of the second period to change that however, when the away side took the lad after a sweeping movement through the middle saw the ball left to Lee Riordan to guide an effort to the net. Five minutes later a long ball out of the Cashel defence caused confusion amongst the home side and when the Rovers keeper collided with a Cashel player in his own area, the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Eoin Byrne stepped up and fired the penalty to the net given Cashel a two goal cushion. This allowed them to cede possession to the hosts and Vee took advantage when they cut the lead to a single goal fifteen minutes from time, when Shane Mc Grath rose highest to head the ball to the net after an excellent cross into the box. After that, the hosts battered their visitors, creating chance after chance, and seeing the ball come back off the woodwork on numerous occasions, but in the end they were not able to breach a stubborn away defence again and Cashel hung on to claim the points.

St Michael’s 2 – 2 Old Bridge

Saints looked the better team here for long periods but had to depend on a late equaliser to gain a point at the Complex on Sunday, against a very good Old Bridge side. The home side were fast out of the blocks and Danny O’Brien was on hand in just the third minute to bury a left wing cross from Josh Flannery and open the scoring. O Brien was unlucky not to set up Antonio Rea six minutes later for a second, but the visiting defence managed to scramble the ball away. The Clonmel side finally settled and started to control possession in the middle of the pitch, finally getting an equaliser just after the half hour mark when Connie Power doubled on a Cillian Fahey cross to beat Robbie McGrath from the edge of the area. The two sides traded chances after that but no more goals were scored in the first half. The second period followed a similar pattern to the first, with both sides probing for openings against good defensive units, before the Bridge got their noses in front in the sixty sixth minute when substitute Michael Fitzgerald scored from a Cillian Fahey cross after the Saints defence failed to clear. It was nearly game over for the home side with fourteen minutes left when Jack Burke saw his effort come back off the crossbar. But they hung in gamely and fashioned a leveller three minutes from the end when a pinpoint pass from Danny O’Brien released Evan Hawkins who matched the pass with a good finish with the outside of his right foot to nestle in the corner of the net and make it two all.

TSDL Third Division 1st October  2023 Match Reports

Tipperary Town 1 – 1 Bansha Celtic

At a sun drenched Arra Road these local rivals played out a highly entertaining one all draw on Sunday afternoon. With both sides playing some good football it would be the visitors that would take an early lead with just fifteen minutes on the clock with a lovely finish from Adam Hennessy. The home side though would dig in and fight their way back into the game with a stunning free kick that saw Mark Browne find the top corner and leaving the Bansha keeper no chance. It looked like these first half goals would set up a high scoring game, but amazingly that was the end of the scoring with maybe the away side cursing their luck in the end. The home side will thank their keeper Mickie “The Monk” O Dwyer who came up with two fantastic saves from close range to deny the visitors and ensure his side would gain a point.

Ballingarry Albion 3 – 1 SC & K United

Ballingarry Albion made it four wins from four in Division Three when they got the better of SC & K United at home on Sunday afternoon. The home side got off to a good start knocking the ball around well and playing on the front foot in the opening stages. Michael Ivors was involved in every attack early on finding both Jonothan Ivors and Patrick Ivors with searching passes down the wings as the home team sought an early breakthrough. The eventually found themselves in front after twenty five minutes when a corner wasn’t dealt with by the visitors and Ian Ivors was waiting below the crossbar tap home from two yards out. The game dipped a little after this and there were no more chances of note from either side for the rest of the half. The home side controlled the early part of the second half much as they had done the first and got a second goal in the sixty second minute when Michael Ivors found Rian O Callaghan in space and he made no mistake from inside the area. The visitors struck back five minutes later when an excellent cross into the home area found a lone striker who crashed the ball to the net, albeit on the second attempt after the Albion keeper had kept out the first effort. But all that good work came to nought minutes later, when th home side re-established their two goal cushion, after O Callaghan turned provider and played in Adam O Connell to round the keeper and calmly slot home. The away side did push hard to get back into the game a second time, but the home team shut the door on them time and again and made sure they took all three points in the end.

TSDL Youths Report 1st October  2023 Match Reports

TSDL Youths Div 1

Clonmel Celtic 4 – 1 Cahir Park

Clonmel Celtic welcomed Cahir Park and following last week’s exits from the FAI Youth Cup, both teams were looking to bounce back in the league. In the early exchanges the two sides showed good intent to compete hard for the points, but after the first quarter of an hour it was the home side who settled better and stated creating the cleaner chances. However despite all their huffing and puffing they could not break down a stubborn visiting defence and the game went to the break scoreless. The second period was a different affair, and the home side came out with intent and found the finishing that had eluded them in the first half. Within four minutes of the restart, they took the lead after some indecision in the Cahir defence allowed Dominic Mendel to slot home. Over the next ten minutes they took control and added three goals through Luke Hannigan, Jack Aylward and Rhys Lonergan to wrap the game up by the hour mark. The visitors pulled one back fifteen minutes from the end when Keelan Darcy finished well but it was too little too late to make any dent on the final result.

FAI Junior Cup 1st Round 24th September 2023 Match Reports

Cahir Park 1 – 0 Dualla

Enjoying a good return to the Premier League, Cahir Park welcomed Scond Division side Dualla in the first round of this years FAI Cup, and after a tough game, were happy to get away with a single goal victory. The game was played in atrocious conditions for football, but the home side started brightly and were unlucky not to open the scoring in the fifth minute, when Kyle Delaney put a shot just over the bar. But after this, the visitors grew into the game and constantly frustrated the hosts. Both sides were reduced to half chances and the teams went to the break level at nil all. The second half continued in the same vein with the weather continuing to make it difficult for both sides to build any real momentum. That finally changed seventeen minutes from the end, when Niall Daly put the home team in front, latching onto a loose ball ten yard out and finishing through a crowded box. Having to chase the game now, the visitors threw caution to the wind, and the game opened up. But this also gave extra space to the Park, and they made better use of it, forcing the visiting keeper into a number of fine saves, to keep his side in the tie. In the end one goal was enough and Cahir moved on to the next round.

Moneygall 1 – 2 Cashel Town

Cashel Town made the trip into North Tipp for their first foray in this year’s Junior Cup competition, and had to come from behind before prevailing by the odd goal in three against a tough Moneygall side. The match was played in difficult conditions, and the home side took the lead just before the half hour mark when a speculative long range shot from distance was deflected in to the top corner by a Town defender. This was a blow to the TSDL side as they had the majority of possession up to that point, but they knuckled down and continued to dominate the game, though they could not hit back before the break. They continued to push in the second period and finally got their reward for their good play, when they levelled the game on the hour mark after Lee O Riordan finished well at the back post from a cross off the right wing. Their tales up now, Cashel continued to press and got the winner ten minutes from the end when Kyle Ryan headed home from a corner. Despite the home side pushing to get back into the game after this, the South Tipp side defended well and won out.

Bansha Celtic 4 – 3 Vee Rovers

Bansha Celtic finally won out in this tie last Sunday after a seven goal thriller against Vee Rovers that warmed the watching supporters on a terrible day for football in West Tipperary. The game began pretty subdued and there were no chances of note, before the away side took the lead with a cleverly engineered goal in the fifteenth minute, that was finished to the net by Zach Keating. After that despite a lot of huffing and puffing from both sides, there were to be no more goals in the first half. But the second period more than made up for it, despite it too getting off to a less than auspicious start. Dour midfield battles continued to dominate until the sixtieth minute, when the hosts finally got back on level terms when Daniel Dwyer fired to the net to make it one all. The game seemed to completely open up after this, and the home side found themselves in front ten minutes later, thanks to a strike by Tony Egan, and within five minutes, Dwyer got his second to make the score three goals to one, and open up a gap. But Vee stuck to their task and reduced the deficit to a single goal ten minutes from time when Sean Carey found the net. Bansha then restored their two goal cushion minutes later when Conal Grogan fired home a free kick, and that looked like being it. But Zach Keating scored a second in time added on, to make it a nervy last few seconds for Celtic, although they did hold out in the end.

St Michael’s 9 – 0 Ballingarry Albion

Last season’s finalists Saints booked a trip to Ardcroney the next round, with a comfortable victory over Ballingarry Albion at a rainy Cooke Park on Sunday afternoon. The gulf in class was obvious from the beginning, and when Jimmy Carr put the home side in front in just the eighth minute, it looked like being a long day for the Third Division side. Further goals in the first half from an Ashely Kelliher double, along with Carr’s second and Rhys O Regan, ensured that the tie was well in the bag by the time the half time whistle was blown. Both sides used their benches at half time and substitute John English made it six three minutes in, to resume the scoring. Three more followed by full time against a game Ballingarry side, through a brace by Rhys O Regan, completing his hat trick and a Danny O Brien effort.

Clonmel Celtic 4 – 0 Wilderness Rovers

Celtic advanced to Round 2 of the FAI Junior Cup with a relative straightforward win against neighbours Wilderness Rovers on Sunday afternoon. The home side dominated proceedings from the start and though the visitors were very competitive they carried very little threat throughout. That said, despite having the majority of possession for long periods, the hosts struggled to make the breakthrough with Julian Kerton, Philip Drohan, Rory O’Dowd and Peter O’Dowd all coming close before they finally scored in the twenty eighth minute. Philip Drohan took advantage of a defensive lapse and he fired home from distance with the goalkeeper stranded to the delight of his team mates. Four minutes later they doubled the lead, when Darren Sweeney fired home from the spot after Seanie Hawkins was tripped in the box. Things got worse for the visitors three minutes before the break, when Cianan Kerton’s effort fell to Darren Sweeney inside the area, and he made no mistake, leaving the home side three goals to the good at the break. Both sides finished the first half with ten men when tempers flared a little just before the interval, but with the game now relatively safe the home side made a number of changes early in the second half. The only real incident of note in the second period was a neat finish by Graham Kelly from a Paddy Ormond centre midway through the half, that meant Celtic ran out comfortable four goal winners in the end.

Powerstown 4 – 1 SC & K United (AET)

On an afternoon where constant rain threatened the game even being completed, it was Powerstown FC who pulled through in tough conditions over local rivals Kilsheelan Utd to book their place in the 2nd round of the FAI Junior Cup. It was the hosts who settled the quicker and took the lead after ten minutes, when Aaron Kiely pounced on ball in the box to finish to the bottom corner. With Kilsheelan starting to gain a foothold in the game, their pressure paid off in the twenty fourth minute when John O’Dwyer finished well from a tight angle to the top corner to level the game back up. There were no more goals in the first half, and with the rain a driving factor and players struggling with their footing, neither teams created too much in the second period. The visitors did have one great chance towards the end of normal time when Cathal De Faoite saw his header well saved by Kieran Quirke in the Powerstown goal. Into extra-time and the first half of the that followed was a carbon copy of the second half of normal time, with nothing of note being created. However in the first minute after the re-start for the second half, A moment of brilliance from Stephen Lahart put Powerstown in front. A ball into the box was cleared as far as Lahart, who was standing all of thirty yards away, but he struck a brilliant first time volley into the top corner, giving the keeper no chance. Three minutes later, Darren Murphy who followed up with a third, after being played in behind and finishing with an audacious chip over the advancing net minder. Cock a hoop now, the hosts wrapped up their victory in superb fashion when the referee adjudged that Seamas O’Brien was fouled in the area, and the evergreen Gino Lonergan stepped up and made no mistake to make sure of the victory and the place in the 2nd round of the cup.

TSDL Premier League 24th September 2023 Match Reports

Peake Villa 5 – 0 Clonmel Town

Clonmel Towns league woes continued on Sunday when they went down badly to reigning league champions Peake Villa at a wind and rain swept Tower Field in Thurles. The home side started brightly against the wind and had a few good chances early on, before finally taking the lead in the twenty seventh minute, when a free kick from Pippy Carroll was spilled by the keeper and Ronan Maguire was on hand to tap in. The visitors tried to use the wind at their back the first half and did have a few good chances with Willie Tierney making a few good saves in the home goal. It looked like they would get to the break, just a single goal behind, but almost on the stroke of half time, Carroll was taken down in the box, and he stood up himself to fire the resulting spot kick to the net, and send his side in two goals in front. Villa continued to dominate in the second period and extended their lead just before the hour mark, when Mc Guire turned provider for Carroll who finished to the net from just inside the area. Mc Guire was the provider again ten minutes from time, when he crossed to the back post and Kieren Hennessy was on hand to score from close range. But the goal of the game was reserved for the final moments, when Mc Guire again crossed to the far post to find Hennessy, and knocked it down to the oncoming Carroll who blasted home to secure his first hat trick of the season, and round off a comprehensive win for his side

TSDL Second Division 24th September 2023 Match Reports

Two Mile Borris 3 – 1 Rosegreen Rangers

Borris seconds hosted Rosegreen in treacherous conditions at Newhill on Sunday, before coming out on top on a score line of three. Both teams created chances between them early in the first half with the home side playing against a gale force wind making it hard to get anything going for long periods. The dead lock was finally broken in the twentieth minute with a fine strike from Richard Mc Carthy from all of twenty five yards out, that left the visiting keeper with no chance of saving. But Rosegreen went on the attack straight from the kick off creating a few chances and drawing some good saves from Ashton Jordan in the Borris goal. The levelled the game eight minutes before the break, when Ben Young headed home from a corner, with the home defence left flat footed. But the home side were undeterred by this, and within minutes were back in front when after some excellent build up play, Adam Daly found the net to make it two goals to one. Just before the half time break, they got the decisive goal of the game, when they pulled the Rangers defence apart and set up Michael Anthony Mc Carthy to tap home from close range, giving themselves a two goal cushion at half time. The second half was similar to the first with both teams creating chances, and the hosts now having the aid of the wind. But as the game went on, the conditions underfoot worsened, and it became hard for either side to really create anything of note, with the game lacking any more goals, and the points staying with the home team.

St Nicholas 1 – 5 Moyglass United

The away side have been on the wrong side of a couple of results in recent weeks, but they atoned for that in style away in Solohead on Sunday afternoon, easily taking three points for a uncharacteristically flat St Nicholas side. The visitors started quickly and were ahead within four minutes when Keith Cleere found the net after some good attacking play on the break. They doubled the lead in the eighteenth minute when Michael Hickey volleyed a defensive header back to the net from the edge of the Saints area. Things got worse for the home side, when they went three down just before the half hour, when Cleere added a second direct from a free kick. The home side started the second half a bit better and pulled a goal back through Michael Maguire thirteen minutes in, but this was as good as it got for them on the day. Although they continued to attack to try to get back into the game, they were leaving space behind them, and it was ruthlessly exploited twelve minutes from time, when Craig Nolan broke and scored against the run of play, to re-establish the away sides three goal cushion. Five minutes from time, with the home side ragged at the back, Cleere added the fifth to put the cherry on the top of an excellent Moyglass performance.

Cashel Town 0 – 1 Suirside

In a game played in terrible conditions at Palmershill, Suirside produced a smash and grab to take the points from a disappointed home side. There were little chances of note as the weather played havoc with both teams attempts to play decent football, and in the end the result was decided by a goal for the visitors in the twentieth minute, when Andy Hickey found the net with a shot from ten yards out. Although the home side had the wind at their back in the second half, they managed not to create too much, and despite hitting the post five minutes from time, were unable to find an equaliser.

TSDL Third Division 24th September 2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 4 – 1 Burncourt Celtic

Clonmel Celtic extended their 100% record this season in the Third Division completing four wins from four when they beat Burncourt Celtic by four goals to one at the bypass on Sunday afternoon. It took a while for both sides to adapt to the conditions, but the home side eventually struck in the thirty fourth minute when Cian O Sullivan found the net after his team had won the ball back from some excellent high pressing. That’s how it looked going to the break, but in time added on, Ben Nugent who had only come on as a sub, doubled his sides lead with a strike from the edge of the area. With the weather deteriorating the home side pushed on to assure themselves of the points, and went three up on the hour mark when Jason Barnes scored to give his side significant breathing space. The game was finally put to bed twenty minutes from time, when another substitute Mikey Cooper added the fourth. To Burncourts credit, they continued to battle away and got a goal back just before the end of the game when David Cagney found the net. But it was much too little, and much too late, to make any difference to the final score line.

TSDL Youths Report 24th September 2023 Match Reports

FAI Youths Cup Preliminary Round

Clonmel Celtic 1 – 3 Cashel Town

Clonmel Celtic Youths fell to somewhat of a surprise defeat against an excellent Cashel Town side, which saw an end to their participation in this years FAI Youths Cup at the first hurdle. The home side cannot have to many complaints as Cashel were good value for their win. There wasn’t much between the sides in the early stages with both sides having plenty possession without creating much. The visitors took the lead in the fourteenth minute when they took advantage of a defensive error and Cillan Fitzgerald slotted home from close range. Celtic tried to up their game but couldn’t break down a solid Town outfit. The away side doubled their lead just before the break when once again the hosts dithered in defence and Blake Carroll fired home to the bottom corner. Celtic improved in the second half but still weren’t doing enough to trouble their opponents. In fact but for an excellent block by Jack Lawlor and fabulous follow up save by Peter Boland the visitors could have stretched their lead early in the second half. Celtic were thrown a lifeline with ten minutes remaining when they were awarded a penalty that Jack Aylward slotted home. But when pushing for an equaliser and with extra players committed forward they were caught by a classic counter attack with Conor Wheston finishing well in the last minute to see the away side through to the next round.

Munster Junior Cup, 17th September 2023 Match Reports

Munster Junior Cup, 1st Round

Cahir Park 5 – 3 Two Mile Borris

The only all Premier League clash in the Munster Junior Cup first round saw Cahir Park come from behind to record a good win over Two Mile Borris at home on Sunday afternoon last. The visitors started much the brighter and dominated from the start, creating the first big chance of the game, in the fifth minute, but they fired wide form inside the box. The hosts slowly got going, and were unlucky themselves in the twelfth minute when Craig Guiry had a header saved from close in. But Borris continued to be dangerous, and finally opened the scoring ten minutes before the break, when they forced a penalty kick that was despatched to the net by Martin Darmody. But the home team’s response was instant, and within a minute they were level thanks to a Stephen Quinn cheeky chip over the stranded Borris keeper. That looked like being it before the break, but in time added on, Michael Rafter put Borris back in front finishing from close range, after he had sprung the home sides offside trap. But the home side came out in the second period, in different mood and took just eleven minutes to get back on level terms, when Willie Dunn finished a great attacking move. In the sixty-eight minute, Stephen Quinn found the net from a free kick to put the Park, three goals to two in front, and they made the game safe fifteen minutes from time, when Willie Dunne looped a header over the advancing keeper. Borris didn’t give up however, and on seventy-nine minutes, got some hope when Rafter got a second to make it a one goal game again. But as they pushed for a later leveller they conceded a free kick just outside their own area, and Kyle Delaney finally put the game to bed when his beautifully struck set piece found the top corner to the delight of the home fans.

Munster Junior Cup 2nd Round

Cashel Town 3 – 0 Tipperary Town

Cashel Town welcomed Premier League side Tipperary Town to Palmershill on Sunday morning, and easily dispatched them to move smoothly into the third round of this years Munster Junior Cup. The home side got a great start when they scored in the first minute, Kyle Ryan converting after some excellent approach work by Eoin Byrne. After that the game settled down and became a bit of a midfield battle with neither side really able to fashion anything of note. The closest either came was when the home side were unlucky not to add to their tally, just before the half time break. They began to take charge from the start of the second period, and were rewarded with a second goal, just after the hour mark. Again, Kyle Ryan was on target, when he fired in an unstoppable effort from twelve yards after a scramble in the area. The visitors struggled to get back into the game, but were afforded a gilt edged opportunity ten minutes from time, when they were awarded a penalty kick. They were unable to convert however, and the home side made sure of the result with a third goal in the final minute, Eoin Byrne heading home a pin point Donie Reade cross.

Vee Rovers 0 – 9 Peake Villa

A very depleted Vee Rovers side welcomed league champions Peake Villa to Clogheen in the Munster Junior Cup, and were on the end of a very heavy defeat thanks to an unrelenting performance from the Thurles side. The visitors were on the front foot from the beginning and took just six minutes to breach the home defence, when Ronan Mc Guire finished an excellent move. After that, the home side put in a commendable defensive performance, for the next half hour, but eventually Villa got on top, and added three more goals before the break, with Mc Guire adding a second, along with Dale Loughnane and an own goal. The second half was one way traffic, with the visitors in ruthless mood and they added five more, with Dylan Coady, Kieran Hennessy, Mick Ryan and Sean Wade getting on the scoresheet.

 

Clonmel Celtic 7 – 2 Galbally United

Celtic progressed to next round of Munster Junior Cup with big victory over First Division side Galbally United. But it was a lacklustre first half performance from the home side, and the visitors went to the break a goal in front when they scored a breakaway goal that was well finished by the constantly threatening James O Sullivan midway through the half.  The hosts came out of the traps much stronger in the second half and were level inside three minutes thanks to a tidy finish by Darren Sweeney. They took the lead in the fifty sixth minute, when Jason Hahessy got on the end of a Paddy Ormonde cross and headed home. Four minutes later, Rory O Dowd scored a beauty from twenty yards straight into the top corner in a very strong performance from the young star. And three minutes later, it was Sweeney with his second, this time getting on the end of a Seanie Hawkins cross to head past the very impressive keeper. Sweeney completed the hat trick with a predatory finish after Hawkins pulled back from the endline in the sixty seventh minute, and he made it four twenty minutes from time, a lovely team move involving the excellent Julian Kerton, Seanie Hawkins and Philly Drohan, leaving the visitors shell shocked. Drohan himself got in on the act on the eightieth minute to make it seven goals to one, before Galbally who’s attitude and effort all game was excellent, got a second minutes from the end, through another James O Sullivan strike, to leave the final scoreline at seven goals to two.

Clonmel Town 0 – 3 Bansha Celtic

Clonmel Towns season took another hammer blow when they were on the end of another heavy defeat that ends their interest in this year’s Munster Junior Cup. Town were hoping to bounce back after last week’s disappointing loss to St. Michael’s but unfortunately were dealt a major blow when they were reduced to ten men early in the game. This gave Bansha some momentum, and they grew in confidence dominating much of the first half play, before opening the scoring with a goal ten minutes before the break. One nil up at half time, they were able to sit back in the early part of the second period and allow the hosts to come at them, while looking for opportunities to hit on the counter attack. Then the away side gave up the one man advantage by having a player of their own sent to the line, midway through the half. A Clonmel Town onslaught was expected, but it never materialised with Bansha looking the more dangerous every time they broke with the ball. They were rewarded for their tactical excellence twenty minutes from time, when a mix-up in the home defence saw the visitors double their lead. Town looked very deflated and with ten minutes left on the clock a ball over the defence was excellently put away to seal a comfortable and deserving three goal win for the away side.

TSDL First Division 17th September 2023 Match Reports

Peake Villa 4 – 0 Clonmel Town

After last week’s defeat, Villa’s second team were hoping to bounce back on Sunday at the Tower Grounds, and they did so in style, with a big win over rivals Clonmel Town. They started brightly, and within four minutes took the lead when Luciano Carelli played in Michael Oola, who made no mistake to put the hosts a goal up. They continued in this vein, playing some good passing football with a lot of possession, and were rewarded with a second in the thirty second minute, when a Mark Lennon free kick was headed in by Danny Treacy to make it two to nil. After that, they fashioned a number of chances to extend that lead, but were guilty of some poor finishing and were unable to add to their advantage before the break. But they continued to control the game in the second half, and got the third ten minutes in, when Danny Treacy found Kevin Croke, who scored to the bottom corner. A good run from Jack Kelly out of defence found Alex Moloney, and they played a one two, before Kelly found Aaron Graham, who made it four with a fine finish to wrap up the scoring fifteen minutes from time.

Cullen Lattin 0 – 0 Old Bridge

Cullen welcomed an experienced Old Bridge side, to Aisling Park on Sunday, and the teams shared the spoils after an entertaining, but ultimately goalless game. The home side had the best chance of the first period when a Brendan O Sullivan shot was saved well and Tommy O Mahoney failed to convert the rebound minutes after the half hour mark, and O Mahoney did well just before half time when he went down right and squared the ball from the end line but the Clonmel defence managed to scramble and clear their lines. The main threat for the Bridge came from Alex Greene whose pace was a always a danger, and though the home side dominated possession for most of the second period, they failed to break down the Bridge defence, and the game ended in a draw.

TSDL Second Division 17th September 2023 Match Reports

Rosegreen Rangers 2 – 1 Dualla

The home side came out the right side of what was a scrappy enough game at times to record their first win of the season at the third time of asking. The fare was good and honest, but both sides struggled to really put together any effective passages of play in the first half, which ended scoreless. The home side started a bit better in the second period, and were unlucky not to take the lead just before the hour mark, when they saw a great effort hot the crossbar and bounce away to safety. But it looked like a goal was coming, and it finally arrived twenty minutes from time, when Pakie Farrell volleyed home from the edge of the eighteen-yard box, to the delight of the home supporters. That lead only lasted six minutes however. Dualla pushed forward and were awarded a free kick just outside the home area. Up stepped Padraic Ryan, and he smashed it home to level things up again. But Rosegreen were to have the last laugh in the end. The game looked like petering out for a draw, when Anto Hoare picked up a loose ball just inside the Dualla half. He took on a line of defenders and managed to find some free space, from where he fired home to the bottom corner to secure all three points for the home side.

Cashel Town 0 – 1 Powerstown

A dull game to match the weather conditions in which it was played at Palmershill, saw Cashel Town’s seconds go down by a single goal to a Powerstown team looking to get over a defeat last weekend. In the end, the destination of the points were settled in the sixty third minute, when Jamie Dunne whipped in a free kick that flew straight into the net deceiving th incredulous home. Cashel weren’t completely without their chances, and won a penalty kick a few minutes later, but they failed to make it count when the kick was sent wide of the target. After that, they did have plenty of possession but created very little to worry the visitors, and Powerstown took all three points at the finish.

TSDL Third Division 17th September 2023 Match Reports

Ballingarry Albion 3 – 2 Bansha Celtic

The home side got off to a good start knocking the ball around well and getting on the front foot early, and opened the scoring in the tenth minute, when a quick give and go between Ian Ivors and Ricky Cashin allowed Adam O Connell to set up Patrick Ivors to finish past the visiting keeper. This looked like setting Albion on their way, but they were rocked back on their heels, when the away side fired back and got two quick fire goals, the first a deflected effort after a Celtic free was cleared but volleyed back in, and then as a result of good attacking play by the visiting team. The home side didn’t panic however, and continued to force chances, before finally getting an equaliser minutes before the break, when a corner wasn’t cleared, and the ball fell to Jack Hindley on the edge of the box, and he looped a volley into the top corner. The second half was a tighter affair with both sides creating chances, but for most of the time, the defences were on top and kept the respective attacks at bay. With the game in the melting pot, the next score was always likely to prove crucial and it fell to the home side when Adam O Connell found himself clear of the Bansha defence, and he made no mistake from ten yards out. The game flowed from end to end for the final quarter of an hour, but Albion’s defence were in no mood to give anything away and they held firm to ensure their side would take the spoils

Donohill and District 4 – 4 Killenaule Rovers

Donohill and Killenaule played out an eight goal thriller on Sunday afternoon that left the watching supporters more than satisfied with their days fare, on a dirty and dull Sunday afternoon. The hosts started brightly and opened the scoring when Sean Stokes scored from a corner in the fifteenth minute. They dominated the majority of the first half but were guilty of being profligate, until they finally doubled their tally with a second goal five minutes before the break, with an excellent strike by Joe Shanahan. But while they were still celebrating, the visitors poached a goal back, when John Madden nipped in behind the home defence and slid a ball home, to give the visitors hope for the second half. The home side were still capable of playing great football however, and re-established their two goal cushion just after the hour mark, when Ned Lowry headed home. They looked like they were going to cruise to an easy win, when Shanahan made it four after some good work from Dinny Crosse fifteen minutes from the end. But in the final eight minutes, they inexplicably imploded, conceding three goals to leave themselves shell shocked at the end. First a Michael Bolger free kick eluded the home keeper, and a minute later Connor Sinnott scored from a corner to make it four goals to three. Cue a chaotic final few minutes, and on the stroke of full time, Ciaran O Connor stabbed the ball home to give the visitors and unlikely but deserved point.

Tipperary Town 2 – 6 SC & K United

The visitors to the Arra Road didn’t take long to open the scoring with a goal of real quality from Mark Heffernan after two minutes, when the striker spotted the keeper off he’s line and with pin point accuracy found the net from thirty yards out. The home side settled after this and found a bit possession and an equaliser after good work from Mark Browne found Brian Roche who squared to Tudor Ignat for a neat volley to level the game ten minutes in. But just as they thought they would get to the break on level terms, the away side struck again when another tidy finish from Heffernan gave them a lead as they headed for the jaffa cakes. Heffernan who was in unstoppable form grabbed he’s hat-trick straight after the break, and wasn’t finished there, adding his and his teams fourth goal just after the hour mark. In total control now, Ben Smith grabbed the visitors fifth eleven minutes from time, before the hosts grabbed their second through Jamie Ryan who found the bottom corner after some very smart build up play. But the visitors weren’t to be denied the final significant moment, and added their sixth on the day through Nathan Dolan to cap off a convincing win.

Cahir Park 1 – 4 Clonmel Celtic

Both these teams went into this tie with 100% records after their opening games, so something had to give, and in the end, it was the home side, as Celtic overran and outplayed them for much of the game, before coming away with a comprehensive win. But it was the home side that started better and took a deserved lead on seventeen minutes, when Alex Botezaru fired home from all of twenty-five yards out. Celtic didn’t fold however and had a couple of half chances before they were awarded a penalty ten minutes before the break, and Jason Barnes stroked home the equaliser. This set the visitors on their way, and they dominated the rest of the half, finally adding a second just before the break when a Wayne Lasslett free kick found its way to the net. The home side were still hanging in during the second period, but fell further behind both in score and manpower in the sixty fifth minute. They were reduced to ten men, and to compound the problem, conceded a goal to Jack Aylward who scored the resulting free kick. The same player made the game safe for his side five minutes later, when he found the net with a long range shot, and from then to the end, Celtic kept the game under control.

TSDL Youths Report 17th  September 2023 Match Reports

FAI U17 Preliminary Round

Clonmel Town 3 – 0 SC & K United

Clonmel Town U17s kicked off their National Cup campaign with a three goal victory over Slievenamon Celtic on Saturday afternoon. The home side started well and opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Jack Fahey struck a low shot from the edge of the area to the net. They doubled their lead six minutes later when Harry Tobin scored directly from a free kick, to put themselves in control of the game. The visitors rallied and almost got a goal back, but Peter Carroll in the Town goal was quick off his line to smother the chance. Ten minutes into the second half Monsur Emiabata was upended in the box following a through ball from Kevin Kenny, and the resulting penalty was dispatched by Cian LeBlanc to give his side a three-goal cushion. Slievenamon Celtic never gave up and some good defending and goalkeeping ensured that Town saw out the game and will now travel to Bridge Utd from Kilkenny in the next round.

Youths Round up

There were just two other games in the Youths section of the TSDL on Saturday. In a second FAI U17 preliminary game, Two Mile Borris welcomed Bansha Celtic to Newhill Park, and were too strong for a young Bansha side. Their reward for winning however, will be a much more daunting task to Kilkenny king pins Evergreen, but the Borris side won’t fear anyone. In Division Two of the Youths League, Galbally United welcomed Cullen Lattin, and also had a comprehensive win, putting four goals past their visitors without reply.

TSDL Premier League 10th September 2023 Match Reports

St Michael’s 3 – 0 Clonmel Town  

In a really feisty and fiery encounter, St Michael’s ran out three goal winners against a Town side that completely lost their discipline by the end of the game. But it was the home side that saw the first of four red cards given out on the day, losing a defender in the first minute of the game, which looked like it would give the home side a mountain to climb. They dug deep however, and gave a battling courageous performance of character and application. By the sixth minute, and buoyed up by having an extra man, Town’s Jack French Davis crossed for Ashley Lasslett who brought a save from Adrian Walsh in the home goal. The same combination minutes later, saw Lasslett go close again, but eventually the home side weathered the storm and played themselves back into the game. They were rewarded for their perseverance six minutes before the break, when a long ball over the visiting defence saw Jimmy Carr in on goal but he was tripped and brought down, winning himself a penalty kick. He stood up himself and fired it to the net, to give his side an unlikely lead at that interval. The home side upped the ante following the break, and following a Colin Bargary free from the left three minutes in, the ball broke kindly for Russell Quirke who found the corner of the net to put the home side two up. A powerful shot from the left angle from Shane Ryan just before the hour mark, brought a save from Evan Comerford in the visitors goal. And then they seemed to inexplicably lose their heads, seeing two players dismissed in short order on second yellow cards, before their day went from bad to worse, when they had another player reduced twenty minutes from the end. Six minutes from time, the home side added the coup de grace when Shane Ryan rolled a free kick to Ashley Kelliher who hit a spectacular shot to the top of the net, and ensure they took all three points.

Bansha Celtic 3 – 2 Two Mile Borris

After a run of three defeats in their opening three games, this looked already like a must win game for the home side, and they delivered by overcoming a young Borris side by the odd goal in five on Sunday afternoon. The opening fifteen minutes of the game were very cagey, with neither side wanting to give up much, and produced little of any kind of shot on goal. The game eventually opened up, and the visitors took the lead in the twentieth minute, when a great move up the right, saw a ball flashed across the area, and Jamie Lee fired home from ten yards out. Cock a hoop now, the visitors dominated the next twenty minutes, and the home keeper kept his side in the game with three magnificent saves. And that became even more important, when the home side against the run of play after they were awarded a penalty, which Daniel O Dwyer scored to bring the game back to parity at one all. But they couldn’t hold it level to the break, when on the stroke of half time, Borris retook the lead after Urban Nolan crashed the ball to the roof of the net. Still playing the better, the away side had a great chance to make it three on the hour mark, but again the home keeper produced a great save. Eventually the home side seemed to wake up and equalised for the second time when Tony Egan scored from twenty yards out in the seventy fifth minute. And almost incredibly they took the lead for the first time minutes later, when Daniel O’ Dwyer was taken down in the box and he dusted himself down before firing home his second. The visitors dominated the final fifteen minutes, and both sides were reduced to ten men as tempers began to flare, but the home side defended brilliantly to hang on and claim the three precious points.

Cahir Park 1 – 3 Peake Villa

After two wins from two since their return to the Premier League, Cahir Park faced their toughest assignment yet, when they welcomed the league champions Peake Villa to their home on Sunday in glorious sunshine. And although they acquitted themselves well, giving as much as they got for large parts of the game, in the end it wasn’t enough against the very strong Thurles outfit. The opening exchanges were pretty even with both teams showing good attacking intent. It was the visitors who had the first half chance in the minute when they saw an effort curl narrowly wide. The home side responded with an effort of their own when Willie Dunne fired over from the edge of the box minutes later, but as they half went on, the visitors started to assert themselves on the game and went close again on twenty seven minutes, when only a last ditch clearance from Park centre back Christopher Higgins kept the score at nil all. The home team kept the visitors at bay for remainder of the half with an excellent defensive performance, and the teams went in nil all. From the start of the second period, the visitors continued where they left off and finally took the lead in the fiftieth minute, when Ronan Mc Guire headed home from close range. The hosts didn’t drop their heads however, and on the hour mark Niall Daly went close with a shot from inside the area was deflected narrowly wide. They continued to grow into the game and Willie Dunne was next to go close five minutes later. Peake finally gave themselves some breathing space nineteen minutes from the end, when Keith Cahill finished from close range, and Pippy Carroll made the game safe in the eighty second minute with a signature strike that gave the Park keeper no chance of saving. The home side kept going and got a deserved goal five minutes from time when Pa Quinn headed home a John O Brien free kick, but it was too little too late to stop the champions claiming all three points

Clonmel Celtic 6 – 0 Wilderness Rovers

Clonmel Celtic proved too strong for local rivals Wilderness Rovers on Sunday morning, running out by six goal winners to make it two wins from two at the start of the season. The home side made the perfect start on two minutes with Seanie Hawkins cut in from the left before firing a fine effort to the top corner. They dominated proceedings but the visitors keeper produced some fine saves to keep his side in the game. But eventually the hosts  doubled their lead seven minutes before the break when Ayo Williams converted from the spot to leave Celtic two up at the break. They scored again early in the second half with Philly Drohan turning home Darren Sweeney’s effort five minutes after the restart. On the hour mark it was four with Darren Sweeney finishing well. There was no let up for the visitors with Philly Drohan getting on the end of a centre to slot home his second fifteen minutes from time. And not to be outdone Sweeney also got a second when he showed good footwork to power home Celtic’s sixth and final goal in the dying minutes of the game.

TSDL First Division 10th September 2023 Match Reports

St Michael’s 3 – 3 Cullen Lattin

Saints seconds really gave youth its head on Sunday, with a starting eleven all made up of players twenty years of age or younger, and they put in an excellent performance against an older and more experienced Cullen team who began the morning at the top of the First Division table. After a patchy start, where Max Riordan had a good chance for the visitors who were slow into stride, Josh Flannery got in on six minutes to give the home side the lead with a good finish. It took only two minutes to add the second, when Antonio Rea did well to lay off a ball for Flannery to strike again from the edge of the area. The visitors finally began to get back into the game, and brought out some good saves from the home keeper, but still in was the hosts who were unlucky not to add to their tally before the break, with Rea a constant threat up front. Cullen improved in the second half with the introduction of Colin Marnane and Darragh O’Brien, and got a goal back in the fifty fourth minute when Max Riordan found the net from a tight angle. They levelled the game four minutes later when Mikey O’Brien found himself unmarked in the area and fired home. Flannery missed a header from, a Cathal Berrigan free kick just after the hour mark, and the Saints were left to rue the miss when the away side the lead in the sixty-eight minutes after Eoin Doocey was deemed to have fouled in the area and Mikey Stokes converted the penalty. Michaels brought on a raft of substitutes near the end, and it was one of them, Evan Hawkins who got an equaliser in the final minute of the game to make it three all, and ensure a deserved share of the spoils for both teams.

Galbally United 2 – 3 Vee Rovers

After relegation last season, and a first game defeat this season, Vee Rovers finally got their long journey back to Premier League football off and running by coming from behind to beat an in form Galbally United side on Sunday afternoon. The game was played in very warm conditions, that both sides struggled with, and chances in the first half were at a premium. The home side finally fashioned one of note however and took the lead ten minutes before the break, when Jordan Dineen found the net after some good build up play. They kept that lead at the break, and doubled it ten minutes into the second half, when Dineen got his second, getting on the end of a Kieran Sheehan cross to beat the keeper from close in. That looked like being it for the visitors, but they kept battling and found a way back into the game when they were awarded a penalty just after the hour mark that was converted by Shane Mc Grath. This was a turning point in the game, and the visitors began to dominate, finally getting a deserved equaliser ten minutes from time, when Dylan Flynn flashed a shot to the net. Both teams then went for the winner and the game flowed up and down the pitch. It looked however that they were going to have to share the spoils until the final minute, when Vee fashioned a final chance that was finished by Bob Child’s, much to the delight of the travelling supporters, a goal that was enough to win the game and take the three points on offer.

Old Bridge 3 – 1 Peake Villa B

Old Bridge opened their league campaign on Sunday on an emotional day, when a presentation was made to the family of the late Luke Mc Sweeney who passed away in the recent tragedy in Clonmel, with Luke being a Bridge player. The game itself was played in tough conditions, with torrential rain falling during the first half, a sharp contrast to the very warm weather of the previous days. But it didn’t affect the home side when they took the lead in the twentieth minute, after a brilliant counter attack when under pressure. To Villa’s credit they kept the heads up and were rewarded on thirty seven minutes when Luciano Carelli scored to make it one all and the teams went in at the break level. Bridge were the stronger team after the break and had some good chances early on but David Purcell was in fine form in the Villa goal. The second period belonged to the home side, and after soeme good pressure finally took the lead with twenty minutes left. That left Villa chasing the game, and as often happens, they were left open to a counter attack, which Bridge exploited and fired a third goal to end the tie with a home win.

TSDL Second Division 10th September 2023 Match Reports

St Nicholas 1 – 1 Rosegreen Rangers

This game got off to a very even start in the first quarter of an hour, with both teams probing for weaknesses in each other, before the home side began to dominate and almost opened the scoring when Jason Sutton found Jack Downey free in the area, but he directed his header just wide. Three minutes later Paul Ryan had another header off target, and Ryan was unlucky again just before the half hour mark, flashing a shot just over the bar. The away side were left fighting for scraps in terms of chances throughout the first period, but they put in a massive defensive effort to keep the game level at nil all at the break. The second half was only two minutes old, when Pakie Farrell thought he had opened the scoring for the visitors, but he shot cleared the crossbar by inches. He didn’t make the same mistake however in the sixty-eight minute, when he got on the end of an excellent through ball and finished past the stranded Saints keeper. This pushed the home side to pile on the pressure, and they finally found an equaliser with ten minutes left in the game, when Aiden O Riordan found Paul Ryan and he made no mistake from ten yards out. Both sides had half chances to win the game after this, but in the end, the points were shared.

 

Suirside 3 – 3 Dualla

A six goal thriller in Ardfinnan saw the points shared in this game, with some excellent football and great finishes on show. The match was very entertaining with the home side opening the scoring in the eight minute through debutant Colin O Shaughnessy, whose bullet header found the bottom corner of the net. Dominant in the first twenty five minutes, the home side doubled the lead when a loose ball was picked up by O Shaughnessy again and he scored from six yards out. Dualla came roaring back, and just after the half hour, David Clarke latched onto a ball played forward, and finished to the net, a score which left his team only a single goal behind at the break. In the second period Suirside started better, and re-established their two goal cushion five minutes in, when John Darmody made it three goals to one, with a clever finish. But Dualla wouldn’t give up, and sixteen minutes from the end, Patrick Ryan got his toe on the ball in a goal mouth scramble to poke to the net and set up a grandstand finish. Five minutes from time, it was a Darmody again that found the net, but this time it was the visitors Tomás Darmody to make it three all with a good finish from just inside the area. That was how the game ended with both teams happy to take a point for the tie.

Moyglass United 1 – 3 Cashel Town

Starting the day at the top of the table, albeit after only one game, Moyglass United were brought back down to earth when they were turned over at home by Cashel Town’s seconds on a scoreline of three goals to one. Cashel started brightly, and were ahead inside fifteen seconds, when the home side were caught cold from the kick off and Ryan St John delivered a brilliant finish from outside the area. But the home side put that behind them, played themselves into the game, and equalised in the fifteenth minute when Stephen Houlihan curled an effort to the net from the edge of the visitor’s area. The rest of the first half was fairly even, with the visitors content to allow the home side have a lot of the ball, and look to catch them on the break. They finally managed to make this tactic work, when Nicky Kirkov picked up the ball in his own half, beat the home defence and produced a tidy finish midway through the half. They did it again in the final minutes of the half, with this time Niall Hallissey finding the score sheet, with a delightful chip over the stranded home keeper, to give the visitors a three goal to one lead at the break. The second half was only a pale shadow of the first though, with the away side very comfortable in defending what was thrown at them by a game but limited Moyglass attack. In the end, no more goals were scored and Cashel got their first win of the season at the second time of asking.

Powerstown 0 – 2 Two Mile Borris

Borris’ seconds took all three points on the road at Powerstown on Sunday, with a very accomplished performance by a young but talented side. They took the lead after just five minutes, when Adam Daly put the away side in front. A ball into the box caused chaos, before falling to Daly who made no mistake, from six yard out. Powerstown chances were few and far between with the visiting keeper not being been tested during the half. The hosts best chance of the game came with twenty minutes left on the clock. A ball into the box forced a save and a goal line block to keep the visitors in front. Ten minutes from time however, the destination of the points was put beyond doubt, when the away side got a deserved second goal, with Kyle Shelley who finishing from close range.

TSDL Third Division 10th September 2023 Match Reports

Burncourt Celtic 1 – 2 Ballingarry Albion

In a keenly contested game, it was Albion who enjoyed the better of the first half and following a mix up in the Celtic defence they won a penalty on twenty two minutes which was duly despatched by Ricky Cashin to put the visitors in front. The hosts had to work hard afterwards, and defended well to keep the score at just one to nil by the break. At the beginning of the second period, the home side had another setback when they were reduced to ten men after a straight red card. But as often is the case the ten men lifted their game and just after the hour mark, Jamie Hally Hogan kept his cool inside the box to slot past the keeper from twelve yards out to make it one all. However, while they were still celebrating the goal, within a minute the visitors were back in front, when a long range effort from Ian Ivors found the top corner to make it two goals to one for the Albion. The home side continued to probe with Eddie Kendrick leading the line well creating a few opportunities with Pa Ryan and Jamie hogan unlucky not to equalise. It wasn’t to be in the end, and the away side held on for the three points.

SK & C United 3 – 1 Donohill and District

Newly renamed as SK & C United, to reflect the addition of their junior club to the Kilsheelan ranks, they got their first win of the season defeating Donohill FC by three goals to one at the Ormonde Stores pitch. After an opening ten minutes of both sides sharing possession, the hosts eventually found the breakthrough in the thirteen minute, with a strike by Ben Smith. Mark Heffernan ran towards the Donohill defence, before finding Smith on the left who cut in beyond his marker and fired low into the far corner to give us the lead. They almost doubled our lead soon after, when Nathan Dolan forced the Donohill keeper into a great low save from a free-kick, with Smith firing the rebound narrowly over from close range. The visitors got back into the game ten minutes into the second half, firing home from close range to level the scoring. And the away almost took the lead soon after, only to see Cianan O’Brien clear a looping header off the line to keep the score at one all. The home side were then offered a gilt edged chance to retake the lead mid-way through the second period when we were awarded a penalty, but the visitors keeper pulled off a great save to keep his side in the game. The home pressure finally told however, and in the seventy eight minute, they regained the lead through Mark Heffernan. Jack O’Gorman won possession before playing Heffernan in down the right-wing, and he fired a low effort from a tight angle beyond the keeper at his near post. In the final minute of injury time, they made sure of the points through Heffernans second. He intercepted a pass back, played a quick one-two with Evan Forristal, before finding the far top-left corner from twenty yards out, to give his team all three points

Clonmel Celtic 4 – 1 Tipperary Town

This game saw the away side take charge in the opening half, with the home side looking unusually flat, conceding a goal midway through the half, and going into the break a goal behind. The second period was a different matter however, and they equalised minutes into with a fantastic strike by Ben Nugent. The hosts began to dominate possession and were rewarded again with Sean Cronin finding the net to make it two goals to one for the hosts just before the hour mark. Dean McLaughlin who added a third, twenty minutes from time, and they completed their comeback five minutes from time, when Michael Morrissey added a fourth from a lovely free kick whipped in by Sean Cronin, that was headed to the net.

TSDL Youths Report 10th September 2023 Match Reports

TSDL Youths Div 1

Clonmel Celtic 4 – 2 Clonmel Town

Clonmel Celtic and Town started their League campaigns on Saturday at the Bypass in very challenging conditions with extreme heat proving very difficult for the players. In the opening exchanges Celtic started the brighter and sought to maintain possession of the ball however a resolute Town defence kept chances to a minimum. On seventeen minutes Jack Aylward dispossessed a Town defender outside the box and setup Michael O Reilly to hit an early contender for goal of the season driving home from all of twenty-five yards to give the hosts the lead. They continued to press forward with Cillian O Brien and Michael O Reilly controlling the midfield and looking dangerous however, but the visitors broke ten minutes before the break, and came very close to levelling, just narrowly shooting wide. Within three minutes of the restart, the home side made it two when Cillian O Brien squared the ball to Dominic Mendel who slotted home. At this stage the home side were in control of the game, but just after the hour mark, Monsur Emibiatta broke free in the box to finish well for Clonmel Town. For the next five minutes Town sensed an equalizer and when pushing forward Celtic broke down the right through Max Ryan who squared the ball for Jack Aylward to slot home and re-establish sides two goal cushion. They continued to push and twelve minutes from time, put the result to bed with a fourth capitalising on confusion in the Town defence allowing Cillian O Brien to finish from close range. Eight minutes from the end, the visitors got a second goal back through a Harry Tobin penalty kick, but it was never going to put the final result or destination of the points in doubt

TSDL Premier League report 3rd September 2023 Match Reports

Cahir Park 1 – 0 Tipperary Town

The two promoted teams faced off at the Park in Cahir, on a morning of bright sunshine and sweltering heat, which it very difficult for the players to keep up any sustained pace throughout the early parts of the game. The home team dominated the early stages of the game without creating anything of note, and what half chances they did create were well kept out by the visitors. The closest either side got to opening the scoring was in the thirty second minute when Cahir’s John O’ Brien hit the post with a fizzing effort, only to see the visiting keeper palm away the rebound shot. Level at the break, the hosts took a deserved lead five minutes into the second period when good play down the Park right, saw Jake Kiely put in a teasing cross to the Tipperary area, and in the subsequent confusion, the attempted clearance ended up in the back of the net for an own goal. The Park controlled the game for most of the rest of the half, and while Town tried hard to get back into the tie, they were not able to fashion any chance of real quality that would get a score for them. This was a second win on the bounce for the home side, who have re-adjusted well to life back in the Premier League so far. For Tipperary Town, they will need to get some result and fast, or they could find themselves in a battle at the wrong end of the table very quickly.

Clonmel Town 7 – 0 Bansha Celtic

After a very difficult week for Clonmel and its surrounding areas, Clonmel Town returned to action with a comprehensive home victory against a very depleted Bansha Celtic side. As early as the fourth minute the hosts hit the front, when Michael O Sullivan turned well on the edge of the box before smashing the ball past Kelvin O Brien in the visitors goal. Further goals in the first half from Jake French Davis (2), then a penalty from Conor O Sullivan who followed it up on the half hour mark with a super strike and Keith Browne made it seven to nil at the break. To be fair to the visitors, Eoghan Byrnes tested Evan Comerford with a great strike from outside the box late in the half, and O Brien pulled off a magnificent save to deny Jake French Davis his hat trick. Town emptied the bench in the second half and the pace dropped as both teams played out the rest of the game without any more goals. Celtic twice tested Evan Comerford through a Tony Egan free and a header from Liam Murphy who did well to get on to an excellent cross from Michael Peters, and the hosts had chances to extend their advantage with Darragh Cronin and Ian Cleary both coming close.

TSDL First Division 3rd September Match Reports

Cullen Lattin 5 – 2 Clonmel Town

Cullen Lattin made it two wins from two as they stand top of the Division One table after the first rounds of games, courtesy of a good win against Clonmel Town’s seconds on Sunday. Aisling Park was looking splendid on a sunny Sunday morning, and the home side got into their groove right from the start, opening the scoring in the opening minutes when Tristan Stokes crossed for Fiachra O Grady to knock a pass into the onrushing Mikey Stokes who made no mistake from close in. Tony O Neill put the hosts two up shortly after, when Stokes became the provider, as the visiting defence was run ragged. And they made it three midways through the half, when Fiachra O Grady took a brilliant pass from Paddy Down, and shot past the Town keeper. Town were down, but not out just yet, and they got back into the game ten minutes before the break when a well struck Darragh Walsh free kick was saved by Bob Doyle in the Cullen goals, but Paul Shanahan was on hand to tap home the rebound. But Cullen restored their three-goal advantage at the break when the livewire O Grady found Tommy O Mahoney in space, and he made no mistake from ten yards out. Midway through the second period, the away side were given life line when another well struck Darragh Walsh free kick went into the bottom corner of the home goal. But Tony O Neill secured all three points for Cullen, when he got into a Darren Hueston through ball, and he finished excellently ten minutes from the end.

TSDL Second Division 3rd September 2023 Match Reports

Rosegreen Rangers 3 – 4 Moyglass United

These teams were playing their first game of the season at a sun drenched and splendid looking Nijinsky Park in Rosegreen on Sunday morning, and the watching supporters got full value for their money with a seven-goal thriller that was just edged by the visiting side. The game started off at a lively pace for the first ten minutes, with both sides having chances before the home side took the lead when a Seanie Halloran shot from outside box fizzed to the bottom corner of the net. It was one all after twenty-five minutes when Moyglass were awarded and scored a penalty kick, and although both teams continued to create chances for the rest of the half, there were to be no more goals. The hosts got the better start in the second period and retook the lead ten minutes in when Keith Bergin fired home from just inside the visitor’s area, but Moyglass took control for the next fifteen minutes and scored to level on the seventieth minute mark. Five minutes later, Aidan O Connell took advantage of a scramble in the area to poke Rosegreen back in front for the third time in the game, but the visitors finished the stronger and added two goals in the final ten minutes, one a header from a corner kick and a winner that was walloped into the roof of the net from all of twenty yards out to secure the three points.

St Nicholas 2 – 2 Cashel Town

These teams played out an entertaining two all draw at Danny O Dwyer Park in Solohead on Sunday, with both rueing missed chances that might have given them all three points, while happy that both finished with at least a share of the spoils. Cashel took the lead in the eight minute, slightly against the run of play up to that point, when Ryan St John capped a quick breakaway move with a fine finish. Tony Buckley for the hosts was very unlucky not to level the game when he got on the end of a Jason Sutton corner kick, in the twentieth minute, and while both sides created some half chances, there was to be no more scores in the first period. That changed within three minutes of the restart when Jack Downey for the home side was pulled down in the Cashel area, and Jason Sutton made no mistake from twelve yards out with the resulting penalty kick. Four minutes later, the Saints hit the front when Paul Ryan slipped past a static Cashel defence and fired home from twelve yards out, after an excellent assist by Jason Buckley. The game was very even after this, and it looked like the home side might hold on for the win, but Paraic Ryan got behind their back line ten minutes from time to slip a goal in for the visitors that was enough to win them a share of the spoils in the end.

TSDL Third Division 3rd September 2023 Match Reports

Cahir Park 6 – 0 SC & K United

Cahir Park’s seconds made it two wins from two, with a big win over SC & K United on Sunday morning in Cahir. The home team got off to a flyer when Gavin Deveraux put them ahead after just two minutes, finishing low to the net, after cutting in from the left. Five minutes later the same player made it two, when what looked like a cross looped over the visiting keepers head and nestled in the net at the back post. Just before twenty minutes Leigh Murphy got the goal of the game with a great half volley form edge of the box, to put the home side in complete command. That was all the scoring for the first period, but the home side didn’t let up in the second, and added a fourth when Deveraux completed his hat trick on the hour mark, through a long range free kick that gave the Kilsheelan keeper no chance. In complete control now, that added two more goals in the final fifteen minutes, first when Cormac Crowe finished neatly, and finally when Deveraux made it four for him, and six in total, five minutes from time.

 

Ballingarry Albion 3 – 0 Killenaule Rovers

Newly returning to the TSDL, Ballingarry Albion got their season off to a winning start against neighbours Killenaule Rovers on Sunday afternoon, when they had a three goals to nil win. They started well, making numerous chances and pinning back their opponents for large parts of the first half. The first big chance fell to the home side, when Adam O Connell found the head of Eoin Burke who hit the post from close range. This close call seemed to wake the away side up and then had a decent spell forcing a number of corners and half chances. But neither side was able to break the deadlock before the half time whistle. The second half was much of the same as the first, with the home side on the front foot and they finally opened the scoring on the hour mark when an Adam O Connell corner found the head of Ricky Cashin and he found the net from close in. With ten minutes left, Cashin robbed the Killenaule defence of the ball, and he played in Ian Ivors who finished past the onrushing keeper. Two soon became three, when the always dangerous O Connell played in Michael Ivors who raced through and rounded the keeper to tap in the insurance goal

Donohill and District 5 – 0 Burncourt Celtic

Donohill hosted Burncourt in the sunshine on Sunday, and were well on top in the game before they opened the scoring in the twentieth minute when Ned Lowry scored with a diving header. Three minutes later, a brilliant cross from Billy Keating was headed home by Sean Stokes, to double the home sides lead. Both teams tried hard in very hot conditions but there were no more goals in first half. In the second period, Burncourt defended very well against incessant home pressure, but on sixty five minutes, Lowry made it three with a fine headed effort. As the visitors tired, the home side created and missed several chances before Burncourt conceded and unfortunate own goal to go four behind. Five minutes from time, some brilliant play from Ned Lowry saw him cheekily chip the visitors keeper to put the cherry on the top of an excellent home win.

TSDL Youths Report 3rd September 2023 Match Reports

TSDL Youths Div 2

Mullinahone 7 – 1 Bansha Celtic

In the sweltering heat of an Indian Summer in September, Mullinahone got their league campaign up and running with a big win at home to a depleted Bansha Celtic side. Both teams found it tough in the first twenty minutes with many passes were going astray, but they still created some half chances without rally troubling either keeper. However, in a whirlwind fifteen minutes around the half hour mark, the home side rattled off five goals that completely turned this tie on its head. The opening goal came when Michael Cuddihy hammered in a free kick into the top corner from all of twenty five yards out, and five minutes later Liam Doyle made it two after Phillip Dunnes surgical pass split the defence for Liam to finish past the onrushing keeper. Doyle then grabbed his second shortly after, when he fired home from the edge of the box. Three became four when Michael Cuddihy got his second, after being put through by Phillip Dunne and Mullinahone hit a fifth shortly before the break when Adam Doyle played in Adam Houlihan who slotted the ball to the net.  To the away sides credit, they came out of the blocks quickly and showed no signs of giving up in the second period, and had the better of the exchanges for the first quarter of an hour. But th home side were relentless and added a sixth four minutes after the hour mark when Phillip Dunne finished off an Adam Doyle assist. The visitors got a deserved goal in the seventieth minute, when a fantastic free kick was flicked home, but any chance of a comeback was quickly put to bed when Dunne again turned provider to spring John Carroll through and he emphatically finished with a bullet into the top corner.

 

Galbally United 1 – 2 Clonmel Town

Clonmel Town have entered two Youths teams into TSDL action this season, and their seconds got off to a winning start away to a good Galbally United outfit on Saturday afternoon. They opened the scoring in the twentieth minute when Jack Burns got in behind to the home defence to finish from twelve yards, and the same player added a second ten minutes before the break to give his side a two nil lead at half time. The home side battled back in the second period and pulled a goal back three minutes after the hour mark, but in the end, despite a lot of pressure from Galbally, they were unable to find an equaliser and Town took the points.

TSDL Premier League 27th August 2023 Match Reports

St Michael’s 1 – 1 Peake Villa

It sems only yesterday since Peake Villa picked up last season’s Premier League title after a draw in Cooke Park, but the two big beasts of the TSDL faced each other again on Saturday evening last, and if the game and result are anything to go by, the destination of this season’s title might go all the way to the wire again. This was a game of two halves with Saints having the better of the opening period, before the champions roared back in the second, to salvage a point. Hurt by giving up their title, the home side started well and David Slattery saw his ninth minute effort after some good approach play on the left flank had set him up. Cian Fadden went close minutes later, and Russell Quirke was also unlucky as the Saints battled to turn possession and chances into scores.  They finally took the lead just before the half hour mark, when Ashley Kelliher found Russell Quirke on his inside and his left foot shot evaded Willie Tierney in the Villa goal, to the delight of the home fans. The Thurles side’s best chance came minutes before the break, when Adrian Walsh had to make a fine save from Dale Loughnane, to make sure his side went to half time in the lead.

But the visitors came back into the game from the restart and had half chances from Darragh Byrne and Pippy Carroll turned aside before they levelled the game in the fifty seventh minute, when the constantly dangerous Loughnane set up Pippy Carroll to flash a shot to the net from ten yards out. Saints rallied a bit and David Slattery was unlucky not to restore his sides lead five minutes later, seeing his hooked effort slide agonisingly wide, with the keeper beaten. But Villa eventually took control again, and were unlucky not to get a second, with Cian Fadden excellent in the centre of the Micheal’s defence, keeping the game level. In the end, that was probably the fairest result, and will keep both teams on their toes even from this early in the season, to the fact that any lost points this year could be the difference between who will or won’t finish the season as top dogs again.

Bansha Celtic 1 – 2 Cahir Park

Having been the team to sit it out last weekend, Cahir Park finally made their much-anticipated return to Premier League action on Sunday, away to Bansha Celtic, and came away with the three points, while the home side will be rueing a second loss on the bounce and will be hoping to get off the mark soon, lest they make it another long hard Premier League season. The visitors seemed to just be a little bit sharper throughout the first quarter, and finally opened the scoring in the twenty fifth minute when a long ball over the top was latched onto by Willie Dunne, and although his first shot was well saved, the rebound was put away to the delight of the travelling supporters. This presaged a period of quiet in the game, with neither side creating much and what was created snuffed out easily enough by the defences. Going then to the break without either keeper being further troubled, the home side started the second period the better, and forced a number of saves from the Cahir keeper. Alas, it was another defensive error which undid them for a second time and it allowed former Celtic player Niall Daly to roll the ball into an empty net and give the away team a two-goal cushion. Bansha didn’t throw in the towel however and pulled a goal back eighteen minutes from time, when a Darren Mc Grath shot cannoned into the roof of the net. They then proceeded to dominate the final twenty minutes, but had to wait until the final one before being presented with a gilt-edged opportunity when they were awarded a penalty kick. But the Park keeper guessed correctly and pushed it around the post to secure all three points for his side.

TSDL First Division 27th August Match Reports

St Michael’s 2 – 0 Vee Rovers

Saints took the points here, but Vee will rue their cursed luck in front of goal, that dogged them all last season when they were relegated from the Premier League, and seems to have followed them down to the First Division. The game was barely sixty seconds old, when the home side took the lead, after Antonio Rea turned in a Danny O’Brien cross, to leave the visitors shell shocked. But they gradually worked themselves back into the game and wer unlucky on a number of occasions not to get a leveller, with both John English and Adam Condon going close. A free kick in the twenty fifth minute saw Anthony Crotty rattle the bar and Robert Child’s following up hit straight at Adam McGrath, as the home side hung on to their advantage. They kept this to the break, and eight minutes into the second period added a second when the Vee keeper misjudged a back pass and ever predatory Danny O’Brien, took full advantage to fire into an unguarded net. The visitors continued to try to get back into the game, and were creating some brilliant chances, but for bad shooting and good defending by the hosts to deny them. Rea though, had the ball in the net ten minutes from time, in what looked like the insurance goal, but was deemed to have run offside leaving Rovers breathing a sigh of relief. It made no difference in the end however, as th home side held on to start their season with a very good win.

Galbally United 5 – 6 Cullen Lattin

Both of these teams were promoted from the Second Division last season, and both sets of fans, will be hoping they mean to go on as they started, after they produced an eleven goal thriller in Galbally on Sunday last. The game was just three minutes old, when the visitors took the lead through a powerful run and finish by Thomas O Mahoney. That lead last the next twenty minutes, though both sides did have half chances unconverted before Ger Quinlan fired an excellent James O Sullivan cross to the net. After that the game seemed to slow down and there were no more goals for the rest of the half. Five minutes into the second period Ger Quinlan made a powerful run past the visitors defence and slammed the ball to the net to give Galbally the lead. But they were left reeling when six minutes later Cullen were back on terms through a Max Reardon goal, and behind when the same player hit Cullens third a minute later. In the sixty eight minute a Tony O Niell goal made it four to two for the visitors, but Galbally were not going to lie down and they pulled a goal back minutes later when Pa Murphy sent a thunderbolt to the net. Fourteen minutes from time Cullen re-established their two goal lead when they were awarded a penalty kick that was scored by Micky O Brien, and they looked to have finally made sure of the win when they were the beneficiaries of an own goal ten minutes from time to make it six goals to three. But two penalties awarded in the final four minutes, both fired home by Ger Quinlan brought the deficit back to a single goal, and left Cullen hanging on perilously to the end before they eventually secured the points.

 

TSDL Second Division 27th August 2023 Match Reports

St Nicholas 2 – 2 Two Mile Borris

These two sides played out a very entertaining game at Danny O Dwyer Park in Solohead, before sharing the spoils in a two all draw. The first five minutes saw Jason Sutton for the home side force a brilliant save from the Borris keeper, and after that the tone was set with both teams having good spells of possession and creating numerous chances. The deadlock was finally broken just after the half hour mark when the home side conceded a penalty kick and Robert Jordan made no mistake from the spot to put the visitors in front. The closest that the home side came to equalising was a Jack Downey free kick that went just over the top on the stroke of half time. Three minutes into the second half, the home side gave away another set piece opportunity, conceding a free at the edge of their area, and Jordan got his and his sides second with a brilliantly taken free kick. This could have rally taken the wind out of the home teams sails but the Saints rallied and pulled a goal back when twenty minutes from time, Jack Redican slid a shot home from ten yards out to make it a single goal game. They completed the comeback right on the stroke of full time when Jason Sutton reacted fastest to a long clearance and he finished to the net to the delight of the crowd, winning in the process a share of the spoils for his side.

TSDL Third Division 27th August 2023 Match Reports

Tipperary Town 1 – 2 Cahir Park

Football made its long-awaited return for Division Three at the weekend, when Tipperary Town hosted Cahir Park at the Arra Road complex in Tipperary. This was a very entertaining, open game, which saw both sides play nice football with plenty of half chances for both sides. Cathal Ryan and Alex Ivanov were especially causing problems for the Park defence, but despite a number of half chances, neither side was able to fashion a goal in the first period. The home side also started the second half the quicker and hot the front with a brilliant goal by Ivanov, who cut in from the left and placed a beauty of a curling shot into the far bottom corner. This however seemed to spark the visitors into action and they levelled just before the hour mark when Padraig Farrell finally punished the home defence after a period of pressure with a well taken goal from the centre of the six-yard area. The tie flowed to and from after this, and looked like it was heading for a draw, until four minutes from time a mix up in the home defence, gifted the ball to Hisham Birem, and the Cahir striker made no mistake in firing the ball to the net. The home side threw the kitchen sink at the visitors from there to the end, but Cahir hung on for hard earned three points.

Bansha Celtic 1 – 1 Killenaule Rovers

In the first league game of the season for both teams, Bansha started the brighter in all areas of the field controlling the game comfortably with some great passing, but the visitors time and again broke down their attacking prowess with some physical defending that gave up very few clear chances in the first quarter of the tie. As the half progressed the Killenaule started to make some chances of their own, but Celtic too proved more than up to the task. The best chance of the half fell to the home sides Adam Hennessy, who after taking on his man down the left, fired a shot goalwards only to see it skim the outside of the post and took on Killenaule’s right back who took a shot skimming off the post and wide. The hosts came out with plenty of purpose in the second period, and finally opened the scoring nine minutes in, when a ball over the visiting defence was spilled by the keeper and was finished by the advancing home striker. But the lead lasted less than ten minutes before Killenaule were awarded a free kick just outside the home area, which was fired into the bottom corner of the net. The game continued to be end to end with both teams creating chances toward the finish, but it ended honours even, which was probably the fairest result.

TSDL Leagues Preview August 2023

TSDL Premier League Preview:

Although there was a quick appetiser with the return of a round of Premier League games last weekend, the main course of the Tipperary Southern and District League is served up this coming weekend, and begins with one of the spiciest dishes on the menu. Newly crowned champions Peake Villa, will return to the scene of their league victory on Saturday night, when they play St Michael’s at Cooke Park in Tipperary town, in what is a highly anticipated game among Tipperary football fans. The Saint’s will be hurting going into the game, it being the first time in eight years they’ll be opening a season not as the reigning champions, but they’ll also be more than anxious to reclaim that crown.

Both teams have added new faces during the summer recess. The Saint’s probably more so, as they continue the transitioning of a new group of young players into the team, that they hope will produce the next generation of serial silverware winners. But they will also feel the loss of some of the mainstays on the past decade and a half. Villa have been there or thereabouts for the last couple of years, and even their own supporters will admit, had they not taken the title last season, it would have been seen as a bitter failure for the Thurles side. But winning just makes them hungrier and they will be anxious not to be seen as a one hit wonder, but looking to add a second title on the bounce to cement their reputation as kingpins in Tipperary, at least for now.

However, there are other teams in the Premier League who will feel it a little presumptuous that pundits may consider the title a two horse race. The two Clonmel sides along with Two Mile Borris and Bansha Celtic, will also put forward reasonable cases for themselves as potential championship contenders. In the case of Clonmel Town, they lead last years Premier League for much of the season, and will feel that they have added a year of grit and experience to a very young talented team, which puts them in better stead this time around. For Celtic, they were also just finding their feet after returning from a couple of seasons in the First Division, but will also have added Premier League experience, along with the boost of winning the Youths title for the first time in their history, giving them a blend of youth to add to some of the older heads on the team. Bansha Celtic and Two Mile Borris both showed last season, that they had the capacity to come up with some big results, but will need to find more consistency over the long slog of a full season, but after also concentrating over the past number of years on highly successful youth set ups, they might be dark horses as the season progresses. They will certainly not give up games easily, and could have a large bearing on where the title does end up, should thy not be successful themselves.

Wilderness Rovers did well last season to secure Premier League status after being promoted, but will now face the all important “second season syndrome”, where they will hope to consolidate their Premier League status, to build for seasons ahead. With so much competition for players in the Clonmel area, they are often a side that develops good young players, only to see them stolen away by some of the more illustrious sides in the town. They will have to keep as many of their high-performance players to stay in the league, but its likely to be a long tough road ahead. The final two teams making up the Premier League are the promoted sides, Cahir Park and Tipperary Town. There was nothing between these teams last season, when it took a promotion play off to decide who would take the title, but this year is likely to be tougher for both as they try to navigate the notoriously tougher Premier League. That said, both teams have recent experience of playing at the higher level and they will hope to put that in good stead over the next eight or so months.

TSDL First Division Preview:

Historically the First Division has tended to be the most competitive of all the Divisions in the TSDL, with nothing between the teams from top to bottom over what is a long and arduous season. And this years iteration looks like being no different with the Division returning to an eight team league and containing some very ambitious clubs, who’ll be vying for those coveted promotion spots back into the Premier League limelight. The pick of the opening weekends games will likely be the meeting at Green Lane of Old Bridge and Cashel Town, who’ll begin a season in the lower division for the first time in five or so years. The Bridge let themselves down in the league last year with poor consistency, but when they did get the cogs to click into place, they showed they were more than capable of beating anyone. That was really shown in their run to the Tipperary Cup final, where they gave Premier League kingpins St Michael’s a very uncomfortable night at times in Cahir. Cashel Town will be licking their wounds after their relegation, but will have put huge pre season work into the team, as well as welcoming up some very talented youth players.

St Michael’s second team has often provided the development stage for some gems that needed polishing before first team action, but they suffered the ignominy of finishing in the bottom two of last seasons league. They will not be content with that kind of display and will want to provide strong opposition to a Vee Rovers side who were relegated from the Premier League without winning a game, and who will be desperate to get back to winning ways in the short term. But will look for wins for different reasons, but will provide plenty to watch for their respective sets of supporters.

So too will the second sides of Clonmel Town and Peake Villa, who face off in Clonmel on Sunday morning. Sometimes seen as the “forgotten men” at clubs, the second sides are regularly filled with young talent who can give markers for the footballing health of a club in the future. Villa’s seconds even took one of the coveted open draw places given to the TSDL in the Munster Junior Cup, and will be anxious to show that not only the firsts, but the second team want to bring a title back to the Tower Ground.

The final tie in this weeks first round of the First Division is a meeting of two promoted sides, Cullen Lattin and Galbally United, who took it to the final round of games last season, to decide who would go up as champions. Cullen eventually took those honours, but Galbally have also been introducing a brilliant young Youths side who swept all before them a number of seasons ago, and will be a dangerous proposition for any team in this years league.

TSDL Second Division Preview

Ther are a host of new teams in this seasons Second Division which promises to make for some novel pairings and some good competition between the various clubs. Powerstown have had plenty success since they came into the TSDL a few seasons ago, and they will carry on from their title winning exploits at the end of last year, by hosting the always tough Rosegreen Rangers on Sunday morning. Rosegreen can be a bit of a curates egg in parts, and suffer from inconsistency, but never give any team an easy game, and will give the newcomers a good indication of what they face in their first outing in Second Division football. So too for Moyglass who have been consistently improving over the last number of seasons, when they face off against a Dualla side who were desperately unlucky to miss out on promotion at the back end of last year. Moyglass were a founder member of the league, but spend a lot of the last decade in the doldrums. Dualla only came back in after a period of time out of the TSDL, and both teams will be hoping to make up for lost time this season. Two Mile Borris are another of the promoted sides and welcome St Nicholas to Newhill Park, with a team brimming with younger talent, and hoping to make it two promotions in a row. The Saints hail out of Solohead, and on their day make it difficult for any team, especially at the wonderful Danny O Dwyer Park. A season of consolidation may be on the cards for both sides, but no one will be rushing to count a win over them until its been hard earned. In the final tie of the round, Cashel Town face off against Suirside. Two times who at times flatter to deceive and both fell away badly after promising starts to last season. Cashel’s fine run in the Tipperary Cup is indicative of what they can do when things got right for them, and Suirside can certainly ruffle the feathers of most teams in the Division, but both will crave consistency.

TSDL Third Division Preview

The pick of the ties in the Third Division is the game between two teams from the South of the county, as the returning Ballingarry Albion travel the short distance to Kilsheelan to take on the newly renamed SC & K United, an amalgamation of the schoolboy club Slievenamon Celtic and Kilsheelan United. There has been huge work put into the renamed club in recent years, especially at underage level and they will be hoping this bears fruit over the years ahead. Ballingarry has had many fine teams in different guises over the years, and are never anything less than a tough prospect for any side. Killenaule Rovers welcome Bansha Celtic on Sunday, and again they are a side that showed some great improvements for much of last season, but just couldn’t keep the consistency needed to take advantage of some good results. Celtic finished bottom of the pile last year, so the only way is up for Bansha’s second side. Clonmel Celtic are entering a second team again this season, after a year out, and with the first flying high, this will give many of the fringe players an opportunity to impress and force their way into the first team plans. They will certainly fancy a real run at the Third Division title, and won’t want to fall to Donohill in the first test of the season. But the West Tipperary side will have ambitions of their own and this could make for a good game. The final game of the weekend sees two second team sides, Tipperary Town and Cahir Park measure up against one another. Both will fancy their chances in the game, and will be also trying to catch the eye of first team managers in the higher division.

TSDL Premier League 20th August 2023

Wilderness Rovers 0 – 7 St Michael’s

It was a strange feeling for many connected with the Saint’s to run out for a new season, not as reigning Premier League champions, but they put down a marker in Clonmel on Sunday to the rest of the division in saying they will be fighting tooth and nail this year to get that accolade back. For the hosts however, it was a disjointed performance that they know they will have to improve on, and quickly, if it’s not going to become a long hard season for the Clonmel based side. In reality, it was a stroll in the park for the visitors, having the bulk of possession and putting the game to bed as a contest by mid-way through the opening half. After some early half chances, they finally took the lead on eighteen minutes when Shane Ryan converted a Jimmy Carr cross. The same combination was on hand three minutes later when Carr’s pass found Shane Ryan in behind the defence and he doubled his sides lead. David Slattery made it three just after the half hour when his shot that found the net off the inside of the post, and two minutes later he made it four when he picked up the ball in a good position, beat the home defence and crashed the ball to the net. Well in control at the break, the Saints only needed seven minutes of the second period to make it five, with Ryan completing his hat trick with a spectacular finish from a Colin Bargary pass. After that the game fell into a lull and both sides used their respective benches, as they try to get minutes into as many legs as possible at the beginning of the season. Three minutes from time the visitors added a sixth when substitute Antonio Rea was on hand to head home an Ashley Kelliher cross, and evergreen Jimmy Carr completed the scoring when he converted a penalty in the final minute to make it seven to nil on the day.

Clonmel Town 3 – 0 Two Mile Borris

In a repeat of last season’s opening day fixture, it was Clonmel Town who once again came away with the three points, thanks to a flattering 3-0 win against as normal determined Two Mile Borris side. The away started the better of the two sides, with Jamie Lee proving very hard to handle out on the right wing, and Daniel Rafter spurned a great chance after just four minutes which would have given the visitors a deserved lead. Both he and Jack Hackett were continuing to make chances, but eventually Town settled down and in the twenty seventh minute Dylan Guiry put them in front when he was left unmarked at the back post to head home a Conor o Sullivan cross. Two minutes later the visitors had a strong claim for a penalty waved away, and just three minutes before the break, Jack O Donnell saw his shot from the edge of the box go inches over the bar after a great pull back from Sam O Dwyer.  The first half ended with Evan Comerford pulling off an excellent save to deny Daniel Rafter from close range, as the home side went in with a scarcely deserved advantage. Borris continued to make the running in the early parts of the second period, and again thought they had managed to level the game only to see a shot from Jack Hackett hit the outside of the post in the fifty fifth minute and be scrambled away to safety.  As so often happens though, when you don’t make the most of your chances, you get punished, and twelve minutes from time, Jake French Davis provided a great flick on for Dylan Guiry to get his second goal of the game and put Town in control. The game was put to bed when in the final minute when Darragh Cronin provided a neat finish after some brilliant work again from the excellent Jake French Davis.

Peake Villa 3 – 0 Tipperary Town

Peake Villa kicked off their title defence in style with a good win over newly promoted Tipperary Town at the Tower Grounds in Thurles on Sunday afternoon. It was a glorious day for a game that was helped by the condition of the pitch, which was in immaculate order, and Villa were raring to go with a lot of good possession in the first half. To the visitors credit, they were well organised at the back and defended well, before Kieren Hennessy nearly broke the deadlock in the twelfth minute when Dale Loughnane played him in only to be denied by a fantastic save from the Tipp keeper Eric Higgins. The deadlock however was broken in the twenty first minute when a Keith Cahill corner was headed into the bottom corner by Sean Wade. The home side didn’t have to wait long for a second and they doubled their lead when Loughnane played in Kieren Hennessy, who put the ball under the keepers body five minutes later. Just before half time, Town had their best chance of the game when  their full back Aidan Duggan hit the upright with a great effort, but the follow up was scrambled away to safety. The second half started much the same as the first half with Villa applying all the pressure. On the hour mark, there was a nasty clash of heads which saw both players having to go off, and within minutes the home side took advantage of the temporary confusion when Keith Cahill scored with a fine finish to the corner. The game fizzled out after this with both sides making a number of changes, but Villa will be more than happy with their days work and a good start to their title defence.

Clonmel Celtic 3 – 0 Bansha Celtic

The first game will not define your season but it’s always nice to get off to a winning start, and so Clonmel Celtic can be well pleased with their efforts as they kicked off the campaign with a three goal win against a good Bansha Celtic side. The result may have been a little harsh on the visitors who had some good spells in this game though Celtic were deserving winners. There was not much in it in the early stages with both sides sounding each other out. One of the home debutants, Keenan Kerton, had the first effort on target but his shot was easily saved by Shane Egan. At the other end Bansha had their first attempt when Daire Egan shot wide in the tenth minute. Philip Drohan was looking lively on the left for the hosts and he came close on twelve minutes with a free kick that was just wide. Sean Browne gave some early indications of what an important signing he will be for Celtic before unfortunately limping off on five minutes before the break, but what an introduction it was for his replacement Darren Sweeney, who was on hand to take advantage of a miscommunication in the Bansha rearguard and curl home to the far corner to give his side the lead almost immediately after entering the fray. Stunned a little by this, the visitors started the second half strongly and Fabian Kerton had to make an excellent save getting down to push a free kick around the post four minutes in. Celtic however, doubled their lead in the fifty third minute, and once again there was a little good fortune with the goal. Philip Drohan released Rory O’Dowd down the right and the goalkeeper let his cross creep over the line. It was a blow for the visitors and meant they had a mountain to climb to get back into the game. They did come close to halving the deficit with a cracking long range effort from Daire Egan that crashed off the underside of the bar and bounced away to safety, but the home side made the game safe fifteen minutes from time, and there was nothing fortunate about this goal. Philly Drohan released Seanie Hawkins down the right and his cross was expertly guided home by Darren Sweeney to make it three.

TSDL Round Up 2022-2023

TSDL Youth League Round Up

The TSDL provided once again a full program of Youths football, that was contested by thirteen teams across two divisions, and laid on nearly one hundred games for the clubs across the various league and cup competitions. And the First Division provided a little piece of history as it was won for the first time in the clubs history by Clonmel Celtic. The club have been doing trojan work over the past number of years bringing through players from its schoolboys section, and they finally got the rewards of that work when they took home the title with a couple of games to spare. The closest team to them were Peake Villa, another club that has had schoolboy success and which is the bedrock of the Thurles sides Junior Premier League title win. All the clubs in the division deserve praise for bringing through talent, with the next three sides, Two Mile Borris, Bansha Celtic and Clonmel Town, showing that they were capable of pushing any other team in the division on their day, but only being let down by a lack of consistency over the length of the season. And although they brought up the foot of the table, Cullen Lattin and Slievenamon Celtic also took wins off teams higher up the division, and with two very young teams, will certainly be ones to watch for the next season or two.</div>
In the Second Division the honours went to a resurgent Cashel Town, who won their first title at Youth level in quite a number of years. They put in the perfect season, winning ten from ten, although they were pushed most of the way by Shanbally United. The other four teams in the Second Division, Mullinahone, Moyglass United, Cahir Park and Donohill, struggled to catch up on poor starts to their seasons, but provided plenty of development for their young players, and will be providing fresh blood for their respective Junior teams for the next decade or so. The TSDL prides itself in ensuring that Tipperary Youth soccer is well served, and has a record in provincial and national competition that is the envy of many leagues much bigger than it in size. The competition locally is full blooded and skilful well worth supporting into the future.

TSDL Tipperary Cup round up:

Outside of a league title, the competition all teams want to win most, is the Tipperary Cup, with many teams still savouring victories in the blue riband competition from decades ago. This years cup kicked off all the way back in November, with perhaps the biggest scalp being taken on the day by Cashel Town’s seconds, who humbled then First Division leaders Tipperary Town, and gave warning that the Cashel side would be one to watch in the cups this season. The second round didn’t kick off until January, where the first of the Premier League sides bit the dust, with Cashel Town’s first team bowing out to fellow Premier lague rivals Bansha Celtic, while Cahir Park were beginning the good run of form that would eventually see them win their league, knocking out Wilderness Rovers in Clonmel in a penalty shoot out. The big guns of the Premier League all survived, but St Michael’s suffered a huge fright when they were taken all the way to the end of extra time, before a late late goal helped them get the better of Second Division side Dualla. In a delayed second round game, Old Bridge travelled to Clogheen where they beat local side Vee Rovers to moved smoothly into the quarter finals, as did Peake Villa who overcame Suirside away on a six goal to two scoreline.

The first of the big guns to fall came at the beginning of March in a Clonmel derby, when Old Bridge took their second Premier League scalp in a row away from home, coming through by a single goal, but being even better than the scoreline suggested, and could have won by more. Clonmel Celtic moved on the same day when they put Cahir Park out of the competition. Bansha Celtic booked their semi final place with a win away in Galbally, before the big tie of the round took place to decide the final spot in the last four. St Michael’s travelled to Thurles to Peake Villa and they played out a fantastic game that looked to have gone to the Saints in regulation time, before a late late goal drew the game at two all and send it to extra time. It was only a temporary reprieve for Villa though as the Tipperary town side added a third and held on to keep their cup run intact. When it came to the semi finals, it was Bansha Celtic and Old Bridge up first, and the Clonmel side made it three in a row overcoming their hosts by a single goal to book their spot in the final. A week later they were joined by St Michael’s who had a narrow win over Clonmel Celtic, to set up a game in Cahir to decide this years Cup. The Tipperary town side went into the final as hot favourites, and it was played in front of a large crowd of supporters from both sides, as well as a healthy smattering of neutral observers. The Bridge made it tough for their more illustrious opponents, but in the end, two goals shortly before half time were enough to allow the Saints to add the Tipperary Cup to their long list of domestic honours in Tipperary.

TSDL Premier League Round up:

 When newly crowned champions Peake Villa, rounded off their Premier League campaign last Friday night over rivals and former champions St Michael’s, with a very comprehensive victory, it felt as much like the end of an era as much as an end to the season for the vanquished, and the beginning of one for the victors. After having knocked on the door in recent years, and brought through some exceptional young talent from their juvenile ranks, there would be very few around Tipperary football who would have expressed surprise that the club finally won its first title in 12 years. If anything, the surprise might be that they haven’t won over the past number of seasons. But they put that behind them by completing an excellent unbeaten league season, and setting down a marker for all their rivals that they will not be giving their title up easily, and will want to prove how good this group of players really are by adding to their silverware both domestically and outside of the league. The Thurles club have assembled a blend of experienced players who anchor their defense and midfield areas, and a creative and exceptionally pacy attacking force, that have terrorised defences for the last year and more. With the monkey off their backs now, this side are on the cusp of something special.

But just below them, are the other two “Big Beasts” of South Tipperary football, Clonmel Town and St Michael’s, who together have more league titles than all the other clubs in the league combined. Both will have been disappointed to have ended the season in the minor placings, but looking at the squads for the future, some have argued that they are currently on different trajectories. Town lead the league for most of the year, before falling away near the end, dropping some points in games they would have been expected to leave with the maximum reward. But they have also shown that after a period of transition, they look like they are now close to being ready to tackle for honours again. Their management and coaching team have to be commended for putting in huge amounts of work to ensure this. Saint’s on the other hand, seem to be perhaps heading into a period of transition, rather than out of one. Such is the level of expectation for the Tipperary town club, even losing in another FAI Cup final is been seen as a signifier of a failed season. With standards of that nature one would almost feel sorry for their manager Johnny Cremins, but he can be proud of the job he’s done in getting his team as far as they did during the year, and in preparing some of the younger Saints to take over from what might be a few high profile retirements before the new season kicks off

At the middle and lower end of the Premier League table, some of the clubs that have been struggling for the last number of years and even those that have come up from Division 1 at the beginning of the year, put in huge performances to consolidate their Premier League status, and give themselves a platform for sustained development. Two Mile Borris have flirted with relegation for the past number of years, often needing to win points in their final games to stay up, but this season they finished a very respectable fourth place and have added some brilliant young talent. Given the facilities and commitment of the people who run the club in Borris, it seems only right that this is rewarded by good on field performances, and this year, they were delivered. It is over a decade since Clonmel Celtic won a Premier League title and they were relegated from the Division two years ago, but this season they bounced back and finished in a very respectable fifth place, often making it hard for the top three to take points, especially at their wonderful pitch on the bypass in Clonmel. They will look to build on this and could be very dangerous opponents and title challengers within the next year or two. Wilderness Rovers followed Celtic up from Division One, and might have been many pundits choices to be one of the relegated teams at the start of the season, but they bucked those predictions and were safe relatively early, after some good wins, especially against those teams around them at the bottom of the table.

And the final third of the Division saw one of the big town teams finally fall through the trap door into Division One, while Bansha Celtic defied the odds to stay up. Bansha had been struggling badly for long periods of the year, but from March onwards seemed to get a new lease of life and ended up pulling themselves out of trouble to mid table safety. Below them Cashel Town simply could not win enough games, especially shipping some bad defeats to teams around them, and will be very disappointed to be facing football outside the top division come next August. The bottom of the table went to Vee Rovers who had a wretched season, finishing winless and will be hoping for better luck next year.

TSDL First Division Round up:

With just seven teams contesting the First Division, the race to the title here was more of a sprint than a marathon and no team had a chance to have a bad start or they would have been, and were playing catch up all year. In the end, it was two of the biggest teams in the league that finished up in the promotion spots, but it still took a divisional play off to decide the destination of the title. Tipperary Town seemed to have won the race pillar to post, but they faltered in the final stages and allowed Cahir Park to catch them on the run in, with both teams finishing the league on the same number of points. When it came to the play off, is was the Park that had the momentum and they carried it through, winning the title with a big win. The promotion will be of some consolation to Tipperary Town, but they will still see the loss of the league title as an opportunity missed.

 

Midtable, it was the Clonmel Town and Peake Villa second teams that made the running, with some good performances, but unfortunately not enough consistency to match the top two. On their day, the were a match for any team in the league, but they simply didn’t have enough of “their days”. The other mid table side was Old Bridge, who will definitely be rueing chances missed all year long. Their appearance in the Tipperary Cup final, and some excellent one off performances in league games, showed the potential of the Bridge, but the lack of consistency cost them a shot at promotion in the end. The bottom two were made up of St Michael’s second team and Mullinahone. The Saints seconds endured a torrid time, losing many more games than they would be used to, but like their firsts they too are going through a transition period, bringing along some very good young players for the club, who will hopefully be part of getting the Saints back marching home again. Bottom slot was taken up by Mullinahone, who lost some excellent players after last years promotion, and found that without a squad that is at 100% all the time, the First Division is probably the most unforgiving in the whole of the league.

TSDL Second Division Round up:

The Second Division was another close run thing with the destination of the title going right down to the final game of the season, before it was decided. In the end it was Cullen Lattin, who were relegated at the end of last season, who won their way back to the First Division, where they will be joined by Galbally United. Cullen had a mixed early and mid season, languishing in mid table for much of the season, but they put together a late burst of excellent results, that finally say them overturn their West Tipperary neighbour’s courtesy of a win over Suirside. The other team that was at the top end for long periods, was Dualla, who only returned to TSDL football a season ago, and almost made it back to back promotions, before being overtaken in the final stages. No doubt they will regroup and be looking to rectify that near miss in short order.

In mid table, Suirside did lead the Division after the first few rounds of games, but they hit a sticky patch and tumbled backwards out of contention, but they will also surely learn from their losses and come back a stronger outfit next time. Both St Nicholas and Rosegreen Rangers will rue their slow starts, never really gathering any early momentum that would have helped put them in the shake up as the season went on, but they were always a dangerous opponent for anyone who took them on in Danny O Dwyer and Nijinsky Park respectively. With a few small squad additions and a healthy dollop of consistency, they could challenge next season. At the bottom, Clerihan had come up at the start of the year, but found the heat of Second Division football to be a little too much and will start again next year with hopes of bouncing back. Right at the bottom, Cashel Towns seconds suffered the same fate as their first team, when they were relegated. They did also have a reasonably bright start to the year, but once they started losing, they couldn’t arrest the fall and will go again a division below from next August.

TSDL Third Division Round up:

Always a great Division for thrills, spills and the odd strange result or two, the Third Division didn’t disappoint before Powerstown finally lifted the title, albeit needing to overcome Moyglass United in a thrilling play off before doing so. The Clonmel based club lead for most of the season, and looked like they were going to canter to the title from a long way out, but they started to falter when the finish line was in sight. As they did, Moyglass United, who have had some terrible form before displaying some green shoots at the end of last season, upped their game and caught their rivals, coming back from three goals down at half time in their final game, to securing a dramatic three all draw to send the title destination to a one off decider in mid May. That game was an absolute cracker, producing nine goals before Powerstown finally persevered and lifted the silver. Both teams will be good additions to the Second Division next time round.

Below these two, the next three teams, Two Mile Borris’ seconds, Kilsheelan United and Donohill and District, flattered to deceive too often and were unable to gather the kind of consistency needed to maintain momentum in the league biggest division. All three produced some very good results and performances which bodes well for them next season, but the unforgiving nature of football in the trenches meant they will have to wait until at least then. Killenaule Rovers suffered a similar fate, at times looking like they could have broke into not only the promotion spots, but possibly a title race, but seemed to suffer defeats at the wrong times and never managed to get a really good run together long enough to be taken really seriously as contenders. A big gap opened up between this mid table cabal, and the bottom four, three of whom are second teams to higher level outfits, Tipperary Town, Cahir Park and Bansha Celtic. Along with Burcourt Celtic, they will be hoping for more success next season.

Tipperary Cup Final 27th May Match Reports

Tipperary Cup Final 27th May      

St Michael’s 2 – 0 Old Bridge

St Michael’s applied some salve to the loss of their league title at the beginning of the weekend, by picking up another Tipperary Cup success, against a dogged but ultimately limited Old Bridge side in front of a large and vocal crowd at a sun-drenched Cahir Park on Saturday evening. It took two goals late in the first half to settle the tie, with the victors once again showing the difficultly they have had all year in turning chances into goals. Cheered on by a large travelling contingent from Clonmel, the Bridge started well and made inroads especially with a series of long throw ins from Simon O’Donnell, one of which found Sean Martin free in the area, but his flick went just wide of the goal. Ten minutes in, the Saints first real chance saw Jimmy Carr pull a ball back from the left flank, but Ed O’Dwyer saw his effort saved at the near post by the excellent Kian Quinn. Rhys Byron and Sean Martin then swapped chances from Michael’s and Old Bridge respectively midway through the half, but as it wore on, the Tipperary town side started to become more dangerous and see more possession of the ball. Eight minutes from the break, they thought they had opened the scoring when Carr was released by a quick free kick and his cross found Rhys Byron in space, but he headed wide. But just two minutes later, they finally made the breakthrough, when Joey Mulcahy free kick saw Carr’s header saved, but the ball ran loose and was forced home by Ed O’Dwyer from close range. A minute later it was two when O’Dwyer picked up a ball on the right, cut in on to his left foot and fired underneath the keepers body from twelve yards out. This knocked the stuffing out of the Clonmel side and they were happy to hear the half time whistle shortly afterwards.

The second half degenerated a bit football wise and a lot of the football was concentrated in dour midfield battles, with very little creativity that looked like adding to the score line. Just before the hour mark, Saints won a series of corners before an Ashley Kelliher shot from an angle hit the side netting, when most of the crowd thought it was goalbound. The First Division side were really living on scraps at this stage, but in the sixty sixth minute, Sean Martin did well to make space and spin it on to his left leg, but his shot went just over the Saints crossbar. Both sides used their benches over the last quarter and Old Bridge did their utmost to try and get the goal that might bring them back into the goal. They were finally presented with a golden effort minutes from the end, when they were awarded a penalty kick, after a handling infringement, but they saw the effort blaze wide. The referees whistle came shortly afterwards, and the Saints captain Jimmy Carr was presented with the prestigious cup, in the week before he travels out to represent the league and his country in the UEFA Regions Cup competition. It’s been a long season for the Saints, and one of transition. They may not have reached the heights that they have in recent years, but they have shown they are still one of the top junior sides in the country, and it looks like they’ll be operating at that level for a few years to come yet. A special mention was also made on the night to the man of the match, Christopher Higgins, who announced his retirement after the game. A long servant of member of the great Michael’s teams of the last decade, it was only fitting that Chris would bow out the recipient of another piece of silverware to add to a large and varied collection, which also included representing his country in the sport that he loved. He was wished a happy retirement by everyone in Tipperary football at the end of the presentation.

TSDL Premier League May Match Reports

TSDL Premier League May Match Reports

Monday 22nd of May 2023 St Michael’s 0 – 0 Peake Villa Match Report

This game may have ended in stalemate, but the final score sparked wild celebrations among the travelling supporters of Peake Villa, as it meant they had finally dethroned the kings of Tipperary football, and brought to an end a seven year winning streak by St Michael’s that might take a long time before anyone comes close to again. The crowd was large and expectant and the pitch was in beautiful condition when the two teams kicked off. And within two minutes produced a talking point, when Saints Ed O Dwyer went marauding down the left wing, before crossing into the Peake area, only to see not one, but two Saints fall to the ground and their supporters baying for a penalty kick that never came. They continued in this vein for the next five minutes, attacking at will and trying to overwhelm a visiting side who knew they were always likely to have to weather this storm. And weather it they did, finally creating their first chance in the eleventh minute when after a series of corners, Ronan Maguire finally headed just wide, when a ball found him all alone at the back post. This heralded it a good spell of chances for the visiting side. In the twenty first minute Pippy Carroll spun round the centre of the home defence before making Aido Walsh move briskly in the Michael’s goal to snuff out the opportunity. And six minutes later Walsh had to dive full stretch to palm away a rasping shot by Jack Ryan Casey, as the Thurles side began to turn the screw on their illustrious opponents. That was the end of the chances until the final minutes of the first period. Two minutes from the break, the home defence got itself tied up in knots, and this allowed the effervescent Darragh Burn to fire a shot at Walsh, but again the shot stopper was up to the task. And at the other end, the home side had two efforts, the first flying over the bar from a Shane Ryan free kick, and deep into time added on, Ed O Dwyer also fired over from outside the area.

As the second half kicked off, there was some more urgency in the Saints play, and six minutes in a seemingly innocuous shot by Ed O Dwyer was spilled by Willie Tierney in the Villa goal, and he was happy to see the follow up scrambled out for a corner kick by the alert Dale Loughnane. The midfields took control from then on, with hard but fair hits going in on both sides, and the next real chance fell to Sean Murphy of the home side, who found himself a long way from his normal full back position to slide a shot just wide of the goal in the sixty eight minute. Three minutes later, Ed O Dwyer thought he had opened the scoring but again the visitors managed to get a toe on the ball and deflect it away for a corner. But Villa were always dangerous on the break, taking advantage of their speedy front line in the seventy first minute to set up Ryan Casey to skin the defence and draw the best save of the night from Walsh in the home goal, keeping the game level. As the game began to wind down the home side became increasingly desperate, and deep into time added on, with Walsh going up field for a corner kick, Dale Loughnane sped up the left wing after a clearance and looked to have assured the win for Villa but his shot rolled inches with of the far post. In the end, it didn’t matter. Shortly afterwards the referee blew the final whistle to bring an end to St Michael’s seven year run, and no one there on the night could or would begrudge the victory that has been a couple of years coming now to the Peake Villa club.

Wednesday 17th May

Clonmel Celtic 0 – 4 St Michael’s

St Michael’s did their part on Wednesday evening to keep the Premier League title, ending any faint hopes that Clonmel Town of staying in the shake up, and setting up one or possibly two titanic battles with Peake Villa over the next two weeks. They had the points wrapped up in this on before the break, and were the dominant team right from the beginning of the game. Jimmy Carr went close within three minutes, with a left foot shot that was parried up and over the bar, and Joey Mulcahy hit the post before Colin Bargary finally made it one to nil in the twenty-eight minute, when he got in behind the Celtic defence to score from close range. It was two only minutes later, when Chris Higgins rose to head home a Russell Quirke corner kick. Quirke nearly made it three minutes from the break, but his lob went wide of the post, though made amends in time added on when he was on hand to finish well from a Shane Ryan pass. The second half fizzled out to a large extent with both sides using their benches and Rhys Byron made it four eight minutes from time heading home a Mikey Nash cross to keep the league title race zipping along.

TSDL Third Division Play off report 21st May Match Reports

Powerstown 5 – 4 Moyglass United

These two teams played out an absorbing three all draw on the final day of the season, to send the destination of the Third Division title to a play off, but even that came paled in comparison to the entertainment served up on Friday night in Clonmel, when Powerstown finally the silverware after a nine-goal thriller, in front of a large crowd on a sun drenched Summer evening.

1st Half:

Moyglass had the better of the early exchanges, without ever really testing the Powerstown keeper, and at the other end, the closest Powerstown came were a series of free kicks from Gino Lonergan. But Lonergan was in the thick of the action for the first goal of the game, when a ball from the left wing found him in space in the area, only to see him taken down by a clumsy challenge, and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. He stood up, brushed himself down, and sent the keeper the wrong way to open the scoring in the twenty second minute. Minutes later Moyglass thought they had found a leveller only to see Stephen Holohans long range effort skim the crossbar and go over the top. The teams traded chances after this, and on the half hour mark, a Moyglass turnover in the centre of the pitch say Lonergan send Cathal Mc Keown away, but his shot went agonisingly the wrong side of the post. And five minutes later they were left to rue the miss even more, when Moyglass got their opening goal, and probably the score of the night. Some deft work down the right-hand side, saw the ball find Jamie Morrissey with his back to goal, and seemingly going nowhere. But a brilliant back heel took two defenders out of the game and found Jack Hayes in space, and he delivered an exquisite cross onto the head of Adam Lyons who gave the keeper no chance in the goal. But only three minutes later that good work was undone when Cathal Mc Keown was taken down in the Moyglass penalty area, and Gino Lonergan stepped up to score his and his sides second penalty of the night, and do enough to send his side to the break, two goals to one in front.

2nd Half:

Powerstown produced a lightning start to the second half, when within five minutes, Cathal McKeown played his brother Brian in behind the Moyglass defence, and from outside the area, he rifled the ball into the bottom right corner giving the keeper no chance. The crowd seemed to sense that the game may be going away from Moyglass, but they were not in the mood to throw the towel in yet, and five minutes later, reduced the deficit to a single goal, when Keith Cleere won the ball in a tight space in the area and teed up Adam Lyons to side foot to the net from eight yards out. They looked to have squared the game up two minutes after when Jamie Morrisey curled a brilliant pass to the feet of Darragh Hurley, but the onrushing Kieran Quirke made a brilliant save from the initial shot, and Hurley slid the rebound agonisingly wide of the post. But the pressure was building and just after the hour mark, a Morrissey free kick was parried by the Powerstown shot stopper into the path of Jack Hayes and he kept his cool to slide the ball of the keeper into the bottom corner of the net and level the game. They then shot themselves in the foot again, when almost from the next Powerstown attack, Aaron Hannigan played an inch perfect ball in behind which Cathal McKeown got on the end of and placed into the left bottom corner. Moyglass were relentless in looking to level the game again, and fifteen minutes from time a corner found its way to the back post but was headed just wide. Eleven minutes from time, it looked like Powerstown had finally put the game to bed when they scored their fifth of the night. An innocuous throw on the left-hand side was missed by the Moyglass defence and their hesitation was pounced upon by Brian Mc Keown who sprinted clear to fire home to the delight of his and his teams supporters. But Moyglass came back again seven minutes from time. They played some excellent football in the middle of the pitch to eventually find substitute Brian Delahunty, and he delivered a sublime curling effort beyond the keepers reach to set up a grandstand finish. Moyglass peppered the Powerstown defence in those last five minutes, but the defence put in a great shift to ensure they would not be beaten again and deliver the clubs first league title since its foundation just last year.

TSDL Premier Division 14th May Match Reports

Wednesday 10th May

 St Michael’s 1 – 1 Bansha Celtic

Saints salvaged a point with an injury time penalty against a good Bansha Celtic side in a game that entertained the large that turned out in Cooke Park last Wednesday evening. Knowing the importance of a win with things being tighter than ever at the top of this seasons Premier League, the home side were on the front foot from the off and had some good chances in the first quarter through Ashley Kelleher and Russell Quirke. They suffered a big blow however midway through the half, when they lost Shane Ryan to injury, and this impacted them for the rest of the half, finding it hard to knit much of their play together and create real chances. This continued into the second period, and they looked to the bench to add to their attack when they brought on Jimmy Carr and David Slattery within the first ten minutes of the half. But there night got worse just on the hour mark, when the visitors were awarded a penalty after a clumsy challenge in the Saints box, and Daire Egan made no mistake from twelve yards to give the away side the lead. After that Bansha gave an excellent performance of low block defending and counter attacking, and still lead as the game moved into a long period of time added on. And it looked like they would take all three points until Russell Quirke was taken down in the area, and Jimmy Carr showed ice cold nerves to ensure they would get something from the game.

Sunday 14th May

Peake Villa 7 – 0 Bansha Celtic

Bansha Celtic faced off against another of the title contenders on Sunday afternoon, but they were unable to repeat their Wednesday night heroics, going down to an excellent Peake side at the Tower Grounds in Thurles. Perhaps wary of their opponents after the midweek result, Villa started quickly and took the lead in the seventh minute when a Keith Cahill corner was headed to the net by Pippy Carroll. They doubled their lead shortly before the half hour mark, when Evan McCormack got on the end of a Cahill free kick to score, and got a third six minutes later when Ronan McGuire sent in a great cross that was headed to the bottom corner by Kieren Hennessy to make it three to nil. The home side rounded off their dominant first half display when they added a fourth shortly before the break, when another assist from Keith Cahill found Ronan McGuire, and his unstoppable header found the top corner, with the Celtic keeper left flat footed.

With a comfortable lead the hosts could be forgiven for taking their foot off the gas but they didn’t let up and scored their fifth six minutes after the break when Kieran Hennessy scored his second of the day coming in at the back post and firing home from close range. Hennessy secured his hat trick thirteen minutes from the end when he got on the end of a Darragh Byrne cross to make it six. And their relentless pressure led to a Bansha defender  putting the ball into his own net in the final moments to add a seventh, and set themselves up for a huge title push in their final two games.

Sunday 14th of May

Clonmel Town 2 – 1 St Michael’s

Although results elsewhere mean that Town cannot now win the Premier League title, they still managed to put a huge dent in the Saints attempts to win their seventh in a row, by toppling them on a scoreline of two goals to on in a very entertaining game in The Complex. The first half saw both teams really go at it from the start with Town having a lot of possession, however it was the visitors who were looking the more dangerous with Jimmy Carr constantly tormenting the home defence. Evan Comerford was a rock in the goal and pulled off two outstanding saves to keep the game all square. Michaels also hit the bar on two occasions while at the other end Rhys O Reagan, Ashley Laslett and Jack O Donnell all went close. The second half was only nine minutes old when a great ball by substitute Alan O Donnell found Rhys O Reagan who jinked his way past two players before firing under the out coming keeper to put Town a goal up to the delight of their supporters. After this the home side sensed blood and began to pile on the pressure, almost doubling their lead when a scramble in the goalmouth was eventually cleared by the Michaels defence. It was only a matter of time before the hosts did get their second, when Jamie Ahearne picked up the ball twenty five yards out and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner that left the Saints shot stopper stranded. Ashley Laslett was causing all sorts of problems upfront for Town and they had chances to extend the lead, but the league champions weren’t done and began to get on top again, pulling a goal back with a quarter of an hour left to play, when Ashley Kelliher scored with a delightful lob, that set up a tense finish. Michaels were really pushing on now and Evan Comerford once again was to pull off another fine save to keep his side in front. And they were to soak up everything the visitors thrown at them, when the final whistle was blown there was relief among the Town supporters who had waited awhile for this victory over their old rivals.

Peter O Reilly Cup final 13th May 2023 Match Report

Kilsheelan United 3 – 0 Moyglass United

Kilsheelan United secured their first silverware in 9 years on Saturday evening in Cahir, defeating Moyglass United by three goals to nil to be crowned Peter O’Reilly Cup champions, in front of a large crowd, on a gloriously sunny evening. The game was set to be a cracker, and the opening period saw both teams have early chances. It was only four minutes old, when Moyglass had the ball in the net but the effort was ruled out for offside, and two minutes later Kilsheelan’s John Paul Peters saw his goalbound effort cleared off the line, and scrambled away to safety. But once it settled down, it was Kilsheelan who seemed to be creating the better chances and they were desperately unlucky not to open the scoring in the twentieth minute when Billie O Connor’s cross come shot left the Moyglass keeper rooted to the spot, but then see the effort come back off the inside of the post. But the breakthrough seemed to be coming, and it arrived in the thirty second minute, when a dangerous cross was swung into the Moyglass box, spilled by the keeper, and the ever alert Mark Heffernan poked the ball home to give his side the lead. They kept that lead until half-time, although Moyglass did threaten on occasions, twice firing narrowly wide of Conor Grant’s goal. Eight minutes into the second-half they found a second when Cian Roche ran from midfield before finding the bottom corner after a scramble in the box again to give them breathing space. And things were made even harder for Moyglass on the hour mark when they were reduced to ten men following a second-yellow shown to one of their defenders. Kilsheelan continued to create chances, but just couldn’t seem to find a third to finish off the game. However, they finally did in injury time, when Billy O’Connor headed home from close range to make sure of the win.

TSDL Second Division Shield Final 14th May  Match Report

Cullen Lattin 2 – 0 Suirside

Cullen Lattin justified their favourites tag and added the Division 2 Shield title to the league title already won this year, by beating Suirside in a good game played in wet conditions at Cooke Park on Sunday. The West Tipperary side were well up for the game having a lot of possession in the first half, but found it very difficult to create any clear openings against a doughty Suirside defence. And if anything the best chance of the opening half fell to the Ardfinnan side when they swung a corner kick into the box, and needed a defender from Cullen to make a last ditch clearance off the line to keep his side level. Minutes after that, and perhaps stung into action, Cullen had the ball in the net when Micheal Mc Elligott was played clear by Tony O Neill, but it was called back for offside. This was the last clear chance of the half and the two teams went to the break scoreless. The second period was only five minutes old, when again O Neill and Elligott combined, with the latter heading home a corner kick to put Cullen in front. The game then became a midfield battle with both sides putting in some strong tackling, and as a consequence twenty minutes from time, Cullen were reduced to ten players courtesy of a red card. But if anything the loss of the player seemed to help them raise their game, and ten minutes from time Micheal Elligott got his second of the game, this time finishing off a cross from Mikey Stokes. In the final minutes Tommy O Mahoney almost made it three for the eventual winners but was denied by the crossbar. In the end, Cullen eased home to the delight of their large supporting contingent, and with a second title in the bag, will be looking forward to rejoining the First Division when next season kicks off.

TSDL Third Division Shield Final 12th May Match Report

Powerstown 3 – 2 Two Mile Borris

A wonder strike in the second half of extra time gave Powerstown victory in the final of this years Division Three Shield final over Two Mile Borris at Celtic Park in Clonmel last Friday night. Played in glorious sunshine in front of a large crowd, the teams played out a tense and at times thrilling game of football, that swung back and forth throughout the tie. Powerstown, who have yet to face a play off to decide whether they will win this years Division Three league title started better and had the ball in the Borris net in the sixth minute, only to see there celebrations cut short when the ball was adjudged to have gone out of play earlier in the move. Three minutes later they tested the keeper again when Conor Mc Grath had his first shot in anger, but Ashton Jordan was up to the task in the Borris goal and saved easily. It took until the twelfth minute before Borris got their first shot away, when Jake Jordan beat three players with some silky dribbling, before pulling the ball back to Robert Jordan who pulled his effort just wide of the upright. The scoring was finally opened in the fifteenth minute. First Powerstown’s Cian Crowe mad a lung busting overlap down the right wing from his full back position, and forced a brilliant save with his feet by the Borris keeper. But with Crowe out of position, Borris launched a quick counter attack and worked the ball across the pitch to Jake Jordan and he fired to the net to give his side the lead. This only caused Powerstown to re-double their efforts and in the twenty seventh minute, they equalised after a long clearance was won by David Grace and he slid the ball to the net from just inside the area. The game was flowing over and back, without creating any other clear chances until four minutes before the break, when veteran Gino Lonergan was taken down just outside the area at the end of a promising attack. But that didn’t deter Lonergan, as he stood up and curled a magnificent effort to the net leaving the keeper stranded. No more goals in that first half, and Powerstown were nearly handed a gift four minutes into the second, when the Borris keeper handled the ball just outside his area, but the resultant free kick flashed wide of the post. Three minutes later, the game was level again. Borris had worked their way up the field and won a series of corner kicks, the final of which saw the Powerstown keeper drop a cross into the area, and Ciaran Maher poked him from six yards out. As the second half wore on, the intensity of the game dropped in the heat, with Powerstown carving out the best of what chances there were. The best came in the sixty seventh minute when a beautiful through ball found Darren Murphy in acres of space, but his shot only found the side netting. That was the last real opening in normal time, and the game got somewhat scrappy as the teams started to use their benches, making a lot of substitutions. When it moved into extra time, Powerstown had two good chances in the first three minutes, the first seeing Brian Mc Keown skimming the outside of the post with a free kick and a minute later Darren Murphy found Conor Mc Grath in front of goal, only for the ball to be taking off his toe as he wound up for a shot. It looked after this that neither side would break the deadlock and it would take penalty kicks to separate the teams, but five minutes from time Borris cleared a ball from their area and it was controlled and volleyed on by substitute Brendan Boland, who hit a magnificent effort from all of thirty five yards out, to the back of the Borris net. This sent the Powerstown team and supporters into delight and they closed out the final few minutes for a historic first trophy win in the teams short history

Paddy Purtill Cup final, 6th May Match Report

Cashel Town 1 – 3 Galbally United

Galbally United had to come from behind to beat a game Cashel Town side and justify their favourites tag in an excellent Paddy Purtill final at Aisling Park in Cullen last Saturday evening. The underdogs couldn’t have asked for a better start, when they took the lead in only the third minute after they were awarded a free kick outside the area, that was despatched to the net by Alex O Sullivan, to the delight of the Cashel supporters. But the lead lasted only eight minutes, when Galbally got level thanks to an equaliser from Josh Dineen, who headed home a Bernard O Brien corner kick. This heralded a period of domination and they took the front in the twentieth minute, after Peter Morrissey expertly controlled a long ball out of defence, and set up Ger Quinlan who fired to the net from outside the area. The game see sawed over and back after this, and the next clear chance fell to Cashel, ten minutes from the break, when Murty Browne fired just wide after some good play in the middle of the pitch. But the real turning point of the half came six minutes from half time when Galbally extended their lead to three goals to one, thanks to a very good finish by John English, who was set up by Cathal O Mahoney who picked him out from the right wing. Cashel had to make a good start to the second period, and almost did when in the first minute, Alex O Sullivan slammed an effort from all of thirty five yards out that cannoned off the post and flew away to safety, much to the relief of the Galbally supporters. And Cashel continued to apply pressure especially through numerous excellent set play deliveries by veteran Ian Hahessy. But Galbally soaked up the pressure and if anything could have added to their tally from some deadly counter attacking forays into the Cashel half, notably when both Josh Dineen and Peter Morrissey came close to scoring. In the end, there were no more goals in the half, and Galbally captain Pa Murphy raised the cup at the end, sparking great celebrations among everyone involved with the team.

TSDL First Division Shield Final, 7th May Match Report

Cahir Park 1 – 3 Clonmel Town

A masterclass in finishing by Clonmel Town’s Dylan Guiry was the difference on Sunday when the Clonmel side ended The Park’s hope of a seasonal double, in front of a large crowd in Cahir. The game was in its infancy when Guiry showed what a smart and quick player he is, latching onto a long clearance which deceived the home defence, and beating the keeper to poke the ball under him, and into the net in just the fifth minute of the final. The game settled afterwards with Cahir beginning to enjoy more of the possession, but they were undone a second time in the nineteenth minute in the same fashion as the first when a kick out from their keeper carried on the wind and left the home keeper in a chase for the ball with Town’s Sam Dwyer. The forward got to the ball first and the momentum of the net minder caused him to commit a foul, which the referee had no hesitation pointing to the spot for. Guiry stepped up and doubled his and his sides tally, leaving Town two goals to the good. Cahir thought they had found a way back into the tie minutes later, but saw their best chance to that point headed off the line. And the nearest they came in the rest of the half was a speculative shot by Willie Dunne that flew high and wide three minutes before the break. The second half did start better for the league champions and they almost pulled a goal back eleven minutes in, when Tommy Mc Donagh found himself clean through on goal, but he was denied by a brilliant save from Town netminder Ben Cooney. The finally made their possession and pressure count though seven minute later when Tom Keating crossed from the endline on the left hand side, and saw the ball roll across the area before Conor Murphy tapped home unmarked from less than a yard on. It was game on at that point and Cahir were doing all the attacking. It looked like they found the leveller twenty minutes from time, when Keating provided another excellent cross from the left to the unmarked Willie Dunne six yards out, but he almost seemed to have too much time and headed wide of the post with the keeper rooted to the spot. And they rued those missed chances, when in the final minute, with Cahir committing men forward they were caught on the break and the ball fell to Dylan Guiry and he blasted to the net to add an insurance goal to a very good performance all around by the Clonmel side.

TSDL Premier League 7th May 2023 Match Report

Peake Villa 5 – 1 Clonmel Town

Though this was Clonmel Towns first defeat all season, the result of a dominant performance by the home side at the Tower Grounds in Thurles effectively means that what has been a three horse race for the Premier League title, has now become just one between two sides. Conditions were perfect great for the game, and the pitch was in excellent condition as the sides ran out, and Villa took the game the game to the visitors from the start, getting rewarded in the tenth minute when Pippy Carroll found Keith Cahill in space, and he crossed to Ronan McGuire who headed into the bottom corner. The game did settle down afterwards, but was turned on its head in a four minute spell midway through the half. First the visitors got themselves level in the twenty first minute, when Ashley Lasslett scored, but less than a minute later, the home side responded and forced a Town defender to put through his own net and restore the lead to the Thurles side. The minutes later, Pippy Carroll found Ronan McGuire in space, and he slide the ball into the bottom corner with a fine strike, to put Villa three to one in front, and in complete control. After that the two sides swapped a few half chances, but neither were able to make anything count and they went to the break without any mor goals. When the second period started, the visitors were forced to push on and try to get back into the game, but this meant they repeatedly left gaps at the back, that Villa were able to exploit, and they made that count just after the hour mark, when they added a fourth through Pippy Carroll who was played in by Keith Cahill. Town were not without their chances but found Willie Tierney hard to beat in th hom goal, and a fine defence marshalled by veteran Alan Leahy. The home side were never going to give up their advantage, and added a fifth and final goal in the last five minutes when Darragh Byrne finished off a fine run by slotting a shot into the bottom corner. With just three games to go now, Villa have the ability to win the title in their own hands, even if they have some huge games coming up. But they will be as much a danger to any other team on the evidence of this clinical performance

Tipperary Cup, semi-final, 7th May Match Report

Clonmel Celtic 0 – 2 St Michaels

For the second successive season Clonmel Celtic fell at the semi-final stage of the Tipperary Cup when they went down by two goals to nil to St Michaels at Celtic Park on Sunday afternoon. The Saints themselves were picking up after their heart-breaking defeat in Limerick last weekend, and produced a professional performance to keep their chase for silverware up on two fronts. After a decent first half of the season Celtic’s form since the turn of the year hasn’t been great but despite this they gave a good account of themselves in the first half that finished scoreless. But as the visitors have done so many times before, they ground out a performance in the second half, that slowly constricted the home side and when Ed O’Dwyer put the visitors ahead on the hour mark, they always looked like they were going to hold on in the tie. They sealed victory and a cup final place when David Slattery scored late on, and they’ll now go into the final as overwhelming favourites against Division One side Old Bridge.

FAI Junior Cup Final 29th April 2023 Match Report
ST MICHAELS  Vs NEWMARKET CELTIC 
FAI JUNIOR CUP FINAL
ST MICHAELS 1 NEWMARKET CELTIC 1
NEWMARKET WON 5-4 ON PENALTIES
Saints lost the Fai Junior Cup final in the toughest way possible in a penalty shootout at Jackman Park last night. In a tense opening period Aido Walsh did well to come off his line to stop Newmarket’s talisman Eoin Hayes. A last ditch tackle on 14 mins prevented Russell Quirke from shooting at the Newmarket goals..A good pass from Colin Bargary nearly played in Russell Quirke on 18 mins down the right wing. It was dour and tough stuff with either side refusing to yield or give an advantage. Russell was unlucky on 21 mins to lose his balance again from a Colin Bargary pass. David Slattery got his head at the back post to a Joey Mulcahy corner but the ball was gathered by Newmarket custodian Shane Cusack. Aido Walsh did well on 32 mins to punch away a David McCarthy free from the right wing..DJ Cremins got in a clearance on 33mins under pressure from Darragh Leahy. It was obvious an opening goal would be huge in a tight game and Newmarket got their noses in front on 36 mins when the Referee awarded a penalty when Eoin Hayes was fouled in the area and Ashley Cullivan converted it to give first blood to Newmarket. The half time whistle arrived with Cullivan’s penalty separating the sides.
HALF TIME:
ST. MICHAELS 0 NEWMARKET CELTIC 1
On 51 mins Ed O’Dwyer flashed a shot just wide of the far post from the left wing. David Slattery got his head to a Sean Murphy cross a minute later but it went well wide of the goal. On 55 mins Saints levelled the game at 1-1 when Joey Mulcahy’s second corner was headed goalwards by Paul Breen and David Slattery reacted fastest to steer the ball home much to the delight of the large Saints support. For the next 15 mins Saints largely dominated the game with Newmarket looking a bit leg weary but were always dangerous on the break and always had an out ball with the pace of Eoin Hayes. DJ Cremins again got a leg in to avert the danger as the game hit the hour mark in Jackman Park.Russell Quirke got on the end of a Paul Breen defensive header on 63 mins but his effort went wide of goal. Ed O’,Dwyer again was narrowly wide on 69 mins from the left wing. Paul Breen got on the end of a David Slattery cross on 70 mins but his effort was gathered by Cusack. Both sides started using their benches as tired limbs were the order of the day in the cauldron of battle. David McCarthy blazed over the bar for Newmarket on 73 mins as did Russell Quirke on 78 mins for Michaels. Shane Ryan went close for Saints from a cross from substitute Ashley Kelliher with ten minutes left to play..Paul Breen was dismissed on 86 mins for a second yellow card when he took down Eoin Hayes just on the 18 yard line and Saints had to reshuffle bringing in Chris Higgins with the prospect of extra time looming largely. In a pulsating finish Stephen Kelly got in a last ditch block on an Ed O’Dwyer effort to clear it out for a corner and a David McCarthy free kick came back off the post and the referee’s final whistle sent the game to extra time in Jackman Park
FULL TIME:
ST. MICHAELS 1 NEWMARKET CELTIC 1
EXTRA TIME:
Chris Higgins missed a defensive header on 91 mins and Darragh Leahy was just wide from the resultant corner. Saints had to go carefully with a man disadvantage and Newmarket had the bulk of possession in extra time. Eoin Hayes got in behind the Saints defence on 96 mins but Chris Higgins was on hand to clear off the line. Shane Ryan went close from the endline on 105 mins and Newmarket had two efforts go over the bar and the whistle brought penalties to a reality in Jackman Park.
PENALTIES:
1.JOEY MULCAHY 1-0
2.SHANE CUSACK 1-1
3.CHRIS HIGGINS. 2-1
4 EOIN HAYES. 2-2
5.SHANE RYAN SAVED 2-2
6.DERMOT LENNON. 2-3
7.ASHLEY KELLIHER. 3-3
8.RONAN MCCORMACK 3-4
9.RUSSELL QUIRKE. 4-4
10.STEPHEN KELLY. 4-5

Third Division Shield report 30th April 2023

Powerstown 1 – 0 Donohill and District

Powerstown booked their place in the Division 3 Shield final, and kept up their hopes of a double this season, when they narrowly got past Donohill and District on Sunday after an absorbing cup tie. The home side dominated the early exchanges, but found Donohill to be doughty opponents, who thwarted every effort thrown against them. The dam eventually had to break however, and it did so eight minutes from the break when Cathal Mc Keown slipped his namesake Brian Mc Keown through on goal, and the striker made no mistake with the finish, firing the ball across the keeper and into the bottom right corner. This was the only goal of the first half, and second half was a more competitive affair. Donohill were unlucky not to equalise, on a number of occasions, with Jamie Dunne, at the heart of the home defence clearing two certain goals off the line to keep his side in front. At the other end, Conor Mc Grath hit the crossbar with a well-crafted effort, and not long later Brian McKeown almost doubled his and his sides tally, only seeing his effort also cannon off the woodwork and away to safety. The away side finally got a gilt edged chance to level the game when they were awarded a penalty, but the effort struck the post and flew wide, leaving the hosts to hang on and secure their place in the final.

Tipperary Youth Cup final report, 30th April 2023 

Tipperary Youths Cup final

Cullen Lattin 3 – 2 Clonmel Celtic (AET)

On a sunny Sunday afternoon Cooke Park hosted the Tipperary Youth Cup Final, with Clonmel Celtic going into the game was warm favourites after winning this years Youths title. But no one told the hardy West Tipperary lads of Cullen and Lattin, and by the end of the afternoon, after serving up some wonderful entertainment, it was the local lads that took the cup home the short few miles to great celebrations from their watching supporters. It wasn’t as big as surprise to those in the know of Youths football this season, as Cullen were one of only two teams to beat Celtic in that winning league campaign, and after a tight and tense first quarter, they drew first blood, when they opened the scoring in the twenty fourth minute, after a well delivered ball by Tom Ryan Bob was met at the back post for Tristan Stokes to head home. This seemed to awaken the league champions however, and they started to dominate midfield and finished the half the stronger side. They got the perfect opportunity to level the scoring when they were awarded a penalty six minutes before the break, but much to the relief of their opponents, they spurned the opportunity and Cullen went to the break a goal to the good.

But the pattern of Celtic dominance continued in the early part of the second period and only for Micheàl Ryan Bob in the Cullen goals would have being back in the game straight from the off of the second half. But they finally did get their reward in the fifty seventh minute when a well delivered corner was headed home by Jake Forristal to level the game. Cullen looked tired and leggy at this point, and suffered further when they went behind twenty two minutes from time after some good work down the left saw the ball fall to the feet of Aaron Costin, and he tapped home from close range. But Cullen didn’t give up and sprung some fresh legs from the edge and made a few tactical tweaks. One of which paid off, when Paddy Downey who had been moved into centre forward, was fouled just outside the area, and up stepped Tom Ryan Bob to fire the free kick into the top corner, and level the game again. It was Celtic who finished stronger, but the Cullen keeper was in inspired form and he made some spectacular saves to ensure that his side would get at least another twenty minutes of extra time to try to find a winner. Both teams had chances in the first half but no extra goals were scored, and at the kick off for the second period, Celtic made an inexplicable error right from the kick off that allowed Javi Serrano to square a cross to Paddy Downey who rolled the ball into the net. This seemed to drain the energy from the Clonmel side, and the home defence made sure that they would get no more clear chances on goal, ensuring a famous victory for the West Tipperary side, to the delight of all their connections and supporters.

TSDL Premier League 16th April 2023 Match Reports

Peake Villa 5 – 0 Clonmel Celtic

Peake Villa were in ruthless mode when they dispatched Clonmel Celtic on Sunday morning underneath a warm sun with barely a breeze of note. They were on their game right from the off and opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Ronan McGuire fired home, with his effort going in off the post. But the visitors soon settled and created some good chances during the first half, forcing Shane Mc Guire into some good saves in the Villa goal to keep his side in front. The hosts thought they had a second five minutes before the break, when Pippy Carroll found the net with a good header but the referee called play back for an earlier foul and the goal was chalked off. With only a single goal advantage at the break, the Thurles side took the game to the visitors in the second half and the goal of the game came in the fifty seventh minute with good build up play and a fine finish from Dale Loughnane to the bottom corner to double the home sides lead. They scored again nine minutes later when Darragh Byrne done well down the right and crossed to Keith Cahill who laid a ball off to Ronan McGuire to score his second, and he secured his hat trick two minutes later to put Villa four up and well on their way to victory. Pippy Carroll finally got the goal his good play deserved six minutes from time, to wrap up the scoring.

Clonmel Town 5 – 0 Bansha Celtic

This was the reverse fixture of the same tie last weekend when Clonmel Town dropped two vital points in their title chase, but they were never going to be caught out twice, and took all three points after a comprehensive victory over a Bansha team, now free of the spectre of relegation. The home side started well and opened the scoring in the fifteenth minute when some excellent one touch football saw Cillian Crowe being played through to slot past the keeper. They were completely dominant after this, and some sloppy defending by the Bansha defence allowed Ashley Laslett latch onto a half volley to put his side two up just after the half hour mark. Jack O Donnell put the game to bed with another excellent team goal right on halftime, and although the visitors chose to sit deeper in the second period, they were constantly faced with waves of Town attacks. Rhys O Regan finally made it four, fifteen minutes from time, with an excellent strike, and the same player had the final say when when he tapped home his sides fifth, with almost the final kick of the game

Two Mile Borris 1 – 4 St Michael’s

Although back in another FAI Cup final, the players and managers of St Michael’s will tell people always that the TSDL Premier League title is their bread and butter, and they stayed well in the race for another title this season with a good win away to a much improved Borris side. The game was scrappy in the first quarter of an hour, and it was unsurprising that the first goal would come from a defensive error that was latched on by Rhys Byron to put the visitors in front. After that the game settled into a dour midfield battle that had plenty of grit and determination, but lacked much quality until two minutes before the break, when Byron struck for a second time, to give his side a comfortable half time lead. The game in the second period followed a similar pattern as the first, but Borris were given an opportunity to get back into it, when they were awarded a penalty kick just after the hour mark, that Martin Darmody fired to the net. But they only had the lead cut back to the minimum for less than five minutes when the visitors were awarded a penalty kick of their own, and Joey Mulcahy made no mistake from the spot. The game went into cruise mode after this, and the final score came just two minutes from time, when Russell Quirke fired low into the Borris net from just inside the area, to ensure his sides win

TSDL Paddy Purtill Cup 16th April 2023 Match Reports

St Nicholas 0 – 2 Galbally United

Galbally United booked their place in this years Paddy Purtill Cup final when they travelled to Danny O Dwyer Park in Solohead to beat their hosts by two goals to nil on a warm Sunday afternoon in West Tipperary. The away side were stronger around the pitch and constantly pinned the hosts back, but the Saints defence put up a stubborn resistance that ensured they took the game to the break scoreless. But it only took five minutes of the second period to break the deadlock, when Ger Browne got on the end of some good work around the edge of the area to fire the ball to the net. This meant that the home side had to come out of their defensive shell to get back into the tie, and this left gaps behind, which were ruthlessly exploited twelve minutes from time when Eoin O Sullivan finished off a counter attack with a brilliant finish. After that the visitors were able to sit back and soak up any pressure without too much worry, to book their place in the final, where they will start as strong favourites.

TSDL First Division Shield 16th April 2023  Match Reports

Cahir Park 3 – 1 Old Bridge

League champions Cahir Park remained on course for a league and Shield double, when they finally put a tough Old Bridge side to the sword on Sunday afternoon. Both sides have been showing some good form of late, but the game was decidedly scrappy for much of the first quarter. The hosts finally settled and took the lead in the twenty second minute, when Ian Flannery fired home a smashing effort, volleying to the top corner of the net after the visitors thought they had cleared away a corner kick. The game remained tight and there were no more goals in the first half, with the first twenty minutes of the second also following the same pattern. But the visitors finally managed to get a leveller when Johnny Cagney fired home a volley of his own that saw the Park keeper rooted to his line. Bridge began to turn the screw after this, and looked to be the more likely winners, but ten minutes from time, the home side retook the lead against the run of play, when Willie Dunne took advantage of a defensive mistake to roll the ball into an empty net. Having no choice but to pour forward, Bridge were caught again two minutes from time when Barry Cooney finished the scoring with a third decisive goal for the home side.

Tipperary Town 1 – 4 Clonmel Town

The home sides season came to a disappointing end when a depleted side were well beaten by a well organised and hungry Clonmel Town side. Both sides created chances early on with Caleb Hickey hitting the post and Ryan Maher missed the target from ten yards out for the home side, while Kevin Kerwin brought the best out of Eric Higgins for the visitors. Darragh Walsh did eventually open the scoring from close range to give the away side the lead midway through the half, but on the stroke of half time Stephen Quinn made a penetrating run into the oppositions defence, and when the ball broke to Caleb Hickey, he hit a goal of the season contender from all of thirty yards out, that gave the away keeper no chance. That left the game one all at the break, but not long into the second period, a visibly tiring home side were picked off by their younger opponents. Sam O Dwyer made it two goals to one, with a good finish from the left while Kerwin scored the third and fourth from close range in the final twenty minutes of the game. The home side knocked on the door a number of times late on, but they never really looked like they were getting back into the tie.

TSDL Second Division 16th April 2023 Match Reports

Cullen Lattin 3 – 0 Suirside  

Cullen Lattin secured the Second Division title and immediate promotion back to the First Division with a three goal to nil win over Suirside on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon in West Tipperary. After a number of delays this game finally went ahead, and the hosts took control right from the off, coming close on a number of occasions before finally opening the scoring in the twenty second minute when Danny O Dwyer was fouled just outside the area, and Ben Carey’s resulting free kick took a wicked deflection to wrong foot the visiting keeper. This settled whatever nerves the home side may have had, and they added a second eight minutes before the break, when Carey again delivered into the box for Mickie O Brien. They kept this two goal lead to the break, and started the second period with their tails up, before adding a third goal just after the hour mark when Mikey stokes tapped home after some good build up play by Adam Lohan and Darragh O Brien. It was plain sailing from there to the end, to the delight of the watching supporters, who celebrated the title win with joy.

TSDL Third Division Shield 16th April 2023 Match Reports

Moyglass United 1 – 2 Two Mile Borris

After their comeback heroics in the league last weekend, Moyglass were unable to repeat the trick in the second round of the Third Division Shield, when they went down against Two Mile Borris to the odd goal in three on Sunday afternoon. The game was pretty even with few chances until the visitors took the lead just after the half hour mark when Donnacha Troy took advantage of a mix up in the home area to fire home. And Moyglass were still reeling from this when the conceded a second five minutes later, to a brilliant headed effort by Padraig Fogarty. This was the score at the break, and the home side were dominant throughout much of the second period, only to be faced with an excellent performance by the visiting keeper. They finally pulled a goal back late on through Niall Doocey, but this time it was too little too late and Borris advanced.

TSDL Youths 16th April 2023 Match Reports

TSDL Youths Division 1

Clonmel Celtic 4 – 0 Two Mile Borris  

Newly crowned champions Clonmel Celtic rounded off their league season with a stylish four goal win over rivals Two Mile Borris on Saturday afternoon. The game was only two minutes old when Max Ryan slotted home after a wonderful assist by Cillian O Brien, and many in the crowd thought this might open the floodgates for the home side. But the visitors played themselves back into the game and were unlucky to be behind to the solitary goal at the half time break. The game continued on a knife edge until the sixty second minute when Jack Aylward took advantage of an assist by Jack Norris to put his side two goal in front. This allowed Celtic to go into cruise control and they added two more inside the final five minutes through Rhys Lonergan and Paddy Ormonde to put a gloss on a very good performance.

FAI Senior Cup preliminary round, 9th April 2023 Match Reports

St Michael’s 2 – 1 Ballynanty Rovers

Both these Junior teams played understrength sides when they met in the preliminary round of this years FAI Senior Cup tie at Cooke Park, on Sunday afternoon, with the home side finally progressing by the odd goal in three. With bigger fish to fry in upcoming games, the sides seemed flat and lifeless for much of the first half, with the Saints probably shading it in terms of chances in the first quarter of the game. They had half chances through Paul Breen and Rodrigo Goncalves, before they finally opened their account just after the half hour, when Rhys Byron was brought down and from the resultant free kick Adam McGrath found the corner of the net to the delight of the home support. Byron then fired over the bar two minutes before the break, and at the other end a shot from Cathal Fitzgerald went wide of goal, the best chance the Limerick side produced in a poor first half. Veteran defender Paul Breen again went close again with a header just before the hour mark, and his side finally added their second in the sixty third minute, Rovers keeper Colin Lynch failed to control an Ashley Kelliher cross and Byron was on hand to poke home from close range. Both sides used their subs after this and on sixty six minutes, Brian Quinn got in behind the Saints defence to make it two goals to one. The visitors then had two good chances to level the tie firstly when Toomey got in behind the defence but shot poorly and Robbie McGrath made a superb save to touch an Earls header over the bar following a free kick. Danny O’Brien nearly got in at the other end to increase the home lead but, in the end two goals were enough to carry the TSDL into the next round.

TSDL Premier League 9th April 2023 Match Reports

Bansha Celtic 2 – 2 Clonmel Town

Bansha Celtic assured themselves of Premier League action next season, but put a big dent in the hopes of Clonmel Town winning this years title, when they held the league leaders to a two all draw at home on Sunday afternoon. In good form of late, the hosts took the lead after just three minutes, when a free kick from Darren Mc Grath took a slight deflection off the wall and nestled in the bottom corner, leaving the Town keeper stranded. But directly from the kick off, the vistors attacked with purpose, and saw a ball break in the box to Rhys O Regan who made no mistake from twelve yards out, and levelled game again. But the home side regained the initiative just before the half hour mark, when a cross from the right was volleyed home by Robbie Byron, and that was enough to send his side to the break a goal to the good. Needing a result from the game, Town took control in the second period and produced a couple of excellent chances before they finally got level for a second time with when a strike from Cilllian Crowe nestled in the top corner from all of twenty five yards out. The home side defended manfully for rest of game, desperate to hold onto that precious point, and almost won all three when a header from Darren Mc Grath smashed off the crossbar in the final moments. But in the end they were happy with the draw, while Clonmel will rue what they will consider to be two points dropped as the season enters its seminal weeks.

Two Mile Borris 0 – 4 Peake Villa

More clinical finishing by the away side gave Peake Villa victory in this local derby and kept them well in touch for a push to win a first Premier League title in a decade. The home side had the better of the opening exchanges, but were unable to convert any of the half chances that they created, and found themselves a goal behind on the quarter hour mark when a long free kick into the area, found the head of Ronan Mc Guire and he made no mistake from less than six yards out. This shifted the balance of play and Villa took control, adding to their tally ten minutes before the break when sharp shooter Pippy Carroll took advantage of a brilliant through ball to round the keeper and roll the ball into an empty net. Borris had the ball in the net five minutes later, only to see the effort ruled out for an offside flag, and their disappointment was compounded almost on the stroke of half time, when a cross from the right caused consternation in the home defence and one of their own players bundled the ball into his own net. This killed the game as a contest, and the second period was much more pedestrian than the first, with few chances created. Villa finally added a fourth fifteen minutes from time, when a speculative shot by Mc Guire seemed to get lifted by the wind and wrong footed the home keeper before nestling in the back of the net.

Paddy Purtill Cup semi-final, 9th April 2023 Match Reports

Old Bridge 1 – 1 Cashel Town (AET Cashel Town win 5-4 on penalties)

Cashel Town continued their fairytale run to the final of this seasons Paddy Purtill Cup, when they caused a big upset by defeating in-form Old Bridge on penalties at Green Lane in Clonmel on Sunday afternoon. The game was an absorbing contest which all supporters appreciated, with the side being hampered after losing key player Jake Mulcahy to a pulled hamstring in just the first minute, and seeing his replacement Sean Martin go off shortly after similar complaint. When the action rally got going, it game proceeded along expected lines with The Bridge dominating in possession, but failing to capitalise on the chances they created through a combination of poor execution and good defensive work from the visitors. Cashel themselves were constantly looking for opportunities on the break, but neither side was able to break the deadlock in a scoreless first half. The second period continued along similar lines but the visitors did get forward on more occasions, only to find the hosts defence up to the task of keeping them out. The home side did continue to have chances, but in the end the game finished scoreless in regulation time. Extra time commenced and still The Bridge could not break down a resolute Cashel side who were growing in confidence.  In the last minute of the first period a Niall Hallissey cross was superbly finished to the net by Gavin Browne to put the away side in front. The Bridge came out fast in the second period, and almost from the restart, Connie Power equalized with a beautifully placed header after some good build up play. The home side continued their pressure but were unable to add a winner so the game went to the dreaded penalty shoot out. Cashel were perfect from the spot and keeper Dean Harding’s save booked their place in the final much to the regret of a disappointed Old Bridge side.

TSDL First Division Shield 9th April 2023 Match Reports

Cahir Park 4 – 0 St Michael’s

Cahir Park welcomed Saint Michaels B for the quarter final of the First Division Shield on Sunday morning, and left with their hopes of a Shield and Divisional title double well intact after dispensing of the visitors in a routine four goal win. The visitors started the better of the two teams as they took advantage of a very sloppy start by the home side. Dominating the early stages, they created some half chances in the first twenty minutes but good defending and goal keeping kept the visitors at bay. Once the hosts finally settled down they came back into the game, and took a rather fortunate lead on the stroke of half time when Tommy Mc Donagh finished off the best move of the first by rounding the keeper and finishing to the empty net. This brought the home side to life and came out much the better team and took control from the restart. Shane Murphy doubled the lead heading home at the back post on fifty-one minutes, and Willie Dunne made the game safe in the sixty seventh, when he made it three nil from the pen spot. Ger Quinn tapped home from close range five minutes from time, to finish the scoring.

TSDL Third Division 9th April 2023 Match Reports

Powerstown 3 – 3 Moyglass United

With both teams locked on the same number of points, this final game of the season was a “winner takes all” tie, that finished up with neither taking anything, after an enthralling six goal thriller that seen the spoils shared, and the teams having to do it all again in a play off to be scheduled in the coming weeks. With so much on the game you could have been forgiven for expecting it to be tense and low scoring, but both teams went at it hammer and tongs from the beginning, and Conor Mc Grath opening the scoring for the hosts in the thirteenth minute. A corner caused chaos in the box and Mc Grath reacted fastest to poke home from five yards out. Mark Olney doubled the lead seven minutes later with a bullet header, after Gino Lonergans free kick found him free at the back post. And the hosts looked to have the game, the points and the title wrapped up minutes later when Darren Murphy got the third after he beat the visitors offside trap, slid the ball into the net. But an Adam Lyons penalty seven minutes from the break, was the catalyst for Moyglass’ revival. Stephen Houlihan followed up with a second just moments before the half time whistle to bring and eventful first half to a close. The home side were under siege for much of the second period, but looked to have weathered the storm, and must have felt like they had one hand on the title, when Keith Cleere wrenched it away, coming up with a deserved leveller for Moyglass, to huge cheers from the travelling support, who will no doubt also be in attendance when this absorbing league title comes to a conclusion at a play off to be determined.

TSDL Youths 9th April 2023 Match Reports

TSDL Youths Division 

Clonmel Celtic 2 – 1 Peake Villa

After missing out with their first attempt, Clonmel Celtic finally secured their first ever TSDL Youths title in front of a large crowd at the bypass on Saturday, when they beat a strong Peake Villa side by two goals to one. The home side looked nervous in the opening minutes and Villa sensing there was something there for them began to get on top. The hosts game plan seemed to be to play in the opposition half but every ball they launched forward was carried by the wind and failed to trouble the visiting defence. And they had to mind their own goal, giving up two early chances to the Thurles side, the first of which flashed over and keeper Oisin O’ Donoghue getting down smartly to save the second effort effort. Knowing a win might still allow them to catch the hosts in the table, the visiting team continued to probe and cause all kinds of problems, but were rocked back on the half hour mark, when Celtic finally opened the scoring after a fine free kick from Paddy Ormond found Jake Forrestal ghosting in behind the defence and he applied a clinical finish to put his side a goal up. But the away side were almost level within a minute when a dangerous cross was met by a header that lacked power and was easily saved by O’Donoghue, who was having a solid game between the posts. Then the Villa were presented with a gilt-edged chance to level, when they were awarded a penalty kick eight minutes before the break. However, O Donoghue continued his inspired performance by diving full length to save the subsequent effort. Things got even better for Celtic when they doubled their lead four minutes later, with Michael Prendergast slotting home after great work by Alex Greene to send the hosts to the break two goals to the good. They nearly made the perfect start to the second half when Michael Prendergast raced clear but his effort was saved. Villa still looked dangerous and were very much in this game and on fifty-one minutes they were denied again by O’ Donoghue diving full length to tip a shot on to the crossbar. With 15 minutes remaining Villa finally got the goal their play deserved when a fine half volley from Ciaran Purcell eventually beat the home net minder. They pushed for an equaliser but in truth it was Celtic who should have put the game to bed in the last five minutes with a succession of chances that they couldn’t convert. Fortunately, they didn’t need that third goal and the win against a good Villa side saw them claim their first ever title to huge delight from the crowd.

FAI Junior Cup, semi Final, 2nd April 2023 Match Reports

Gorey Rangers 1 – 2 St Michael’s

Saints showed character and resilience to come from behind in this game and ultimately earn a place in their eight FAI Junior Cup final. After making the long trip to Wexford, the first half was tense and nervy from both sides as the stakes were so high. But the experienced TSDL side had the better of the early chances with Donagh Hickey, and Rhys Byron going close in the first quarter hour. But as the half wore on, the home side began to make chances of their own, and took the lead in the thirty second minute, when Adam Territt managed to get around his marker on the wing, and deliver a pin point cross to Paul Brennan who made no mistake from close in. This gave the large home crowd plenty to cheer about, but it was never going to deter the old Saints heads, and veteran Paul Breen was unlucky not to find an equaliser with a headed effort from a Joey Mulcahy free kick just on the stroke of half time. The TSDL side needed a good start to the second period, but were lucky not to find themselves two goals down only two minutes in, when Paul Brennan found himself in space in their area, but luckily he pulled his effort wide of the target. Young defender DJ Cremins was called upon shortly after that to deny Brennan once again with a well timed tackle. But the visitors got the break they needed in the fifty third minute when Jimmy Carr was upended in the penalty area and and Joey Mulcahy levelled the game from the penalty spot. The game was flowing from one end of the pitch to the other at this stage, with Aido Walsh called into action on a number of occasions, but always finding himself up to the task of keeping his side level. The introduction of Shane Ryan and Ashley Kelliher midway through the second half added a new dimension to the Saints game, and was instrumental in them finding the front with seventeen minutes left to play. Colin Bargary hit a perfect pass for the pacy Kelliher who beat the defence, but was taken down by keeper Kinsella to see the Tipperary side awarded their second spot kick of the game. And for the second time, Mulcahy did the business, going to the opposite side this time, but again sending the home keeper in the wrong direction. After this, the Saints defended doggedly over the final ten minutes, with Paul Breen and DJ Cremins standing solid as a barrage of crosses came into their area. They continued to pose a threat on the counter attack themselves, with Adam McGrath and Russell Quirke unlucky with their efforts. Four minutes of injury time were added and elapsed before the final whistle saw joyous scenes among the travelling supporters, who will no doubt now be relishing a crack at Newmarket Celtic in the final come the end of the month.

TSDL Premier League 2nd April 2023 Match Reports

Wilderness Rovers 2 – 5 Peake Villa

Peake Villa arrived in Clonmel on Sunday afternoon needing a big result to keep themselves in the hunt for the Premier League title, while their main rivals were on a weekend off, and they delivered in spades against a game Wilderness side who have enjoyed a successful return to the top table after a number of years in Division One. The visitors had most of the possession but were constantly thwarted in the early stages by a resolute Wildies defence. But they finally opened the scoring in the twenty third minute when Evan Mc Cormack got behind the home defence and slotted home from close range. The rest of the half saw the hosts push forward looking for an equaliser but the closest they came was a shot from Daan van Der Wall hitting the crossbar with a fantastic effort, and they went to the break a goal down. The second half followed in much the same vein for the first ten minutes, before the Thurles side added a second after a mix up in the home defence. This could have seen the Clonmel side fold, but they brought the game back to life six minutes later when Michael O Hara headed home a ball swung in from the right hand side. This added momentum to the home side and they were level in the sixty sixth minute when they were awarded a penalty kick and Sean Brown made no mistake from twelve yards out. But this seemed to re-invigorate the Villa and they began to wear down the hosts, retaking the lead eighteen minutes from time when Ronan Mc Guire found the net. Two more goals in three minutes in the final ten minutes assured that the Thurles side would take home all three points, after that mini scare, and keep them well in contention as the season reaches the real business end.

Vee Rovers 1 – 4 Two Mile Borris

Vee Rovers finished out what has been a disappointing season for them with another defeat on Sunday, when they hosted Two Mile Borris in Clogheen. The home side will play their football in the First Division next season and will be glad to see the end of this one, after suffering another defeat against a young Borris side that will hope to consolidate themselves after a good year and hopefully push on to better things in the future. The away side were well on top in the first half and created a number of good chances before finally taking the lead in the twenty third minute. The goal itself was simple enough, a long ball over the top was latched onto by Daniel Rafter and he fired home against the stranded home keeper. Three minutes later, the hosts were caught again in an almost identical situation, unable to deal with a long ball into their area, and again Rafter made them pay by sweeping home his and his sides second goal. The game settled a little after that and Vee would have hoped to get to the break and regroup without conceding further, but they were caught out again two minutes before the break when Zack Hackett produced a tidy finish to send his side into half time three goals to the good. The second period was a more even affair with both sides making chances, but it was again Borris who finally made one count in the seventy second minute when Urban Nolan got a fourth for his side. Ten minutes from time, the home side got a deserved goal thanks to a sublime effort by Mark Hayde, but it was too little too late to make any real difference to the final outcome

TSDL First Division Shield 2nd April 2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Town 5 – 0 Mullinahone

Clonmel Town advanced to the semi-final of the First Division shield by overcoming Mullinahone by five goals to nil on Sunday afternoon last. A very youthful Town team were on the front foot from the off and were rewarded on fifteen minutes when Michael O Sullivan unleashed an unstoppable shot from all of thirty yards out that gave the visiting keeper no chance. To their credit the visitors were grew into the game and looked dangerous at times with their crisp passing unsettling the hosts, but the game went away from them again in the thirty second minute when a fine save by the keeper fell to Dylan Guiry who tapped home to make it two nil to the hosts, a lead they took to the break. The second half started with both teams continuing to play some nice football and the away side pressurising the Town defence from set pieces especially, but the hosts dealing with everything thrown at them. Nineteen minutes from time clock Dylan Guiry put the game to bed when he broke the offside trap to slot home his sides third, and within two minutes he completed his hat trick when once again he showed his strength when seeing off the Mullinahone defence to rattle the net giving the keeper no chance. Town weren’t willing to run down the clock and kept attacking in waves and with the last kick of the match Michael O Sullivan was to get his second of the match and the teams fifth when he lobbed the keeper from his own half.

Peake Villa 0 – 3 Old Bridge

A young Villa side took to the field on Sunday against a strong Bridge team who are having a run of fine form in the latter stages of the season fine season. The first half was a very good game with both teams playing good football, and the hosts unlucky not to open the scoring midway through the half when Paul Noonan got behind the defence and his shot was brilliantly saved by Connie Power in the Bridge goal. Noonan got on the end of a cross just minutes later and again it was well saved. At the other end David Purcell was having a fine game in goal for Villa making a few good saves, and with nothing between the sides they went in level at half time. The second half sew Bridge come to the fore with their experience telling and they were starting to find gaps in the young Villa defence. Darren Guiry opened the scoring for the Bridge when he got on the end of a cross and headed home in the sixty second minute. To Villa’s credit they never gave up and tried to get back level but it wasn’t to be and Jake Mulcahy made it two, eight minutes from time after a well worked move through the centre of the pitch. Mulcahy scored again In injury time, from a breakaway when the home side were pushing for a score, to make the full time score three nil to the visitors.

TSDL Second Division Shield 2nd April 2023 Match Reports

Cullen Lattin 3 – 2 Galbally United

Cullen welcomed neighbours Galbally to Aisling Park Cullen, on Sunday for what was the fourth time the two teams met in all competitions this season. With both sides missing regular players for different reasons it was a chance for other players to shine, and the hosts had the better of the early exchanges, with Fiachra O Grady going close on fifteen minutes when played in by Mikey Stokes. Josh Dineen the almost opened the scoring for the visitors at the other end but Darren Hueston saved well. But eventually the home side got the breakthrough when O Grady played in Stokes just before the half hour mark, and he finished well past the keeper. They doubled that advantage eight minutes before the break Ciaran Ryan’s excellent through ball found Danny O Dwyer who finished well from a tight angle, to send the home side to half time well on top. But the visitors took control of the second period and the hosts had to do some desperate defending for long periods to keep them out. Galbally finally got some reward for their good work Jordan Dineen was fouled in the area in the sixty eight minute, and he stepped up to dispatch the spot kick to the net and bring the deficit back to a single goal. The hosts rolled on some subs to try freshen the side up but the visitors got it all level fourteen minutes from time when a long Josh Dineen throw was flicked on by Bernard O Brien at the front post and Pat Murphy was on hand to head home. It looked like there would be only one winner of this game at this stage, as Galbally were very much in the ascendency, but the home side managed to catch them on the hop late on, when on a rare attack Mikey Stokes teed up captain Alan Hayes to smash a right footed shot from outside the box, that sailed into the top corner, and send his side on to the next round.

TSDL Third Division Shield 2nd  2023 Match Reports

Moyglass United 7 – 4 Killenaule Rovers (AET 4-4 FT)

Moyglass United and near neighbours Killenaule Rovers played a rip-roaring Shield quarter final on Sunday last, that went all the way to extra time before the home side advanced. Things looked reasonably straight forward for a home side that is enjoying a really good season this year, when they went two goals up inside the first twenty minutes through goals by Tom Gahan and an Adam Lyons penalty. But the visitors got themselves back to only a goal behind six minutes from the break when Conor Sinnott smashed a free kick to the top corner of the net. But that good work was undone right on the stroke of half time when Keith Cleere got a third goal for the hosts and re-established their two goal lead at the break. Ten minutes into the second period Killenaule had it back to just one again, when Sinnott added a second, but this was followed shortly after by a second Lyons penalty as Moyglass looked to have gotten control of the tie. But the visitors rallied late on, and two goals in a ten minute spell from a Moyglass defender putting through his own net, and a Tommy Delaney effort sent the game almost improbably to extra time. Alas for the away side, this was as good as it got, as Moyglass took control right from the start with a goal by Eoin Byrne, and two more followed in the second period through Mick Lacey and Adam Lyons completing his hat trick, to keep the home side in contention for a league and shield double

Donohill and District 2 – 1 Cahir Park

Donohill got past Cahir Park on Sunday by the odd goal in three after a game that was well contested and in which both sides played some really nice flowing football. The away side were the ones that broke the deadlock when a speculative cross was launched into the home area and a defender deflected the ball into his own net. This gave the away side a lead they kept to half time, but five minutes into the second period, Donohill were level when Michael O Neill headed home a Seanie Ryan cross. Donohill’s high work rate paid dividends fifteen minutes from the end, when Paudie Bradshaw was taken down in the box and Darragh Mooney put his side in front from the spot. For the rest of the game, the visitors peppered the home defence but Donohill stood firm and advanced

Kilsheelan United 1 – 2 Powerstown

Powerstown remained on course for a league and Shield double when they squeaked past Kilsheelan United with a winning goal in the final minute of extra time, after a very enjoyable game of football. It took a while for both teams to get going in the first-half, and it wasn’t until the half-an-hour mark when the deadlock was broken. A Brian McKeown header came back off the post, and unfortunately rebounded off the home keeper into the back of the net to give the visitors the lead. Kilsheelan struggled to create any real chances in the first-half, but attacked with more intent in the second, coming close through Cathal de Faoite, Billy O’Connor & Nathan Dolan on numerous occasions. With eighteen minutes remaining, they found the equaliser through the penalty spot. A long-ball found Jamie Roche, who played Mark Heffernan in down the left-wing before Heffernan was fouled and the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped captain Nathan Dolan to calmly slot home into the bottom-right corner to give his side a deserved equaliser. And they came inches away from scoring a winner late in the game, when Billy O’Connor’s lobbed effort rebounded off the Powerstown crossbar and out for a goal-kick. This meant the teams faced another twenty minutes of action in extra-time, and despite both going for the win, it was the visitors who grabbed the decisive goal with two minutes remaining when Conor McGrath got in behind the home defence to tap his shot to the net.

TSDL Youths 2nd April 2023 Match Reports

TSDL Youths Division 2 Youth Cup Final

Cashel Town 4 – 2 Shanbally United

Cashel Town’s Youths were finally crowned Division 2 Youth league champions with a fine four goal to two win against rivals Shanbally United on Saturday, in a game played away in Shanbally. The eventual champions started well and took the good form they have been showing all year into the game, and opening up a lead inside ten minutes when Lee Riordan found the net. But their opponents have been holding onto their coat tails at the top of the league all year and replied shortly afterwards to level the game through a slickly finished effort by Jessie Kiely. The game flowed end to end with both sides making plenty of chances, and the visiting side regained their lead shortly before the half hour mark when Ciaran Fitzpatrick found the net after some good build up play through the midfield area. Cashel made it three goals to one five minutes before the break thanks to a Callum Butler goal, taking that lead to half time. Shanbally had the wind at their back in the second period, and the wind in their sails when they pulled a second goal back ten minutes into the half, thanks to a fine effort from Daire English. They then controlled most of the play for much of the rest of the game, as Cashel tucked into a very effective defensive game, and quelled most attacks with relative ease. They ensured the win and the title two minutes from time, when a quick breakaway downfield resulted in them being awarded a penalty kick, and Blake Doyle Carroll made no mistake converting the penalty to the delight of his team mates and supporters, who celebrated passionately after the final whistle was blown.

Tipperary Cup, 3rd Round, 26th March 2023 Match Reports

Peake Villa 2 – 3 St Michael’s (AET 2 -2)

Two of the “big beasts” of the TSDL faced off in the quarter finals of the Tipperary Cup at the weekend when St Michael’s travelled to Thurles to take on Peake Villa, and they put on a great show of football for the expectant watching crowd. Unfortunately for the home side, there was a sense of déjà vu to the proceedings, when for the second time in a week, they exited a cup by a single goal in five after bringing the game all the way to extra time. The hosts started brightly and created the first good chance in just the third minute when Ronan McGuire was through on goal, but his effort just cleared the crossbar. With the quality on show from both sides it wasn’t going to be long before a goal came, and when it did just three minutes later, it went to the visitors, with Ed O Dwyer finding the net. Villa then lost Keith Cahill through injury in the sixteenth minute, but they responded positively, by scoring the goal of the game eight minutes later, through a Mikey Wade free kick that gave the Saints netminder no chance to keep out. Dale Loughnane also went close for the home side two minutes before the break, but his shot went just wide of the post. It looked like the sides were going in level but the visitors stunned the home crowd when they broke quickly downfield and created an opportunity for Ashley Kelleher, who made no mistake to send his side into half time in front. The second half saw the home side chase the game trying to  break down a good Michael’s defence and it looked like the visitors were going to hold out, until deep in time added on, Dale Loughnane came up with an equaliser with a fine finish to send the game to a further twenty minutes. But the hosts were dealt a blow only four minutes in when they didn’t clear their lines after an attack and John O Brien scored to put the Saints back in front at three goals to two. Try as they might to extend the game beyond that, the hosts simply couldn’t pick the Saints defensive lock a third time, and bowed out of the cup, albeit with their heads held high

TSDL Premier League report 26th March 2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 0 – 5 Clonmel Town

Clonmel Town maintained their title challenge with a big win at neighbours Clonmel Celtic on Sunday morning at the Bypass. Although Celtic will be disappointed with a big home defeat you have to credit Town who were simply too good on the day, as they continue to zone in on what they hope will be a first title winning season in over a decade. The visitors started on the front foot and looked sharp in the early stages, but despite having little to play for Celtic gradually settled into the game and matched their rival’s intensity for the first half hour. Indeed, the hosts came closest to scoring when Darren Sweeney was freed following a good move but his shot was well saved by the away keeper. The league leaders finally hit the front in the thirty third minute when Stephen Kelly powered home a header from a corner, and the watching crowd felt that after going behind, Celtic needed to hold on until half time and hopefully regroup at the interval. But they were denied that opportunity when Town got a crucial second just before the break, with Jamie Ahearne sweeping home a fine effort from just outside the box. The game was effectively over four minutes into the second half when Ashley Lasslett struck a brilliant effort from an acute angle to the top corner to put his side in complete control. The home side visibly wilted and faded and with fifteen minutes to the end Stephen Kelly got his second from close range, before Alan O’Donnell scored a free kick with the final shot of the game, to see the visitors run out convincing winners.

Bansha Celtic 3 – 0 Vee Rovers

The home side knew that nothing less than three points against already relegated Vee Rovers was enough if they are going to climb away from the relegation trap door themselves, and they delivered with a good win on Sunday afternoon in Bansha. But they didn’t have it all their own way, and the first real chance of the game fell to the away side just before the quarter hour mark, when a shot from distance cannoned off the crossbar and went over the top of the goal to safety. That might have been the wake up call the home side needed however and they began to dominate proceedings before opening the scoring in the thirty second minute, when a cross from the right hand side of the pitch was headed to the net by Daniel O Dwyer. This was the only score of the first half and the hosts continued their control of the game in the early part of the second period, but they came up against some very stout defending by the visiting side. Rovers began to tire however and eighteen minutes from time, Celtic were offered a gilt edged chance to increase their advantage when Tony Egan was fouled in the area, and Daire Egan subsequently made no mistake from the penalty spot. Three minutes later they assured themselves of the points when Daire Egan scored his second and his sides third with a delicious curling effort beyond the reach of the Rovers keeper, from all of twenty yards out. The win now draws them level on points with Cashel Town, and Bansha have a number of games to play, but they will face tougher tasks in trying to claim the points they will need to propel themselves to safety and further participation at the highest level in the TSDL

Paddy Purtill Cup report 26th March 2023 Match Reports

Galbally United 3 – 2 Clonmel Town

After a quiet first half which finished scoreless this game burst into life in the second half, going all the way to extra time before the home side finally prevailed by the odd goal in five to progress to the quarter final of this years Paddy Purtill Cup. The first forty five minutes was played at a fairly pedestrian pace, with both sides not creating a whole lot in terms of chances, the best falling to Peter Morrissey for the hosts in the twentieth minute. And the first quarter of the second period carried on in similar fashion until the visitors eventually took the lead when a speculative shot by John O Connell deflected off a home defender and left the keeper flat footed as he watched the ball pass him and nestle in the net. This sparked the home side into life and shortly afterwards Ger Quinlan stung the palms of the Town keeper, whose brilliant save only parried the ball into the path of Jordan Dineen who reacted quickest and fired home to level the game. Both sides suddenly started to make headway in their opponents’ areas, and the away side retook the lead eleven minutes from time when O Connell again got on the end of a good passing move to fire home from close range. It looked like this would be the significant score in the game, until the final minute when Dineen matched his Town counterpart, getting his second of the day to level the game and send it to extra time. The home sides tails were up by now and the first period of extra time saw Bernard o Brien go close with a headed effort. But time looked like it was going to run out on them and the game be decided by penalties when with four minutes remaining Eoin O Mahony cannoned home a spectacular effort from all of twenty five yards out to win the game for the home side.

Cashel Town 1 – 0 Dualla

Cashel Town turned league form on its head in this cup match, but it was hardly that much of a surprise with the propensity of derby games to always throw up shock results. The game started off with plenty of robust full blooded challenges, but not a lot of decent scoring chances, and the only real action of note in the first half turned out to be the home side being reduced to ten men shortly after the half hour mark. But it didn’t seem to do much damage to the home side in the second half, and when the opening goal finally did arrive, it fell to Niall Hallisey and the hosts, who volleyed to the net from twenty yards out. The visitors day got worse after, when they too had a player sent off, and they were unable to fashion a good enough chance to stop Cashel going through on the day, by the slimmest of margins.

Rosegreen Rangers 0 – 6 Old Bridge

After what was a tough season for much of the time, Old Bridge seem to have caught fire in recent weeks, and continued their good form with an excellent performance and thumping win away to Rosegreen Rangers at Nijinsky Park on Sunday afternoon. The Clonmel side were always in control, and went to the break three goals to the good, thanks to goals from Sean Martin, Jake Mulcahy and Ben Nugent. They repeated the trick in the second period, with Martin and Mulcahy on the scoresheet again, and a six star performance was completed near the end with a final goal from Eoin Leahy.

St Nicholas 2 – 0 Cahir Park

Solohead side St Nicholas provided the shock result of the weekend when they overcame newly crowned First Division league champions Cahir Park at home on Sunday afternoon to advance on the Paddy Purtill Cup. As they are always capable of doing, the Second Division outfit put on a show of both skill and grit to overcome The Park in front of an enthusiastic band of supporters. Both sides approached the game in a positive fashion, and had a number of chances before the Saints opened the scoring in the twenty first minute, when Aaron Ryan Shiner finished an Eoin Riordan free kick to the net, underlying Ryans excellent form in front of goal in recent games. The game continued to be open after that, but there were no more goals scored in an entertaining first half. Riordan himself was unlucky not to score minutes into the second period, when he headed just over from a corner kick. But he made no mistake on the hour mark, doubling his sides advantage, when he converted a through ball to the net. The First Division champions didn’t go down without a fight and were awarded a penalty kick ten minutes from time, but the hosts were not for moving and the spot kick was saved by Jack Wilton to preserve his sides two goal advantage.

Peter O Reilly Cup, 2nd Round, 26th March Reports

Moyglass United 2 – 1 Two Mile Borris

There was one game in the Peter O Reilly Cup at the weekend, and it saw Moyglass United carry their good league form into the Cups, when they defeated Two Mile Borris at home. The home side started well and went ahead in the ninth minute when Craig Nolan headed the ball down into the path of his strike partner Keith Cleere who placed it into the corner of the net from all of six yards out. They continued to dominate the possession and chances, and extended their lead ten minutes before the break when Nolan then got a goal himself after Eoin Byrne played a great through ball to put him clear on goal. But five minutes later, the visitors pulled a goal back through Cathal Mc Elgunn, when he was first to react from a corner kick to fire home from close range. That was how the game went to the break and the second half saw few chances for either team with defences being mostly on top, allowing the home side to move into a semi final and leave them continuing to battle on two fronts for silverware after a number of fallow seasons

TSDL Youths Cup report 26th March 2023 Match Reports

Tipperary Youths Cup

Clonmel Celtic 3 – 0 Shanbally United

Clonmel Celtic reached the Tipperary Youth Cup final on Saturday afternoon after eventually coming good against a stubborn Shanbally Utd side, who belied their Second Division status against the newly crowned First Division title winners. The visitors started well and had the better of the earlier exchanges and had they scored first the hosts couldn’t really complain. But eventually the hosts knuckled down and got more of a hold of the game, but the final pass or finish was poor and the first half finished scoreless. Celtic started the second half on the front foot and went ahead six minutes in when Julian Kerton fired home from close range. They added a second ten minutes later when Paddy Ormond’s great cross from the left was turned in by Max Ryan with a brilliant first time effort. And finally Jack Norris’s clever turn in the box resulted in a penalty eight minutes from time, and Norris dusted himself down to coolly slot it home to leave the final score three goals to nil to the home side.

Munster Junior Cup quarter final 19th March 2023 Match Reports

Peake Villa 2 – 3 Fairview Rangers  

There was heartbreak for TSDL side Peake Villa on Sunday last in Thurles, when a late penalty in normal time denied them a famous victory against Limerick kingpins, and then losing out in extra time. The game started at a frantic pace and Villa had the first chance at goal in just the second minute when Pippy Carroll attempted an audacious lob, but his effort slid just inches wide. Carroll was involved again in the fifteenth minute, being the provider this time, to Ronan McGuire whose header went just over. Fairview weathered the storm, and bounced back like so many great teams, and against the run of play they took the lead in the twenty seventh minute when Jeffery Judge scored, slipped beyond the home defence and made no mistake from close in. Villa didn’t drop the heads however, and again Carroll came close from a free kick in the thirty sixth minute, but it was well saved by Josh McCarthy in the Fairview goal. They went to the break a single goal behind and came out with real purpose in the second half, creating chance after chance. They finally made the pressure count in the seventieth minute when a great cross was put in by Darragh Byrne and left back Dale Loughnane who made his way into the box, got on the end of it to steer his shot under the keepers body and level the game. They were then forced to defend almost immediately from the kick off when Fairview almost struck back only for a great goal line clearance by veteran Alan Leahy. The Tipperary side turned the tie on its head, when they took the lead in the seventy third minute, with Keith Cahill playing in Ronan Mc Guire to score with a fine finish. This forced the Limerick side to throw everything at Villa in the search of a leveller, it looked like the home side would hold out, until the final minute of time added on, when the visitors were awarded a penalty that Steven Bradley scored, and sent the game to extra time. Extra time was played and it was clear that Villa having done brilliantly to get back into the game were still hurting after the late equaliser. Just three minutes in, Jack Arra caught the home defence flat and fired home a leading goal for his side. After that the home side tried to get back level again, but Rangers employed all their experience and nous, and played out the final minutes without giving the home side any real chance to get back into the game.

TSDL Premier League 19th March 2023 Match Reports

St Michael’s 1 – 1 Clonmel Town

This was a game that was always going to be viewed as one that would have a huge outcome on the final destination of this seasons Premier League title, and current league leaders Clonmel Town will feel they let it slip after leading, while Saints will feel a little disappointed to have not come away with all three points after getting themselves back into what turned out to be a physical and well contested game. Both sides pushed from the off and the hosts went close inside the first minutes of the game, their best chance being a Russell Quirke effort that just cleared the crossbar, with the visiting keeper stranded. Town soaked up that early pressure and as the game went on, started to make chances of their own, with Adrian Walsh needing to be smart to keep out a thirty yard effort from Rhys O Regan just after the quarter hour mark. When the breakthrough did finally come, it came to the visitors who were awarded a penalty kick in the twenty second minute, and Alan O Donnell kept a cool head to fire it to the net, to the delight of the large crowd of Clonmel supporters. Saints responded well and forced Town into making three goal line clearances in quick succession, but eventually the break came with the visitors still on top. The second period followed a similar pattern to the first, with the home side dominating the ball for large parts, but coming up against a well drilled and stubborn Town defence. Eventually the pressure told however, and the game was levelled when the evergreen Jimmy Carr found Ed O Dwyer in space in the area, and he made no mistake from ten yards out. After that the home side continued to push and David Slattery was very unlucky when his headed effort, just went narrowly wide of the post. Sean Guerin’s had an even better chance, but saw his effort come back off the post, as the Town defence didn’t break. In the end, they were value for their point, with both sides still very much in the hunt for what is turning out to be a fascinating Premier League title race.

Tipperary Cup, 3rd Round, 19th March Match Reports

Galbally United 3 – 5 Bansha Celtic (AET 3-3)

This tie went all the way to extra time and produced an eight goal thriller for the watching crowd, before Premier League side Bansha Celtic finally got the better of Second Division side Galbally United on Sunday afternoon. The home side sprang from the traps and opened the scoring just five minutes in when Owen O Sullivan got in behind the Bansha defence to fire his side ahead. But the lead lasted just six minutes, as Celtic hit back level with a fine effort by Eamon Quirke. This didn’t stop the home side having a go, and they showed no fear of their higher ranked opponents, re-establishing their lead just before the twenty minute mark when Cathal O Mahoney stroked home to the delight of the home crowd. After that breath-taking twenty minute spell, the game slowed down and there were no mor goals in the first half. However, the second half was just a minute old when it was level again, when a Danny O Dwyer shot was deflected and left the home keeper stranded as h watched the ball fly past. Five minutes after the hour mark, it looked like Bansha were finally asserting themselves on the game, taking the lead for the first time in the afternoon thanks to a strike by Darren Mc Grath, who came onto a well placed Danny O Dwyer assist. But with ten minutes left to play, the hosts got themselves level when Josh Dineen bundled home a Bernard O Brien free kick from close in. This was the final goal in regulation time, and the teams had to start again in extra time to look for a decisive goal. That finally came when Eamon Quirke put Bansha back in front in the first half to extra time, and then as time began to run out in the second period, the home side over committed to attack leaving themselves open at the back, and Danny O Dwyer finished the tie as a contest scoring a fifth for his side in the final minutes.

 

TSDL First Division 19th March 2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Town 1 – 1 Old Bridge

Clonmel Town and Old Bridge shared the spoils in an entertaining derby game in the First Division on Sunday afternoon. Both teams settled in pretty well into the game but chances were far and few between in the first half. Shane O Connor pulled off a good save to keep the visitors at bay while at the other end Michael O Sullivan and Dylan Guiry saw their half chances go wide of the post. By the time half time came, the side went in relatively pleased with it being still being all square. The second half was a bit more open and the Bridge were dealt a blow when their goalkeeper received a red card for taking down Dylan Guiry outside the box when it looked like he was going to put the hosts ahead. The red card seemed to galvanise the visitors and they started to get on top, and two minutes after the hour mark, a Jake Mulcahy shot found its way past the home keeper to put the The Bridge a goal up. This seemed to wake Town back into life and they had a number of chances to level the game before Dylan Guiry was on hand to blast home eight minutes from time. The two teams continued to look for a winner, but on a heavy pitch and a with a swirling wind it was hard to create clear cut chances and they had to be satisfied with a point each in the end.

 

TSDL Second Division Shield 19th March 2023  Match Reports

Clerihan 1 – 2 Rosegreen Rangers

Rosegreen made the short trip to Clerihan on Sunday afternoon, and progressed to the semi-finals of the Second Division Shield with a two goal to one win on the day. The game was a tight one with neither side dominating play for any significant time during a tense first quarter. The closest either side came in the first half was in the twentieth minute, when home keeper James Maher was called into action diving to his left touching a strike onto the post and then reacting quickest to gather the rebounding ball from the feet of an onrushing forward. The game went to the break level, but the scoring was finally opened five minutes into the second period when the visitors broke quickly from defending a corner in their box, to finding Gavin Ryan at the opposite end of the pitch and he finished smartly past the advancing home keeper. Five minutes after the hour mark the away side added a second when a long free kick was headed across the box and half volleyed to the back of the net by Jack Marshall. The hosts did rally, and twenty minutes from time cut the deficit in half whne they were awarded a penalty and Aaron Blanche stepped up to slam a shot into the top left corner. But despite this, Rosegreen were able to play out the rest of the game in a controlled manner and assured their win by limiting the home side to hopeful long shots that were easily dealt with for the rest of the game.

 

Cashel Town 0 – 1 St Nicholas

The home side have already suffered relegation, and were unable to salvage their disappointing league season with a run in the Shield, when they went down at home to St Nicholas on Sunday afternoon. The game was played in very difficult conditions with heavy rain and strong winds. It was a very even affair, with neither side really taking the initiative for long periods, and it looked like it would go all the way to extra time scoreless. But the supporters were spared another twenty minutes in the poor conditions when the visitors were awarded a penalty for handball, and Jason Sutton stepped up to fire home and secure his side a semi-final berth.

TSDL Third Division 19th March 2023 Match Reports

Burncourt Celtic 4 – 2 Killenaule Rovers

The home side started very well and could have been a goal up inside the first but for a wonderful save from the visiting keeper. Killenaule then had a period of domination but were unable to make it count, and the home side were the ones that finally opened the scoring eight minutes before the break when Matty Darcy played through Pa Ryan and he made no mistake, finishing high into the away net. Three minutes later they doubled their advantage, when the Cagney brothers David and Sean combined for David to finish at the back post from a pin point cross. This was how the game was at the break, but eight minutes into the second period, the visitors pulled one back when the home side failed to clear, and Tommy Delaney took full advantage from the edge of the area. But it wasn’t long before Eoghan Heffernan restored the hosts two goal advantage after being set up by Pa Ryan. Sixteen minutes from time the away side set up a tense finish when they brought it back to a single goal game after a well taken effort by John Madden who fired to the roof of the net from just inside the box. But inside the final ten minutes, a short corner from the home side saw Sean Cagney head home from a Pa Ryan cross, to ensure that Burncourt would take all three points on the day.

 

TSDL Youths 19th March 2023 Match Reports

Cullen Lattin 2 – 1 Clonmel Celtic

Played in front of a big crowd in Cullen on Saturday, these two teams treated their supporters to a brilliant game of football. The result may have been a surprise to some neutrals, but to anyone that has watched this Cullen team they would have known that they were well capable of big results. The game itself was played at a great pace with both teams probing and creating chances, and but for some great goalkeeping and some poor shooting, it would have been a surprise that the game managed to get to half time scoreless. But that it did. The second half started similar to the first, but this time goals would be added to the action, and just five minutes in, a Tom Ryan Bob corner was met by Stephen Carey to bullet a header home and put the home side in front. But back came Celtic almost straight away and on fifty-five minutes Alex Greene scored a wonder goal to make it one all. Both teams traded chances for the next twenty minutes, but the decisive effort came fifteen minutes from the end, when Javier Seranno set up Dylan Mc Grath to fire home, and restore the hosts lead. Though both sides had chances after this, the home side shut up shop and held the title favourites out to record a great win.

 

Two Mile Borris 1 – 3 Peake Villa

Borris’s slim hopes of winning the Youths first division title, were extinguished at home on Saturday against local rivals Peake Villa, when they went down by three goals to one after a game that was played in ideal conditions and was a good spirited and entertaining game. First blood went to the away team when Paul Noonan hit a shot from all of forty yards out, which evaded the reach of the Borris keeper to find the bottom corner of the net in the eighteenth minute. The goal gave the home side a wake up call and they eventually equalised when Jake Cullen Jordan crossed for Charlie Walsh to head past the visiting keeper shortly before the break. Both teams had chances to score before halftime but neither side could find the net. The second half was as even a match as the first with both teams creating plenty of chances. But it was Peake that took advantage of the chances when a speculative cross was dropped by the Borris keeper straight onto the foot of Michael Anthony McCarthy and from ten yards out he made no mistake with a simple finish to an empty net after seventy minutes. The visitors scored their third and final goal of the game when a free kick was crossed into the box and went straight into the Borris net seven minutes from time.

TSDL First Division reports 12th March 2023 Match Reports

First Division title play off

Cahir Park 6 – 1 Tipperary Town  

On a wet afternoon at Aisling Park in Cullen, this highly anticipated play off final turned into a bit of a damp squib, when Cahir Park blew away their opponents with a magnificent first half performance, to ensure they would head back to the Premier League as champions. The pitch was in perfect condition as the players took to the field, with great credit due to the Cullen club, but it was The Park who raced out of the blocks and into the lead in the sixth minute of the game, when a Stephen Duggen shot for the edge of the area, eluded both defence and keeper to nestle in the far corner of the net to the delight of his teams travelling supporters. Only four minutes later, Cahir doubled the advantage when a long clearance from their keeper fell to Tom Keating and he lobbed the stranded Town net minder from all of twenty five yards out. The Tipperary Town outfit, who had lead the Division One table for nigh on the whole season, seemed shell shocked at this point, but things were to get worse, and they fell three behind on the quarter hour mark when Willie Dunne fired home a low volley from fifteen yards out, to establish Cahir with a vice like grip on the tie. And Dunne as much as put the game to bed in the thirty third minute when he got his second, and his sides fourth, heading home a corner kick from close in. There were no more goals in the first half, and Tipperary Town came out with more purpose in the opening part of the second half, having greater possession, but in truth the Cahir defence were never really troubled and seemed to be happy to soak up the pressure without coughing up any real chances. And once they stretched their legs in attack again, they added a fifth twenty minutes from time, when Barry Cooney rammed home a shot from outside the area. Tipperary Town did pull a goal back almost straight from the kick off, but the final say went to Cahir and to Willie Dunne when he secured his hat trick from the penalty spot five minutes from time, and sent his team up on a high, back to the top level of the TSDL

TSDL First Division

St Michael’s 3 – 2 Peake Villa

This was an entertaining final League game of the season between two youthful sides who tried to play the ball on the deck, and it came alive as early as the fourth minute when Peake’s Danny Treacy played in Kieran Hennessey who brought a fine save from Robbie McGrath, in the hosts goal. John O’Brien then got in a saving tackle two minutes later to deny Hennessey, before the home side had their first real opportunity in the twelfth minute when Danny O’Brien played a good ball in behind to Josh Flannery but it was just too long and the keeper claimed it. After that the game settled down into a tough midfield battle with no real chances until the home side took the lead seven minutes before the break when the ever dangerous Antonio Rea got in behind the Peake defence and produced a good finish which found the corner of the net. That was the only score in an entertaining first half, and the game was level six minutes into the second when Hennessey finally got the reward for his good play, latching onto a loose ball and turning to shoot to the net from the edge of the area. Seven minutes later they took the lead when Hennessy again dispossessed Josh Flannery and fired home from close in. But the home side responded and just after the hour mark they levelled the game after being awarded a penalty that was dispatched to the net by Antonio Rea, for his second of the game. Peake then had a player dismissed twenty minutes from time, and this gave the Saints the impetus to push on looking for a winner, but they were constantly thwarted by an excellent effort from the Thurles sides defence. It looked like it was going to finish honours even until the final minute when substitute Oisin Hogan hit a long ball down the right channel for Danny O’Brien who laid it back for another substitute Colin O’Grady to find Rea, and he made no mistake getting his hat trick. Three goals to ensure three points, and a welcome result for a team that struggled at times throughout the season.

TSDL Premier League 12th March 2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 1 – 2 Cashel Town

Cashel Town gave themselves a fighting chance of escaping the gaping relegation trap door with a win away to Clonmel Celtic in their final game of their Premier League season on Sunday afternoon. The two teams seemed tentative with neither creating anything of note in the first quarter of the game, and it must have seemed ominous to the visitors when they fell behind in the twenty sixth minute to a goal from a long range effort by Rory O Dowd. This was the only goal in what was a tepid first half, but credit had to go to the visitors who came out fighting in the second period and levelled the game within five minutes of the restart when Darragh Browne scored on the second attempt after Fabian Kerton saved his initial effort. It got better for the Cashel ten minutes later when Browne showed some neat control before firing a fine effort to the top corner, to get his second and put his side in front. The home side rallied after this but just didn’t create enough chances and Cashel held on for what could be a vital three points, when the tables are compiled at the end of the season.

Two Mile Borris 2 – 3 Bansha Celtic

With Cashel picking up three points in Clonmel, it was vital that Bansha Celtic got something from this game in Newhill and they delivered with a fighting performance that saw them come from behind to pick up the vital points at stake. The home side started well exerting most of the early pressure and finally got the opening goal in the twenty second minute, albeit from a fortunate source. Jack Hackett had made some ground on the wing, and when he flashed a cross into the Celtic area, he saw the ball deflected to the net by a visiting defender to give the home side the lead. But they only held that lead for five minutes or so, as the visitors drew level when a cross of their own into the Borris area was head back across goal by Darragh Egan, and Eoin Halpin bundled the ball to the net from close range. On the half hour, the hosts thought they had re-established their lead, only to see Jamie Lee’s shot strike the cross bar and rebound to safety. But Lee was involved in the next score when three minutes before the break, he found Darren Ivors alone in the area, and the striker made no mistake with his header from ten yards out. A goal behind at the break, Bansha redoubled their efforts in the second period having, and were level a second time just five minutes in, when taking advantage of the stiff wind, a long range strike by Robbie Byron found the net. Both sides pressed forward looking for a winning goal after that, but the significant score in the game came fifteen minutes from time when Bansha were awarded a penalty kick and Darragh Egan made no mistake from the spot to secure the precious points.

Vee Rovers 0 – 5 St Michael’s

It was a masterclass of finishing by Rhys Byron that gave the league champions the points away to Vee Rovers on Sunday, as St Michael’s push relentlessly towards another Premier League title at the expense of the already relegated home side. The visitors began with a goal inside the first minute as Bryon outstripped the home defence to fire home, and he added a second by the tenth minute to put his side in complete control. By the twentieth minute that had become three when veteran striker Jimmy Carr fired home from the penalty spot, and after that it was just the Saints in cruise control as they went to the break in a strong position, with the home side finding it almost impossible to make any inroads against the meanest defence in Tipperary football. Vee did have some opportunities in the second period, but never really looked like getting back into the game, and Bryon completed his hat trick twenty minutes from time, to ensure there would be no improbable comeback. He completed the scoring five minutes from time with a well taken fourth goal as his side start to really crank up their season and push for what they hope will be a trio of local and national silverware.

TSDL Third Division 12th March 2023 Match Reports

Killenaule Rovers 0 – 4 Powerstown

Having achieved promotion last weekend, Powerstown put themselves within one win of a league title with a convincing four goal win away to Killenaule, on Sunday last. They took the lead in the eleventh minute when Conor Mc Grath’s inch perfect corner found Brian Mc Keown who headed it into the back of the net, and just minutes later almost made it two when a Kieran Quirke ball in behind found Darren Murphy on the wing, and Murphy fired it across the box but no one could get the touch that was needed to turn it into the net. The home sides chances were few and far between but when called into action, Kieran Quirke made a fantastic save, in the fortieth minute, touching a well struck strike onto the bar to keep the game at one goal to nil. But the league leaders were more clinical minutes later, getting a second goal through Stephen Lahart, after Brendan Boland carved through the home defence, and his shot that was saved, rebounded out for Lahart to stroke home. They added a third shortly after, when Conor McGrath won the ball high up the pitch, and blasted low into the bottom left corner. They kept up the pressure in the second half, with Mc Grath unlucky not to claim a second, again seeing his shot strike the crossbar before being cleared to safety. But he finally did add his second and his sides fourth ten minutes from time with a strike from the edge of the area giving the home keeper no chance.

Moyglass United 7 – 1 Bansha Celtic

Moyglass remained in the hunt in the Third Division title and promotion race with a big win over bottom on the table Bansha Celtic on Sunday last. The game was tight in the early stages with both sides creating chances, but the home side eventually opened the scoring in the twenty third minute when Tom Gahan fired in an excellent cross from the left and Jamie Walsh headed home at the far post. But the visitors didn’t fall away quickly and found themselves back level two minutes from the break when Cormac Buckley hit an absolute screamer from all of thirty yards out that gave the home keeper no chance, and that was enough to send the sides to the break all square at one all. But that was as good as it got for Bansha as Moyglass were back in front within five minutes of the restart when Eddie O Brien headed home Adam Lyons’ corner kick. This turned the game into one of one-way traffic as the hosts got a third three minutes later when Jack Hayes finished off another Lyons assist. Jamie Morrissey added a fourth on the hour mark when Jamie Morrissey scored and ten minutes later Kevin Cleere added a fifth as the home side took complete control. Cleere got his second eight minutes from time, with Lyons the provider once more and Craig Nolan added a seventh in time added on to complete a good afternoon for Moyglass.

TSDL Youths 12th March 2023 Match Reports

TSDL Youths Cup  

Shanbally United 3 – 2 Two Mile Borris

Youths second division side Shanbally United upset the odds on Saturday afternoon when they dumped Two Mile Borris out of this seasons Youths cup after an entertaining tie. The game started at a brisk pace and it was hosts that got off to a flier when Conor English finished off a flowing passing move to make it one nil to the hosts ten minutes in. The game settled after this and Borris worked their way back in, levelling matters just after the half hour mark when Martin Long took his chance when put through behind home defence. Six minutes from the break things got better for the First Division side when some misfortune for the home defence, saw a shot that didn’t seem dangerous, deflect to the net with the home keeper left flat footed. That was the half time score, and at the start of the second period, the home side reacted well and had the better of the chances, without managing to find a goal. Things seemed to take a bad turn for them however, when twenty minutes from time they were reduced to ten men, but they were in no mood to take a backward step captain Jessie Kiely typified this when his header from a corner was saved, but he turned in the rebound to make it two all, shortly after. The contest looked set for extra time going into the final minute, but the hosts got the unlikely winner when they created a glorious opportunity that was struck home to the delight of the watching supporters and send Shanbally into the next round.

FAI Junior Cup 1/4 final report 05th of March 2023 Match Reports

Buncrana Harps 0 – 1 St Michael’s

Saints dug out a victory here in a tense dogged affair with the TSDL side showing good resilience to keep their Donegal opponents out in the last quarter. It was a tense affair from the start, with a wait until the seventeenth minute before the first chance of note, when Kieran Mc Daid found his namesake John Mc Daid, who headed just over the bar. The visitors went close nine minutes later, when a Jimmy Carr cross was spilled, but by the end of the half, there were no goals from either side after a close affair. The away side had the first good opportunity of the second period when Russell went close just three minutes after the restart. And the defining moment of the game came just minutes later, when a Buncrana defender was judged to have handled the ball and Saints skipper Jimmy Carr kept his nerve to beat Rory Kelly from the penalty spot. Bouncing now, David Slattery went shortly afterwards, but his effort was turned away for a corner by Kelly. Despite being behind, the home side were always dangerous with Kieran McDaid on the right wing and Sean Mullan at centre forward going close on a number of occasions. Saints had a big let off in the sixty third minute, when Mullan got in behind the defence but when he looked sure to score his effort hit the post, and rolled away to safety, much to the relief of the travelling Tipperary crowd. The highly decorated visiting defence came into their own in the final quarter, with veteran Paul Breen marshalling things, and though the hosts had a number of half chances late on, it was Michael’s who held their nerve to book their place in the competition’s semi-finals.

TSDL Premier League report 5th March 2023 Match Reports

Cashel Town 2 – 4 Peake Villa

Both these teams came to this game looking for the points, for differing reasons, as Cashek try to escape a relegation dog fight while Peake still hold out hopes of getting involved in a title challenge. This meant that the early part of the game was tight and tense, with neither side wanting to the other an advantage, and the home team ceding possession and territory for the first half an hour. But their defence was finally breached in the thirty eight minute when the visitors were awarded a free kick just outside the home area, and Mikey Wade drilled home an effort that wrong footed the home keeper. That was the only goal of the first half, but the Thurles side added a second in the fifty second minute with a great strike from Ronan Quirke. The game looked done and dusted four minutes after the hour mark when a corner was nodded in at the far post by Kieran Hennessey who was just on as a substitute, but the home side pulled a goal back four minutes later with a header from close range by Jack Fitzpatrick. Peake were in no mood to slip from their hard earned lead however and extended the advantage once again fifteen minutes from time when Mikey Wade got his second goal of the day. The scoring finished ten minutes from time when th hosts were awarded a penalty which was converted by Jack Fitzpatrick, but they will now be nervously looking over their shoulders with just one game left to play in their season’s schedule.

Tipperary Cup 1/4 final report 05th of March 2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Town 0 – 1 Old Bridge

A Tholem Guiry rocket ensured Old Bridge caused the upset of the round as they claimed the scalp of Premier League leaders Clonmel Town in the Tipperary Cup on Sunday afternoon. It was a brilliant performance by the Bridge who reduced the home side to few chances throughout the ninety minutes. Rhys O’Regan had the best opportunity to put the favourites in front but scuffed his lines from the penalty spot and although the ball made its way to the net, referee Mark Jordan correctly adjudged that the ball had hit his standing foot and scratched the goal off. Buoyed by the let-off, Bridge responded well and got the only goal of the game on the hour mark. A Town corner was cleared into the home sides’ half and after Sean Martin outmuscled the home defender, before showing brilliant composure to square the ball to Guiry who unleashed an unstoppable volley to the net. The goal gave the visitors the energy they needed for the remaining half hour and they eased their way into the next round, reducing the hosts to a couple of half chances with goalkeeper Cian Quinn a spectator for the most part.

Clonmel Celtic 1 – 0 Cahir Park

A Darren Sweeney goal twenty minutes from the end, was enough to send Clonmel Celtic through to the semi final of the Tipperary Cup as they overcame Cahir Park on a one goal to nil scoreline at Celtic Park on Sunday afternoon. Celtic were the better side on the day and deserving winners though they found it hard to break down a resilient Cahir side. The home side started brightly with Brian Sweeny denying Seanie Hawkins after just four minutes. The game became a bit scrappy with the hosts failing to create any clear chances although Philly Drohan did come close with a lofted effort that just dropped wide of the post. At the other end a snapshot brought a good save from Fabian Kerton as the first half finished scoreless. The home side upped the pressure in the second half and were nearly a goal up a minute in when Darren Sweeney broke free but he couldn’t keep his effort on target. They were well on top now but were struggling to break the visitors down. But they finally managed to do so, in the seventieth minute, when a smart ball from Rory O’Dowd released Seanie Hawkins and his cross was headed home by Sweeney despite the best efforts of the visiting keeper. The Park rallied late on in search of an equaliser but a great tackle from Jason Hahessy followed by a fine save from Fabian Kerton denied them a late leveller as the home side progressed.

TSDL Second Division 05th of March 2023 Match Reports

Cullen Lattin 3 – 1 Rosegreen Rangers

Cullen celebrated their return to the First Division and possibly a league title with a win at home in Aisling Park against Rosegreen Rangers on Sunday afternoon. They enjoyed much of the early possession in this game but it was the visitors who struck first when a long throw into the box was headed on by Trevor Downey and Corey Hynes was unmarked at the back post to head home in the fifteenth minute. The home side continued to have the most of the ball but were being constantly frustrated by some excellent defending by the visiting team. That was until ten minutes before the break, when a well delivered Tony O Neill corner was headed goalwards, but was stopped by an excellent save by the keeper, only to fall to the feet of Micheàl Elligott who volleyed the rebound to the net. That was how the game went to the break, and the hosts got their noses in front twelve minutes into the second period when Thomas O Mahoney teed up Tony O Neill and his left footed shot sailed into the bottom corner. O Neill then sealed the victory for the home side fifteen minutes from time, when his powerful shot took a deflection and put the keeper the wrong way, before nestling in the net. Micheàl Elligott also rattled the crossbar with a header inside the final few minutes, but it had no effect on the final outcome of the game, with his sides supporters celebrating the very important win afterwards.

Clerihan 2 – 6 St Nicholas

In this battle at bottom end of the Division 2 table Clerihan got the dream start in the eleventh minute when a Sean Maher Corner was headed home by Nicholas Ryan. After this set back the visitors grew into the game and dominated the remainder of the first half. They were level in the eighteenth minute, when they took advantage of a dropped ball catching the home defence napping, and a through ball and cross found Brian Lowry at the back post for a tap in. Ten minutes before the break, they took the lead from an Eoin Riordan bullet of a free Kick. With the home side knowing nothing but all three points today would be good enough, they pushed forward and got themselves back on level terms seven minutes before the break when Sean Hahessy volleyed home a corner into the area. But just as they had thought they would get to the break at parity, disaster struck and their good work was undone by a long clearance from the visitor’s keeper finding James Scanlan who rounded the keeper and slotted home to give the Saints the half time lead.  The opening period of the second half was scrappy with very little controlled possession for either team, but in the fifty sixth minute the away side extended their lead when Brian Lowry got his second goal of the game. Heads on the home side seemed to drop after this, and the Saints took control, extending the lead to three just after the hour mark when Aaron Ryan Shiner tapped home from a well worked break. With the game seemingly over as a contest Clerihan were giving a lifeline on sixty eight minutes when a back pass was handled by the keeper setting up a free kick inside the box. But with all eleven visiting players on the goal line, the home side were unable to force home a goal. With twelve minutes left, the Solohead outfit assured their win when Philip O’ Doherty added the final goal to round up the scoring and give the visiting side a well-deserved win and guaranteed Division 2 football next year.

TSDL Third Division report 2023 Match Reports

Tipperary Town 0 – 4 Powerstown

With things at the top of the Third division table getting tight Powerstown needed a performance and duly turned in a high quality one in Tipperary on Sunday afternoon. After even enough early exchanges the visitors took control of the game after a Gino Lonergan cross was headed onto the cross bar and it was Connor McGrath that reacted quickest to turn the ball home for one nil in the eighteenth minute. The home side were not playing badly but struggled to create clear cut chances, keeping with the league leaders until half time and only one goal between the sides. Early in the second half visitors was awarded a penalty for a hand ball in the area, and Lonergan made no mistake from twelve yards to double his sides lead. Darren Murphy then scored the goal of the game with a moment of real quality from just inside the Tipp half, when he spotted the keeper off his line and lifted a quality strike over his head and into the net, with twenty minutes left to play. Another good strike late on from Davy Grace made it four and even though the home side kept pressing it just wasn’t their day.

Kilsheelan United 5 – 1 Bansha Celtic

Kilsheelan followed up on last weekend’s big win over top of the table Powerstown, with another big win over the bottom side at home on Sunday afternoon. This rounded off their league campaign, which they will look back on as probably having too many lost opportunities, but with plenty to look forward to next season. They got off to the perfect start when Mark Heffernan got in behind the visiting defence after just twenty five seconds, before lofting his effort over the keeper to give themselves an instant lead. But it almost lasted just two minutes, as they had goalkeeper Conor Grant to thank when he pushed a long range effort onto the post and away to safety. But those efforts didn’t do much to dent the dominance that the home side were showing, and they extended their lead in the fifteenth minute when Cian Roche headed home from a Ruairi Doyle long-throw. Just before the half-hour mark, Bansha pulled one back when they scored from a free kick, but the home side regained their two goal advantage just minutes before the break when a clever touch by Mark Heffernan played in Evan Forristal, and he dinked his effort over the stranded keepers head to give his side a two goal cushion at half time. After coming on as a substitute at half time, Cathal de Faoite made it four ten minutes into the second half, when a free kick eluded everyone to nestle in the far corner of the net. And just five minutes later it was five, when Nathan Dolan scored with another well taken placed ball.

TSDL Youths report 5th March 2023 Match Reports

TSDL Youths Cup  

Cullen Lattin 4 – 2 Cahir Park

Cullen eased into the next round of the Youths cup with a hard fought victory over Cahir Park on Saturday afternoon. They sprang out of the blocks and opened the scoring in the first minute when Javier Seranno fired home from the edge of the area. They continued making chances and added a second in the tenth minute when Dylan Mc Grath was brought down in the penalty area, and he stepped up to fire the resulting spot kick home. This put the home side in cruise control and allowed the visitors to fight their way back into the game, and the Park got a deserved goal ten minutes from the break through a Lee Murphy strike. The rest of the half was very competitive but it remained the same scoreline to half time. The away side started the second half on top, and levelled the game just before the hour mark with a second Lee Murphy strike. The introduction of some substitutes by the home side though, changed the momentum of the game, which seemed to be running away from the hosts, and they regained control of the central parts of the pitch. With ten minutes to go, they retook the lead when a wonderful free kick delivery from Jake Ryan was headed home by Tom Ryan Bob. It was all Cullen after this, and with five minutes left Jason Henley got the goal he deserved racing in behind the defence to slot home, making it four goals to two to the home side, a scoreline they didn’t give up from there to the end.

Clonmel Celtic 6 – 0 Slievenamon Celtic

Clonmel Celtic Youths continued their recent good form and are through to the Tipperary Cup semi-final after a six goal win against Slievenamon Celtic in Clonmel on Saturday. The visitors had the better of the early exchanges and were unlucky not to take the lead in the seventh minute when a header at the far post from a free just went to wrong side of the upright. But eventually the hosts took control, but could not convert this into scoring chances until four minutes before the break when Paddy Ormond’s ball in to the box was pounced on by Jack Aylward, who after a bit of indecision by the visiting defence fired his side into a lead going into the break. They got a second in the fifty sixth minute when Alex Greene spun his marker from Max Ryan’s pass and slotted home. And it became three just minutes later when Jack Lawlor was fouled in the box and Paddy Ormond put away the penalty. They took complete control after this, and added a fourth in the sixty seventh minute when Alex Greene crossed for Julian Kerton to head home. They made it five ten minutes from the end, when Reece Farrells pass found Michael Prendergast unmarked and he slotted home, and the sixth arrived right on the final whistle, when Paddy Ormond found Alex Greene in space and he rounded the keeper and finished to the net.

TSDL Youths Div 1

Two Mile Borris 2 – 3 Clonmel Town

The home side went into this game at Newhill on Saturday, knowing nothing less than a win was required if they wanted to keep the Division 1 title race alive, but they were unable to take the points, going down to Clonmel Town by the odd goal in a five goal thriller. The visitors started the livelier and had were unlucky not to open the scoring inside the first ten minutes. But Borris eventually settled and took charge of the game, opening the scoring in the twenty fifth minute when Tristan Kelly broke into the Town area and was tripped, resulting in a penalty for the home side. Kelly stepped up and made no mistake from the spot, drilling it to the left and beyond the reach of the keeper.  Ten minutes before the break, the home team were awarded a second penalty, but it was driven against the post and cleared to safety. But astonishingly they were awarded a third minutes before half time, and this time managed to hit the net, to give Borris a comfortable two goal cushion. But the second half, belonged to Town. Right from the get go, they were winning possession and making chances, getting a goal back in the fifty third minute when Ronan Walsh converted after some good work in the build up. They continued controlling the game, and added two more goals in the final fifteen minutes, through John Buckley and a second Walsh goal, to take a deserved win, and effectively hand the title to local rivals Clonmel Celtic.

TSDL Premier League 26th February 2023 Match Reports

Cashel Town 0 – 2 St Michael’s

Cashel Town put out a youthful side against league champions St Michael’s on Sunday afternoon, but were undone by the experience of veterans when they went down by two goals to nil at Palmershill. The home side started well but found it difficult to create chances against a very compact Saints defence. As the first half progressed the visitors came more into the game, and finally opened the scoring in the thirty second minute when a long throw was flicked on into the home area, and Jimmy Carr finished at the back post. The hosts thought they had got a leveller five minutes before the break, but a goal bound shot was cleared off the line to the dismay of the home supporters. The second half followed a similar pattern to the end of the first, with the away side having the majority of the possession but Cashel kept them at bay until eight minutes from time when the visitors were awarded a penalty which Jimmy Carr converted for his and his sides second of the game, a goal that was enough to ensure the Saints would pick up all three points.

Vee Rovers 0 – 6 Peake Villa

Although the final score might suggest otherwise, the already relegated home side gave a very good account of themselves for the first hour of this game, before the greater fitness of the title challengers from Thurles asserted themselves on the game and came away with a comfortable win. Both sides had their chances in what was an even first half, with special mention going to sixteen year old debutant Ryan Breedy in the home goal pulling off some excellent saves to deny Villa on a number of occasions. However even he couldn’t keep them out when on the stroke of half time, a flying header by Eoin O Dwyer sent Villa to the break in front. The first fifteen minutes of the second period followed a similar pattern, but as it went on, the away side began to turn the screw and they finally got a second on the hour mark when substitute Ronan Maguire headed home from a corner kick. Ten minutes later they scored a third through Kieran Hennessy, and from then on ran the home side ragged. They added two more goals in two minutes through Keith Carroll ten minutes from the end, before Breedy in the home goal capped his debut with a penalty save. Even he though couldn’t stop Evan Mc Cormack adding a sixth on the stroke of full tim

Wilderness Rovers 3 – 2 Bansha Celtic

Promoted to the Premier League at the beginning of the season, Wilderness Rovers all but ensured they will be staying at the top table of TSDL football when they carved out a hard earned win against a struggling Bansha Celtic side in Clonmel on Sunday afternoon. As they have done in a number of recent games, the Wildies flew out of the traps attacking from the off and it took just six minutes for them to get their noses in front, when Sean Brown set up Dan van der Wal for his first goal of the season. In a first half where the home side had plenty of chances, their failure to convert left them vulnerable and they were made pay just on the half hour mark when Celtic took advantage of confusion in the home defence and sneaked a goal to draw the game level. But the response from Rovers was positive and four minutes later a long ball by Ciaran Stapleton found the head of Van der Wal turned provider for ace striker Brown to hit the net from close range and put the home side back in the driving seat. But the scoring in the half wasn’t completed yet, and six minutes later the game was back all square when the away side were awarded a penalty and made no mistake from the spot. That was how the game went to the break, and with so much on the line for both sides, the early part of the second period was a cagey affair with both teams relying more on long balls to the front, rather than playing through the middle. Chances were created by both, but neither were able to capitalise. A turning point seemed to arrive just after the hour mark when the home side were reduced to ten men, but incredibly they seemed to use this as the catalyst to raise their game even more, and ten minutes from time forced a penalty kick from their opponents. With so much riding on the shot, Sean Brown was coolness personified and made no mistake, sliding the ball to the corner of the net, and re-establishing a lead for his side for the third time in the game. They showed massive resilience after this as the visitors threw everything at them to try to salvage a precious point, but in the end the Wildies prevailed to the delight of their management and supporters.

Tipperary Cup, 2nd Round, 26th February 2023 Match Reports

Two Mile Borris 0 – 3 Clonmel Town

Although this game finished with what looked like a reasonably comfortable win for Clonmel Town, it was anything but, with the visitors scoring two late goals to put a gloss on the scoreline. The game started evenly enough with the two sides sharing some chances before the visitors took the lead when Lee Costello deftly flicked the ball to the net from a corner kick in the fifteenth minute. After that Borris came close with Jamie Lee heading just over the bar, and Jack Hackett seeing an effort skidding the wrong side of the upright. A big moment in the game came in the thirtieth minute when the home side were reduced to ten men after a sending off, but they still dominated possession and had chances for long periods in the rest of the first half and much of the second. Town were very content to sit back and look for chances to arise on the break, and two came very late in the game. The first minutes from time saw them awarded a penalty kick which Ryhs O Regan fired home, and while the home side sent most of their players up for a corner kick in time added on, Town broke again and Ashley Laslett got a third goal with a very tidy finish.

Paddy Purtill Cup report 26th February 2023 Match Reports

Clonmel Town 3 – 1 Mullinahone

Town advanced to the semi-finals of The Paddy Purtill Cup with a hard-fought victory over Mullinahone on Sunday afternoon in Clonmel. The home side started brightly and opened the scoring in the seventh minute when a through ball by Shane Heffernan was calmly slotted home by Dylan Guiry. But the lead didn’t last long, when just three minutes later, the visitors found themselves level after a speculative ball over the top caught the home defence unawares and the visitors fired to the net. The home side were presented a wonderful chance to retake the lead in the twenty fourth minute when they were awarded a penalty, but the initial shot was brilliantly saved. Alas for the keeper the rebound fell to Kevin Kirwan who slide a ball across the area to Keenan Kerton to tap home from three yards out. After this, both teams had chances to score before the break, but both keepers were in brilliant form and no more goals were recorded. Shane O Connor in the Town goal, was once again on hand to keep the hosts ahead early in the second period, and throughout the half the two teams missed chances or were denied by fine defending. With the teams almost out on their feet approaching the final minute however, the hosts made sure of their win when a long ball was excellently flicked on by substitute Alan Spain and the ever dangerous Dylan Guiry broke through the visiting defence to score his second of the game, and his sides third.

TSDL Second Division 26th February 2023 Match Reports

Rosegreen Rangers 4 – 1 Cashel Town

Rosegreen Rangers picked up the bragging rights in the local derby with close neighbours Cashel Town on Sunday afternoon, sending the vanquished down to the Third Division and securing a very respectable mid table position for themselves in the process. The home side started the game well went and had already had a number of chances before they opened the scoring in the fifteenth minute through a Ben Young header. The game flowed over and back after that with Cashel having a number of efforts of their own, but the second goal also went to the home side when Jamie Lennox rose highest to head home ten minutes before the break. In control at this point the only blip for the home side was being reduced to ten men just before the break, but they held their two goal lead to half time. Cashel regrouped in the second period and dominated much of the possession for the opening fifteen minutes, finally pulling a goal back just after the hour mark. This gave them the impetus to push on looking for an equaliser, but the home side showed resolve and scored a third goal ten minutes from time, when they were awarded a penalty kick that Pakie Farrell rolled to the net. Five minutes from time a snap shot by Jack Marshall caught the Cashel keeper unawares and gave the hosts a fourth goal, which was the final significant action in the game.

Galbally United 2 – 1 St Nicholas

Galbally United came from behind in a nervy encounter to put themselves in the promotion spots and potentially winning a title, on Sunday afternoon against local rivals St Nicholas. Both teams were making basic errors in passing early on, with neither able to impose themselves, before the visitors made the best of their first real chance in the twenty second minute and James Scanlon looped a headed effort over the stranded home keeper. This seemed to settle the home side and five minutes later Cathal O Mahoney went close with a low angled shot after cutting in from the right wing. The game continued to be pretty even until a minute before the break, Galbally finally got level, when Owen O Sullivan headed home a Bernard O Brien corner kick. The second half saw the game become a midfield battle with neither side creating much for the first thirty minutes, until Peter Morrissey headed onto the crossbar for the home side. Five minutes later, they finally got the goal they chased when substitute Ger Quinlan finished well after being put through on goal. With so much at stake in the game, the home side sat back to try to ensure their points, and invited the visitors onto them. But they held firm and if anything had the best chance to score a third, when John English hit the post late on.

TSDL Third Division report 26th February 2023 Match Reports

Powerstown 0 – 5 Kilsheelan United

Powerstown’s hopes of winning the Third Division title suffered a blow when they fell to a heavy defeat at home to Kilsheelan United on Sunday afternoon. In a result that will come as a surprise to many, the home side were always second best to a much hungrier Kilsheelan outfit on the day. The away side served their intention of causing an upset as early as th thirteenth minute when they took the lead after a corner kick found Nathan Dolan all alon in the penalty area and he made no mistake from ten yards out. They were dominant throughout the half and doubled their lad ten minutes before the break when Mark Heffernan finished off a devastating counter attack. Ten minutes into second half, Billy O’Connor got the third goal, when his shot from outside the box found the top left corner, giving the home side a mountain to climb of they were to get anything from the game. But the visitors made sure that wouldn’t arise and hit two goals in two minutes around the sixty fifth minute mark through John O Dwyer and Jamie Roche, leaving the league leaders shell shocked and nervously looking over their shoulders before the final few games of the season.

Bansha Celtic 1 – 2 Tipperary Town

It was derby day at the patch in Bansha when the home side welcomed local rivals Tipperary Town for this Third Division clash. They played out a pretty even first fifteen minutes as a lot of the ball was played with in the middle of the field. As the half progressed the home side started to control the game and opened the scoring when a ball played through by Alan Carter into David Ronan’s feet, saw him taken down in the area, and Kyle Hayes stepped up to convert. The visitors came roaring back after this however, and fashioned a number of opportunities before getting an equaliser ten minutes before the break. The home side re-grouped and got a hold of the game, almost re-taking the lead five minutes before half time when a ball broke to Jamie Buckley, whose excellent strike from twenty five yards out drew a magnificent save from Mikey Ryan in the Town goal. Bansha continued pressing in the early part of the second half, creating chances numerous chances, but the away side held their own by and large. The significant moment in the game, came ten minutes from time when a speculative long ball over the top of the home defence was latched onto by a Town striker and h was taken down, resulting in a penalty for the away side that was tucked away to give them a lead that they held until the end of the game.

Burncourt Celtic 2 – 3 Cahir Park

This game was played on Saturday night in the magnificent astroturf facilities in Cahir Park, and was a very competitive game throughout. Both teams had early chances before the Park opened the scoring in the twenty fourth minute, when a cross from Shane Bennett took a deflection off a Celtic defender, and ended up in the net. But Burncourt continued making chances and found themselves level ten minutes later when some fine work by Pimmy Darcy along the endline gave Pa Ryan a simple tap in to make it one all. That was how the game went to the break, and five minutes into the second period a shot from Cahir’s Dean Fitzwater from the edge of the box ended up in the bottom corner of the net to put his sid back in front. But Celtic were not going down easily, and with twenty minutes left, were level again when Nathan Byrne headed home from a Shane O Neill free Kick. Both sides had half chances after this, but the game looked like it was petering out into a draw, until the final minute, when a strike by Ikaro Matteus again took a wicked deflection off a Burncourt defender and ended up in the net, giving the hosts all three points on the night.

TSDL Youths 26th February 2023 Match Reports

TSDL Division 2 Youths Cup final

Shanbally United 3 – 4 Cashel Town

Cashel Town’s Youths twice came from behind to win this thriller of a Youths Cup final by the odd goal in seven at Scart Park on Saturday afternoon. Both teams have been the standard bearers at the top of the Second Division in Youths football this season, and promised a great final, and they began to deliver as soon as the third minute when the home side broke downfield and were awarded a penalty kick that was despatched to the net by Ben Carey. But the visitors responded and upped their game, having a couple of half chances before finally levelling the games thanks to a Lee O Riordan effort in the twenty third minute, when he finished off a sweeping movement by planting a headed effort to th net at the back post. The rest of the half flowed up and down the pitch but no mor goals were scored. It took just eight minutes of the second period to change that, and again it was the hosts that took advantage when they found Ben Doyle in space in the Cashel area and he headed to the net from eight yards out. But this just presaged a period of dominance from the away side, and they levelled six minutes later when Blake Doyle Carroll found the net with a shot from the edge of the area. Five minutes after that, the visitors finally got their noses in front for the first time when Ciaran Fitzpatrick fired home, and it looked to be all over when Ciaran Fitzpatrick extended the lead to two goals twenty minutes from time. But the home side showed their battling qualities and reduced the deficit to a single goal five minutes from the end, when they were awarded a second penalty and Carey made no mistake for a second time. This set up a grandstand finish when the home side threw everything at their opponents to try to bring the game to extra time, but Cashel held on to finish deserving winners in front of a large crowd of supporters.

TSDL Youths Division 1

Clonmel Town 0 – 3 Clonmel Celtic

Clonmel Celtic made another giant leap towards securing the Division One Youths title with a comfortable three goal victory away to neighbours Clonmel Town last Saturday. Celtic who won the opening league game of the season against the same opponents very comfortably, went ahead after just ninety seconds when Jack Aylward pounced on indecision in the Town defence to finish neatly past John O Connell. Smelling blood right from the off, the visitors went in search of a second and only a last ditch tackle from James Power deprived Reece Farrell in the tenth minute. However Town eventually settled down and both Cian McGrath and John Buckley produced two good saves from Oisin O Donoghue, as the Celtic netminder showed his importance to his team. But nine minutes from the break, Celtic got a deserved second when Jack Aylwards free kick from the edge of the box, missed everyone and ended up in the corner of the home sides net. Town should have pulled a goal back immediately but Cian McGrath couldn’t manage to finish after being put through by a great Ronan Walsh pass, and the league leaders almost ended the half three up when Alex Greene’s shot hit the butt of the Town post and cannoned away to safety. The second half was a far more balanced affair. In the sixty seventh minute O Donoghue pulled off a great save to deny Dara Walsh and then Joey Browne did well to set up a shooting chance for himself but his shot lacked any real power. But right on the stroke of full time, the visitors made the points certain when Julian Kerton and Jamie Ryan, who were both excellent in midfield, combined to set up Alex Greene for a goal that his work rate deserved and with it complete a comfortable afternoons work for the Champion’s elect.

Slievenamon Celtic 1 – 1 Peake Villa

Slievenamon Celtic wrapped up their historic first season in the top Division of TSDL Youths football with a very respectable draw after coming from behind against a strong Peake Villa side on Saturday afternoon. A poor start from the home side led to an early goal from the visitors inside the opening five minutes when a well worked short corner got pulled back to the edge of the box before being struck to the net by James Woodlock. After that the game settled down into a cagey affair with neither side creating any more clear cut chances before the break, and the visitors going in a goal up. The second half saw a much improved home side spring into life, as Tommy o Connor and Ben Power started to dominate in the centre of the pitch. This hard work finally paid off with ten minutes left on the clock, when a short Sam Power throw found Eoin Condon who put a quality delivery into the back post finding Tommy O Connor for the leveller. Both sides pushed on looking for the winner after that, but despite creating a number of half chances were unable to find the net and had to be content with a share of the spoils.

Tipperary Youths Cup, 2nd Round

Cullen Lattin 4 – 2 Bansha Celtic

After beating Clonmel Town in the previous round, Cullen welcomed Bansha Celtic to Aisling Park today for the second round of the cup on Saturday afternoon. On a beautiful day for football the home side started really well and were on top in most parts of the field. In the twentieth minute, the finally made the early pressure count when Jake Ryan fired a cross field ball that was met by Dylan Mc Grath at the back post to put the home side ahead. They continued to dominate the game putting massive pressure on the Bansha back line, and this finally told when after another good move Tristan Stokes received the ball about twenty yards from goal and struck a great effort into the bottom corner. The visitors finally awoke from their stupor and started to make some inroads into the home sides territory, but were unable to pull a goal back prior to the break. They continued this at the start of the second half, but against the run of play Michael Ryan Bob got in behind the visiting defence to finish well, and put Cullen three up and very much in the box seat in the fifty third minute. The visitors did finally get some reward just on the hour mark, when they were awarded a penalty and Adam Hennessey made no mistake to bring it back to three goals to one. But that just seemed to get the home side focused again, and they got a fourth fifteen minutes from time when Dylan Mc Grath fired home his second of the day. A gutsy Bansha forced a penalty with ten minutes to go, and Adam Hennessey put away to make it four goals to two, but after that the home side shut up shop and made sure their name would be going in the hat for the next round of the competition.

Munster Junior Cup 5th round 19th February 2023 Match Reports

Springfield Ramblers 0 – 3 Peake Villa

This game might have seemed curious to the casual observer who thought that Springfield had already dispatched Peake Villa from the Munster Junior Cup in the previous round, but that was the Thurles sides second team. On Sunday, the “big brothers” arrived back in Cobh, and handed down a revenge dish to cruise into the quarter finals of this years competition. The TSDL side started well and went close in the eleventh minute when Darragh Byrne hit the post. But netminder Willie Tierney was called into action six minutes later, when he made a good save, underlining the danger that any complacency about the tie Villa might have had, would very quickly be punished by this very capable Cork outfit. There wasn’t much between the teams and the best chance before half time fell to Villa’s Keith Cahill, who came close, but wasn’t able to turn the ball into the net. The Tipperary side came out in the second half and showed some real purpose and were finally rewarded in the sixty third minute when a Mikey Wade corner was headed to the back of the net by Dale Loughnane to give them a deserved lead. On top now, they pressed home their dominance and added a second in the seventy third minute when Mikey Wade scored to make it two nil. They added a cherry on top of what was an all round excellent performance when Jack Ryan Casey capped a fine performance to score and make the final result three goals to nil.

TSDL Premier League reports 19th February 2023 Match Reports

Bansha Celtic 0 – 1 St Michael’s

St Michael’s continued their push for another Premier League title with a single goal win in their local derby battle with a Bansha side struggling for points to try to move away from the dreaded relegation zone. The home side started the game well and were well set up in a game that was nip and tuck for the first quarter of an hour. But eventually the visitors began to dominate exchanges in the middle of the field and got what proved to be the winning goal in the twenty fifth minute. The ball fell to the always lively Russell Quirke who evaded two tackles before curling the ball into the top corner