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FAI Junior Cup, 4th Round 4th December 2022 Match Reports

St Michael’s 1 – 0 Portlaw

Saints came out on top here after a tough uncompromising cup battle at Cooke Park on Sunday afternoon. Both teams went at each other right from the outset, as they wanted to set a physical tone on the game. But that also meant that some of the chances were rushed and often the quality of the final ball into the area was not to the quality required by either team to get past two very experienced defensive units. In the end the first half finished scoreless and it became obvious that this was unlikely to be a high scoring game. That meant that getting the first goal was going to be vital and it fell to the Tipperary side in the sixty fourth minute when two of their most experienced players, Jimmy Carr and David Slattery combined to set Slattery up to sweep a ball to the net. Minutes later Saints thought that their lead had been doubled when Slattery found the net for a second time, only to see the score wiped off for an offside infringement. The game opened up a little with the Waterford side chasing an equaliser, but it looked like the famed Saint’s defence had the measure of the Waterford team, until they conceded a penalty in the final minute of the game. But Portlaw eschewed the opportunity and Tom Holland made a brilliant save to ensure his team would be joining rivals Peake Villa in the next round of this prestigious competition.

TSDL Premier League 4th 2022 Match Reports

Wilderness Rovers 0 – 0 Cashel Town

Wilderness Rovers returned to league action on Sunday after their run in the FAI Junior Cup, and faced off against a young Cashel Town side, in a game that both teams wanted to get something from, as they try to move further away from the wrong end of the table. The home side started the brighter, with some excellent passages of play and they dominated the ball for most of the first half. However, they found it difficult to fashion any really clear chances, and when they did, they found the visiting keeper in fine form and he ensured that the sides would go to the break scoreless. The momentum of the game switched after the break, with Cashel now beginning to see a lot more of the ball, but again chances were at a premium on a day that was really all about the two defences. Midway through the second period, the home side were reduced to ten players, but even with the advantage in manpower, the visitors were not able to break down that home sides back line and in the end the two teams had to be happy with a share of the points.

Peake Villa 1 – 0 Two Mile Borris

Peake Villa lined out on Sunday afternoon fresh from their FAI Junior Cup success in Limerick last weekend, to face another tough task against local rivals Two Mile Borris. Missing some regulars the home side knew this was not going to be an easy game and that was proved throughout the afternoon. They did start brightly and had some good efforts in front of goal with Pippy Carroll, Robbie Stapleton and Mick Ryan coming close. But keeper Willie Tierney was also called into action on a few occasions in the first half before the sides went to the break scoreless. The second half was pretty much a carbon copy of the first with the home side always looking the most likely, while being wary of getting caught at the back, but they eventually overcame the resistance of Borris when with ten minutes left to play, a free kick was sent into the visitors area, and Robbie Stapleton headed to the bottom corner to the home supporters delight. The last ten minutes was end to end and the last chance of the game fell to the visitors who were awarded a free kick which struck the crossbar before it was scrambled away to safety, leaving the home sides perfect start to this season intact.

Clonmel Celtic 2 – 1 Vee Rovers

Clonmel Celtic’s unlikely title push stalled in recent weeks, but they still had enough to grind out this hard-fought win against a Vee Rovers side rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table. The home side had the best of the early play and opened the scoring in the fourteenth minute when Seanie Hawkins finished off an assist by Darren Sweeny. This was how the game eventually went to the half time break as Rovers put in a hug defensive effort to nullify the Clonmel side. The second half continued much as the first ended, but the visitors did carve out a few half chances without really looking like they could open up the home team. But Celtic themselves had to wait until four minutes from time to get the insurance goal when Hawkins added his and his sides second by turning home Paddy Ormonde’s attempted shot from close range. As the clock ran down, the visitors pulled a goal back deep into time added it when Alan Condon converted after a defensive mix up, but the home side held on to claim the three points.

TSDL First Division 4th December  2022 Match Reports

Cahir Park 5 – 2 Peake Villa

Cahir Park took advantage of other teams slipping up at the weekend to go joint top of the First Division, thanks to a comprehensive win over a Peake Villa second team who would already have had their eyes on next weekends Munster Junior Cup tie in Cork. The home team took control of the early exchanges and took a deserved lead in the eight minute when Willie Dunne headed home a Shane Regan cross from six yards out. After that they dominated proceedings but were unable to add to the score line before the half time break. They remained the better side at the start of the second period and finally added a second two minutes in when Conor Murphy finished from close range following good play on the wing by Stephen Duggan. The visitors to their credit didn’t lay down and found a way back into the game when Danny Tracey finished from close range five minutes later. But within a minute Stephen Duggan restored the home teams two goal advantage when he headed home at the edge of the area. The topsy turvy nature of the second half continued when Villa added a second in the sixty seventh minute, after Jack Kelly finished after a scramble from a corner kick. But the home team kept the pressure on and added two more goals before the end through Willie Dunne and Hichem Berim, to ensure they would take all three points on offer.

Tipperary Town 1 – 2 Clonmel Town

Clonmel Town’s second team put themselves right back into the First Division title race, when they upset league leaders Tipperary Town on Sunday morning, but taking an away victory that wasn’t envisaged before the game started. The home side made the early running and had two good chances of opening the score in the first five minutes. But they were made to pay for those misses when the away side was awarded a penalty in the twenty fifth minute, which although the initial spot kick was saved, Lekan Oki fired home the rebound from close range. This was the only goal of the first half, and it looked like the hosts would get back on level terms early in the second period, when they were awarded a penalty of their own, but the Clonmel keeper guessed correctly and kept his side in front. Midway through the half things got better for the visitors when confusion at a corner kick allowed Shane Heffernan in to score a second with a neat header. Unperturbed the home side kept throwing men forward in search of a goal, and they pulled one back twenty minutes from time when Vinny Godfrey set up Tony Byrnes to dispatch a curling effort to the top corner. The home side sensed an equaliser was coming after that, and had a number of good chances, the best falling to Matty Moroney and Vinny Godfrey, but in the end they couldn’t break down a resolute Clonmel side who held on for a well earned win.

Mullinahone 1 – 1 Old Bridge

Both goals in this game came in a frantic first half, with both sides trying to get points that will move them away from the bottom half of the First Division table. The home side have been having a tough run since the early part of the season, but managed to get in front here in the twenty fourth minute when Liam Hicks fired to the net. But they were never really dominant in the game and the Bridge got back level twelve minutes later with a well worked team effort. Both sides were well matched in the game, and as the second half wore on, a sticky wet pitch made it harder for either side to get any real fluidity going and they had to make do with a point each at game end.

TSDL Premier League 27th November 2022 Match Reports

Galbally United 2 – 3 Cullen Lattin

Cullen put a stop to neighbours Galbally United’s recent run of wins with a late goal to push themselves back into the promotion race in Division Two. The away side were well on top in the early stages, as the league leaders had a sluggish start, but eventually Galbally played themselves into game and took the lead in the twenty seventh minute when Owen O Sullivan finished well from a clever Cathal Flynn cross. But just three minutes later, the visitors were back on level terms when Jack O Halloran was fouled in the area, and Mikey Stokes stood up to fire home the resulting penalty kick. One all at the break, Cullen took the lead almost from the resumption of the second half when the ever lively O Halloran pounced on a Galbally mistake and slid the ball past the stranded keeper. But just after the hour mark, the home side levelled things up once again when Cathal Flynn fired home and unstoppable volley from fifteen yards out. The game ebbed and flowed from then until the end, and it looked like the game would finish all square. However, right at the death the away side managed to manufacture one last chance, and Mikey O Brien popped up to score the decisive goal that gave his team all three points.

Suirside 1 – 2 Rosegreen Rangers

Suirside would have been hoping to take advantage of Galbally’s slip up to restore themselves to the top of the Second Division, but they were frustrated by an excellent performance from a Rosegreen side who have put their early season travails behind them as they push higher up the table. The home side started the more dominant and had a number of early chances, but were not able to apply the little bit of quality needed to open the scoring. Gavin Ryan and John Darmody had the best of the chances of the half, but they found the visiting keeper in inspired form, and he was the main reason that the game went to the break scoreless. Rosegreen then started the second half better and had a couple of opportunities from set pieces, but again, goals seemed impossible to come by. The home side did finally take the lead four minutes after the hour mark, when Jason Coffey was played in my Gavin Ryan and he made no mistake from twelve yards out. Like busses however, after waiting so long for a goal, two arrived almost together when within four minutes the visitors were level thanks to a Niall O Brien finish. This set up a barnstorming finish as both sides went for broke in pursuit of a winning goal. Jason Coffey and Gavin Sheehan both went close for Suirside before Rosegreen snatched the game with a late goal from Seanie O Halloran who chased down a long clearance before firing low and hard beyond the keeper, and breaking the home sides hearts and hopes.

TSDL Third Division 4th December 2022 Match Reports

Powerstown 2 – 1 Cahir Park

Powerstown had their seventh win of the season against Cahir Park’s second team on Saturday night at Cahir Park Astro Pitch, as they cemented their position at the top of the Third Division, and set themselves up for what they hope will be a title win in the New Year. The home side were quick out of the blocks, and in the sixth minute a Gino Lonergan corner found Brian McKeown at the back post and he volleyed home leaving the visiting keeper rooted to the spot. But Cahir almost had the perfect response when four minutes later, they almost equalised from a corner of their own, but the effort just trailed narrowly wide. The home side maintained their early pressure and had a number of chances before they were awarded a penalty kick eight minutes before the break, that Conor Mc Grath coolly slotted to the net to double their advantage. But this time the visitors response was immediate, when they turned over a ball in the middle of the pitch, and Brandon O’Donoghue rifled a shot from the edge of the box into the right bottom corner, wrong footing the home keeper. The home side took their advantage into the break, and then had to weather an onslaught from the Park in the early part of the second period. But as the half dragged on, both teams were guilty of poor decision making and poor finishing and there were no more goals, leaving the home side to take all three precious points

TSDL Youths 26th November  2022 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 2 – 1 Kells Celtic

Celtic looked to progress to the last 16 of the Fai U17 cup with a tough home tie against last years champions Kells Celtic. The hosts took the game to their opponents early on and almost opend the scoring in the third minute when Jack Lawlor fired over from a Max Ryan cross. They continued to dominate first half but could not convert chances, while always being wary of being caught by quick counter attacks from their Royal County opponents. The second half was slightly more even and fiercely contested. Jack Aylward was denied probably one of the greatest goals ever at Celtic Park when facing away from goal he flicked the ball over a defender’s head spun and hit a 40 yard volley straight at the top corner only for the very impressive Kells keeper to somehow claw the ball onto the underside of the bar. But in the end, the deadlock was finally broken by the visitors when they took advantage of a turnover at the edge of their own area to sweep downfield and score. The Clonmel youngsters didn’t drop their heads after this setback and kept pushing for an equaliser. However as time ran down it looked like the might not get back into the game, until in the final minute of time added on, Mikey Maguire broke down the right and put in a cross which was met on the half volley by Rhys Lonergan, flying past the Kells keeper causing wild celebrations. Extra time saw the home side determined to grab a winner and brilliant work from Max Ryan saw him set up a flying diving header from the excellent Jack Lawlor, putting Celtic in front. They made things harder for themselves than necessary when they were reduced to ten men for the final few minutes, but they held out to take the win and progress to the next round and a home meeting with Kilkenny kingpins Evergreen some time in the New Year.

TSDL Premier League 27th November 2022 Match Reports

Clonmel Town 3 – 1 Two Mile Borris

Clonmel Town gained a hard fought three points against a dogged Two Mile Borris side in the Dr Pat O Callaghan Complex on Sunday morning, that kept them at the summit of the Premier League as their closest rivals were busy playing elsewhere. The three goals to one scoreline might suggest a comfortable morning’s work for the home side but as always Borris proved once again just how formidable side they are, especially this season, where they have managed to compile a nice blend of experienced and younger players into their squad. The visitors started on the front foot, and the first chance of the game fell to Jamie Lee, when in the thirteenth minute, his strike from twenty-five yards out, brought a great save from Town custodian Ben Cooney. Five minutes later the home sides Rhys O Regan blazed over with the goal at his mercy, and that miss was shortly followed by Cillian Crowe shot that cannoned off the cross bar before being cleared to safety. But as the game progressed, the home side began to make more chances, and just after the half hour mark, went ahead when Crowe got on the end of a delicious pass from Keith Guiry and fired past Endiss Mickelson in the Borris goal. But the visitors didn’t panic and just on half time their positive play was rewarded when Stewart Hanrahan headed home a Jamie Lee corner, to leave the sides level at the break. Right from the start of the second period, the home side began to dominate, but found a Borris defence that was well marshalled by veteran Martin Darmody and Loran O Toole, very difficult to break down. They finally cracked however in the sixty third minute, when a clumsy challenge in the visitors area saw Town awarded a penalty, and Alan O Donnell made no mistake to put the hosts back into the lead.  They pushed on in search of a third as they tried to put the result beyond doubt, and five minutes from time O Donnell added his second and his sides third, when he curled the ball around the wall at a free kick, and into the bottom corner, much to the relief of the home supporters. After that it was a case of what they have they held as the Clonmel side took the three points without any more problems.

FAI Junior Cup, 4th Round 27th November 2022 Match Reports

Pike Rovers 2 – 2 Peake Villa (AET, Villa win 4-2 on penalties)

In flying form domestically, Peake Villa travelled to Limerick on Sunday to take on one of the favourites in this seasons FAI Junior Cup, Pike Rovers, in one of the most eagerly watched ties of the round. Conditions for the start of the game were ideal, and in the first twenty minutes, the defences were on top as the side felt each other out. The visitors did have the best chance of the opening period when Alan Leahy found Keith Cahill in space, and he played in Pippy Carroll, but the final shot was fired straight at the keeper. When the deadlock was finally broken in the twenty third minute, it turned out to be worth waiting for, after Carroll unlashed a screamer that flew into the top corner of the net from all of twenty five yards out. On top now, Villa tried to press home the advantage and thought they had a second when Eoin O Dwyer played in Keith Cahill, just after the half hour mark, but his shot went wide of the post. The home side were living off scraps at this stage, but always remained a danger from set pieces and came close ten minutes from the break, with a free kick that just cleared the bar. But that was good as it got for them and Villa went in at the half time whistle a goal to the good. The second half went back to being a cagey affair with neither side wanting to open up too much, and conditions worsened as the half went on with persistent rain falling that made conditions difficult. Eventually a second goal arrived, but it went to the home side when they finally made a set piece count, with Robbie Williams saying take that, and making it one all with a smashing finish. The TSDL side now required a little patience as they had to absorb a period of pressure from Rovers, but they continued to probe for chances and retook the lead eleven minutes from the end when great work from Keith Cahill saw him cross to the far post to find Alan Leahy, headed home to make the score two goals to one for the Tipperary side. It was time now for the Thurles supporters to pray that they could hold on, and it looked as if they would, but deep into injury time their defence was to come undone and Rovers managed to score a second and bring the game into extra time. A supreme effort was now needed and Villa were determined that this was not going to be another of these days when they looked good but didn’t bring home the result. Both sides are giants in their respective leagues and neither wanted to be the one doing something stupid that would see the tie lost, so they defended stoutly and saw the game left to be decided by penalty kicks. This was where Villa finally got the chance to shine and they ended up taking the spoils on a four goal to two scoreline, to advance to the next round.

St Mary 1 – 0 Wilderness Rovers

Wilderness Rovers made the long trip to Cork on Saturday to represent the TSDL in the fourth round of this seasons FAI Junior Cup, and put up an excellent performance that unfortunately fell just short after a great game of football. The conditions were tough at the beginning of the game, with high winds and relentless rain, and the Clonmel side got off to the worst possible start, conceding a goal from the first attack of the game, when the Cork side broke from the kick off and whipped a ball in from the left that caught the visiting keeper unaware and was tapped in at the back post. Wilderness responded fantastically though, creating chance after chance with the best opportunity falling to Graham Kelly on the half hour mark. Unfortunately, just as he was about to pull the trigger on his shot, the ball got stuck under his feet allowing the Cork defenders to scramble the ball away to safety. Rovers continued to press down the right-hand side with Danny Hogan and Jayden Cagney combining very well together, but just couldn’t seem to break down a strong home defence. The second half followed a similar pattern as the first, with the away side dominating possession and chances, and the home side happy to sit back and wait for chances to arrive on the counter attack. As the game progressed however the weather worsened making it almost impossible to build any fluidity into the game and Rovers just could not force home a goal that might have taken the game to extra time. In the end, they just fell short, but can have no qualms as to the level of effort that they put in, and will now be re-doubling their efforts to ensure they remain in the top flight of local football and building hopefully for more successful days in this and other competitions.

TSDL Second Division 27th November  2022 Match Reports

Dualla 3 – 2 Cashel Town

This local derby turned into a firecracker, with Dualla bouncing back from a defeat last weekend, to put more pressure on a Cashel Town team currently rooted to the bottom of the Second Division. The visitors started well and forced some early saves from home net minder Batman Fitzgerald. But fifteen minutes in, they over committed to an attack and were caught out by a classic counter, that saw Tossie Ryan slipped through to finish superbly and give Dualla the lead. Just before the break the hosts produced almost a carbon copy of the first goal to add a second when Ger O Dwyer timed his run into the area perfectly, and headed neatly to the top corner, to double the home sides lead. They held this to the break, and midway through the second half, found themselves three up after some hard work and pressure from Mark Downey on the Cashel backline, finished with him rifling a shot high into the roof of the net. But Cashel never gave up and with fifteen minutes left they got rewarded for their good play when Murty Browne, drilled a shot low and hard into the bottom corner, to make the score three goals to one. Minutes later, a panicked Dualla defence failed to clear their lines and Darragh Browne reacted quickest to tap home a second goal for the visitors, setting up a grand stand finish. And they looked to have levelled the game in the final moments, only to see a shot come back off the crossbar when they home keeper was well beaten. But Dualla managed to hold out, and take the precious points, leaving Cashel in a very precarious relegation position that will need them to start being more clinical in the future if they are to stave off relegation to the division below.

Suirside 0 – 4 Galbally United

The top two in the Second Division faced off in Ardfinnan on Sunday afternoon, when league leaders Suirside hosted in-form Galbally United in a game that will have repercussions on where the title may land at the end of the season. And it took only two minutes for the away side to show their intent when they took the lead thanks to a wonderful strike from all of thirty yards out by Patrick Murphy, that fizzed to the net and left the home keeper flat footed as he watched it fly by. The home side eventually settled and almost equalised ten minutes later when a goalmouth scramble saw the ball fall to Gavin Ryan, but his effort was blocked and kicked away to safety. Six minutes later a John Allen free kick was touched around the post by the visiting keeper, when it looked destined for the net. Three minutes later the home side were to rue the missed chances as the visitors added a second when a Bernard O Brien free kick deceived the home keeper and flew directly to the net, giving Galbally a very strong position in the game. Despite the home side pressing, they were unable to break down the Galbally defence and the away team went to the break leading by two goals to nil. The second half saw Suirside press forward at every opportunity as they tried to get back into the game, but in doing so they were leaving gaps behind in defence which Galbally were looking to exploit on the break. The home side were desperately unlucky on the hour mark to see a John Darmody effort shave the post, but go wide. Seven minutes later, they were dealt a hammer blow, when Galbally added a third, courtesy of another wonder strike by Patrick Murphy, much to the delight of his team mates. John English added a fourth eighteen minutes from time as the visiting side seemed to be trying to outdo themselves in terms of the quality of their goals, with another long range effort that saw the rigging in the home goal tested. From then until the end, the visitors just toyed with the home side and ran out easy winners to also take their place at the top of the Second Division table.

TSDL Third Division 27th November 2022 Match Reports

Burncourt Celtic 1 – 3 Kilsheelan

This game went ahead with the underfoot conditions heavy, and the visitors continued their recent upturn in league fortune, going ahead in the fifth minute when Jamie Roche headed home a cross from the right at the back post. In the twentieth minute the same player doubled his sides advantage with another fine headed effort, as Kilsheelan took control of the game. From there to half time, neither side fashioned any chances as conditions underfoot began to deteriorate, making fluent football difficult. Burncourt started the second half well and pulled a goal back nine minutes in when Alex Meaney won a ball on half way line, before beating a couple of defenders and finishing well from just inside the area. The home side were well on top for the next twenty minutes, but could not get the vital equaliser as the visitor’s defence held firm. Then with a quarter of an hour left, Roche completed his hat-trick with a fine side footed finish from a cross from the left, re-establishing their two-goal cushion. Rovers created a couple of chances late on, but failed to take any and the visitors ran out three goals to one winners.

Killenaule Rovers 2 – 3 Powerstown

Powerstown had to come from behind in this game to continue their unbeaten run in the league, and put them in prime position to challenge for the Third Division title. In a game switched to Redmondstown, Killenaule started the brighter of the two sides, and Dylan Walsh’s deflected effort from the edge of the box put them in front in the nineteenth minute. Seven minutes later Conor Dwyer doubled their lead, when a swift counter attack exposed Powerstown and Dwyer clinically fired to the net. Well on top now, they were unable to add to the scoreline and went to the break two goals to the good. But the league leaders turned the game on its head in the second half, with Gino Lonergan pulling a goal back just before the hour mark with a fantastic free kick from all of thirty yards out, to halve the deficit. Pushing on in search of an equaliser, they dominated possession, but found it hard to break down a resolute Killenaule defence. However, with just five minutes left to play, Powerstown’s persistence paid off, and Brian McKeown levelled the game. A ball crossed in caused havoc in the visitor’s box and Mc Keown got the crucial last touch to put it in the net. It looked like ending in a draw, but two minutes from the end, the hosts got a third when Conor McGrath fired a ball into the box from the right-hand side, and found Cathal Mc Keown finished, who blasted the ball to the net. A nervy final few minutes ensued, but the home side held on to secure the victory in a game which could have huge implications on the TSDL Division 3 title race.

Donohill and District 1 – 0 Tipperary Town

Donohill took the points after a scrappy game against local rivals Tipperary Town on Sunday morning in West Tipperary. The hosts started the better, and created several early chances but found visiting keeper Michael O Dwyer in fine form. But just before the half hour mark, they finally breached the visitors defence, when a Darragh Mooney pile driver flew to the roof of the net. That was the only goal of the first period, but they continued on top in the early part of the second half. Their best chances fell to the very lively youth player Alex Webster who went close on a few occasions. On the other side, the visiting attacks were limited and what chances were created were dealt with easily enough by the home defence. In the end the home side took the points, and will hope to build on this result in upcoming games as they try to play themselves back into contention for promotion.

TSDL Youths 26th November  2022 Match Reports

In a weekend decimated by poor weather and unplayable pitch conditions, two ties managed to survive with the only Division One game potentially having a huge effect on where this years title may end up. Two Mile Borris travelled to local rivals in Thurles Peake Villa, at the top of the table, albeit having played more games than their nearest rivals, but were unable to leave again with the three points, after they drew one all in this derby game. The result also gives hope to the home side that if they can continue their improving youth form in recent games, they may also have a chance of getting right into the mix in the title battle. In Division Two, Moyglass United had a horrendous start to their season, but have looked like they are getting stronger in recent weeks, and they picked up their first win of the season at home to Cahir Park, a result that will surely give the Moyglass Youths some impetus to take on games in the weeks and months ahead.

Tipperary Cup, 1st Round, 20th November 2022 Match Reports

Peake Villa 12 – 1 Kilsheelan United

Peake Villa are the real form team in the TSDL at the moment and they showed their form when they crushed Third Division side Kilsheelan United in Thurles on Sunday afternoon. The result went the way it was expected to go, but the Premier League side were given an early scare when a mix up in defence in the twelfth minute left Kilsheelan in to open the scoring. But they only managed to keep the lead for ten minutes and it was Captain Fantastic Pippy Carroll who drew the game level in the twenty first minute, heading home a Darragh Byrne free kick. Byrne himself got in behind the visitors defence six minutes later to put the Thurles side in front, and this opened the floodgates in the game. Two more goals before the break left Villa in front by four goals to one and in the second period they took advantage of their superior fitness to open up a much bigger lead in the game and advance to the second round with ease.

Bansha Celtic 2 – 1 Cashel Town (AET)

With Celtic Park in Bansha unplayable, this game took place at Palmershill in Cashel, and it took the majority of the first half for the tie to really get going with both sides coming at it with cautious approaches. Cashel had the first real chance of note when a Kyle Ryan header was saved at the front post, but Celtic had some good opportunities themselves but were lacking some quality and accuracy in the final third. With no goals in the first half, the first ten minutes of the second half was pretty much the same with, neither side creating anything of note. In the fifty fifth minute however, Cashel opened the scoring when Kyle Ryan capitalised on an under hit pass out of defence and shot high to the roof of the net giving the Celtic keeper no chance of saving the shot. But the lead was short lived and within two minutes, Bansha were level when Tony Egan found the top corner from all of twenty yards out, to the delight of his team mates and management. Both sides pushed for the winner after this, but more often than not simply cancelled each other out, and the game played out to the end with no more goals. In the first half of extra time, it was evident bodies were getting tired and the game became very scrappy. The second half saw both teams throw everything they could at each other to get the winner before they had to go to the dreaded penalty shoot-out. The hosts probably had the better of what few chances there were, but in the last minute of extra time Liam Murphy delivered a ball to the back post and Tony Egan rose highest and headed Bansha into the next round.

Cullen Lattin 0 – 4 St Michael’s

Still stinging from their loss in the Munster Junior Cup last weekend, Cup holders St Michael’s travelled the short distance to Cullen to play in the first round of this year’s competition, and eased into the second round with a routine win. This was their first visit to Aisling Park since it was re-developed six years ago and the pitch was looking in very good condition for the tie. The visitors as was expected had a lot of the ball in the early stages, but some good defending by the home side made chances hard to carve out. The hosts full back Timmie Heffernan did excellently to deny David Slattery with a sliding block in the twelfth minute, and at the other end, Tony O Neill tried his luck from distance on two occasions but his effort was easily saved. Saint eventually found the break through midway through the first half when Russell Quirke crossed for Slattery to head home, easing the visitors’ nerves. But the hosts were unlucky not to get back in the game minutes later when O Neill ran at the visitor’s defence before playing in Darren Neville who forced the keeper into a good save. The away side started the second half in the front foot and were soon two goals up when Jimmy Carr did well down the right before finding Slattery, whose first shot was saved, but he was on hand to tap home the second attempt in the fifty third minute. Five minutes later, Russell Quirke crossed to the unmarked Slattery who tapped home to complete his hat trick. Jimmy Carr then made it four in the sixty fifth minute, when he ran at the Cullen defence before rifling a shot into the bottom corner. Both side emptied the bench after this and the game was even for the last twenty minutes, with no real chances of note, allowing the Premier League side to go into the next round without too much discomfort.

Peake Villa B 1 – 2 Old Bridge

After their exploits in the Munster Junior Cup last weekend, Peake Villas seconds were brought down to earth in the first round of the Tipperary Cup on Sunday, when they exited the competition after going down by the odd goal in three, to fellow First Division rivals Old Bridge. After a lot of rain fell during the week, the pitch at the Tower Ground still looked in perfect condition as the game kicked off, but the game itself started slowly and there were no chances from either side before the away side started to get on top and opened the scoring in the twentieth minute. This woke the home side up and Villa went close on a few occasions with Kevin Patan and Scott Brennan having good chances, but they were unable to pull a goal back before the half time break. Unfortunately, they were unable to bring that momentum into the beginning of the second period and were caught in defence by a mistake that cost them, going two down in the fifty fourth minute. To their credit they continued to battle and pulled a goal back twenty-two minutes from the end when Conor Murphy was taken down in the box and he stepped up to score from the resulting penalty kick. It was all the home side now and they had a gilt-edged chance with ten minutes left but Danny Treacy’s shot went over. Jack Kelly also went close in the final minutes, but the Bridge eventually held on for the win.

Vee Rovers 3 – 1 Two Mile Borris B

Premier League side Vee Rovers hosted Third Division Two Mile Borris in the first round of this years Tipperary Cup, and after making hard work of the first half, eventually eased past the lower league opposition to make it to the next round. The game started evenly enough, with the visitors having a strong breeze behind them, but there was a dearth of clear chances until the home side eventually broke the deadlock in the eighteenth minute when Thomas Quirke headed to the net from a corner kick. But the Borris players kept trying to make chances and were rewarded just after the half hour mark when they found an equaliser, again benefitting from a set play, scoring again from a corner kick. That was all the goals from the first period, and with the wind behind them in the second, the Premier League team took control of the game and began to dominate. They turned that pressure into reward when Sean Casey chased down a hurried goalkeepers clearance in the sixty third minute, to coolly slot the ball back past the stranded keeper and into an empty net. Eight minutes later, the same player struck a bullet of a shot to the net after Borris had given the ball away in a defensive mix up, and that was enough to allow Rovers comfortably run down the clock to the end and go into the hat for the next round.

Two Mile Borris 3 – 0 Burncourt Celtic

The roles were reversed for Borris’s first team when they were the ones welcoming Third Division opponents to Newhill on Sunday morning. The Premier League team have been enjoying good form of late, and took control of the game from the get go. The opposing keeper did well to keep the game level making good saves from Darren Ivors and Jack Hackett, but Borris eventually broke the deadlock in the thirty second minute when Loran O Toole reacted quickest to a goal mouth scramble following a corner kick, and he whipped the ball to the net from less than eight yards out. There were no more goals in the first half and the Third Division side did come a little back into the game in the second half but never really threatened the Borris goal. Before they could build any real momentum, Burncourt found themselves two goals behind when Jack Cleary got in behind their defence and fired an angled shot into the corner of the net from just inside the area. The home side emptied their bench after this, giving some of their youths players a chance to shine, and a number of them combined five minutes from time to put the final touch on the game, setting Danny Rafter up to scored a third goal.

Powerstown 1 – 2 Clonmel Town B

This was a local derby with the home side hoping to spring a shock on their Town counterparts, but they were behind in the thirteenth minute when Charlie Barlow got on the end of a ball played over the top before placing it past the home keeper at the near post. This didn’t knock the home side completely off their stride however, and just before the half hour mark they were level when a long throw from Jamie Dunne caused chaos in the Town area, and in the resultant scramble the ball was glanced by a defender into their own net to make the score one all. Powerstown had chances to take the lead before half time, with Brian McKeown going close on a number of occasions but twice seeing his shots go narrowly wide. The second half turned into a much more cagey affair, with neither side committing to attack on many occasions, but eventually the First Division side produced a piece of quality to set Ben Smith up to score, and give Town a lead that they kept till the end of the game.

TSDL First Division reports 20th November 2022 Match Reports

TSDL First Division 20th November   

St Michael’s 4 – 2 Mullinahone

Saints second team were full value for the points in this game, which was based on a solid platform built in the first half and they were able to withstand a spirited fight back by Mullinahone in the second half. Antonio Rea went close for the hosts in the thirteenth minute, and almost immediately made it one nil when he was played by a Rhys Byron pass, allowing him to fire past Aaron Phelan in the visitor’s goal. Byron then made it two three minutes later when he finished well from a Paddy Bermingham pass. Antonio Rea continued to cause problems throughout the half, and made it three shortly before the half time break when he took advantage of a peach of a pass from substitute Evan Hawkins to give his side a commanding lead at the break. Two minutes into the second period a bizarre goal gave Mullinahone a lifeline when a goal kick from Aaron Phelan took a fierce bounce and went over the head off Robbie McGrath who had a fine game nevertheless in the Saints goal. This inspired Mullinahone who had the aid of the strong breeze now, and they took the game to Saints with Ryan Hicks hitting the crossbar five minutes later. The home side weathered the storm and wrapped up the points in the seventieth minute when Josh Flannery was on hand to turn in a Cian O’Dwyer cross. Mullinahone continued to push however and Jamie Hindley made it four goals to two ten minutes from the end when he latched on to a pass to beat McGrath for a second time. Rea blazed over the bar minutes from the end while going in search of his hat trick and a Josh Flannery effort went just wide, but Saints had a two goal cushion to go on and claim an invaluable three league points.

TSDL Second Division reports 20th November 2022 Match Reports

Clerihan 2 – 2 Cashel Town

There was a lot on the line for both teams who started the day at the wrong end of the table and this game started at a frantic pace, with both teams comfortable when in possession but lacking any real goal threat. It took until three minutes before the break, for the first score, with the visitors opening the scoring through a very smart finish from Donnie Reidy, a lead they held until the break. The second half started in similar fashion with both teams trying to get the upper hand, and it looked like it was going to be the visitors after substitute Alex O’Sullivan scored four minutes before the hour mark, to double the visitors’ advantage. O Sullivan got on the end of a stray back pass before firing to the roof of the net, leaving the Clerihan keeper with no chance. But shortly afterwards an injury to the visiting keeper seemed to knock Cashel off their stride, and with twelve minutes left, Aaron Kiely struck a wonder goal from all of thirty yards out, to drag the home side back into the game. Four minutes later they were level, thanks to another long-distance strike, this time from Blain O’Brien. At two all both teams threw caution to the wind for the final ten minutes and both defences and keepers were tested, but neither side could find the all-important goal and the spoils were shared in the end.

St Nicholas 2 – 1 Dualla

Both these teams are in the hunt for promotion from the Second Division, so getting the points here was vital, especially for the home team who started out on the front foot and took the lead in the sixth minute when James Scanlon flicked on a long kick out from the keeper, into the path of Rodrigo Cerrano who fired to the net with the visiting keeper left flat footed. Saints remained in the ascendency throughout the half, carving out a number of chances and forcing their opponents to live off scraps, but they were unable to add to their lead before the break. The second half followed much the same pattern as the first, but Dualla finally got back into the game fourteen minutes from the end when Paraic Ryan flashed a superb volley to the net to level the game. But almost immediately the visitors seemed to implode and went down to ten men after having a player sent off for a straight red, and this handed the impetus back to the home side for the final ten minutes. They threw wave after wave of attack at the visitors goal and finally got their reward in the final minute when Jason Sutton fired home to take the precious points for his side.

TSDL Third Division reports 20th November 2022 Match Reports

Moyglass United 4 – 3 Cahir Park

Moyglass United put themselves right back in the reckoning for both promotion and the title race with a win by the off goal in seven against Cahir Park’s seconds on Sunday afternoon. It was a very entertaining game, with chances flowing for both sides almost right from the kick off. The visitors opened the scoring in the third minute with a goal from Edson de Santos, but the home side brought them back level in the tenth minute when Darragh Hurley hit a great strike to the net. Ten minutes before half time the hosts took the lead courtesy of Stephen Holohan, and Eoin Barry made it three goals to one, ten minutes into the second half, putting the hosts in control. But just as it looked like they were heading for an easy win, fifteen minutes from time, Willie Dunne scored for the Park to bring it back to a single goal game. Five minutes later, Dunne struck again to level matters. Completely dominant now, Cahir went for the win, and forced David Mc Cormack in the home goal, to make several brilliant saves to keep it level. But the final sting in the tail was yet to come, and in the final minute of the game, with the visitors camped on the edge of the United area, the home side broke upfield and caught Park on the counter, with Jack Hayes popping up to get the fourth and ultimately winning goal, to send his side shooting up the table.

TSDL Youths 19th November  2022 Match Reports

FAI Youths Cup, 3rd Round

Salthill Devon 2 -1 Clonmel Celtic

TSDL Youths Division One league leaders made the long trip to Galway to take on one of Irelands strongest outfits in the third round of this year’s FAI Youths Cup. The Galway side were quick out of the blocks and caught the Clonmel side cold within two minutes when a they capitalised on a defensive error to fire in the opening goal. Celtic worked themselves back into the game after that but clear chances from either side were hard to come by, and the teams went to the break with no more goals being scored. The second half started with the Tipperary side dominant, carving out good chances by Ciaran Fitzpatrick and Senan Butler, but they could not apply that bit of final quality that would have seen them draw level. And they were punished for this fifteen minutes from the end, when they were caught by a speedy breakaway from the edge of the Devon area, and went two goals behind. The visitors kept plugging away and pulled a goal back four minutes from time thanks to a Michael Prendergast wonder goal, but despite throwing everything at their opponents in the final minutes, they were unable to pull back an equalising goal and bowed out of the competition.

Fairview Rangers 4 – 2 Peake Villa

Peake Villas youths travelled to Limerick on Saturday evening to take on Fairview Rangers in the FAI Youths Cup, and although they put in a spirited performance, they came out on the wrong end of the result. The TSDL side started brightly and Kieran Purcell was unlucky with a strike that just went wide of the post after a great team move in the tenth minute. Soon after Danny Moore forced their keeper into another good save, but as the game progressed the home side began to exert control and took the lead on the half hour mark with a well worked free kick to make it one to nil. There were a few more half chances for both side before the break, but neither could score, and the sides went in with just the single goal separating them. The wining of the game however, came early in the second half when the home side scored two quick fire goals within five minutes of the restart.

Villa to their credit kept at it and pulled a goal back on the hour mark, when Danny Moore rounded two players and squared for Michael Anthony Mc Carthy to finish. But hope of getting back into the game was quickly extinguished when Fairview were awarded a penalty as Villa pushed forward and they converted to r-establish their three-goal lead. Michael Anthony Mc Carthy scored his second with ten minutes to play and Villa pushed hard to the very end, but could not close the gap and th Limerick side advanced.

TSDL Youths Division 1

Clonmel Town 3 – 3 Slievenamon Celtic

An injury time equaliser from Darragh Landers was enough to give Slievenamon Celtic a more than deserved share of the points against Clonmel Town last Saturday in Ferryhouse in a very entertaining First Division Youths game. The early part of the tie was cagey enough but the visitors finally took a deserved lead in the twenty ninth minute when Darragh Landers tapped home after an Eoin Barry free was well saved by Cian Mc Grath. However, their lead was short lived, as Ronan Walsh scored yet another stunning goal, this time turning inside Jamie Ryan to unleash a thirty yard strike that gave the visiting keeper no chance, only two minutes later. That stunned the visitors, and they found themselves going to the break less than fifteen minutes later, two goals behind when first Cillian Fahy was fouled in the area and Alex Lawless converted the penalty, before two minutes later in the forty third minute, Lawless ran clear to shoot past Boyle from an acute angle to make it three goals to one at half time. Celtic were very quick to reduce the deficit in the second half, when man of the match Gus Nolan scored five minutes after the re start. It was end to the end for the remainder of the half and it looked as if Town had done enough to earn the three points until Darragh landers twenty-five-yard strike flew past Cian McGrath minutes from time. Town almost won it in the end when a brilliant run from Ronan Walsh ended with Sean Boyle pulling off a great save with his feet at the near post, but winning goal would have been harsh on the visitors, whose overall play was deserving of at least a point

Munster Junior Cup 3rd Round 13th November 2022 Match Reports

Peake Villa 2 – 1 St Michael’s

In the most anticipated game of the weekend, there was at the end of this game a feeling that it could signal either another false dawn or more likely a changing of the guard in Tipperary football, when Peake Villa survived a late onslaught by St Michael’s to advance to the open draw phase of this years Munster Cup competition. The two teams have had some titanic battles in recent years, but the Tipperary town side always seemed to find a way to advance. That is, until Sunday last, when Thurles’ finest showed serious grit along with skill to finally put them to the sword. Conditions were poor from the off and the wind and rain did not let up for the whole game, but Villa still started well, and had the best of the early exchanges. Captain Fantastic Pippy Carroll came closest midway through the half but his shot was saved well, while Mick Ryan and Keith Cahill were doing well in midfield and were winning good ball. The visitors suffered a blow midway through the first half, when their keeper got injured and had to be replaced. The first big call of the half came ten minutes from the break, when the home side felt they should have been awarded a penalty but it was waved away, and at half time, neither team had managed to break the deadlock. The second half started to open up more and the home side finally hit the front in the fifty sixth minute when Keith Cahill crossed a great ball and Carroll jumped highest to head to the bottom corner of the net. The game opened up more afterwards and there were half chances for both sides but it was Villa who doubled their lead when Darragh Byrne made a great run down the flanks and into the box where he was taking down and the referee pointed at the spot. Pippy Carroll stepped up and scored to make it two, with only two minutes left in normal time, and it looked like the win would be accomplished without too much further ado. But in the first minute of time added on, the Saints were awarded a penalty of their own, and although the initial effort was saved by Willie Tierney, Irish amateur International Jimmy Carr was quickest to react and put the rebound away. This set up a frantic finish and Tierney was brave shortly after when coming out to a through ball and got injured, also needing to be replaced as Shane Mc Guire took his place between the posts. It almost seemed like injury time would never end, lasting for all of ten minutes, but the home side held out to scenes of delight from their management and supporters at the end condemning their illustrious opponents to being out of a competition they hold the record numbers of wins in, even before they get out of the local league area.

Two Mile Borris 6 – 2 Bansha Celtic

Two Mile Borris are enjoying a very good season this year, and continued their good form by knocking fellow Premier League side Bansha Celtic out of this years Munster Junior Cup, with an excellent performance on a very poor day weather wise in Newhill Park. The game started in very wet conditions, but the home side adapted better and opened the scoring in the tenth minute when Loran O Toole rose highest to head a corner kick to the net. Playing with confidence now, the home side doubled their lead eight minutes later when Jamie Carey picked up a ball at the edge of the Celtic area, and smacked a low drive beyond the reach of the visiting keeper. But Bansha were creating chances of their own at this stage and pulled a goal back minutes later when Kevin Power found the net from a well taken volley from the edge of the area. But minutes afterwards the Celtic cause became a more difficult one, when they were reduced to ten men, and Borris compounded this by adding a third goal ten minutes before the break through Jamie Lee. Looking in control now, Borris got caught from a quick break out of the Bansha defence which saw Darren Mc Grath get on the end of some good play to re-establish the home sides two goal lead at the break. With conditions worsening in the second half, and Celtic struggling without their full compliment of players, the home side took control and dominated the half from start to finish. They added a fourth goal when Carey got his second on the hour mark, and made any idea of a comeback redundant five minutes later when Michael Foley got his sides fifth with a bullet header to the net. Four minutes from time Jamie Carey completed his hat trick and added a sixth, to take Borris into the open draw where they won’t be wanted by any team in the next round.

Vee Rovers 1 – 2 Peake Villa B

Peake Villas seconds joined their first team in the Open draw for this years Munster Junior Cup when they pulled off an upset in beating Premier League strugglers Vee Rovers in a very wet and windy Clogheen on Sunday afternoon. The weather made it particularly difficult for both sides to get into any kind of rhythm and there were very few real chances created by either for most of the first period of the game. It looked like they were about to go to the break scoreless until a late Villa attack saw the home side concede a penalty that was despatched to the net to give the Thurles side a single goal half time lead. Twenty minutes into the second half, the same player was at the end of the best move of the game and he finished coolly from twelve yards out to make it two for Villa and look like they were going to advance comfortably. But only five minutes later, Rovers pulled a goal back when Dylan Walsh fired home a twenty yard drive to reduce his sides deficit to the minimum again. After that the hosts dominated and fired everything they had at the Villa, but as has been the problem so often this season, they were not able to turn chances into goals and the away side took the win in the end.

TSDL Tipperary Cup 1st Round Draw 2022-2023

Tipperary Cup, 1st Round, 13th October 2022 Match Reports

Cahir Park B 0 – 2 Galbally United

On a game played on Saturday night on the Astro pitch in Cahir, Galbally United continued their good recent form easing past Cahir Park’s seconds into the next round of this seasons Tipperary Cup. It was the away team that controlled the game from the start against a home team that found it hard to settle, and it seemed no surprise when the visitors took the lead in the fifth minute when Owen O Sullivan headed home at the back post from a corner. After that Galbally continued to dominate and had a number of half chances in the opening half hour, without converting. The home team finally started to get a grip on the game as they tried to force a way back on level terms but were unable to before the break. When the second half started, the away side once again took control and twenty minutes in, they doubled their lead when Owen O Sullivan got his second, finishing well after a good run at the home defence. This for the home team was a bad blow as it came when they were having their best spell in the game, and took the wind out of their sails, allowing Galbally to finish out the rest of the game with little scares to advance.

Cahir Park 2 – 0 Rosegreen Rangers

Cahir’s first team are going through a run of good form at the moment and welcomed Second Division Rosegreen to the Park on Sunday morning in the first round of the Tipperary cup. The away team had enjoyed some good results themselves in recent weeks and started the better in the game putting the home defence under some early pressure. But once the home team settled, they started to make chances and opened the scoring midway through the half when Will Dunne finished smartly from twelve yards out after a good through ball from Tom Keating. They dominated proceedings after that forcing the visitors onto the back foot, but neither team was able to make any other real chances and the half finished without any more goals. The second period began with the hosts back in control playing some very good football which led to a number of half chances which they were unfortunately unable to convert. Rosegreen to their credit refused to go away and dug deep to try to force an equaliser, and with ten mins remaining almost did only for a great save by Brian Sweeney diving low to his right to concede a corner. But inside the final five minutes, all hopes of getting back into the game were demolished when the home side got a second, after being awarded a penalty kick, which was despatched by Willie Dunne to secure a passage into the second round

Tipperary Town 1 – 2 Cashel Town B

This result could count as an upset as the current Division One leaders fell to a Cashel Town team languishing at the bottom of the Second Division. Moved to Cashel prior to kick off, the game started in blustery conditions didn’t have a lot to offer in terms of clear chances, until just before half time when a Kevin Browne corner was buried in the net by Niall Fitzgerald to put the First Division leaders a goal up at the break. When the second period kicked off, conditions rapidly deteriorated and both sides found it hard to play football. Midway through the half, a long ball into the Tipp Town area, travelled all of fifty yards and ended up in the net, much to the surprise but delight of Ross Bonnar to draw the teams level. Cashel were well up for it now but their visitors broke and missed a gilt edged chance after Dylan Cummins set up Vinny Godfrey and Stevie Quinn but neither could finish. Just when it looked like extra time was beckoning, Cashel who to their credit had adapted to the conditions better, sent in a low corner only for a Tipperary substitute to slice it into his own net, to claim the place in the hat for the next round of the Cup.

Clonmel Celtic 6 – 0 Clerihan

Despite their recent indifferent league form Clonmel Celtic still proved too strong for Clerihan as they cruised to a six goal win over the Division Two side in the first round of this years Tipperary Cup. The home side started well and took the lead in the sixth minute, when Darren Sweeney converted a Niall Prendergast cross. It was two, six minutes later with Paul Kennedy setting up Davy Garrett who applied a powerful finish to leave the Clonmel side in complete control. Jack Purcell then added a third in the nineteenth minute, with a half volley from the edge of the box, and there was no let up for Clerihan as Celtic added a fourth just before the half hour mark when Davy Garrett rounded the keeper and finished coolly. Six minutes before the break Mark Heffernan kept his cool in front of goal  to make it five and with the job done Celtic eased up in the second half, though Garrett did complete his hat trick fifteen minutes from time, finding the top corner to leave the final score six to nil at the end.

Bansha Celtic B 0 – 8 Clonmel Town

This was always going to be a tough day for the Third Division team, and although they matched their more illustrious opponents early on, they soon made some mistakes that they might have gotten away with in the lower division, but that were clinically punished by a Town side that has high ambitions of silverware this season. Once the Clonmel juggernaut got going, they fired in four goals in a nine minute spell through Kyle Delaney, Rhys O Regan and an Ashley Lasslett brace, to blow the hosts away. O Regan then hit another brace, to complete his hat trick before the break, which saw the Premier League side go in, six goals to the good. Two more goals in the second period, from Lasslett and an Alan O Donnell penalty gave Town the win, and their place in the next round.

Moyglass United 3 – 2 Killenaule Rovers

These two teams met in the league last weekend, with Killenaule coming out on top, but this time the home side made amends by moving through to the next round of the Cup with a win by the odd goal in five against their neighbours. The home side started well and opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Jack Healy scored direct from the corner. The game was pretty even from then on with chances at a premium, until the hosts doubled their lead five minutes before the break when Oisín Lyons’ corner saw Stevie Byrnes and Eoin Shaw combine to score and send their side to the break two goals to the good. When Darragh Hurley made it three five minutes into the second period, scoring from a Craig Nolan cross, the hosts looked home and hosed. But to their credit, Killenaule battled away and got two late goals, both from free kicks, both from Dillion Walsh, to make it a nervy ending. However, Moyglass held on to savour a little bit of revenge, and move into the next round.

Wilderness Rovers 3 – 0 Tipperary Town B

Wilderness Rovers were always favourites to beat Third Division side Tipperary Town and did so in the end with a three goal win on a wet and windy morning in Clonmel on Sunday. The Premier League team were in charge of the game from early on, and opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute when Jayden Cagney found Kevin Mc Grath and he made no mistake from close in. An individual goal by Danny Hogan in the twenty seventh minute doubled the advantage and after that Rovers controlled the game giving their opponents very few chances to get back into the game. The second half was a tame affair with no real goalmouth action until Hogan turned provider in the final minute to set up Graham Kelly to add a third and ensure his sides victory.

Donohill and District 1 – 3 Suirside

Division Two league leaders Suirside came from behind to beat Third Division side Donohill on Sunday last, to continue their recent good form. The home side started well and dominated the first half, when they had the benefit of the elements at their back. They did open the scoring in the fifteenth minute, with a classy goal, when Dinny Crosse chipped the ball over the advancing Suirside keeper. Unfortunately for Donohill they didn’t make the domination count much after that, squandering a number of chances to extend their lead before the break. And that came back to haunt them in the second period, as Suirside began to find their range and on the hour mark Gavin Sheeran levelled the game with a cool finish. After that it was end to end football with both sides missing chances, before the home side imploded in the final minutes, first allowing Sheeran to cut through their defence and get a second, before Simon Farrell added a third off a breakaway which ensured that Suirside would advance to the next stage of the cup

TSDL Youths 12th November 2022 Match Reports

Munster Youths Cup, 3rd Round  

Clonmel Town 2 -1 Clonmel Celtic

Clonmel Town pulled off a shock victory to knock near neighbours and current league leaders Clonmel Celtic out of this year’s Munster Youth Cup. When the sides met earlier in the league, Celtic ran out comfortable six goal winners but they came up against a far more aggressive and organised Town side last Saturday in Ferryhouse. The first real chance of the game fell to the hosts Joey Browne but his effort from close range was well saved by Oisin O’ Donohue. Alex Greene then saw a brilliant header go narrowly over the bar as the first half ended scoreless. But both sides continued to go looking for the opener and it came just before the hour mark when the home side were awarded a free kick just outside the Celtic area, and Ronan Walsh left the keeper rooted to the spot with a kick that stunned even those watching the game. Ten minutes later he provided an assist for Cian McGrath, who got on the end of Walsh’s pass with a subtle touch to give the hosts an unexpected but deserved two goal lead. However, those celebrations were short lived when Jack Aylward got on the end of a Julian Kerton pass to finish brilliantly past John O’Connell and reduce the deficit to a minimum once again. But the visitors attempt to get back on level terms was soon struck a blow when they were reduced to ten players. They chased an equaliser, but Alex Lawless came agonisingly close to adding a third for Town when his powerful shot hit the underside of the bar and bounced out to safety. In the end the home side held out, much to the delight of their management and supporters.

TSDL Youths First Division

Two Mile Borris 3 – 2 Bansha Celtic

The home side started the stronger of the two teams and Jake Cullen Jordan caused the Bansha defence all sorts of problems early on, before finally getting the goal his play deserved when a well-placed shot from inside the box found the bottom corner in the twentieth minute. But this seemed to be a catalyst for the visitors and they got back on level terms after they equalised just past the half hour mark with a header from Evan Kennedy. The game flowed over and back after that with the home side creating the better chances and they retook the lead when a cross into the area eluded the Bansha defence before finding the foot of Tom Ryan who made no mistake with a lovely finish. But again Celtic came flying back and levelled in added time with the last kick of the first half when another cross found the head of Evan Kennedy for his second headed goal. Bansha started the second half on the front foot and might have taken the lead except for excellent defending from the hosts and an excellent display by their goalkeeper. The game swung up and down the pitch as both sides searched for the precious lead goal, and eventually it was the home side that prevailed. With twenty minutes left to play Jack Delaney was put through on goal and made no mistake with an clinical finish. Borris had to play the last fifteen minutes with ten men after a defender received a second yellow card, but they defended for their lives for the remaining minutes and kept out a determined Bansha attack to seal all three points to move to the top of the league table.

TSDL Youths Second Division

 Cashel Town 3 – 0 Moyglass United

Cashel Towns Youths maintained their 100% record in the league with a comfortable victory over a much improved Moyglass United side at home on Saturday afternoon. The home side had the perfect start when they opened the scoring in the first minute through a Lee O’ Riordan strike, but after that the visitors settled and made it very difficult for the league leaders to build on that good opening. Both sides shared a number of half chances after that, but eventually the game went to the break without any other scores being registered. The hosts started the second period livelier again and doubled their lead ten minutes in, thanks to another clinical finish by O’ Riordan scored again. The points were secured five minutes later when the ace striker completed his hat trick, and after that the home side played out the final half hour in relative comfort, offering the visitors very little opportunity to get a foothold in the game.

TSDL FAI Junior Cup, 3rd Round 6th November 2022 Match Reports

Sallypark Odhrans 0 – 3 Peake Villa

Peake Villa made the short trip to North Tipperary side Sallypark Odhrans in the final round of the Tipperary section of this seasons FAI Junior Cup, and eased into the open draw section where they will be hoping for a good draw to go deep into this year’s competition. Despite all the rain the pitch held although it was soft, but that didn’t stop the Thurles side from starting quickly and had the first shot of the game after only two minutes, but the effort was well saved. That said, Sallypark showed they were no mugs and forced Shane McGuire into early action with a number of efforts of their own. Eventually though it was the visitors who produced the first bit of real quality and they took the lead in the thirteenth minute when Robbie Stapleton had a shot that hit the bottom corner leaving the host keeper stranded. They doubled their lead in the twenty third minute minute when Darragh Byrne made a great run down the wing and put in a super cross that  was met by Stapleton on the volley and he made no mistake. Rampant now, the TSDL side had some more chances before the break with Pippy Carroll and Michael Quinlan coming close. Sallypark came out in the second half looking to get back in the tie and had the best of the exchanges in the first fifteen minutes. But the away side always looked in control and made sure in the sixty seventh minute they struck again after good link up play between Pippy Carroll and Eoin O Dwyer created a chance which Carroll from close in.

St Michael’s 3 – 1 Cashel Town

Saints booked their place in the open draw round of this seasons FAI Junior Cup with a victory on a rain sodden pitch, in a game that never reached great heights as a contest. The sides struggled with the heavy pitch in the opening minutes, before the visitors went ahead in the eight minute, courtesy of a penalty kick. Adrian Walsh saved Kyle Ryan’s initial effort, but Ryan followed up on the rebound to give his side an unlikely lead. But they only held the advantage for two minutes, when after conceding a corner kick, they watched David Slattery flick on a Russell Quirke corner and Paul Breen was on hand to score at the far post. Conditions deteriorated and many passes went astray throughout the half from both sides, and they went to the break all square. The home side started the second period with more purpose and took the lead ten minutes in when Chris Higgins rose superbly to head home a well flighted Russell Quirke corner kick. Colin Bargary went close soon after with another header on sixty one minutes, before they finally added a third four minutes later. David Slattery ghosted in at the near post to head home a Kenny Cunningham cross to put the home side in complete control. The two sides emptied their benches after this, making the final half hour a little disjointed, but the home side never looked in any real trouble defending calmly and consistently looking to pick off the visitors on the counter attack. There were no more goals and the former winners will now fancy another run deep into this seasons competition depending on who they draw in the all Ireland phase.

Clodiagh Rangers 2 – 1 Cahir Park

Two early goals ensured that North Tipperary side Clodiagh Rangers would be the only NTDL side competing in the open section of this seasons FAI Junior Cup, when they managed to hold off the challenge of South Tipperary side Cahir Park on Sunday afternoon last. The home side got off to an almost perfect start when they were awarded a penalty kick in the third minute that was fired to the net to put them a goal up. In the twelfth minute they added a second, as the Park seemed to find it impossible to get to grips with the home sides free flowing attacks. But they eventually settled and got themselves back into the game right on the half hour mark when Willie Dunne rose highest at a corner kick to head a goal and bring the deficit back to just one. But after that the control of the game ebbed and flowed between the two sides, with the home side often content to cede ground but hold out the South Tipperary side with some excellent defending. As the time ticked down, the visitors thought they had equalised, but Dean Fitzwaters shot was brilliantly saved by the home keeper. And when two other late efforts were cleared off the line, it became obvious that it wasn’t to be Cahirs day and they exited from this years competition.

TSDL Premier League 6th November 2022 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 1 – 2 Two Mile Borris

Borris handed Clonmel Celtic a second defeat in two weekends when they took all three points on offer in an entertaining encounter at Celtic Park on Sunday afternoon. After a bright start by the home side they pressed the self destruct button in the fifth minute when Darren Ivors had the simple task of rolling the ball into an empty net after a defensive error. In fairness to Celtic they responded well to this early set back and took the game to their opponents, almost levelling in the sixteenth minute, when Simon Ahearne got on the end of a Mark Heffernan cross but his header hit the inside of the post and was scrambled clear. The hosts continued to push forward and came close again in the twenty fifth minute when Paul Kennedy played Darren Sweeney through but he couldn’t keep his effort on target and the chance went. Celtic were playing quite well at this stage, moving the ball about at pace and Darren Sweeney was close again ten minutes before the break when his shot was deflected wide, From the corner Andrew Browne headed just over as chances went a begging and they went to the break still a single goal behind. Although they didn’t start the second period playing as fluently, they still crated chances and Kennedy came close again just before the hour mark, with a shot that was just too high. As often happens when a team doesn’t take their chances, they were made to pay when Daniel Rafter headed the visitors into a two goal lead in the sixty second minute. This was a body blow for the home side and as they pushed more and more forward Borris always looked dangerous on the break. Celtic made a few changes as they tried to get back into the game but the Borris defence held firm. With just three minutes left on the clock a well worked move ended with Davy Garrett squeezing an effort into the corner of the net to give Celtic renewed hope. And the same player almost levelled in injury time but was denied by a fine save and the ball was cleared. They eventually ran out of time and the visitors held on for a win that gave them three precious points, as they fight their own mid table battle this season.

TSDL First Division 6th November  2022 Match Reports

Peake Villa 4 – 3 St Michael’s

Villa entertained St Michael’s second team up at the Tower Grounds Sunday morning in what turned out to be a game with goals aplenty, before finally coming out the right side of a seven goal thriller. The conditions were fair but there was a breeze that the home side had at their backs in the first half, and they started brightly before opening the scoring in the twenty eight minute courtesy of a goal by Maris Baltins. They were well on top at this point, and doubled that lead four minutes later when Sean Condron capitalised on a mistake in defence and scored from close in. The two goal lead became three seven minutes before the break when good link up play in midfield led to Danny Treacy breaking through and he made no mistake from ten yards out. This left the Thurles side three goals to the good at the break but to the visiting sides credit they came out strong in the second period and had the best of the early exchanges. But ten minutes in against the run of play Villa broke and Scott Brennan got on the end of a great Kevin Croke ball and made no mistake to give his side a four goal lead. They must have thought it would be plain sailing from there, but the away side pulled a goal back on the hour mark when Josh O Flannery scored. And the jitters really started for Villa five minutes later when Antonio Rea added a second five minutes later for the Saints. They had their tails up now and the visitors added a third twelve minutes from the end when O Flannery got his second of the day to reduce the home sides lead to just a single goal. With the Tipperary town side pressing for an equaliser late on, Villa had two gilt edged chances but Scott Brennan and Aaron Graham both struck straight at the keeper. They managed to survive however and take the points, after a game that game plenty entertainment to the watching supporters.

Clonmel Town 2 – 3 Tipperary Town

First Division league leaders Tipperary Town maintained their position at the top of the table when they took all three points in an what was an end-to-end game in Clonmel on Sunday afternoon. The home side took the lead in the eighth minute when a Shane Heffernan flick on was met at the back post by Sam Dwyer, but despite dominating for much of the next twenty minutes, found themselves back to all square when Stevie Quinn sent in a cross that was met by Vinny Godfrey to level it up with a neat headed finish. But the Clonmel side retook the lead five minutes from the break with an excellent breakaway goal that saw the ball land at the feet of Shane Heffernan again, who walloped a twenty five yard volley all the way to the net to leave the hosts two goals to one up at the break. The second half saw a completely different game with the visitors taking control from early on, and in the fifty third minute a defensive mix-up let in Paddy Fitzgerald to poke home a deserved equaliser. The hosts did themselves no favours defensively when they gave away a needless freekick, that Vinny Godfrey fired all the way to the bottom corner to put the away team three goals to two up after sixty five minutes. This seemed to wake up the home side but again they were guilty of wasting some clear-cut chances, and the league leaders defended really well for the remainder of the game to take all three points.

TSDL Second Division 6th November  2022 Match Reports

Suirside 5 – 2 Clerihan

Suirside took all three points and extended their lead at the top of the Second Division with another comprehensive performance against Clerihan in Adrfinnan on Sunday afternoon. The home side started quickly and they took the lead in the tenth minute when Jason Coffey struck a twenty yard effort to the net leaving the Clerihan keeper rooted to the spot. Playing some excellent football after this they extended their lead ten minutes later when David Rencontre found Simon Farrell and he made no mistake from six yards out. But Clerihan replied to this setback just two minutes later with the goal of the game, a strike by Aaron Kiely from all of thirty yards out. But that was a brief respite for the visitors as the home side re-established their two goal lead when John Darmody was taken down in the area, and Jason Coffey got his second and his sides third of the game. But again, Clerihan pulled a goal back just before the break, when a defensive mix up by the home side allowed Pa O Brien to strike past the home keeper. Suirside however put any doubt about the result to bed midway through the second period when Rencontre made it four goals to two with a well struck effort and substitute David Leo rounded off the scoring fifteen minutes from the end to give his side the win.

Galbally United 3 – 1 Rosegreen Rangers

Galbally United came from behind to take the points against a game Rosegreen side that puts them right in the promotion mix at the top of the Second Division table. He visitors opened the scoring in the fifteenth minute, taking a deserved lead when Corey Hayde got in behind the home defence to score from close in. Rosegreen were dominant after that and were unlucky not to extend the lead on two occasions with Pakie Farrell and Gavin Ryan going close. But eventually the home side got themselves back into the game and levelled in the sixtieth minute when they were awarded a penalty kick that was scored by Cathal Flynn. Five minutes later Flynn got his and his sides second when they were awarded a second penalty kick and he made no mistake a second time. And with the visitors now having to chase the game, the home side made sure of the points when Jordan Dineen got a breakaway goal ten minutes from time. Rangers had the ball in the net five minutes from the end, but it was ruled out for offside and Galbally played out the last few minutes comfortably enough.

TSDL Third Division 6th November 2022 Match Reports

Powerstown 3 – 1 Donohill and District

Powerstown had a hard fought win against Donohill & District on Sunday to maintain their unbeaten run in the league, and their push for this seasons Third Division League. The visitors started the better of the two sides with the hosts struggling to get going early on. Donohill finally made their pressire pay when they went in front in the thirty second minute, with Darragh Mooney clinically placing the ball into the left bottom corner with a strike from the edge of the box. They maintained their dominance after that and went in to the half time break with a single goal lead. The turning point in the second period came twenty minutes from the end when the visitors went down to ten men, and the home side took control. Ten minutes from time David Grace was the quickest to react to a blocked shot in the Donohill box to fire home an equaliser. Six minutes later they got themselves in front, when Mark Olney got on the end of an Oisin Napier free kick heading it into the back of the net. And just one minute later, Napier was the provider again from a free kick, with this time Brian Mc Keown adding the finish to assure his side all three points.

Moyglass United 1 – 2 Killenaule Rovers

An always well contested derby saw Killenaule take the points and maintain their place at the top of the Third Division, while putting a big dent in their local rivals promotion hopes. The hosts started well but found it hard to create many clear cut chances and eventually they had to rely on a counter attack three minutes before the break to see Jamie Morrissey score a brilliant opening goal. The second half was an even affair, until Killenaule won a free on the edge of the Moyglass box just before the hour mark. Dylan Walsh stepped up to place a perfect free kick off the post and into the net and level the game. After that the visitors dominated and eventually got a late winner when substitute Jonathan Ivors finished after a great ball from Kieran Walker had split the home defence.

Bansha Celtic 0 – 6 Two Mile Borris

Two Mile Borris’ seconds travelled to Bansha on Sunday and took the points with a six of the best performance against their shell shocked opponents. They were in control from the off and took an early lead through Tom Ryan, before Darren flood finished an outstanding move with a belter of a finish just after the half hour mark. This left the visitors two goals to the good going into the half time break, and they continued their dominance of the game into the second period. Mossy Darmody made it three with a fine finish shortly after the restart, and then Dee Maher scored an outstanding free from all of twenty five yards out. Though always in control the visitors had to rely on some good saves by Liam Lannigan to ensure they maintained a clean sheet on the day. Rory Darmody and Matt Delaney added two more goals near the end to keep the Borris prmotion push going.

Cahir Park 1 – 2 Kilsheelan United

In a game played in tough conditions the watching supporters had to wait until well into the second half to witness any goals when Cahir Park went down to an improving Kilsheelan United side on Sunday last. The first half suffered with the weather, with neither side able to get the ball down and play any kind of fluid football. That said the home team did have the better of what chances arose, twice having efforts cleared off the line, before going to the break scoreless. The deadlock was finally broken on the hour mark, when the hosts were awarded a penalty kick, and Dean Brainwater made no mistake from twelve yards out. But fifteen minutes from time, the Park gave away a needless free kick and were punished when Billy O Connor fired to the net from twenty yards out. Five minutes before the end, they found themselves in a similar situation, conceding another free kick in a similar position, and the O Connor repeated the dose by finding the net and securing the three points for the visitors.

 

Tipperary Town 0 – 0 Burncourt Celtic

In tough conditions at the Arra Road, the visitors started the better and had their hosts under pressure without creating any clear-cut chances in the first quarter of an hour. Eventually though the home side found their feet and took control for the latter part of the first half, but chances were at a premium and the game went to the break goalless. The second period followed the same pattern as the first with no real fluidity to the game from either side, and what chances did arise seemed to come from set pieces. In the end, the game finished as it started, at nil all, despite the endeavour of two sides for whom a point apiece was probably the fairest result.

TSDL Youths 5th November  2022 Match Reports

FAI u17 Cup 5th November 2022 Match Report

Cullen Lattin 1 – 3 Clonmel Celtic

Clonmel Celtic’s under 17s progressed to the third round of the national cup with a hard fought but deserved three goals to two wins against Kilkenny side Dean Celtic on Saturday afternoon. The visitors struck first when Jake Connery raced through to put the visitors a goal up early in the first half, but the hosts were level within five minutes with Michael O’Reilly scored from close range. The goal gave Celtic confidence and they soon got on top with Jamie Ryan driving them forward from midfield. Celtic were creating chances but Jack Aylward and Dominik Mendel were denied by fine saves by the Kilkenny keeper. But they finally hit the front on the half hour mark, when Max Ryan drove home a powerful half volley that gave the keeper no chance. Further opportunities arose to add to their lead but the visiting keeper was in fine form and denied them a third goal as they eventually went to the break with a single goal lead. Early in the second half Celtic were left to rue not adding another goal when they were on top, when Bobby Brennan headed the visitors level. The goal breathed confidence into the visitors and they had a good period in the second half as the pushed for the lead goal but Peter Boland denied them with some fine saves. The game looked like it was running out for Celtic, but with just eight minutes remaining, Max Ryan fired a fine effort across the keeper and into the bottom corner for a vital lead for the home side. The visitors raised their game in a final push for an equaliser but it was Celtic that came closest in the final moments, and they ran down the clock for a fine win.

TSDL Youths Division 1 5th of Noveber 2022 Match Report

Slievenamon Celtic 1 – 3 Two Mile Borris

Two Mile Borris completed home and away wins against Slievenamon Celtic with a 3 – 1 win in Ormond Stores Kilsheelan. The home side got off to a better start when Tommy O’Connor hit a pile driver from twenty five yards out that hit the crossbar, but Borris opened the scoring shortly after, when the outstanding Jake Cullen-Jordan picked up a loose ball in midfield, went at the heart of the Slievenamon defence and curled a beauty into the top corner giving Sean Boyle no chance. Cullen – Jordan created his team’s second soon after when he drove from the right hand side putting a dangerous cross into the home area which was unfortunately turned home for an OG under pressure. Slievenamon went looking for an early second half goal which almost arrived with some excellent midfield possession, saw the ball worked out wide, but the subsequent cross was just a touch too high for Colin Egan. Borris had caused problems from set pieces all day, and got their third from this source when the home side failed to clear a corner and Tom Ryan had the easy task to put the game beyond doubt. The hosts continued to push however and eventually got some reward when Jamie Ryan was fouled in the box with Darragh Landers converting from the spot to leave the final score of three goals to one.

Clonmel Town 2 – 2 Cullen Lattin 5th of Noveber 2022 Match Report

This was a fairly even, entertaining game played at Ferryhouse on Saturday afternoon, between two good young sides. The hosts opened the scoring in the first half with a well taken finish in the box by John O’Connell, but the visitors levelled early in the second half before adding a second to take the lead half way through second half. But Town continuing fighting, and got an equaliser late in the game with a well-executed free kick dispatched by Darragh Cronin to take a share of the spoils.

Munster Youths Cup 5th November 2022 Match Report
Peake Villa Fc 4 Ardcroney Fc 1

Peake Villa youths entertained North Tipperary side Ardcroney Fc in the 3rd round.
Villa started well and were on the front foot from the start.
They took the lead in the 18th minute with a great breakaway goal, an Ardcroney throw was won by Emmet Ralph who passed into midfield to Michael Anthony who passed to Danny Moore who passed back to Michael Anthony McCarthy who finished well. 1-0
In the 22nd minute Ardcroney were awarded a penalty that was well saved by David Purcell.
Villa doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Diarmuid Campion scored with a nice finish.
Villa were on target again in the 36th minute when Danny Moore scored.
Half Time 3-0.

With the tie fairly secured Villa could use their bench and seen out the second half with relative ease.
Villa scored a 4th in the 68th minute when Michael Anthony got his second of the day.
Ardcroney did get a consolation goal with 15 minutes left.

TSDL Premier League 30th October 2022 Match Reports

Clonmel Town 5 – 0 Clonmel Celtic

With both teams making strong starts to the season, this was a highly anticipated local derby between two former Premier League champions from Clonmel. In the end though, it was the hosts that cruised to victory to maintain their lead and their challenge for this years Premier League title. Town started on the front foot and pinned their opponents back, creating a number of half chances before they eventually opened the scoring the tenth minute thanks to a fine strike from Lee Costello, who powered a free kick to the net from all of twenty five yards out. They kept their foot on the gas and doubled the lead mid way through the half, when Rhys O Regan finished off some good build up play. This left the home side going to the break two goals to the good, and the first goal of the second period was going to be vital. It fell again to the hosts, when ten minutes in, Costello repeated his free kick feat from earlier, to hammer his second and his sides third beyond the reach of Fabian Kerton in the Celtic goal. Three soon became four when O’ Regan got his second courtesy of a deflection and when Kyle Delaney wrapped up the scoring ten minutes from time, with arguably the goal of the game it was the Town supporters who went home much the happier from the game.

Two Mile Borris 4 – 0 Vee Rovers

Two Mile Borris heaped more pain on a struggling Vee Rovers side, when they cruised past their opponents on Sunday afternoon in Newhill. A dominant first half display set the foundations for the victory, when the home side controlled proceedings from the earliest moments of the game, right to the half time break. They made one of the chances they created pay in the twentieth minute, with Jack Carey opening the scoring with a fine drive to the net from just outside the area. Just after the hour mark they added a second when Anto Walker reacted quickest to a breaking ball at a corner kick and poked the ball home from eight yards out. The decisive goal of the game came five minutes from the break, when Daniel Rafter broke clear of a static Rovers defence to find himself one on one with the keeper, and he made no mistake, sliding the ball to the corner of the net. The second half was a bit more pedestrian, and the young Borris keeper was called upon to make a number of saves to ensure his side maintained their lead. But with Stuart Hanrahan controlling the centre of the pitch for the home side they never looked like they were going to allow the visitors to get any foothold in the game. Fifteen minutes from the end, all chances of a comeback were obliterated, when Rafter added his second and his sides fourth, finishing from what looked like an impossible angle to the delight of the watching crowd.

Peake Villa 4 – 0 Wilderness Rovers

Peake Villa continued their relentless league form with a fifth win on the trot against Wilderness Rovers at the Tower Grounds in Thurles on Sunday afternoon. The game started at a high tempo with Villa looking for an early goal, and they finally broke the deadlock in the seventeenth minute when a great run down the wing by Darragh Byrne created a chance as he crossed to Pippy Carroll who slotted home to open the scoring. The visitors chances of getting back in the game took a severe dent when they had a player dismissed in the twenty seventh minute, but they continued to be well organised and were not without chances in the rest of the first half making Shane McGuire work a few times in the Villa goal, before getting to the break at just one goal to nil behind. Early in the second Villa had the ball in the net but Eoin O Dwyer was deemed off side, and as the half began to wear on, the home side began to dominate more and more. Twenty minutes from time, they added the much needed second, extending their lead when Robbie Stapleton crossed to Dale Loughnane, and he gave the visitors keeper no chance. The game opened up more in the last quarter and Villa were able to close out the contest in the final minutes, first when Carroll turned provider by setting up substitute Scott Brennan who scored from close in. And then he capped a fine performance by getting his second of the day when Eoin O Dwyer played him in and he made no mistake to make it four goals to nil.

TSDL First Division 30th October 2022 Match Reports

Mullinahone 0 – 4 Cahir Park

Bottom hosted top of the First Division league when Mullinahone entertained Cahir Park in Sunday afternoon, in a game that started in terrible conditions for football, but finished with a good win for a Cahir side desperate to get back to the top table of South Tipperary football. It was the visitors that started the brighter, forcing the home team onto the back foot right from the off, and they took a deserved lead in the fifth minute when Stephen Duggan finished from close range. A second was not long coming and six minutes later Andy Fitzpatrick curled home a free kick from all of twenty five yards out to double the Park’s lead. Duggan scored his second and the visitors third again, just on the half hour mark, with another strike from close range.  The scoring was completed when the league leaders got their fourth five minutes from the break, with Willie Dunne heading home an Andy Fitzpatrick corner from 6 yards, giving the home keeper no chance. The second half wasn’t as eventful with no further goals but both teams having chances. The final result leaves Cahir in a very strong position to try to fulfil their promotion desires, but Mullinahone look like they could have a long season ahead of them as they try to ensure they don’t slip back down a division after last years promotion

St Michael’s 1 – 2 Clonmel Town

Clonmel Town’s seconds picked up a valuable three points with this victory on Sunday last, with a deserved win after having has the lion’s share of possession and creating the more clearcut chances in a tough game of football between two keen rivals. That said, it was the Saints who struck first, after only two minutes, when Evan Ryan headed home a Cathal Berrigan corner kick to the dismay of the hosts. After that, although the Clonmel side more than worked their way back into contention in the game, they were unable to get any change out of a resolute Michael’s defence, and the visitors went to the break a goal to the good. Town started the second period with a flurry of chances, and eventually regained parity ten minutes in when Ben Smith scored from twenty five yards out after he picked up a ball off Paddy Bermingham. The Tipperary town side did create chances of their own though, but were denied by some excellent Town defending and an inspired display by Daniel Hayde in the Clonmel side’s goal. As the clock began to wind down, it looked like the sides would have to settle for a draw. But Town were not going to settle for this result and secured the three points with a goal five minutes from the end when Keenan Keeton received a pass in the area and found the corner of the net from twelve yards out. Saints huffed and puffed a bit in the dying minutes but the Town defence well marshalled by Paul Shanahan held out to take the points as the light faded at the Complex.

Tipperary Town 4 – 1 Peake Villa

Tipperary Town continued to maintain their position at the top of the First Division with another fine performance on Sunday afternoon, dismantling a Peake Villa side with ease and giving their supporters real hope that they will make the jump back to the Premier League come season end. It only took the hosts four minutes to open the scoring when Vinny Godfrey set up Tony Byrnes who made no mistake after being left one on one with the Villa netminder. But despite going a goal down so early, the visitors grew into the game and found themselves level midway through the first half when Conor Murphy hit a spectacular shot from 25 yards in off the post. This left the game going into half time all square, but it was the home side that dominated the second period. Hard work by Dylan Cummins in the centre of the pitch allowed him to set up Kevin Browne, who restored the hosts lead ten minutes into the half. Browne then turned provider, twenty minutes from the end setting up Godfrey to finish well from close range. And in the latter part of the tie, substitute Marian Duta rounded off the goals with a beautifully curling effort from the edge of the area, to give his side a deserved three points.

TSDL Second Division October 2022 Match Reports

Galbally United 6 – 0 Clerihan

Galbally United continued their fine run of recent form, hitting six goals for the second weekend in a row, when they dismantled a Clerihan side, now struggling a little after promotion from the division below last season. The home side were on top from the beginning and took the lead in the fifteenth minute when Owen O Sullivan turned home an Eoin O Mahoney cross. They added a second ten minutes later with a tap in by Bernard O Brien, who bundled home the ball, after a corner kick had caused consternation in the Clerihan goal area. And O Sullivan rounded off the first half scoring five minutes before the break when he got his second after some very good build up play. Galbally had to wait until the sixty second minute to add a goal in the second period, but when they were awarded a penalty kick, Cathal Flynn made no mistake from twelve yards out. Completely dominant at this stage, Jordan Dineen added a great individual goal fifteen minutes from the end, and an excellent strike from Eoin o Mahoney rounded off the scoring ten minutes from time.

Cullen Lattin 4 – 3 Cashel Town

Cullen came from behind late on to steal the points in a seven goal thriller against Cashel Town on Sunday, to keep themselves in contention in the promotion race, of a league that looks like going right to the wire by season end. Both sides had early chances before the hosts opened the scoring in the twenty second minute, when Danny O Dwyer crossed for Tony O Neill to finish well. But they only managed to hold the lead for five minutes before veteran Joe Breen bagged an equaliser after heading home a cross from fellow veteran Ian Hahessy. But in a topsy turvy game, the home side got back in front got back in front seven minutes before the break when Darragh O Brien did well down the right before finding Mikey Stokes who pinged a pinpoint cross to Thomas O Mahoney to blast home. But despite taking that lead to the break, the hosts were rocked ten minutes into the second period when Hahessy provided the assist a second time, for a goal that was finished to the net by  a David O Dwyer tap in. Five minutes later, Cashel took the lead for the first time when Sean Fitzpatrick was fouled outside the box and he got up to stroke the free kick to the top corner. With nothing to lose the home side threw everything into attack in the final ten minutes and were rewarded two minutes from the end when Russell Bowes clever pass found Stokes and he went down in the area under a foul. He stepped up and converted the penalty to level the game. But they were not finished and deep into time added on, Dylan Mc Grath got released down the right put in a peach of a cross to find Thomas O Mahoney who fired home to give the home side all three points.

Rosegreen Rangers 3 – 1 Dualla

As they are always capable of doing, Rosegreen Rangers, who began Sunday morning at the bottom of the Second Division, tore up the form book by producing an excellent performance to upset top of the table Dualla at Nijinsky Park on Sunday afternoon. The rain made the pitch rather soft before kick off, but both teams were hard into the tackles as soon as the whistle was blown to begin the game. And though the blowing wind made one touch football difficult, the home side took the lead in the tenth minute when they carved out a cross to the head of Dan Corbett and he made no mistake from six yards out. A dour midfield battle ensued for the next twenty minutes with neither keeper having much to do, as chances were at a premium. But ten minutes from the break, the hosts went marauding down the left hand side before quickly switching play to the right, finding Gavin Ryan alone in the area and he turned the ball to the net. But the home side were rocked minutes later when a hopeful ball over the top of the Rangers defence saw a static backline allowed Dualla to pull a goal back. That was how the game went to the break, and as the second half wore on, tired limbs began to be displayed and the game was finally decided by a third goal midway through the half by Seanie Halloran who got in behind the visitors defence to score from close in.

St Nicholas 3 – 7 Suirside

Suirside moved back to the top of the Second Division table with a big win away to St Nicholas on Sunday afternoon, after putting on a powerful second half display to wipe away the stubborn resistance of the home side. The visitors started quickly and were a goal up inside three minutes through Jason Coffey, who then doubled his sides advantage just after the quarter hour mark when he fired a direct free kick to the net. Despite these early setbacks, the home side settled down and got back into the game when Rodrigo Serrano finished off a Declan Riordan cross in the twenty first minute, and the teams were level six minutes later when Brian Lowry headed home a free kick. But the away side got their noses back in front seven minutes before the break when John Darmody was released one on one with the Saint’s keeper and the in form striker made no mistake from ten yards out. The game was finely balanced at the beginning of the second period, but there was only one team in it for much of the half. Suirside restored their two goal lead when Darmody hit his second just before the hour mark, and three goals inside a twenty minute spell from Gavin Sheehan, John Allen Lowes and David Recontre, made sure that they were going to end the game with all three points. A late consolation from Aiden Riordan was no more than that, but put somewhat of a gloss on the final result.

TSDL Third Division 30th October 2022 Match Reports

Two Mile Borris 5 – 0 Tipperary Town

Borris’ seconds welcomed a faltering Tipperary Town side to Newhill on Sunday morning, in wet and blustery conditions, with a chance to finish the day on the top of the league after other teams had games called off during the weather. And they took that chance with both hands, finishing comfortable winners by five goals without reply in the end. Cathal Mc Elgun put the home side in front midway through the half, after they had missed a number of early chances, before Matt Delaney added a second to put to put his side two goals to the good before the break. The one way traffic continued into the second half with Mc Elgun adding a second midway through from the penalty spot. Rory Ryan then added a fourth with a shot from distance, before David O Connell applied the coup de grace with a fifth after an excellent assist from Shane Cody, gave their side a well deserved win to keep league push going.

Munster League Champions Cup, semi final 23rd October 2022

Abbeyfeale United 2 – 3 St Michael’s

TSDL champions St Michael’s came from two goals down in this tie to win against Limerick opponents Abbeyfeale to set themselves up for another crack at silverware, in a brilliant game in Abbeyfeale on Sunday afternoon. Abbeyfeale got off to a perfect start taking a first minute lead through TJ Lane after he took advantage of indecision in the Saints defence to toe poke the ball home from close range. The visitors had to wait until the tenth minute before they got their first sight of goal when Joey Mulcahy played in Ashley Kelliher on the right but his shot from an angle was saved by Billy Quirke. Kelliher came close again in the eighteenth minute, but Quirke again got down to turn the ball around the post for a corner. And these misses were punished just before the half hour mark when TJ Lane again picked the pocket of a Saints defender and beat Adrian Walsh from twelve yards out to put his side two goals up. But the Tipperary side struck back only four minutes later when Paul Breen first went close with a header, only for the ball to drop to the feet of David Slattery who found the corner of the net to make it two goals to one. The same player thought he had levelled matters in the thirty seventh minute, but his shot went narrowly over the bar, and after that neither side troubled the respective keepers, leaving the game go to the break with the home side in front. The Tipperary town side brought in some reinforcements for the start of the second period and they began to dominate proceedings, levelling the game five minutes in when Ashley Kelliher turned the ball home from close range from a Kenny Cunningham left wing cross. David Slattery was always looking dangerous and consistently troubled the host’s defensive line. Saints looked the more likely to get the next goal and it came on sixty nine minutes, when Kelliher was brought down by Billy Quirke from a Slattery pass and Slattery kept his nerve to convert the penalty and put the visitors in front. Both sides used their benches over the last twenty minutes but Michael’s have huge experience in these situations, and closed out the game to make the final, where they will be a force to be reckoned with no matter who they face on the day.

TSDL Premier League 23rd October 2022 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 2 – 3 Peake Villa

Clonmel Celtic fell to their first league defeat of the season going down by the odd goal in five in an entertaining if sometimes scrappy encounter with Peake Villa at Celtic Park on Sunday. It was a blistering start to the game with four goals shared within the first twenty five minutes. The visitors opened the scoring after just two minutes with some neat interplay in the Celtic box culminating with Keith Cahill’s low effort beating Julian Bentacur, who was making his debut in goal for the hosts. Celtic’s response was instant with a fine header from Simon Ahearne making it one all after just five minutes. The home side then hit the front in the seventeenth minute when Paul Kennedy converted from the spot after a handball. However, their lead was short lived when Dylan Cody took advantage of a stray clearance to fire in a fine effort from distance. Although the goals dried up there was no let- up in the hectic pace of the game as both sides battled to get on top. In the twenty second minute the home side put together a good move which finished with Paul Kennedy firing over while at the other end Robbie Stapleton was just off target with an effort. As the first half finished both sides would have fancied their chances of grabbing the important league points. But the home side were dealt a double blow shortly after the break. After losing Evan Maguire to injury they then lost a player to a second yellow card, and were reduced to ten men. They seemed to raise their efforts to compensate and came close on a couple of occasions during a good ten minute period. In the sixty third minute Mark Heffernan lifted an effort that was just over, and a minute later Seanie Hawkins had a snapshot that was just wide. But the Thurles side soon started to take advantage of the extra man finding more space as they drove forward and they were denied on sixty nine minutes by a last gasp save. Celtic almost scored in the seventieth minute, when Ben Brown did well in the box to find Mark Heffernan but his effort was charged down when it looked destined to find the net. Within two minutes Villa were ahead. They were awarded a free kick and although Fabian Kerton got down well to save Keith Cahill’s effort Darren McGuire was quickest to react to tap home the rebound. Celtic pushed for an equaliser but the heavy pitch began to takes its toll on the ten men and Villa created the better chances to put the game to bed. With eight minutes remaining Darragh Byrne fired wide when well placed and the Thurles side felt a little aggrieved when a late effort from Steve Carroll was ruled out. However they just about did enough to claim the spoils.

Vee Rovers 0 – 3 Cashel Town

With both sides suffering disappointing starts to the season, this was always going to be a vital game in the search to pick up points and move away from the bottom end of the table. In the end it was to be Cashel Town’s day, leaving the home side firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League pile. In the game itself, the home side started on the front foot and pinned the visitors back in the early part of the game. But it has become a pattern this year that despite playing well, Rovers have found it hard to make that count on the scoreline, and they found themselves a goal behind in the fifteenth minute when they were caught on the break and Sean Fitzpatrick opened the scoring for the away side. After that the home side continued to dominate the possession but created no chances of note and went into the break a goal behind. Cashel had the elements at their back in the second period and doubled their lead eleven minutes in, when Brian Og O Dwyer broke the home sides static offside trap and finished well from close in. Although the hosts continued to probe and even hit the crossbar twice in the second period, they were unable to find the net, with Town wrapping up all three points four minutes from time when Fitzpatrick got his second and his sides third, hammering a free kick effort to the net.

Two Mile Borris 2 – 1 Wilderness Rovers

This clash between two mid table sides in the Premier League saw the hosts take all three points after a somewhat fortunate win against an unlucky Wilderness Rovers side. The going was tough on a sticky pitch, with the away team having the majority of possession in the opening quarter of the game. The home keeper Anders Mikkelson was called on, on a number of occasions to ensure his team didn’t fall behind, making a number of excellent saves. And this allowed the home side to capitalise when a hopeful long ball from Anto Walker, found Jamie Carey in the area, who was pulled down just as he was about to fire towards goal. Martin Darmody stood up to take the penalty kick and he made no mistake putting Borris in front. They held that lead to the break and although the early period of the second half was a closer affair, things seemed to have turned within a minute around the seventy fifth minute, when Borris were reduced to ten men, and from the resulting free kick, Kyle Walker levelled the game. But the real turning point came ten minutes from the end when Daniel Rafter came on for the home side and within two minutes was played through on goal, rounded the keeper and slid the ball home. The Wilderness kept up the pressure all the way to the end in trying to get back into the game, but were themselves reduced to ten men in time added on. Rafter thought he had wrapped the game up for the home side when he hit the net a second time, but this effort was ruled out for offside. In the end Borris held on for the win, much to the delight of their supporters.

TSDL Second Division 23rd October 2022 Match Reports

St Nicholas 1 – 6 Galbally United

The home side went into this game joint top of the Second Division table. But were well and truly mugged by a Galbally side who brought their best performance of the season to Solohead on Sunday afternoon. The visitors started strongly and were a goal up inside five minutes thanks to some good build up play, finished off by an excellent strike from Jordan Dineen. They added a second in the sixteenth minute when Eoin O Sullivan got in behind the home defence only to be taken down in the area, and Cathal Flynn stood up to fire home the penalty kick. Completely on top now, they added a third in the twenty eight minute when Jack English fired home from the edge of the area after he’d beating the home sides offside line. The only real chance of note from the home side came ten minutes before the break, when Jack Redican was desperately unlucky to see his excellent volleyed effort just clear the crossbar. But there was to be another goal in the opening period and Jordan Dineen, who was proving a handful all afternoon, added a second five minutes before the break. The home side started better in the second period and pulled a goal back eight minutes in when a Jason Sutton corner kick landed on the head of Aiden Riordan who made no mistake from less than five yards. But whatever chance that might been the start of an unlikely comeback, was extinguished within a minute as Galbally went back upfield and hit a fifth with Dineen finishing off his hat trick. The game kind of fizzled out after that, and had to wait until the final ten minutes before the visitors applied a coup de grace, with Dineens fine shot being palmed by the Saints keeper into the path of the onrushing substitute David Mc Grath who belted the rebound to the net to make it six goals to one.

Cashel Town 0 – 1 Rosegreen Rangers

Rosegreen Rangers went into this hotly contested local derby as one of only two teams in the Junior league still awaiting a victory this season, but got rid of that unwelcome record with a win over neighbours Cashel Town at Palmerhill on Sunday afternoon. And they did it in the most dramatic manner possible, when after what had been a relatively dull game with few real chances of note they scored in the final minute of time added on through Niall O Brien, to secure the three points. O Brien was in the right place at the right time to put the finishing touches to a cross from the left side of the pitch, to the delight of the travelling Rangers supporters. Overall, a draw would probably have been a fair result, but that didn’t stop the visiting team claiming the bragging rights for the time being anyway.

Dualla 2 – 1 Cullen Lattin

Dualla started this game with some hesitation but after blowing of the cobwebs they produced a fine result that sees them now move to the top of the Second Division table, and right into both the title and promotion mix for a second year in a row. The first half was really bereft of good chances, but the home side finally took the lead on the half hour mark when they were awarded a penalty kick that was despatched to the net by Brian Sheehy. They held that lead to the break and from the beginning of the second half, the game opened up and became very eventful. The home side lost Ger O Dwyer to injury on the hour mark, but found a second goal shortly after when Toss Ryan found room between the centre backs stroked the ball past the visiting keeper to the corner of the net. But the away side never gave up the fight and pulled a goal back with fifteen minutes left, when Danny O Dwyer slammed a twenty five yard effort to the net. This made it a nervy ending for Dualla, but keeper Eoin “Batman” Fitzgerald was inspired between the posts, and made sure his side would finish the weekend on top with all three points.

TSDL Third Division 23rd October 2022 Match Reports

Kilsheelan United 2 – 1 Tipperary Town

Kilsheelan United welcomed Tipperary Town B to the Ormonde Stores pitch on Sunday afternoon, and arrested a poor run of results with a deserved win, albeit needing a late goal to secure all three points. Both sides shared the possession early on, before the home side got the breakthrough in the twentieth minute. John O’Dwyer picked up the ball on the edge of the visitor’s box, before his effort was handled and up stepped Evan Forristal to calmly slot home to open the scoring. The lead didn’t last long however, as moments later Kilsheelan gave away a penalty for handling themselves and Town levelled the game with a successful spot kick of their own. The hosts were dominant for the rest of the half, causing havoc in the visitor’s box on a number of occasions through Ruairi Doyle’s long-throws, but they eventually went to the break level at one all. The second period saw the game open up a lot more. Both sides got in behind each defence on numerous occasions, but were unable to apply the necessary quality to add to the scores. The game looked destined for a draw, but with three minutes left to play, Jamie Roche hunted down the visiting defence, picking up a loose pass, and fired to the corner of the net to the delight of his team mates and supporters, ensuring the three points for his side.

TSDL Youths Division 23rd October 2022 Match Reports

FAI Youth Cup, 3rd Round

Cullen Lattin 1 – 3 Clonmel Celtic

Cullen hosted league leaders Clonmel Celtic in the national cup at the weekend and despite putting in a very credible performance were unable to stop the Clonmel side continuing their very strong start to the season thus far. On a beautiful day for football, the game turned out to be a great cup tie. Celtic played lovely flowing football but the home side were winning big tackles and chasing every ball. Chances were coming and going for both teams, and on the half hour mark, Javier Serrano turned over a Celtic defender, before finding Evan Carrie who made no mistake to finish into the bottom corner and put the hosts a goal up. The game in this over and back fashion to half time, with the hosts intent on holding onto the lead they fought hard to create. They started the second half as they finished the first, chasing every ball and working very hard. But eventually the quality of the visitors began to wear them down and eventually that showed when twenty minutes from time after some loose play in the middle of the pitch, the visitors finally got the equaliser their play deserved. With their tails up now, the league leaders added a second five minutes later, and when they converted a penalty kick five minutes from time, they assured themselves that they would be going into the hat for the next round at the expense of a game but beaten Cullen sid

Peake Villa 3 – 1 Freebooters (Kilk.)

FAI Youth Cup, 3rd Round

Peake Villas youths advanced to the next round of the FAI Youth Cup with a deserved three goals to one win over a fancied Freebooters at the Tower Field in Thurles on Saturday afternoon. Both teams created chances in the first half but failed to convert any in what was a typical cagey Cup tie with both defences on top. The second half was a more open affair, with the home side getting off to the perfect start when they opened the scoring two minutes in thanks to a brilliant strike from the edge of the box by Kieran Purcell. The lead was short lived however when in the fifty first minute Freebooters were awarded a penalty which they duly despatched to level the score. Villa retook the lead when Danny Moore ran onto a ball over the top and volleyed to the top corner, in the seventieth minutes, and they scored again with a well struck free kick from Daniel Rossiter nine minutes from time to complete the victory.

Munster Youths Cup

Ballymackey United 3 – 8 Clonmel Town

Clonmel Town overcame North Tipp side Ballymackey to advance in the Munster Youths Cup in a game played in good dry conditions on Saturday last. Town opted to play with the wind in the first half, and that decision paid dividends as they dominated the opening exchanges and took the lead in the thirteenth minute through John Buckley. Alex Lawless doubled town’s lead in the twenty second minute, and Darragh Cronin made it three shortly after with a well taken free kick from just outside the box. Lawless got his second and his sides fourth just after the half hour mark, with Harry Ryan adding a fifth just before the half time whistle. Although the second half was a much more even affair Town still drew first blood, with a well finished goal by Darragh Cronin to make it six. The home side then got two on the bounce before Cian McGrath steadied the ship with a seventh for the Clonmel side, twelve minutes from the end. Ballymackey were still game and pulled another back from the penalty spot to make it seven to three, but Milo McNamara sealed the win with an eight goal late on.

TSDL Youths Division Two

Mullinahone 0 – 8 Cashel Town

Cashel Town cemented their position at the top of Division Two in the Youths league with a good win over a young Mullinahone side. The visitors were in charge from the off and ran in six goals in the first half to put the tie out of reach. Two more goals were added in a more pedestrian second period to complete the scoring

FAI Junior Cup, 2nd Round, 16th October Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 0 – 1 St Michael’s

In one of two massive all Premier League ties in the FAI Junior Cup at the weekend, Clonmel Celtic suffered their first defeat of the new season when they went down by a single goal to a strong St Michael’s team at the bypass on Sunday afternoon. The game was tight from the outset with not a lot between the teams and very few clear chances made by either side, so it was no surprise when the game went to the break scoreless. The second period opened up a little and chances were created at both ends as both sides chased the crucial opener. In recent years the visitors have had a lot of experience in these close tight games and when Joey Mulcahy headed them ahead in the sixty eight minute, the Celtic supporters knew it would take a monumental effort to turn the tie around. They did come close with Darren Sweeney having their best effort turned away late on, but in the end the vast experience of the visitors held, and they advanced to the next round by the single goal.

Peake Villa 1 – 0 Clonmel Town

The Tower Grounds was the venue for the tie of Round two in what was tasking conditions with heavy rain falling from the start of play. Like any cup tie it was a cagey affair early on, with the best early chance falling to Mick Ryan of Villa whose effort went just the wrong side of the crossbar. Although the Thurles side were playing some good football it was going to be difficult to break down the opposition, and they got the perfect opportunity when in the twenty ninth minute when a great flick from Pippy Carroll found Ronan McGuire in space, but the striker was taking down in the box and the referee pointed at the spot. Carroll stood up to take the all important penalty kick, and he made no mistake to open the scoring. The two teams continued to battle to make chances but it proved difficult with the deteriorating conditions, and there were no more goals before the break. The second period saw the two teams have a real go at each other, and there were chances for both sides with Villa coming close on a few occasions through Carroll and a Keith Cahill effort that came back off the post. The save of the game came in the seventy second minute when Shane McGuire made a great save from a deflected free kick to keep Villa ahead. Conditions were awful for the last ten minutes and Town pressed hard looking for an equaliser with corners and free kicks coming into the box but the home defence held their ground and held on for a good win.

Cullen Lattin 2 – 0 Moneygall

This was an end to end affair in appalling conditions in Aisling Park, but in the end the home side held on to book a place in the third round after a good win against their NTDL opponents. The visitors started well and came close a number of times in the first twenty minutes, with the hosts keeper being in inspired form to keep his side well in the game. Neither side could break the deadlock in the first half but the home side were much the better outfit right from the start of the second period. They opened the scoring ten minutes in, when a well hit free kick from John Looby was saved and Tom O Mahony pounced on the rebound, to poke home from six yards out. Moneygall came back with good chances and hit the post with a long range shot, but they were rocked for a second time midway through the half when Darren Neville whipped a ball into Tom O Mahoney and he doubled his and his sides tally for the day, to put the hosts two goals up. Late on Mikey Stokes had a chance to make it three and put the game completely beyond the visitors but he was denied by a great stop by the Moneygall keeper. That however made no difference to the final outcome, with the TSDL side coming out on top and moving into the next phase of the tournament.

Cashel Town 1 – 0 Rearcross

Struggling in the domestic league, Cashel Town also faced off against NTDL opposition when they hosted Rearcross at Palmershill on Sunday afternoon. The game was played in atrocious conditions, but both teams did their best to play football in the almost impossible conditions. Chances were few and far between with neither keeper having much to do for long periods, and the game went to the break scoreless. The second half was nearly worse as the pitch got heavier making it even more difficult for both sets of players, but the home side finally got the goal they craved eighteen minutes from the end. It came from an excellent passage of play between Lee O’ Riordan and Callum Meagher, which ended seeing Meagher finish well from ten yards out. In the end this was enough to send the home side through, much to the delight and relief of their fans and connections.

Killenaule Rovers 1 – 3 Wilderness Rovers

Premier League side Wilderness Rovers eased past their Third Division opponents Killenaule Rovers on Sunday afternoon to advance to the third round of this years FAI Junior Cup. The visitors dominated the early possession, but needed a penalty to finally break down the resolute home side with Graeme Kelly converting from twelve yards out. The hosts fought back and found themselves level ten minutes before the break when they were awarded a penalty of their own which Dylan Walsh fired to the net sending the visiting keeper the wrong way. That was all the scoring in an entertaining first half, and the Clonmel side took control again in the early part of the second period, with Kelly heading them back into the lead when he was found unmarked with a cross to the back post. Killenaule forced a brilliant save from the Wildies keeper and had a shot come off the crossbar, as they fought to get back into the game, but were punished a third time when Sean Browne scored Wildernesses third late on, that proved to be the insurance goal for the higher league side.

Rosegreen Rangers 3 – 2 Cahir Park

Struggling at the bottom of the Second Division, Rosegreen pulled off the shock result of the weekend, when they came from two goals down to snatch the unlikeliest of wins against First Division Cahir Park at a wet and windy Nijinsky Park on Sunday afternoon. The visitors were the stronger team in the first half and controlled possession for most of the time, fashioning some good chances along the way. They eventually broke down the home defence midway through and took the lead with a goal by Ger Quinn. That was the only goal of the half and when Quinn doubled the Park’s led ten minutes into the second half it looked like they were going to stroll to a relatively easy victory. But Rosegreen are always a team that can put in a performance and got themselves back into the game just after the hour mark thanks to a wondrous volleyed goal from all of twenty five yards out, struck by Ian Collins. This gave them the impetus to launch an all out blitz and they levelled the game twelve minutes from time when substitute TJ Ryan found the net after he was played through on goal. Both sides went looking for the winner after that, and just as it looked like the game would have to go to extra time, the hosts came up with a winner, with Ryan adding his second with the final kick of the game to the delight of the home supporters.

TSDL First Division 16th October Match Reports

Mullinahone 3 – 4 Peake Villa

Mullinahone and Peake Villa played out a seven goal thriller on Sunday morning, that say the Thurles side pick up their first win of the season and move off the bottom of the First Division table for the first time this season. Conditions were good for the game, and the visitors started all guns blazing, opening the scoring in the sixth minute with a goal by Scott Brennan. They doubled that lead four minutes later when Kevin Patan got in behind the home defence and made no mistake from close in. Absolutely dominant in the half the away side had the ball in the net twice more before the break, but both efforts were ruled out for offside, as they attempted to steam roll the home side. On the few occasions that Mullinahone did manage to get a shot away, their efforts were dealt with in the Villa goal by the excellent Jack Condon. The game looked done and dusted when the visitors extended their lead to three early in the second half, when Niall Dunnes speculative shot was deflected into the home net. But Mullinahone battled on and got a goal back just after the hour mark from a good strike by Ryan Hicks from outside the box to make it, three goals to one. It was game on when the home side brought on substitute Paul Fogarty in the seventieth minute, and he had an immediate impact in firing home to make it three goals to two. But the young Villa side dug deep and extended their lead back to two goals ten minutes from time when Conor Murphy blasted a free kick to the net with a great strike. To the home sides credit they never gave up and brought it back to the minimum once again four minutes from time when Hicks scored a spectacular second with a bicycle kick, but eventually the away side saw out the game to take the precious three points in the end.

TSDL Second Division 16th October Match Reports

St Nicholas 4 – 1 Clerihan

With only one game surviving the weather in the Second Division at the weekend, West Tipperary side St Nicholas climbed to the top of the table with a comfortable win in the end against Clerihan on Sunday afternoon. The home side dominated the early proceedings and opened the scoring the twentieth minute when Jason Sutton converted a penalty kick after being pulled down in the Clerihan area. There were no more goals in the first half as the poor weather conditions made it hard for both teams to get a handle on the ball and try to play it round with any consistency. Nothing of real note took place in the early part of the second half, but on sixty minutes the home side brought in Aaron Ryan Shiner from the bench and he had an immediate effect but scoring with a strike to the bottom corner of the net. Two minutes later Ryan Shiner scored a second goal as he put in a super substitute performance, making the score three to nil. Five minutes later it was the turn of Sean Maher to find the net as Clerihan pulled a goal back. But the Saints made sure there would be no comeback when five minutes from time, Ryan Shiner put a ball on the head of Jack Redican to score a fourth and ensure the points.

TSDL Third Division 16th October 2022 Match Reports

Burncourt Celtic 1 – 4 Donohill and District

This game was played under a continuous downpour in Burncourt on Sunday, with the home side being on top early on, and opening the scoring in the fifth minute when Timmy Darcy met a cross into the box to score. But that really was as good as it got for the home side as Michael Bowes got Donohill level with the first of a hat trick of goals just before the half hour mark, smashing home an effort from the edge of the area. Five minutes later Dinny Crosse scored a fine individual goal to make it two goals to one for the visitors, but just before the half time break, the hosts got the perfect opportunity to equalise when they were awarded a penalty kick. However the Donohill keeper was up to the task, and made a fine save. Ten minutes into the second half, Bowes extended the lead to three goals to one when he got his second goal and with fifteen minutes left on the clock he added a third to make sure his side would take the three points.

Kilsheelan United 5 – 3 Two Mile Borris

The game was played in terrible conditions with wind and rain for the whole game but to the credit of both teams it turned out to be a very exciting game. Kilsheelan started the brighter and they opened the scoring inside five minutes when Aaron Larkin’s strong shot was parried by the keeper into to the path of Cathal De Faoite who slotted home from close range. Minutes later they doubled their advantage when John O’Dwyer picked up the ball in midfield and went on a run down the wing, before crossing for Evan Forristal to put the ball into the net. Eventually the visitors played themselves back into the game, and they pulled a goal back just before the half hour mark through a fine shot by Thomas Darmody. But the home side held the lead to the break. Two minutes into the second half though, Borris were level after a looping header from Rory Ryan deceived the keeper to nestle in the net. And things got better for the visitors when the turnaround was complete just before the hour mark, after an unfortunate attempted clearance from the home area ended up in their own net, to put Borris in front. But the home side continued to battle and levelled the game twenty minutes from time when Nathan Dolan was taken town on the edge of the area, but he stood up to fire the resulting free kick to the net. They retook the lead ten minutes from time when Cathal De Faoite beat two defenders and calmly curved the ball into the bottom corner, before ensuring they would take all three points with a fifth goal from John O Dwyer shortly before the end of the game.

Cahir Park 1 – 1 Powerstown

This was a terrific game played in atrocious conditions between two teams who will be hoping to be involved in the title and promotion race come season end in Division Three. Powerstown opened the scoring on twenty-five minutes when a pin point cross from the right was met perfectly by an inrushing forward who made no mistake with his header. Ten minutes later the home side were handed a chance to level the game, when they were awarded a penalty kick, but it was brilliantly saved by the visiting Powerstown keeper. As the rain continued to pour down in the second half the Park finally got their equaliser in the sixty second minute when a spectacular long range effort by Shane Bennett found the back of the net. Both teams had chances to win the game after this, but no more goals scored meant that it finished in a draw, which seemed the fairest result on the day.

TSDL Youths 15th October Match Reports

FAI Youths Cup, 1st Round

Freebooters (Kilk.) 2 – 1 Clonmel Town

Clonmel Town’s youths travelled to Kilkenny to play the first round of the FAI Youths Cup on Saturday and despite putting in a valiant display, they bowed out after losing by the odd goal in three. The home side started the first half with a strong wind at their back which they used to keep the Town lads pinned back in their half for the first twenty minutes, but once the away side got to grips with the conditions, they started to create opportunities, and for most of the remaining half it was end to end football. But Freebooters eventually took the lead just before half time from a brilliant free kick, which bent around the Town wall and into the top corner keeper, leaving the visiting keeper with no chance of saving. Into the second period, the Tipperary team thought they got a brilliant start when a well-executed free kick from time Darragh Walsh initially found the head of Maks Ciesnik, whose effort was parried into the path of Darragh Cronin, but he saw his chance cleared of the line. Town did equalise ten minutes later however after they broke quickly from a ‘Booters attack and found Cronin in the area, before he was chopped down to earn his side a penalty kick. He stepped up himself and made no mistake, levelling the game at one all. As the game wore on, it became stretched, with the Kilkenny side having the better of the chances, and they finally forced a penalty kick of their own ten minutes from the end. This resulting kick put the hosts back in front, and despite the TSDL sides efforts to get back into the game, they were unable to and exited the competition with their heads held high.

Munster Youths Cup 1st Round

Bansha Celtic 4 – 5 Peake Villa (AET)

Despite creating a few early chances Villa found themselves a goal down following an unfortunate own goal in this game, but responded well and scored three goals in quick succession from Paul Noonan, Michael Anthony McCarthy and Daniel Rossiter, to lead three one midway through the first half. The home side continued to battle though and had the final say in the first half, scoring a second to leave the game at three goals to two to the Thurles side at half time. And Bansha came out all guns blazing early in the second period, scoring a quickfire brace to take the lead once again, with the visitors needing a late goal from the head of Daniel Rossiter to force the game into extra time. Although both sides were pretty evenly matched in the extra twenty minutes, Villa managed to avoid the drama of a penalty shootout when in the second period of extra time Danny Moore pounced on an error by the Bansha keeper to score the winner.

TSDL Youths Division 2

Cashel Town 4 – 0 Cahir Park

Cashel Town’s youths maintained their status at the top of the Youths Second Division with an easy win against Cahir at Palmershill on Saturday afternoon. Evan O Neill opened the scoring with a neat finish in the third minute of the game, and it looked like the home side might run riot, but the visitors kept them out for the remainder of the half. The second period saw the home side take over and they added three more through Paraic Ryan, Lee O Riordan and a second from O Neill to secure the points

Munster Junior Cup 2nd Round 9th October Match Reports

Vee Rovers 2 – 0 Wilderness Rovers

Vee Rovers finally picked up their fist win of the season in the Munster Junior Cup against fellow Premier League team Wilderness Rovers on Sunday afternoon in Clogheen. In a game that took place in horrendous conditions, the home team started out playing into a very heavy wind, but still took control of the game and dominated the early proceedings. They had a number of half chances before they finally took the lead in the twentieth minute, when Sean Casey finished off a five man passing movement to slot the ball calmly past the visiting keeper. They had a number of chances after that to extend the lead but there were no more goals in what was an entertaining first half. With the wind now at their backs, they continued in the same dominant vein in the second period and added the important second goal eighteen minutes from time, with Alan Condon finding the target. Although Wilderness tried throughout the game to fashion scores, the hosts defence were in great form and kept them quiet right to the end to ensure their sides victory.

Bansha Celtic 9 – 1 Clerihan

Bansha Celtic showed the gulf between the Premier League and Division Two, when they dismantled a brave Clerihan side at home on Sunday morning to move to the next round of the Munster Junior Cup. The hosts took the lead almost straight from kick off when Eamon Quirke was on hand to finish from close range, and withing two more minutes added a second, when Liam Murphy was on hand to capitalise on a defensive mistake from close range. With this cushion, they were able to pick apart a shell shocked Clerihan side and added a third in the twentieth minute after some nice build up play, saw the ball end up with Eamon Quirke, who finished well to the bottom corner. Ten minutes from the break it became four goals to nil when Daire Egan rose highest to head in a corner kick at the back post. The second half started much the same as the first when the home side were awarded a penalty after just two minutes, and Daire Egan doubled his tally from the spot. Five minus later it was six when Eamon Quirke completed his hat trick, and on the hour mark it turned to seven when Daire Egan got his third, smashing home from the edge of the box. Clerihan finally got themselves a consolation through Jonas Kerr with a well taken goal in the sixty fifth minute, but two more goals by the home side through Darren McGrath and a fourth from Daire Egan finished out an excellent home side performance.

Cullen Lattin 1 – 3 Peake Villa

High flying Peake Villa travelled to Aisling Park in Cullen to contest this second round tie in the Munster Junior Cup, on a morning where playing conditions were extremely difficult with heavy rain and strong winds hampering both sides ability to play football. Villa were in control for the early part of the game but created very few chances until the thirteenth minute when Pippy Carroll found himself in space on the left, took on the home defence and coolly slotted home to put his side one up. Just before the half hour mark, the same player added a second when Villa were awarded a free kick just outside the Cullen area and Carroll curled a delicious effort into the net. But Cullen didn’t fold, and a few minutes later they took advantage of sloppy defending in the visitor’s area, and Mickie O Brien finished from close in to bring the score back to two goals to one. This woke Villa up and they restored their two goal advantage when Robbie Stapleton took advantage of good build up play to find himself one on one with the keeper and he made no mistake from close in. This was how the game went to the break, and as the second half progressed, the game turned into a drab affair as weather conditions worsened, but the visitors had done enough in the first half to go through to the next round.

Peake Villa B 3 – 2 Galbally United

Peake Villas seconds joined their first team in the next round of the Munster Junior Cup, when they defeated Galbally at a wet and windy Tower Grounds on Sunday afternoon.Both teams started well and from the start it was obvious that there were going to be goals in this game. The opener came for the visitors after a slip up in the home defence led to Owen O Sullivan breaking clear and he made no mistake fifteen minutes into the game. But the home side gradually began to up the pace and were rewarded for good play when Kevin Patan broke through before was taken down in the box, and Conor Murphy made no mistake from the resulting spot kick. After that the game settled with neither side making any more clear chances before half time, and the teams went to the break level. The game opened up in the second half and the young Villa side came into their own, having a strong spell before a Keelan Graham shot was parried by the keeper and Scott Brennan was quickest to react to make it two goals to one midway through the half. On top now, they almost added a third but Jack Kelly’s header came back off the crossbar and was scrambled away. But fourteen minutes from time, they finally added the third they were looking for when a Niall Dunne corner was met by the head of Sean Condron who powered home. Galbally got back in the game nine minutes from the end when they were awarded a penalty and Josh Dineen scored to bring it back to a single goal game. But the Villa team managed to hold on and took the victory in the end to the delight of their supporters and management.

St Michael’s 3 – 1 Clonmel Town

This game was rightly billed as the tie of the round, as the visitors took an unbeaten start to their season to Cooke Park, to take on perennial favourites and record winners of the competition St Michael’s. And in the end, it was the Saints that prevailed, thanks to a strong first half performance, and the ability to withstand a strong second half showing, at a well game on Sunday afternoon. The hosts were fast out of the blocks and hit a superb opener in the third minute, when Russell Quirke broke the cover from an Ashley Kelliher pass and Jimmy Carr was on hand near goal to convert the cross from close range. But Town played themselves into the game and were level in the seventeenth minute, when Keith Guiry was upended as he burst into the Saints area by Adrian Walsh and the resultant penalty saw Alan O’Donnell’s fire home on the rebound after his initial shot was saved. But the cheers from the away end had barely died down when the home side re-established their advantage minutes later, again from the penalty spot. Russell Quirke was fouled in the area and although Evan Comerford saved Jimmy Carr’s initial penalty, Carr too reacted quickest to slot home the rebound. Both sides had chances after that but Saints delivered the telling blow in the thirty second minute when Ashley Kelliher got on the end of a Joey Mulcahy shot after Jimmy Carr did well to break down the left flank, to make it three goals to one. The entertaining half came to a close with Saints two goals to the good, and the crowd looked forward to more of the same in the second half. But it failed to deliver as the home side had the luxury to slowing the pace down and choking off all areas of attack from an increasingly frustrated Town side. Both Ashley Laslett and Alan O Donnell fashioned chances for the Clonmel side, but they never really looked like putting the home side under the kind of pressure that would be needed to pull their team back into the game. And even as they did, the hosts always retained that goalscoring threat that they felt could be brought out if and when it was necessary. In the end, there were no more goals in the game, and the home side continue the well-travelled path further and deeper into a competition that has given them many successful days in the past.

Cashel Town 2 – 2 Two Mile Borris (AET Two Mile Borris win 3-1 on penalties)

Another all Premier League clash saw Cashel Town and Two Mile Borris go all the way to the penalty kick lottery to decide who would take their place in the next round of the Cup, with an entertaining game played in front of a good crowd at Palmershill on Sunday afternoon. The game was as tight as was expected with both sides being tentative for most of the first half, before Cashel finally grabbed the lead six minutes before the break when Jack Fitzpatrick shot home from close range after a corner kick had been flicked on to him. That was the only goal of the first half, and the away side took control of the second period, levelling matters in the fifty seventh minute when Stuart Hanrahan fired through a group of defenders to score from twelve yards out. Six minutes later they took the lead when Alto Walker delivered a bullet of a header from a corner kick to give the home keeper no chance. From there to the end there looked like there was going to be only one winner but Borris were shocked in the final minute of the game when the hosts scored against the run of play with a Sean Fitzpatrick effort to bring the game into extra time. And the home side had the better of the chances in that period, with Brian O Dwyer rattling the post and Jamie O Keeffe hammering an effort off the crossbar, but to no effect on the scoreline. In the end neither time could find the winner in open play and when it went to spot kicks, it was the visitors that held their nerve the better to prevail on a three goal to one advantage.

TSDL First Division 9th October 2022 Match Reports

Cahir Park 2 – 1 Tipperary Town

Cahir Park welcomed Tipp Town to the park in a top of the table clash on Sunday morning, and it took quite a while for the game to get going in the poor conditions they had to face. Neither side fashioned anything that could be called a decent chance in the first half and they went to the break scoreless. The second half started with the home team on top, and five minutes in, they nearly made their pressure play only to see Andy Fitzpatrick’s effort come back off the crossbar with the visiting keeper stranded. But only three minutes later, the visitors finally took the lead when Vinny Godfrey got in behind the home defence and finished well from ten yards. The hosts upped their game and were level shortly after when Ger Quinn finished tapped home and a Tom Keating shot was saved by the Town keeper, but fell kindly for the home side. The Park piled on the pressure in search of the lead goal a got their reward five minutes after the hour mark, when Willie Dunne poked home after a goal mouth scramble. Town tried hard to get back into the game and came close on two occasions, once forcing Brian Sweeney into point blank save, but the home side managed to hold on to take the points and join their opponents at the summit of Division One.

Cahir Park Vs Tipperary Town FC 09-10-2022

St Michaels 1 – 2 Old Bridge

A litany of missed chances cost Saints here in a game where they would have felt they deserved something against an Old Bridge side who have been blowing hot and cold so far this season. The strong swirling wind which made control of the ball very difficult all afternoon saw both sides struggle, but the home side had early efforts on goal both blocked by some excellent goalkeeping, and poor finishing. Shane Foley went clean through on fourteen minutes but the wind blew the ball away from him on his run to goal, and the Bridge breathed a sigh of relief. And minutes later, Jack Burke gave the visitors the lead when he turned in cross from close range. They made it two nil in the twenty seventh minute when Robbie McGrath failed to control a cross and David Cagney made no mistake from close range. Josh Flannery brought a save from Power in the visitors goal and Evan Hawkins saw his effort come back off the bar on the half hour, but in the end the away side took their two goal lead to the break. The home side pushed forward in numbers early in the second half but Bridge remained dangerous on the break throughout.  Seven minutes from the end the home side finally got the goal their efforts deserved when a cross come shot by substitute Paddy Bermingham deceived the keeper to make it two goals to one. But that was to be the end of the scoring and the Clonmel side hung in for a vital three points.

Mullinahone 0 – 3 Clonmel Town

A Kevin Kirwan hat trick on Sunday afternoon gave Clonmel Town’s seconds a good win over a Mullinahone side struggling to adapt to life after promotion at the start of the season. The weather made it tough for both sides but the visitors were able to dominate the ball for long periods and went into the break two goals to the good thanks to the excellent forward play by Kirwan. The lead allowed them to soak up any pressure put on them by the home side in the second period and they made sure of the points when Kirwan added a third midway through the half after some excellent play through the middle of the pitch.

TSDL Third Division 9th October 2022 Match Reports

Powerstown 3 – 2 Bansha Celtic

Both sides threatened early on, in what was a game that crackled with chances from the start. Kieran Quirke made some heroic saves in the Powerstown goal to keep the score level at nil all, before Brian McKeown put the home side in front after seventeen minutes, when he got on the end of a ball played in behind the Celtic defence and clinically placed it past the Bansha Celtic goalkeeper. Bansha continued to push, but they were caught on the break minutes before the end of the half, and Mc Keown doubled his and his sides tally with a well taken second goal. The visitors started the better of the two teams in the second period and halved the deficit when they struck just after the hour mark. They followed up with a second five minutes later to rock the home side when they were awarded a penalty kick after a home defender was adjudged to have deliberately handled a ball that was heading to the net. This also seen Powerstown reduced to ten men, with the momentum looking to have completely swung to the visiting side. But Powerstown rallied and Brian McKeown completed his hat trick in the sixty-eight minute to put his side back in front. The final twenty minutes was a cagey affair, but the home side showed great character to withstand the Bansha bombardment and see the game out for all three points.

Powerstown Vs Bansha Celtic

Killenaule Rovers 3 – 0 Kilsheelan United

Killenaule Rovers continued their good start to the season with another good win over a Kilsheelan side that have been showing some up and down form this season. The home side dominated the play right from the off, and went into the break two goals to the good thanks to a brace of goals from Dylan Walsh. The same player continued harassing the victors back line throughout the second period, and added hit hat trick goal on the hour mark. After that it was a case of controlling the ball and running down the clock and they did so easily enough to grab all three points.

TSDL Youths Division 9th October 2022 Match Reports

TSDL Youths Division 1

Slievenamon Celtic 1 – 1 Bansha Celtic

Slievenamon picked up their first points of the season with a hard-fought draw against Bansha Celtic on Saturday afternoon. The visitors had been in better form going into the game and had a lot of the early ball, looking particularly dangerous from set pieces. But the home side soaked up the pressure and created a really good opportunity when Cian Phelan took advantage of some good build up play, before his effort went straight into the visiting keeper’s grasp. That gave the home side more confidence to attack and they were rewarded when they took the lead after they were awarded a penalty that was dispatched to the net by Darragh Landers. The away side piled on the pressure in the second half and with fifteen minutes to go, won a penalty of their own, that was fired home by Adam Hennessey to level the game. Both sides pushed for a winner after that, but it was not to be, and they had to be content with a share of the spoils in the end.

Youths Round up

There were two TSDL Youths sides in action in the FAI Under 17 Cup, with unfortunately neither being successful after two high scoring games. In the first Donohill travelled to play North Tipperary side Killavilla and the two sides set up a goalfest for the watching supporters. In the end, while the North Tipperary side prevailed by a single goal in nine, the young Donohill team can be happy that they did themselves proud on the day. It wasn’t however any way close in the second game involving a TSDL side, when Cahir Park welcomed Waterford outfit Bridge United, only to be put to the sword by six goals to one against their very strong opponents.

In Youth League action, Peake Villa continued to climb in Division One, with a two goal win away to Cullen Lattin, while in Division Two the clash between the two unbeaten sides saw Cashel travel to Shanbally United and come home with all three points after a comfortable two goal to nil win.

Munster League Champions Cup, ¼ final 01st of October 2022

Munster League Champions Cup, ¼ final

St Michael’s 1 – 0 Pike Rovers

Saints produced an excellent performance here to defeat last year’s Fai Junior Cup finalists Pike Rovers before a sizeable attendance at Cooke Park in the first clash between the two clubs since the 2019 Munster Junior Cup final, on Saturday afternoon in Tipperary Town. Both sides will have big ambitions on numerous fronts this season, and played out an edgy first quarter of an hour, with the home side having a number of half chances, notably by Joey Mulcahy and Jimmy Carr. But the Limerick side was up to the challenge, and were dangerous themselves, with Colm Walsh O Loughlin and Eoin Hanrahan causing all sorts of problems to a home defence marshalled by the evergreen Paul Breen and new kid on the block DJ Cremins. Tempers flared a little midway through the half after some rough tackling on the mercurial Jimmy Carr, but after that the game settled into a bit of a dour midfield slog with neither side willing to commit too much forward and expose themselves to being caught on the counter attack. With that the game reached half time scoreless, with both sets of supporters hoping for some more goalmouth action in the second half. Pike started the second period on top and were unlucky not to have opened the scoring in the very first minute, when Kevin Barry smashed a shot into the side netting. A sublime pass from Colin Daly four minutes later, released Walsh O’ Loughlin, but his effort also found itself going narrowly the wrong side of the post. But ten minutes later, when the Pike striker had to leave the field with an injury, it left the visitors attack blunted and slowly but sure the home side started to play their way back on top in the tie. Both sides began using their benches as darkness and rain descended on Cooke Park, and the absorbing encounter gripped every supporter in attendance. Saints though, finally got the breakthrough in the seventy first minute, when Joey Mulcahy and Jimmy Carr combined well, to get the ball to John O’Brien, who scored from a tight angle when many observers thought the ball had gone wide or hit the side netting. Pike took the game to the home side from then onwards, and pinned the Tipperary side back for the final quarter of an hour, but a side with the amount of big game experience that St Michael’s have accrued over the years simply soaked up the pressure and played down the clock, before taking the victory to the delight of their staff and supporters alike.

TSDL Premier League 2nd October 2022 Match Reports

 

Peake Villa 9 – 0 Vee Rovers

It was a goal fest up at the Tower Grounds Sunday afternoon, for the second week in a row, with Villa once again on song in front of goal and showing the sort of form they hope will carry them to a league title come season end. Captain Pippy Carroll opened the scoring in the fifteenth minute after they had fluffed their lines on a few occasions prior to that, and Carroll only had to wait another minute before he doubled his and his sides tally from the penalty spot. In complete control now, they added a third in the eighteenth minute, when Dylan Coady finished off some nice build up play. By the time Ronan Mc Guire added the fourth in the twenty sixth minute, it was obvious that this was going to be a long day for Rovers, who conceded a fifth two minutes before the break, with Carroll completing a first half hat trick. With the points in the bag the home side, could have been guilty of taking it easy in the second half but they did not. Ten minutes in, Carroll hit the post and his shot came back to Michael Quinlan who slotted home to make it six. Ronan McGuire got his second of the day in the sixty sixth minute to make it seven, and two goals in the final five minutes from Jack Ryan Casey and Robbie Stapleton rounded off a devastating performance by the Thurles side.

Wilderness Rovers 3 – 3 Clonmel Town

This game was always going to be a battle in terms of aggression, tempo and fitness, and it didn’t disappoint, as these two teams played out a second high scoring derby this season. The league leaders took the initiative from the beginning and opened the scoring when they were awarded a penalty in the eight minute that was fired home by Alan O Donnell. This gave the visitors a spring in their step and they dominated the rest of the first half, adding two more goals in the thirty fourth and thirty ninth minute, through efforts by Ashley Laslett and Craig Guiry.  But just as they looked like going in at the break with that advantage, the home side grabbed a lifeline through a goal scored by Graham Kelly, who finished off a neat pass from Ashely Keane. This gave the home side the impetus to start the second period in a much stronger fashion, and they quickly put their more illustrious opponents on the back foot. It was a game of high intensity and massive tackles all over, but the visitors seemed to have weathered the storm. That was until the final five minutes of the game the hosts pulled back a second goal, with Keane this time netting the goal after being set up by Sean Browne. This set up a grandstand finish, and after a spell of constant bombardment from the Wildies, Town conceded a third, when Cian Cullinane found Jack Landy in space, to smash the ball home and bring the game back level. The game was to finish this way and it was the least the home side deserved, while also putting a huge dent in Town’s title ambitions.

Cashel Town 3 – 2 Two Mile Borris

Cashel Town finally got their season up and running with their first points in a cracking game of football played in perfect weather conditions at Palmershill in Cashel on Sunday afternoon. This was an end to end game from the beginning, with the home side finally opening the scoring in the twenty second minute when Kyle Ryan crossed from the left and Kevin Keating supplied a neat finish. After that however it was the visitors that began to dominate proceedings and were unlucky not to draw level when they hit the woodwork on a number of occasions. Cashel remained dangerous on the break throughout this time, and doubled their lead when Keating again evaded the visiting defence to find himself one on one with the Borris keeper, before tucking the ball away to the bottom corner of the net. The hosts held this lead to the break, but again in the early part of the second period, Borris were in the ascendency and finally pulled a goal back in the fifty fifth minute when Anto Walker tapped in at the far post from a lightning break down the right wing. Cashel replied quickly and restored their two goal lead on the hour mark with Keating turned provider this time, lifting a cross onto the head of Jack Fitzpatrick who made no mistake from five yards out. But Borris came back again fifteen minutes from the end, when Walker got his second after volleying a free kick into the area, giving the Town keeper no chance. The final minutes saw the visitors try to secure a point, but the home side held resolutely to their task to take all three points in the finish.

Clonmel Celtic 2 – 1 Bansha Celtic

Clonmel Celtic continued their good start to the season with a hard fought two goals to one win against Bansha Celtic at a sunny bypass on Sunday morning. The home side started reasonably well having most of the possession, but the visitors defended in numbers and made it hard to work a way through. The first real chance the hosts had fell to a Paul Kennedy header which was superbly saved. Within two minutes the away side threatened to take advantage of a defensive error but Tony Egan couldn’t keep his shot on target. Celtic finally hit the front just before the half hour mark, with a well worked goal. Simon Ahearne who was energetic in middle all afternoon played an excellent ball to the far post where Seanie Hawkins knocked the ball back into the path of Darren Sweeney whose first time effort found the back of the net. But the visitors hit straight back and were level two minutes later when a home defender turned the ball into his own net after pressure from a well delivered Bansha free. The goal gave the visitors confidence and they came more into the game as the end of the first half neared, but neither side added to the scoreline before the break. The second half was more of an even affair, with plenty of effort from both sides but the quality of the game dipped. That said, the home side regained the lead just after the hour mark, when Paul Kennedy took advantage of a defensive mix up to walk the ball into an empty net, to the delight of the home supporters.  The West Tipperary side fought hard for second equaliser but Celtic saw the game out and collected three important points, to put them in a comfortable position to maybe consider themselves dark horses from a Premier League title they haven’t won in seven years.

TSDL First Division 2nd October 2022 Match Reports

Tipperary Town 3 – 2 Old Bridge

The home team came flying out of the blocks in the early game at Arra Rd and were a goal up within ten minutes when Dylan Cummins raced down the wing and squared for Caleb Hickey who made no mistake from eight yards out. After that the hosts had a number of chances to add to the lead through Vinny Godfrey and Caleb Hickey but some wayward finishing kept the lead to a minimum. However, Vinny Godfrey did eventually add a second minutes before the break, when a he closed down the visiting keeper as he attempted to make a clearance, and the ball deflected into an empty net. No more goals in the opening period, the second half started again with the home side on top. But a break away in the fifty fifth minute by the Bridge caught the home defence napping and Darren Guiry was on hand to score from close range. Suddenly all the play was with the visitors, and they sent ball after ball into the home box. Fifteen minutes from time, they got the goal their pressure deserved when a long throw evaded everyone and Stephen Guiry got a deft touch to bring the game level. But Town regrouped and five minutes from time, a great delivery from Shane Ryan was steered across the box, and Godfrey was again on hand to make no mistake from less than five yard. The visitors did have one last chance to level the game, but a spectacular save from Eric Higgins in the home goal assured his side of the points.

Peake Villa 2 – 2 Clonmel Town

The spoils were shared up in Thurles in this league tie with all the goals coming in a pulsating first half. The visitors opened the scoring in the nineteenth minute when they benefitted from an own goal, but the hosts were back level minutes later when Danny Treacy finished off a flowing movement up the pitch with a well taken goal. Ten minutes from the break, Town got their lead back but the home side continued to stay well in the game when they levelled matters for the second time only four minutes later courtesy of a fine goal by Scott Brennan. Two all at the break, the pace dipped in the second period with both defenses tightening up considerably. Danny Treacy of Villa, had a great chance from a Niall Dunne corner but somehow it was blocked on the line, and Town did have the ball in the hosts net late on, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside. All in all a draw was probably the fairest result.

TSDL Second Division 2nd October 2022 Match Reports

Suirside 2 – 2 Cullen Lattin

This top of the table Division Two clash lived up to expectations with the home side having to dig out an equaliser at the death to earn a share of the spoils after an intriguing affair. The visitors started quickest and in the sixth minute called the home keeper into action to deny Michael Mc Elligott from close range. This was a wake up call for the home side and they almost took the lead minutes later when John Darmody hit a spectacular twenty five yard volley off the underside of the crossbar before it was scrambled away to safety. The game continued at a frenetic pace, and midway through the half Mikey Stokes produced a moment of magic to lob the home keeper and put Lattin a goal up. Suirside thought they had found an equaliser five minutes later, but again were denied by the woodwork when John O Donnell thought he had found the net. In the end of the half, the visitors went to the break just a single goal in front, but those watching the game looked forward to even more action in the second period. And again it was the away side who got off to the better start, and within two minutes Michael Mc Elligott drove through the home defence and doubled his sides advantage. Suirside are made of stern stuff nevertheless, and continued to push and probe for openings as they played themselves back into the game. The finally got some reward just before the hour mark when Luke O Brien flashed a ball across the box and Gavin Sheehen tapped home from inside the six yard box. The game became one of cat and mouse after this, with the hosts chasing to get an equaliser and Cullen consistently looking for opportunities to catch them out on the break. But despite both having chances, the game looked to be ticking away until the final minute brought a dramatic finish. Two minutes into time added on, the home side were offered one more chance when they were awarded a free kick outside the area and Jason Coffey smashed it home from all of twenty five yards out to gain his team a precious point.

St Nicholas 2 – 1 Rosegreen Rangers

The game started with both sides having a number of half chances early on, without much success, until the home side thought they had opened the scoring in the twentieth minute when Brendan Collins went on a mazy run through the visitors defence only to see his shot deflected over the bar. Eight minutes later however, Collins was not to be denied a second time when he got on the end of an Aiden Riordan corner kick to put his side in front with a shot from close range. Rosegreen pushed hard in the following minutes to try to get back on level terms but had two efforts blocked by desperate last ditch defending by the home side. That left the score at one goal to nil for the hosts, and the second half followed a similar pattern to the first with both sides finding penetration difficult. Halfway through the half the home side were given a gilt-edged opportunity to extend their lead, when they were awarded a penalty kick, but the Rosegreen keeper made a fantastic double save, from the first attempt and the rebound to keep his sides deficit at a minimum. This seemed to inspire his teams attackers and fourteen minutes from the end, they finally got an equalising goal after some excellent build up play through the middle of the pitch, saw Pakie Farrell in space to slot past the stranded home keeper. The real difference in the game was the introduction late on of Saint’s substitute Aaron Ryan Shiner, who was involved in a number of good attacking forays, before eluding the Rangers defence in the final minute of the game, and crossing for James Scanlon to tap in the game’s winner.

Galbally United 0 – 0 Cashel Town

Despite there being no goals in this game, there was plenty of action with the home side unlucky on a number of occasions not to open the scoring, especially through Jordan Dineen, who was a thorn in the visitors defence throughout the game. Cashel had their chances too in a frantic first half, but once the game settled down in the second period, Gallbally were probably the slightly better side, without ever really looking good enough to decisively win the game. In the end, both teams will be as much happy as unhappy with the draw and a share of the spoils.

Clerihan 0 – 4 Dualla

Clerihan started this game brightly moving Dualla around the pitch, and were unlucky not to have opened the scoring in the eight minute with a free kick from just outside penalty area only went narrowly. They then had the ball in net in the twentieth minute, through Jonas Kerr only for it to be ruled offside in the build-up. This let off seemed to wake the visitors up, and on the half hour mark, they took the lead when Brian Sheehy found himself free at back post from a corner, and he tapped the ball to the net. The hosts were unlucky not to get back on level terms five minutes later from a Brian Landers free kick, but the shot struck the bar and was scrambled away to safety. And that miss was compounded four minutes from the break, when Paraic Ryan brilliantly finished off some good build up play, to send the visitors to the break two goals in front.  The second period was again a reasonably even affair in everything bar the scoreline, as Dualla were much more clinical, and put the game beyond their hosts fifteen minutes from time when Tossy Ryan broke from midfield to make it three goals to nil. The same player added his second, and his sides fourth from the penalty spot six minutes from the end to put a gloss on the scoreline and really put Dualla into the hunt for both title and promotion honours this season.

TSDL Third Division 2nd October 2022 Match Reports

Kilsheelan United 1 – 1 Burncourt Celtic

Both these teams had difficult starts to the Division Three season, but seem to have steadied the ship, and played out an entertaining draw in Kilsheelan on Sunday afternoon. The home side started better and after a couple of early corners, forced the breakthrough in the seventh minute when Nathan Dolans perfect cross was volleyed to the net by John O’Dwyer to record his third league goal of the season. The hosts continued to apply the pressure and mid-way through the first-half we should have doubled their lead, only to see striker Jack O’Donoghue fire his effort just over the bar. There were no more goals in the lively half, and as the second progressed the visitors began to fashion more chances, finally getting a leveller with just twenty minutes left, when Martin Burke finished of a neat passage of play, with a cheeky back heel. Both sides had chances between here and the finish but neither could convert and the spoils were shared.

Moyglass United 1 – 2 Two Mile Borris

After an excellent start to the season, which saw the hosts start the day at the top of the Division Three table, Moyglass faltered for a second week in a row when they fell to a narrow defeat on Sunday against Two Mile Borris’ second side. The visitors opened the scoring here in the twenty eight minute when Cathal Mc Elgun scored a well worked goal, but the home side were level four minutes from the break when goalkeeper David McCormack played a long ball down the field for Eddie O Brien, who finished with a neat effort. The game went to the break level, and the second period was an even affair, even if the hosts had the clearer chances, only to be regularly thwarted by the Borris keeper who was in fine form. It looked like the game was going to finish level, but right at the death the visitors took advantage of some hesitancy and scored a last minute goal to steal all three points.

Division Three round up

There were two more games in Division Three with one being a West Tipperary derby between Tipperary Town’s second side and rural neighbours Donohill and District. The paths of the two teams year seem to be going in opposite directions with the town side faltering after a lightening start to the season, and Donohill on the rise after some poor early results. And the game went to form on Sunday, with Donohill passing by their neighbours on the league table, thanks to a four goal to two win on the Arra Road. In Cahir, the home side faced bottom on the table Bansha Celtic and fell behind to a Adam Hennessy goal early in the game. But after the break the Park rallied and got two goals of their own through Jack Duggan and Evan O Regan to claim the win and the three points.

TSDL Youths 2nd October   

FAI Youth Cup 1st Round & Youths Round up

FAI Youth Cup 1st Round Bridge United 0 – 3 Peake Villa

Peake Villas youths travelled to Goresbridge in Kilkenny on Sunday for a noon kick off in good conditions for football. The TSDL side started well and opened the scoring in the fourth minute when good play from Mikey Lawlor down the wing found Paul Noonan in space who fired home. There were chances at either end for both sides during the half but it was the visitors who went in at the break one up. They doubled their lead just after the hour mark when a Paul Noonan corner was met by the head of Kieran Purcell to make it two, and Noonan capped a fine performance when Michael Anthony McCarthy played him in and he got his second of the day, to advance in the competition.

Youths Round up

Cashel Town hosted the other FAI Youths game of the weekend when they welcomed local rivals Cullen Lattin to Palmershill on Saturday afternoon. The game saw all the goals come in the first forty five minutes, with two goals from Cullens Paddy Downey giving them a half time lead against the single goal that Lee O Riordan scored for the home side. The second half was a dour affair with neither side gaining dominance for any sustained period, and in the end Cullen managed to do enough to hold onto the win.

In the Division Two section of the Youths league, Cahir Park entertained Shanbally United with the visitors being much the better side throughout. Shanbally took the lead early in the game through goals by Ryan Breedy and Ben Carey, and added three more in the second period through Cathal English, Cian O Reilly and a second from Breedy to run out comfortable winners in the end.

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FAI Junior Cup, 1st Round, 25th September 2022 Match Reports

Clonmel Town 6 – 1 Galbally United

The first round of this year’s long road to the FAI Junior Cup began in Clonmel on Sunday morning, when the current league leaders faced a potential banana skin in a Galbally side that has had some good cup runs in recent years. But form and class shone out, with the home side progressing easily enough after a comprehensive win. Town were dominant from the off and opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute when Alan O Donnell was taken down in the box for a penalty, before standing up and converting the resultant spot kick. Three minutes later, Jack O Donnell went on a run from deep inside his own half, before unleashing a shot that gave the visiting keeper no chance, doubling his sides lead. But Galbally didn’t fold and pulled a goal of their own back just before the half hour mark, when they were awarded a free kick just outside the home sides penalty area, and Jordan Dineen sent a cracker to the net to make the score two goals to one. But only six minutes later the hosts restored their two-goal cushion when Craig Guiry found the net after an excellent assist by Alan O Donnell. The crucial goal arrived almost on the stroke of half time when a Jack O Donnell corner was met by Stephen Kelly who powered a shot past the stranded Galbally keeper to leave it four goals to one at the break, and set the home side up for a comfortable second half. Within five minutes of the restart the rampant Alan O Donnell was once again fouled inside the penalty area and once again he would step up to put his side five goals to one in front. The game was well over as a contest when Kyle Delaney got the goal he fully deserved on the hour mark with a sublime effort from just outside the box. It was in danger of been a massacre for Galbally but to their credit they held firm and had one or two chances of their own before the end but couldn’t capitalise. Town will be satisfied with their performance that sees them safely through to the next round.

Clonmel Celtic 4 – 1 Vee Rovers

In the only all Premier League tie of the first round of this year’s FAI Junior Cup, Clonmel Celtic eventually overcame a dogged Vee Rovers challenge, before pulling away to four goals to one win that sees them in the hat for the next round of the competition. The visitors have had a tough start to the season and were searching for their first win, and made it difficult for their in-form hosts throughout a very competitive first half. Celtic struggled to create any clear-cut openings with a couple of Paul Kennedy efforts easily saved by the visiting keeper. A slick move on the half hour mark got Celtic in behind the Rovers rear-guard, but once again the keeper denied Darren Sweeney with a fine save. The first half finished scoreless, but the home team upped the ante, and finally got their noses in front two minutes before the hour mark when Rory O’Dowd converted a penalty after he was tripped in the box. They doubled their advantage five minutes later when Darren Sweeney took advantage of a defensive mix up to score from close range, giving themselves a little breathing space in the tie. But the visitors continued to battle, and after some confusion in the home defence, Zach Keating pulled a goal back, to really put the game back in the melting pot. Eight minutes from time however, Celtic made the game safe, when a delicious ball from Paul Kennedy found Darren Sweeney down the left, who crossed to Seanie Hawkins, and he produced a very neat finish against the flailing Rovers backline. Four minutes from time, the in-form Hawkins put the cherry on top when he added his second with a delicate chip over the advancing keeper to see Celtic home.

Cashel Town 3 – 1 Mullinahone

Still awaiting their first league win of the season, Cashel Town advanced to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup, with a hard fought win against a dogged Mullinahone side at Palmershill on Sunday afternoon. The home side took the lead on seventeen minutes through Jack Fitzpatrick, who finished from close range after a corner was flicked on from the front post. The rest of the half was played out in mainly a dour midfield battle with neither side creating a lot of chances. The second half started similarly, but the visitors finally drew level in the sixty third minute when they were awarded a penalty kick that was converted by Alex Maher. But the hosts shook off this setback and regained the lead five minutes later with a brilliant finish from Kyle Ryan from the edge of the box. They made the game safe seven minutes from time when David O’Dwyer converted from close range after a great cross from Shane Tarrant, lifting the spirits of the club for the time being at least.

Clerihan 2 – 3 Killenaule Rovers (AET)

Killenaule Rovers have enjoyed their best start to a league season in years in the Third Division and brought this form with them on Sunday when they upset another in form team in Clerihan in the first round of this years Junior Cup. The game started brightly for both sides but the hosts had the better of what chances were on offer, and took the lead in the twenty first minutes when a short corner from Sean Maher found Daniel Quigley free to fire to back of the net from all of thirty yards. It was no more than Clerihan deserved, but the visitors rallied and gave up no more opportunities and went to the break only behind by a single goal. They made their task harder however five minutes into the second period when they were reduced to ten men but if anything, they began to play better and equalised only minutes later after capitalising on a mistake in the home team’s defence. Clerihan seemed to struggle with finding what to do with the extra man, and were stunned again on the hour mark when the visitors struck a second goal and took the lead. But the hosts eventually steadied the ship and equalised with a brilliant goal by Dylan Bates in the seventy second minute. Shortly after the home side had two more excellent chances but Cathal O’Mahoney hit the crossbar and Sean Maher fired narrowly wide from inside the area after springing the visitors offside trap. There were no more goals before the end, and Maher had the ball in the net, early in extra time, only to be adjudged offside. With eight minutes to go in time added on, the visitors got the crucial third goal and despite a late onslaught of the Killenaule area by the hosts, they held on to claim the win and advance to the next stage of the competition.

Cullen Lattin 2 – 1 Old Bridge

Cullen welcomed Old Bridge to Aisling Park, for the first round of the Junior Cup on Sunday, but spent most of the first half of the game pinned back and relying on Darren Hueston in the home goal to stay in the game before it really even got going. The Bridge controlled the possession but were very lax in creating chances, and the game went to the break level at nil all. But the visitors finally made their pressure tell, and forced an own goal from the hosts seven minutes into the second period, when they created confusion at a corner kick. This prompted the hosts to make some formation changes, and these changed the course of the tie. They began to control more of the ball, and eighteen minutes from time, another set piece goal was scored when the hosts Thomas O Mahoney was on hand to stab home a corner kick. Ten minutes from the end, Micheal Mc Elligott got the all important winning goal, when Tony O Neill did well down the left and his low cross was cleverly stepped over by Mikey Stokes for Elligott to smash it home.

BT Harps 1 – 2 Cahir Park

TSDL side Cahir Park travelled North to play BT Harps on Sunday afternoon, and came from behind to book their place in the second round of this years Junior Cup.  The South Tipperary team started the better, and dominated the first quarter of the game, but they were caught with a counter attack in the twenty sixth minute and fell behind to a well taken individual goal. The next ten mins were even, with both sides having chances, but the visitors eventually regained control and got a deserved equaliser a minute before the break when Stephen Duggan finished well from twelve yards out. The second half continued with the visitors doing all the controlling and they finally went ahead just after the hour mark, when Andy Fitzpatrick curled home a free kick from well outside the area. The home team began to chase the game and put the South Tipp side under considerable pressure, drawing two excellent saves from Eoghan Doyle in the Cahir goal, before closing out the game and taking the victory.

Lough Derg 0 – 3 Rosegreen Rangers

Probably the longest trip of all the South Tipperary sides was that of Rosegreen Rangers’ on Sunday afternoon, but it was worth it when they came away with a well earned win against North Tipperary side Lough Derg. The did however, have to first put up with a bit of an onslaught from the home side, who cannoned a ball off the crossbar as early as the first minute of the game. But once the Rangers had settled into the game they took control and went in front in the twentieth minute thanks to a fantastic strike by TJ Ryan from all of twenty five yards out. Ten minutes before the break, they doubled the advantage from a Ryan header, and thought they had made it three just before the when they had the ball in the net, only to see the effort ruled offside. The second half was a tamer affair with Rosegreen happy to concede possession and territory to the home side, but always maintaining the capacity to break out and attack when they chose to do so. They finally put the result beyond doubt ten minutes from the end when they added a third goal through Dan Currivan, getting a good win that shortened the road home considerably.

Birdhill FC 0 – 8 Wilderness Rovers

Coming off their first league win last weekend, and with strength and depth finally added into the squad, Wilderness Rovers easily accounted for NTDL side Birdhill on Sunday afternoon in the Junior Cup.  The South Tipperary side controlled the game from start to finish, constantly attacking and moving the ball throughout. A Sean Browne hat trick was the standout contribution, along with a brace from Graham Kelly, and Jayden Cagney, Conor Anderson and an own goal making up the scores.

Sallypark 4 – 3 Bansha Celtic

The away team started quickly and threatened the Sallypark goal on numerous occasions in the first few mins without any end product, but eventually broke the deadlock through Kevin Power after ten minutes. But the home side eventually settled down and got level almost immediately after a defensive mix up. This seemed to rock the South Tipperary side and they went behind in the twentieth minute when the home side scored from a set piece. But Celtic came back again as the game went too and fro, levelling after Daire Egan found the net from twenty five yards out on the half hour mark. This wasn’t the end of the scoring in a rip roaring first half, and the visitors retook the lead minutes from the break when Niall Daly headed home from ten yards out. The second half was barely two minutes old when Bansha were reduced to ten men, and the home side drew level from the resulting penalty. The game was reduced to long balls up and down the field after this and Bansha were denied what looked like a clear penalty when a home defender seemed to have handled the ball on the goal line but their efforts were waved away. The real kick however for Bansha after making the long trip, was seeing Sallypark hit a winner two minutes from time, when it looked like the game was heading for extra time, giving the TSDL side no time to get back and force the matter any further.

St Michael’s 2 – 0 Two Mile Borris

Saints got the better of a dour cup tie against an energetic and determined Borris side who bought a lot to this Fai Junior Cup tie at Cooke Park, but ultimately came up short against a side for who winning the competition is seen at the beginning of each season as a genuine possibility. But just three minutes in the visitors could have been ahead when Loran O’Toole got on the end of a corner from the right but his header the power to trouble the home keeper. The home side slowly played themselves into the game, and began to create chances, with David Slattery and Rhys Byron being especially prominent in attack. But they too lacked the composure in front of goal to take advantage of their sides good build up play, and the game went to the break level at nil all. Borris again troubled the hosts in the early minutes of the second period, but like in the first half, as the game settled down, the home side slowly took control, and they eventually opened the scoring in the sixty sixth minute when Russell Quirke was upended in the penalty area, and David Slattery fired home from the resultant spot kick. This forced Borris to commit more to attacking in the hope of getting back level, and Danny Rafter almost levelled in the seventy third minute, but couldn’t connect with a cross into the area. A Loran O Toole header minutes later also went narrowly past the post. The home side needed an assurance goal and it came eleven minutes from time when Russell Quirke freed Ashley Kelliher on the right and instead of shooting, he squared the ball inside for David Slattery who fired past the stranded Borris keeper from just inside the box. This took the wind out of the visitors sails, and the home side coasted through the final minutes to assure themselves of their place in the next round of the competition.

TSDL Third Division 25th September 2022 Match Reports

Donohill and District 2 – 1 Kilsheelan United

Donohill put some tough results in recent weeks behind them when they claimed a victory against in form Kilsheelan United at home on Sunday afternoon last. In a tough game with neither side giving anything away easily, the visitors opened the scoring in the fifteenth minute through a fine finish by Nathan Dolan. After that United were the better side but were unable to add to their tally, and paid for their profligacy in front of goal, when the home side levelled matters ten minutes before the break, courtesy of a strike by Michael Buckley after some good work between him and Chris Malone. Level at break, it was the hosts who took control in the second period and twenty minutes from time finally took the lead when Jerry O Neill converted a cross from Seanie Ryan. Kilsheelan lost their discipline after this and were reduced to nine men, making it much easier for the home side to play out the final minutes without scares and claim the valuable three points.

Tipperary Town 0 – 3 Moyglass United

The home side started this game quite well and were slightly on top when an injury to star player Mark Roche changed the game. With Roche receiving treatment off the field the away side struck through Jamie Morrissey in the twenty second minute minute to make it one nil, with a well worked and well taken goal, and they never looked back from there.  It was even enough for the rest of the first half with the home side playing some decent football but failing to create anything of real note. Moyglass who were making much more of things in front of goal and struck again through Shane Morrissey close to half time to make it two goals to nil at the break. Town made a number of changes at the break and again started the half well with Jordan Cummins causing problems down the left, but too often being let down by their inability to convert chances to scores. The visitors assured themselves of the three points when Shane Morrisey bagged his second and made it three goals to nil twenty minutes from time.

TSDL Youths 25th September Match Reports

Two Mile Borris 0 – 3 Clonmel Celtic

Both teams came into this game with full points from their first three games and they played a very even first half with few chances to score for either team. The defences were well on top, with neither team wanting to commit too much, making it a tactical battle for the watching crowd at Newhill Park. They went into the break at nil all, and this continued through the first quarter of an hour of the second period. As legs began to tire however, space began to open up and the visitors took the lead on the hour mark when Daithi Hogan shot from the edge of the box to find the bottom right hand corner of the net with the home keeper stranded. The hosts tried to regroup and pushed forward in search of an equaliser but were caught brilliantly on the break ten minutes later, when Senan Butler made no mistake with a cool finish to the empty net. Celtic wrapped up all three points when Ciaran Fitzpatrick was quickest to react when a ball was parried by the home keeper to tap home with five minutes left in the game.

Slievenamon Celtic 1 – 4 Clonmel Town

After their very bright title winning campaign last year, Slievenamon Celtic are finding it a little more difficult this time around, and went down to another defeat at the weekend, this time to Clonmel Town in what is proving a very difficult. They started off sluggishly and Town took a foothold in the game early on when Milo McNamara with a quite beautiful finish with his left foot gave his side the lead. Although the hosts were finding their way out from the back with some nice football it never materialised into any clear-cut chances, and the visitors always had the potential to carve the home side up when they attacked. The second half began much better for the home side and Eoin Barry was unlucky not to level the game, seeing his effort palmed onto the post and cleared away to safety. But the visitors eventually made pressure pay and doubled their lead soon after when they seized upon a loose pass from the back and Darragh Walsh scored from an acute angle. Two became three and four in short order, with a Billy Tierney header from a corner and Darragh Cronin benefiting from poor marking, to put the game completely out of the reach of the home side. Celtic did have the final say when a nice ball up the line from Daniel Condon found Cian Phelan who calmly finished into the bottom corner, for a consolation goal, but it was never anything more than that.

Munster Youths Cup, First Round 24th of September 2022 Match Report

Cullen Lattin 2 – 3 Peake Villa

Peake Villa put poor early season youths form behind them on Sunday to claim a victory over Cullen in the first round of the Munster Youths cup. As in all of the home sides games this season it didn’t look like they would be the losing side at half time, going into the break a goal up after Dylan Mc Grath converted a penalty that he had won himself. Things got better for the home side on the hour mark when Mc Grath doubled their lead with a rocket into the bottom corner of the net. But somehow in the last twenty minutes, the wheels came off for the hosts with Villa scoring three goals in a frantic fifteen minute spell that shook the Cullen side to the core. The first two of those goals came from Daniel Rossiter, with Kieran Purcell scoring the all-important winner. Although Cullen tried to respond, the Thurles side defended well and hung on to their victory to progress to the next round.

Youths Round up

 In the other two youths games at the weekend, Bansha Celtic welcomed Cashel Town to Bansha in the first round of the Munster Youths cup. The two teams played out a very entertaining game with just a single goal in five separating the sides in the end, with Celtic coming out the victors, being on the right side of a three goal to two win. In Second Division Youth League action, Shanbally United look very strong, and re-iterated that again on Saturday when they travelled to Mullinahone and claimed an easy victory by seven goals to two.

TSDL Premier League 18th September 2022 Match Reports

 

Two Mile Borris 2 – 2 Clonmel Celtic

These two sides played out a very entertaining draw in Newhill Park on Sunday when the home side rescued a deserved draw against a Clonmel Celtic side who are enjoying some good results on their return to the Premier League. The visitors were coming off a big win last weekend, and started off again on the front foot, catching the home defence cold after only five minutes and setting up Mark Heffernan to fire to the net from close range. But the home side took control of the game afterwards and forced the Clonmel side back on numerous occasions, but were unable to press the possession home, with no more goals scored in the first half. The second half started in a similar fashion with Borris coming out all guns blazing, and they finally brought the game level in the sixty fifth minute when Dylan Lee headed home from close range to the delight of the home fans. But ten minutes later, as they went looking for the lead goal they got caught on the break, and after a catastrophic defensive mix up, Rory O Dowd was left all alone to tap in from less than five yards and restore Celtics lead. They then fell back and invited the home side to try to break them down, and it looked like this tactic would yield the points, but in the final minute of the game, a Martin Darmody free kick landed on the head of Urban Nolan and he found the net with an excellent equaliser that ensured Borris would get at least a point from the game.

Bansha Celtic 0 – 3 Peake Villa

Peake Villa, who contested the top end of the Premier League table for much of last season, look like they will be a similar proposition this year, with a very clinical and controlled performance in taking the points at Bansha on Sunday. The visitors here started well having the majority of possession without creating anything of note in the early stages, before from nowhere, a piece of individual brilliance by Pippy Carroll put his side ahead, after he volleyed home from all of thirty yards out. Bansha had a decent chance to level things up shortly after, but were wasteful in delaying their effort, allow the Peake defence to get back and clear. And that proved crucial when ten minutes from the break, Villa doubled their lead through a second by Carroll, this time a tap in when the home keeper was unable to hold onto an earlier shot. The second half was a more even affair with both sides battling hard, and again the home side were desperately unlucky not to pull a goal back when they saw a Tony Egan come back off the cross bar from an excellently hit free kick. But Peake made sure there would be no comeback inside the last five minutes when they tacked on a third goal after Ronan McGuire finished well from a cut back ball.

Vee Rovers 2 – 4 Wilderness Rovers

Wilderness Rovers finally picked up a win at the fifth time of asking on their Premier League return with a good win in Clogheen at Vee Rovers, who are facing a long season battling relegation, as they struggle with a weakened side. The game itself was good one with both teams having chances before the visitors opened the scoring just after the half hour mark after good work through the middle found Killian Hogan in space, and he made no mistake firing past the stranded Vee keeper. They added a second five minutes before the break when Dean Mc Loughlin scored with a shot from inside the back, sending his side to half time two goals to the good. The hosts pulled a goal back five minutes into the second period thanks to an excellent header by Thomas Quirke from a corner kick, but in their pressure to try to get an equaliser, they were caught on the break and Jack Landy restored the visitors two goal lead, just after the hour mark. Twenty minutes from the end the home side were awarded a penalty and Quirke added his second from the spot. But the Wildies were not going to be denied the points and Sean Browne made sure of them when he scored in time added on to add the fourth and insurance goal for his side

St Michael’s 2 – 0 Cashel Town

Saints took a long time to wear down a resolute Cashel Town rear-guard action but finished the game strongly to take the points at Cooke Park, on Sunday afternoon to maintain their 100% start to the season. They were unlucky not to score early when Paul Breen fired an effort over the bar from close in, but this was a harbinger of things to come as they saw themselves be frustrated time and again in the half. They reshuffled their pack in the second period and again laid siege to the visitors goal, but it took them until the seventy first minute to finally break the Cashel defence down, when Rhys Byron got a flick on a Kenny Cunningham cross, and saw the ball fly to the back of the net. That said, they still had to wait until the final moments to finally kill off the Cashel challenge when Paul Breen made up for his early miss, with a late goal, as he too took advantage of a Cunningham cross to find the net. Two goals, three wins, but the Saints will have to be a lot more clinical as the season progresses.

TSDL First Division 18th September Match Reports 2022

Clonmel Town 1 – 2 Cahir Park

Cahir Park picked up their second win of the season away to Clonmel Town on Sunday with a win by the odd goal in three as they attempt to bounce straight back to the Premier League following last season relegation. Town started on the front foot, but were guilty of spurning a number of chances in the first quarter of an hour. They were punished for this when in the seventeenth minute, after a Cahir Park set piece was flicked on and the Alex Botezatu gave the keeper no chance from ten yards out. The hosts responded well and kept the pressure on, but were denied twice first when they hit the underneath of the crossbar, and then when a defender brilliantly cleared the ball off the line. The second half was only three minutes old, when against the run of play the visitors doubled their advantage when a brilliant twenty five yard strike found its way to Tom Keating and he slid is past the stranded keeper and into the bottom corner. The home team were finally rewarded for their perseverance when Stephen Kelly brilliantly rose above everyone to cut the deficit in the final minute of the game, but The Park showed their higher league experience to play out the final minutes and take the points.

Mullinahone 3 – 2 St Michael’s

Mullinahone secured their first win of the season by the odd goal in five with a win over St Michael’s on Sunday morning. The home side started well and opened the scoring in the twelfth minute when Alex Maher beat the visitors defence and squared a ball for Jamie Hindley to finish to the net. The game settled after this with both sides finding it difficult to carve out chances and there were no more goals before the half time break. Ten minutes into the second period, the hosts doubled their lead when Maher again set up a goal, this time from Johnny Lawlor to take the honours in the fifty fifth minute. But just two minutes later Cathal Bergin pulled a goal back for the Saints and put the game back in the melting pot. However, the response from the home side was almost immediate and Lawlor got a second right on the hour mark, to return his side to a two goal lead. It looked like the game would run down into an easy win for Mullinahone, but with seven minutes to play they were reduced to ten players after a sending off, and Antonio Rea scored the resultant penalty, albeit at the second attempt to set up a big finish. The home side held firm however and saw the game out, taking all three points in the end.

Old Bridge 2 – 0 Peake Villa

A well contested game between two attack minded teams played at a sunny Green Lane on Sunday morning, saw the hosts get their first points of the season in a win against Thurles side Peake Vilas seconds. The Bridge dominated the early exchanges and after fifteen minutes took the lead when Ben Nugent finished to the net after a defence splitting pass from Emmet Fahey. Johnny Cagney, Darren Guiry and Craig Condon had great chances to increase the advantage but great defending from Peake Villa kept the score at just one to nil at the break. The visitors came back hard at the beginning of the second period and were in the ascendency in the early stages. But Bridge rode out the storm, defending stoutly and dealing well with the pressure.  The decisive score arrived fifteen minutes from the end when the home side were awarded a penalty which was duly converted by Cagney to give them some breeding space in what was a frenetic tie. The game continued in the same vein until the final whistle, but the home side kept their composure to run out winners.

TSDL Second Division 18th September Match Reports 2022

Rosegreen Rangers 0 – 1 Suirside

Suirside responded well to their first defeat in almost a season and a half last weekend by travelling to Nijinsky Park in Rosegreen and coming away with a hard fought single goal win. The two teams played out a hard but fair game, and the only moment of real class was that which yielded the goal ten minutes before the break, when Jason Coffey took advantage of a slip by a defender to clinically punish him and fire home from the edge of the area. Rosegreen battled hard throughout the second period to try to pull the game back level, hitting the woodwork on a number of occasions, but in the end the single goal was enough for Suirside to get back on track in their push for successive promotions through the TSDL Divisions.

Dualla 2 – 1 St Nicholas

This was a very slow tentative game with both side having some early chances but never really looking like they were going to break the deadlock in the turgid first half. The visitors came closest midway through, when the forced an excellent save from Eoin Batman Fitzgerald, in the Dualla goal, while the home side were reduced to living off scraps especially from set pieces, before the two sides went in goalless t half time. The hosts seemed more anxious to get a grip on the game in the early parts of the second period, but after committing to an attack, they found themselves behind when a quick break by the Saints found John Shanahan all alone and he made no mistake. Things got worse for the home side when they were reduced to ten men, but they got a lifeline back into the game in the sixty fifth minute when Michael Barron headed home a free kick to level the game. Despite being a man down, the home side were the ones doing all the pressing and took the lead late on when Ger O Dwyer was quickest to react at another set piece and he tapped the ball into an empty net. Stunned by this, the visitors pushed to try to get  leveller and thought the had found one in the final minute when a striker found himself in space, only to fire his effort high and wide and ensure the points would stay in Dualla.

Cullen Lattin 2 – 1 Galbally United

Cullen welcomed neighbours Galbally to Aisling Park Cullen for a derby game on Sunday, and dominated the early exchanges, almost opening the scoring in the third minute when Danny O Dwyer rattled the cross bar, and Micheàl Elligott denied from the rebound only by a point blank clearance by visiting defender Bernard O Brien. The early pressure finally did pay off though, when midfielder Tony O Neill picked up the ball thirty yards from goal and ran at the visiting defence before unleashing a left footed shot into the bottom corner to put Cullen one up just after the hour mark. But the advantage lasted only minutes when Galbally equalised through Owen O Sullivan who converted a peach of a cross from Josh Dineen. That wasn’t to be the end of the first half scoring though, as Galbally had barely finished celebrating before O Dwyer and Mc Elligott combined again with the latter heading home minutes before the break. Cullen should have added more in the second period as they were creating the better chances, but a stout defence and some wayward shooting meant that while they won the points, they were unable to add anything to the score board. Galbally finished strong with a few long throws in and free kicks delivered into the box but Cullen defence hung on for the win

Cashel Town 1 – 2 Clerihan

All the goals arrived in the first half here, as the home side continued their inconsistent start of the new season, against the visitors who picked up their second win of the campaign. Clerihan took the lead on fifteen minutes with a goal from Aidan Phelan who finished well from ten yards out after some good build up play. But the hosts Cashel equalised in the twenty seventh minute when a free kick from Sean Cormack left the visitors keeper stranded on the line, with no chance to keep the ball out. The celebrations barely lasted a minute however as Clerihan forced the home defence in a mistake less than a minute later and Brian Landers took full advantage to score from just inside the area. After that both sides played out a pretty even contest with some half chances going a begging. But it was the visitors day as they leap frog their neighbours in the title and promotion race.

TSDL Third Division 18th September 2022 Match Reports

Kilsheelan United 3 – 4 Moyglass United

Moyglass United came out on top on Sunday morning in a game that had a spectacular ending with the home side looking like they had secured the most unlikely of draws, before succumbing to a sucker punch right at the death of the game. The visitors started much the better side, and found themselves a goal up inside the first minute when Eddie O’Brien tapped in at the back post. Kilsheelan eventually played themselves into the tie and the visitors made it hard for themselves being reduced to ten men before the half hour mark. But despite that disadvantage the away side were the ones to score next and doubled their lead when a long throw caught out the Kilsheelan defence and Jack Hayes headed home five minutes before the break. Things got worse for the hosts right on the stroke of half time when Jamie Morrissey volleyed home after a deep-cross, making it look like the game was done and dusted. And despite making half time changes, the home side found a stubborn visiting defence hard to break down right throughout the second period. The game looked like petering out for most of the half, but very few could have imagined the explosive last few minutes that were in store. Five minutes from the end, a speculative shot from almost the half way line by Jack Quigley nestled in the Moyglass net, and two minutes later, Jack O Donoghue drilled in an effort from the edge of the area to make it a single goal deficit. Pouring forward now, in the ninety first minute of the game it looked like the unlikely comeback had been completed when Jack O’Donoghue found John O’Dwyer lurking, and O Dwyer drilled his effort high into the top-corner from an acute angle to level the scoring. But the home side were barely finished celebrating when they were caught on the counter. A long ball into the Kilsheelan penalty area found Jamie Morrissey free, and he fired home his second, with the last kick of the game, in the ninety third minute to win it for the visitors.

Bansha Celtic 2 – 3 Burncourt Celtic

Burncourt Celtic seem to have steadied the ship after a difficult start to the season when they picked up their second win on the trot against Bansha Celtic on Sunday morning. They took the lead in the twentieth minute with a goal from Matty D’Arcy, but Bansha were level ten minutes later when William O Mahony headed home a Dylan Swords corner, for a deserved equaliser. There were no more goals in the half and Burncourt were the first to strike again in the second period with D’Arcy scoring again to restore their lead on the hour mark. This allowed them to sit back and invite the home side to try to break them down, while looking for the opportunities on the counter, and they executed this plan to perfection fifteen minutes from the end when Burncourt added the vital third goal. Bansha never gave up though and pulled back a goal six minutes from time. But it wasn’t enough to snaffle a point and Burncourt continue their march up the table.

Third Division Round Up

In the other three games in the Third Division, Killenaule added their third win of the season with a good win over a Tipperary Town side who seem to be going backwards after a good start to their campaign. The home side put four past the visitors without reply to maintain their push for promotion and possibly even a title challenge. And the Divisional leaders Powerstown allowed the bunch to come up behind them when they dropped their first points of the season away to a Two Mile Borris side who have been blowing hot and cold in their season so far. A goal each and a point each was a result of the draw between the two sides at Newhill Park on Sunday. The final game of the weekend was in Donohill who have been struggling, and their lot got no better when they went down by three goals to one against a Cahir Park side that had been propping up the league standings at the start of play, but who now jump up into potential promotion contention as a result of a second win on the bounce, such is the tightness of the Division so far.

TSDL Youths 18th September  Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 6 – 2 Cullen Lattin

Clonmel Celtic have been setting the pace at the top of Youths football this season and they continued their good form with another convincing win on Saturday afternoon, this time against a Cullen team that surprised many with their good performances in national competition at the same level last season. The home side started well, and probably should have been ahead after only five minutes but for Paddy Ormonde’s effort sliding just wide of the post when the visiting keeper looked well beaten. But the visitors grew into the game and took the lead in the twenty second minute when Javier Serrano slotted home after intense pressure from the away side. But the home side hit back within ten minutes and levelled the game thanks to Ciaran Fitzpatrick’s goal after some very intricate build up play. Level at half time, the home side completely dominated the second period and scored five goals in a fifteen-minute spell when it looked like almost everything they tried came off. Adam Costin started the spree, before Jack Lawlor, Senan Butler, Julian Kerton and a second by Ciaran Fitzpatrick blew the visitors away. Dylan Mc Grath scored a fine goal for the visitors seven minutes from the end, but it proved to be no more than a consolation.

Clonmel Town 2 – 3 Two Mile Borris

 

Two Mile Borris kept pace with Clonmel Celtic at the top of the Youths table when they picked up another impressive win at Ferryhouse on Saturday against a strong Clonmel Town side. The game was tight game set pieces playing a major part throughout. The visitors were on top early on and pinned their hosts back for much of the half, but were unable to really create any clear cut chances. They did finally make a breakthrough when they were awarded a penalty kick near the end of the half and fired home to go in front. But within minutes, the home side had a penalty of their own, and against the run of play Darragh Cronin stepped up and fired home, to send the teams to the break level at one all.  Second half was played mainly in the middle of the pitch for the first twenty minutes, with neither side able to impose themselves on the other. But in the seventieth minute a free kick into the Clonmel area was met by the head of Cronin and it ricocheted off a defender into his own net to give the home side the lead. Town looked good for the lead at this stage, but they held it for less than five minutes before a defensive mix up allowed Borris in to level the game again.  The game was a lot more open at this stage with both sides trying to win the three points. Unfortunately for Town it was the visitors who got the vital third goal after a corner kick was converted to the net, and Borris closed up shop to ensure the victory in the end.

Munster Junior Cup Results 11/09/2022 Match Reports

Clonmel Celtic 1 – 2 St Michael’s

When the draw was made for the first round of this years Munster Junior Cup South Tipperary section, this was always going to be seen as the glamour tie, with a rejuvenated Clonmel Celtic side going toe to toe with their perennial rivals from Tipperary town. And the game lived up to its billing, even if the underdogs were unable to dump the Saints out of the competition at the first time of asking. A very wet surface contributed to the lively encounter, and the hosts had the first effort on goal with Tom Holland batting away a powerful effort from Seanie Hawkins after just two minutes. The away side settled into the game having lots of possession without really threatening the Celtic goal, but they did come close in the twenty eight minute with Fabian Kerton in the home goal getting down well to deny David Slattery. The home side had the best chance to open the scoring minutes before the break when Darren Sweeney was taken down in the penalty box, but Tom Holland dived to his left to push away Seanie Hawkins spot kick effort. Celtic were left to rue this miss, as just four minutes later they conceded a penalty themselves that David Slattery made no mistake with, and he send his side to the break with a goal lead. The visitors started the second half on the front foot and doubled their lead when Celtic failed to clear and Russell Quirke fired though a number of players to find the net five minutes after the restart. But they were given a lifeline minutes after the hour mark, when Sweeney was pulled down in the box for a second time, and this time Ayo Williams converted to make it two goals to one. Celtic pushed hard for an equaliser and Sweeney came closest twenty minutes from the end with an effort that just cleared the bar. The Saints always remained a threat going forward and Slattery came close to restoring their two goal lead with a header that was just over fifteen minutes from time. But there were to be no more goals, and in the end, it was the record cup winners that continued on in the competition.

Peake Villa 4 – 1 Rosegreen Rangers

Peake Villa entertained Rosegreen in the first round of the Munster Junior Cup in what was perfect conditions for a match at the Tower Field in Thurles on Sunday out. The visitors knew this was going to be a difficult task, and set out to frustrate the home side, doing so until a wonderful Dylan Coady strike found the top left hand corner of the net to put the home side one up in the twenty first minute. Five minutes later, Keith Cahill weaved his way through the Rosegreen defence and slotted home coolly to make it two goals to nil and give his side a comfortable cushion. The held this lead to the break and the second period started much the same as the first half finished with the home side doing all the attacking, adding a third goal when Robbie Stapleton made it three in the fifty second minute. To Rosegreen’s credit they never gave up and pulled a goal back through Gavin Ryan with a nice finish to the bottom corner in the sixty third minute. But the home side were to have the final say when Dale Loughnane made a good run down the left wing and he crossed to Robbie Stapleton who made no mistake to grab his second of the day ten minutes from time.

Cashel Town 3 – 2 Powerstown

This was a real banana skin for the Premier League side who have found the going rough this season, and then to be pitted against a team that are flying in the Third Division. But in the end the hosts managed to pull through by the odd goal in five, despite making hard work of the tie at times. It didn’t look like they were going to have much trouble when Kyle Ryan put them a goal up inside the first minute of the game, and they were well on top afterwards. But Powerstown eventually played themselves back into the tie, and got themselves level in the tenth minute when David Grace got behind the home defence to finish neatly. Cashel responded by resuming their dominance by the Third Division side managed to keep them at bay until the break. Continuing to sit back, Powerstown were always a danger on the break, and they caught the hosts with a classic break on the hour mark, moving the ball quickly upfield to see Stephen Lahart find some space in the Cashel area and he headed his team in front with an excellently taken goal. But the home side didn’t panic, and they were back in the game within five minutes when Darragh Browne was fouled for a penalty and Kyle Ryan finished to the net. Both sides seemed to tire after that, and the game looked like it was heading for extra time. But a hopeful long ball out of the Cashel defence five minutes from time managed to elude everyone and nestle in the net to give his side their place in the nest round of the competition.

Old Bridge 0 – 1 Bansha Celtic

A hugely frustrating game for the home side who missed the opportunity of causing a major upset in this first round Munster Junior Cup tie. The Bridge enjoyed the lion’s share of the early possession but failed to create any notable chances. In the twenty sixth minute, the game looked to have swung really to their advantage when the visiting keeper received his second yellow card for a rash challenge, giving them a player advantage but they were still unable to break down the unyielding Celtic defence before the break. As the game wore on, the Premier League side used all their experience and were extremely dangerous on the break. This coupled with the wastefulness of the home side was always likely to fall in their favour, and they struck the fateful blow with fourteen minutes to go, when a shot was saved by the home keeper, only to bounce back off a defender and nestle in the home net. Despite their best efforts from then to the end Old Bridge never came close to levelling the game and the visitors will be happy to be in the pot for the next round.

Two Mile Borris 8 – 0 Mullinahone

Two Mile Borris continued their excellent early season form by easing past Mullinahone in the first round of this years Munster Junior Cup at Newhill Park on Sunday morning. In charge right from the off, two goals inside five minutes from star striker Jamie Carey gave them the control they wanted, and when Jack Cleary added a brace himself around the half hour mark they made sure that the days outcome was going to be what they desired at the outset. Whatever chance the away side might have had of making anything of the game was ripped away from them when new signing Daniel Rafter added a fifth for the home side in the final minute of the first half. The second period got no better for the visitors when Carey completed his hat trick five minutes in, and two goals in the final twenty minutes from Jack Hackett and Loren O Toole gave the home side a very comprehensive win.

Clonmel Town B 1 – 2 Peake Villa B

Peake Villa’s reserves got the better of Clonmel Town’s in a game played in atrocious conditions in Ferryhouse on Sunday morning. Although Kevin Kirwan hit the side netting for the home side after two minutes and the visitors had a couple of long range efforts on target, the conditions made it difficult for the two sides to find any rhythm in their respective games. Stalemate at the break, the second half was a livelier affair and in the sixty seventh minute good work by the hosts led to Ben Smith turning the Peake defence to slot the opener home with a neat finish. The lead was short lived however, and only two minutes later a cross from Kevin Patan was tapped home by Conor Murphy to level it up. Both teams went in search of the winner and fifteen minutes from time, some sloppy defending by the hosts allowed Villa’s Alex Moloney to put his side two goals to one up. Town threw everything at their opponents from then to the end of the game and had numerous chances to equalise but poor finishing was to be their downfall as the Thurles side held onto the lead for and a place in the next round of competition.

Clerihan 2 – 0 Tipperary Town

There is always the chance of an upset in cup football, and this was delivered last Sunday when Second Division Clerihan brought high flying Tipperary Town down to earth with a hard fought two goal win, that very few would have predicted before the game. Both teams started tamely enough in what was a very open game. That changed in the twenty third minute when the home side took the lead after what looked like an innocuous cross was diverted into own net by a Town defender. Buoyed by this, the home side went close to doubling their lead ten minutes before the break through Jonas Kerr only for a last minute tackle, to see the ball fly outside of the post and away to safety. The second period started brightly for the visitors, dominating possession but never really managing to test the home keeper. Steven Quinn dropping deep and Ryan Maher on wing started to dictate the game for the visiting side, and Marky Roche was terribly unlucky not to hit an equaliser when he saw his effort hit the post twenty minutes from the end. Probably still wondering how they managed not to score, the visitors were caught cold from the kick out and some brilliant play saw the ball end and the feet of Daniel Quigley, and he shot low into the bottom corner from all of twenty five yards to put his side in a very strong position. Keith Flannery made a  great save from Vinny Godfrey in the eightieth minute to keep his sides two goal advantage, and set them up to withstand a late onslaught from the away side, whose hopes were dented even further by being reduced to ten men three minutes from time. In the end, the home side held on, to the delight of their supporters.

Cahir Park 1 – 2 Wilderness Rovers

After a brilliant season last term, Wilderness Rovers have had a flat start to this campaign, but they got their first win in an entertaining game in Cahir on Sunday afternoon. This was an excellent game of football played in very wet conditions, and the home side started the brighter deservedly taking the lead in the twentieth minute when Hicham Briem finished off a very good team move. The visitors were always dangerous, but were unable to fashion many clear chances in that first period and the home side managed to keep their slender lead to the break. The second half continued to be an even affair with very little created by both sides and Eoghan Doyle in goal for the hosts keeping the visitors at bay when called upon. But he could do very little ten minutes from the end when the Wildies drew level thanks to a deflection after a shot back into the area from a cleared corner kick. And with the game seemingly destined for extra time, the home sides hearts were broken when the visitors struck a late late goal to send them into the next round of the competition.

Galbally United 2 – 1 Killenaule Rovers

This game had to wait until the second half to really take off, with neither side taking control of matters in the first period and real chances being very thin on the ground. The best of those that did come was when Ger Quinlan was denied by a point blank save from the visitors keeper to send the teams to the break level. It only took five minutes of the second period however to see the deadlock broken when Jordan Dineen took advantage of some good build up play to put the home side in front. They had a chance to double that lead minutes after the hour mark, when Eoin Mc Grath was pulled down in the area, but Dineens spot kick effort was brilliantly saved. And three minutes later they were left to rue the miss when Jonathon Ivors blasted home from all of twenty five yards out to level the game. But as good as the goal was, it still wasn’t the goal of the game as that arrived minutes later when Eoin O Mahoney fired a thunderbolt to the net that gave the Killenaule keeper no chance. Both teams continued to push for goals from there till the end, but there were to be none and the home side took the spoils in the end.

Premier League reports Sept 11th

Clonmel Town 2 – 1 Vee Rovers

In the only game played in the Premier League at the weekend Clonmel Town maintained their 100% record thanks to a two goals to one victory at home over a resolute Vee Rovers on Sunday afternoon. The visitors were without the services of a number of regular starters but managed to keep the home side at arms length for the opening half an hour. Kyle Cuddy, David Morrissey and Alan o Donnell all came close to opening the scoring, but it was the always dangerous Rhys O Regan who finally broke the deadlock, when nine minutes before the break he received a superb pass from Keith Guiry, turned and shot low into the corner of the net. Despite being the better side, the hosts were unable to add to this tally before the break, and had to wait another fifteen minutes into the second period before finally adding to the scoreline. Craig Guiry has been having an excellent start to his season, and he got on the end of an Alan O Donnell cross to head superbly into the net giving the home side a degree of comfort. But within five minutes, a free from the visitors Shane McGrath found its way past Evan Comerford in the home goal to give Rovers an unlikely way back into the game. But Town regained their composure and whilst never really threatening to increase their lead, they were equally comfortable at the back. They ran out comfortable winners and will be delighted with their four wins from four under their new management.

Second Division Sept 11th

St Nicholas 1 – 1 Cashel Town

Cashel Town travelled to Danny O Dwyer Park on Sunday morning after having to give up home advantage in this tie and found themselves a goal behind in the ninth minute when an excellent move by the hosts saw Eoin O Riordan find James Scanlon free in the area and the striker made no mistake from less than ten yards out. After that the visitors rallied and were unlucky not to be back on level terms when they had a shot skim off the crossbar in the twenty fifth minute. The home side had a similar experience just before the break but could not add to their advantage before half time. The game turned in the fifty fifth minute when Brian Lowry, the home sides imperious centre half had to go off with an injury and while the Saints were readjusting their defence, Cashel’s Sean Mc Cormack headed in an equaliser a minute later. After that the game was end to end with both sides having chances. The best fell to James Scanlon who had the ball in the net five minutes from time, only to see his score chalked off for an offside infringement. In the end the draw was the fairest result and both sides shared the points.

Dualla 5 – 1 Suirside

These two teams battled all the way last season in the Third Division, but had different starts in this years Second, and Dualla badly needed a result after starting their new campaign with two straight defeats. And they got it with a brilliant performance that consigned the visitors to their first league defeat in almost two years. Right from the off, the home side took the game to their rivals and were awarded a penalty in the opening minutes when Tossy Ryan was brought down in the area. The spot kick was dispatched by Stevie Coppinger to open the scoring and within minutes they had doubled that advantage when Ryan got his own goal with a neat finish beyond the keeper. Flying now, Eoin Moloughney added a third when he took advantage of a mix up in the Suirside defence, and the home side made sure of the points when they added a fourth when Ryan was set up by Paudie Ryan to put him through on goal minutes before the break. Early into the second half Dualla added a fifth when Ger O Dwyer climbed highest to finish with a convincing header from a corner kick. As the half wore on, Suirside kept battling and managed to pull a consolation goal back when Gavin Sheehan found space and with a good strike found the net. But it was no more than a consolation, and the home side easily played out a very convincing and very well-deserved home win.

TSDL Third Division 11th September 2022

Bansha Celtic 2 – 5 Kilsheelan United

Kilsheelan United put two wins back to back for quite a long time when they travelled to Bansha to overcome their hosts on Sunday afternoon last. The visitors started well and were first on the score sheet within five minutes, before doubling that advantage to two by the twentieth. The home side pulled a goal back on the half hour mark through Aiden Coffey, and that was it until Adam Hennessy levelled the game early in the second half with another well taken goal. That was as good as it got for the home side however as the visitors asserted their physicality on a young Bansha side and they hit three goals in the final twenty minutes to secure the win.

TSDL Youths 11th September  

Bansha Celtic 2 – 2 Clonmel Town

The home side settled into the game quite quickly and could have broken the deadlock early on, only to be denied by a brace of excellent saves from the visiting keeper. But Celtic continued to push, and midway through the half finally opened the scoring when Leigh Murphy rose highest to head into the top corner of the net. This seemed to shake the visitors into action, and they dominated exchanges after this, finally pressuring the home defence into a mistake and getting an equalising goal through a home defender putting through his own net. Soon after this, this hosts were rocked again when some poor defending allowed Darragh Cronin to put Town in front with a shot from the edge of the six yard area. The visitors took this lead to the break, but the stoppage allowed the home side to regroup and they retook control of the game in the second half, albeit finding it difficult to break down some very resolute defending from Town. However with just ten minutes left, they got the reward their good play deserved when a cross into the Town area was met by Eoghan Byrnes and he headed back across goal into the far corner of the net. The two teams had a couple of half chances afterwards to try to take all three points but in the end the draw was probably the fairest result.

Mullinahone 5 – 3 Donohill and District

 

Mullinahones youths kept up their good start to the season when they consigned the visitor from Donohill to their third defeat in the season in a game filled with goals on Saturday afternoon. Dominant throughout the first period, the home side found themselves two goals to the good by half time thanks to a pair of goals from John Carroll and Philip Dunne. The visitors did play better in the second period and pulled a goal back early on when Darragh Kiely found the net. This saw a glut of goals being scored by both sides, with Liam Doyle and Adam O Connell having goals for the hosts being cancelled out by two more from Conor Gantley and Sean O Shea for Donohill to leave the game on a knife edge at four goals to three going into the final moments. But with the visitors pushing for the levelling goal, a second on the break from Adam O Connell ensured that Mullinahone would take all three points in the end.

FAI Youth Cup preliminary round  

Deen Celtic (Kilk.) 3 – 4 Cullen Lattin (AET 2-2 FT)

Cullen headed to Castlecomer on Sunday for the preliminary round of the youths national cup, and the game didn’t disappoint the huge crowd who witnessed a battle the whole way to the final whistle. The home side hit first with a great strike in the twentieth minute from their centre forward who looked a really good player right from the start of the game. Cullen did settle though and were probably the better team from there to the break but unable to get the ball into the net. The continued to dominate in the second period and finally levelled matters around the hour mark when Paddy Downey finished off a brilliant team goal. It was all the visitors now, and Downey was just about to pull the trigger on a second goal in the seventieth minute, only to be fouled and see the referee point to the spot. But up stepped Dylan McGrath and he made no mistake, putting the TSDL side in front. Though at that time, there only looked like being one winner, the Kilkenny side thundered back into the game and finished strongly, scoring an equaliser five minutes from time and sending the game into an extra twenty minutes.

But Cullen re-established their lead minutes in with another good team goal that saw Stephen Carey and Tristan Stokes set up Dylan McGrath through to score his second, and put his side back in front.  But back came Celtic again to score with just five minutes left in the second period, making it odds on that the game would have to be decided by the dreaded penalty shoot out route. That was until the visitors took things into their own hands again inside the final ninety when Downey who was brought down again, this time right on the edge of the box. But that didn’t stop Tom Ryan Bob, who flashed a winner into the bottom corner to the delight of the travelling fans.

Stoneyford United (Kilk.) 0 – 6 Clonmel Celtic

Showing some great early season form in the TSDL Youth league, Clonmel Celtic’s youths made the perfect start to their FAI Cup campaign with a six goal away win away to Kilkenny side Stoneyford Utd. The Clonmel side started started very strongly and actually scored all their goals in the first half. Their standout contributor was Senan Butler who scored a hat trick while Julian Kerton helped himself to a brace, with Aaron Costigan scoring his first goal for Celtic after just four minutes. This allowed the Tipperary side to take their foot off the pedal in the second half, but they never looked troubled and will now hope for a long deep run in this competition.

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