Clonmel Credit Union League Division 3
CLERIHAN 6 DONOHILL & DISTRICT 3
Clerihan came from 3-0 down in the final fifteen minutes to produce a remarkable recovery against Donohill & District in this League Division 3 nine-goal fest at the Community Recreational Centre, Clerihan last Sunday.
This battle between the promoted sides saw Division 4 champions Donohill & District dominate the early stages of this contest. The visitors got the breakthrough on 35 minutes when Joey Shanahan gave Donohill a 1-0 interval lead.
Donohill looked to be coasting to victory when Joey Shanahan added two further goals to complete his hat-trick on 62 and 64 minutes respectively to give the visitors a commanding 3-0 lead. Whether Donohill switched off or Clerihan found a new gear from somewhere, it saw the home side hit a five-goal salvo in a fifteen-minute spell that blew away the opposition. Eoin Dillon scored after 67 minutes, Shane Foley 69 minutes and Thomas Hill 73 minutes brought the sides level at 3-3. With a shell-shocked Donohill side knocked back on their heels Clerihan took the lead for the first time at 4-3 through Shane Foley with his second after 75 minutes before Eoin Dillon added his second on 80 minutes to make it 5-3. Shane Foley completed his hat-trick with a penalty in the dying seconds for a remarkable victory.
This victory sees Clerihan keep their promotion hopes alive and they are now in joint second place on 15 points with 5 games left. Donohill & District remain in a danger of a quick return back down a division on 8 points with 6 games left
CLONMEL CELTIC B 1 VEE ROVERS 0
A goal from Simon Aherne was sufficient for Clonmel Celtic B to pick up their first win of the League Division 3 campaign over promotion chasing Vee Rovers in Celtic Park, Clonmel last Sunday.
Vee Rovers went into this tie hoping to get their promotion campaign back on track against a Clonmel Celtic B side that looks in danger of facing relegation for a second successive season. Although the odds were stacked against them, Clonmel Celtic reserves surprised the visitors by getting the all-important goal on 20 minutes when Simon Aherne finished after good work by Shane Norris to give them a deserved interval lead.
After the changeover, Vee Rovers piled on the pressure but dogged defending by a Clonmel Celtic B side that were willing to put their bodies on the line continued to frustrate the Clogheen side. In the end of what was a very good performance from Clonmel Celtic reserves with Eoin Burke outstanding at the back it saw them hold on to secure three very precious league points.
Vee Rovers remain in contention for promotion on 15 points with 6 games left, whilst this victory has given Clonmel Celtic B a glimmer of hope, although still bottom move on 5 points with 5 games left.
Redmondstown salvage point
REDMONDSTOWN 2 CASHEL TOWN B 2
Redmondstown kept their outside hopes of promotion from League Division 3 alive despite dropping two points to Cashel Town B in this 2-2 draw in Clonmel last Sunday.
In what was a frantic start to this game saw Redmondstown’s Kevin Dempsey header coming back of the crossbar before Cashel Town B took the lead after 7 minutes. It came from the penalty spot by Mick Mackey after he was fouled in the box. That lead was short-lived because Redmondstown were back on level terms on 12 minutes when Ger Gardiner scored from close range after the Cashel ‘keeper parried Darren Murphy’s effort. The only other effort of note came from Redmondstown’s Brendan Boland who found the post an obstacle.
It looked like Redmondstown would rue those missed opening half chances when Cashel Town B regained the lead on 50 minutes when Davy Grogan beat the offside trap before placing the ball home past the advancing ‘keeper. However, just five minutes later Redmondstown restored parity at 2-2 when Geno Lonergan scored from the penalty spot. Over the final ten minutes, Redmondstown had a let-off when Brendan Boland and Mark Olney produced goal-line clearances to salvage a precious point.
This draw leaves Redmondstown just two points off the leaders on 14 points with 6 games left. Cashel Town B are now on 11 points also with 6 games left.