John Quirke Jewellers Youth League
CLONMEL TOWN 1 CAHIR PARK 2
Cahir Park produced a morale boosting victory as they defeated newly crowned Youth League champions Clonmel Town in Clonmel last Saturday morning.
For a meaningless game in which Clonmel Town would be presented with the Tony Cusse Cup (Youth League championship) after the match, it was credit to both teams who served up an exciting game of football. Cahir Park, who have that mouth-watering FAI Youth Cup quarter-final in Cahir this coming Saturday needed their confidence restored and got the right tonic as they stunned Town after just 5 minutes when an amazing direct free-kick from Gerard Cronin from all of 35 yards that proved unstoppable. Town, who had a call for penalty waved away got back into the game, but could not break down a well marshalled Cahir defence.
The second half started with Clonmel Town again being more dominant, but they were caught against the run of play and following a bad defensive mix up that allowed Barry Cooney in to score and make it 2-0. All credit to Clonmel Town as they fought back again and on 75 minutes, Ashley Laslett headed home from a corner-kick to make it an exciting finish. Clonmel Town had another penalty appeal waved away, but it was a defiant Cahir Park that held out for a 2-1 morale boosting victory.
Luke Trimble captain of Clonmel Town, presented with the TSDL Youth League trophy – that was this season kindly sponsored by John Quirke Jewellers of Cahir - after the game and thanked his team, management team, and club for all their hard work all year, well done to all involved.
Munster Junior Cup Quarter-Final Preview
Clonmel Celtic versus Janesboro AFC (Limerick)
Clonmel Celtic play Limerick Premier League representatives and holders Janesboro AFC in the Quarter-final of the Munster Junior Cup at Celtic Park, Clonmel on Sunday with the kick-off at 2 pm
Clonmel Celtic, chasing honours on three different fronts, will be more wary of the opposition this year following a heavy defeat in last year’s competition. Celtic’s main goal is that first League title, but this is not only an opportunity to banish last season defeat to the history books and more importantly take a step closer to a first Munster Junior Cup title.
Celtic has scored 27 goals compared to Janesboro 23 in all five Rounds of this competition, but the holders have yet to concede. Celtic leaked 4 goals, will now have to figure out how to unhinge a Janesboro defence while stopping Limerick’s top scorer Shane Clarke. After Clonmel Celtic’s surprise FAI Junior Cup exit in Ballinasloe, hopefully they can rediscover the form that has brought them this far.
We wish Clonmel Celtic all the best of luck in their bid to break the Limerick monopoly of this season’s Munster Junior Cup who have already secured three of the four places up for grabs.
FAI Youth Cup Quarter-Final Preview
Cahir Park versus Castlebridge Celtic (Cork)
Cahir Park will be flying the flag for the TSDL this Saturday facing Cork Leagues Premier Division side Castlebridge Celtic in the FAI Youth Cup quarter-finals at the Ardfinnan Road, Cahir. In a game that must be finished on day kick-off time is 2 PM.
Cahir Park, have once again blown the opportunity to lift domestic trophies this season. Missing out to Clonmel Town in the league for a second season running and then surprisingly knocked out of the Tipperary Youth Cup thanks to indifferent performances that has plagued them since Christmas.
However, between those disappointments this young Cahir Park side have surprised many with their giant-killing acts in the FAI Youth Cup. Cahir Park with victories away to Nenagh AFC by 3-2 and then at home Dundalk 2-1 took two major scalps. Now it is their turn to take another one when they entertain Castlebridge Celtic in this last eight tie on Saturday.
Castlebridge Celtic that come from the Rathcormac area of North Cork and play their football in the Premier Division of the Under 18 Cork Leagues that caters for players from the Munster Senior League and the Cork AUL. Like Cahir Park, Castlebridge Celtic has not be setting the local scene alight and seem to reserve their best performances for the FAI Youth Cup. Best of luck to Cahir Park.
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