Cashel Town 0 – 3 St Michael’s
Cashel Town 0 – 3 St Michael’s
The Saints came, they saw, and they conquered in Cashel on Sunday, racking up another three points in what seems to be a relentless pursuit towards the perfect season for the Tipperary Town club.
It was also another push for the home side towards a relegation trap door, that isn’t yet fully opened, but is inching more and more that way, as the weeks go on.
The game was played on a poor surface, with a blustery breeze adding to the player’s difficulty to control the ball, and it took both sides time to settle. That said, they both had early half chances, as Michael’s Pa Quinn and Thomas Fahey went close in the early minutes, while a Paul Hoare snap shot forced a save from Mark Lowry in the Michael’s goal soon after.
The first real chance of the game came however though, when Pa Quinn was put through on goal with only the keeper to beat, but the stopper got the better of him, portending a dismal day all around for Quinn at the point of the visitors attack.
Eventually however, the ratcheting up of pressure by the visitors told, and just on the hour mark, Irish International junior player Christopher Higgins wriggled free in the Cashel area, and his shot was goal bound despite the despairing effort of the Cashel defender who got the last touch before turning the ball into his own net.
Slattery must have felt that the footballing gods were deserting him on this occasion, as minutes after the break he had another half chance which he failed to convert, but he wasn’t the only Michael’s player who suffered from profligacy. Thomas Fahey, John O’Brien and Pa Quinn all spurned efforts, as Cashel looked increasingly under pressure from the relentless onslaught of their goal.
But, as often happens in games like this, the wastefulness of the visitors was almost punished, when Cashel substitute Anthony Hoare was put through on goal, skewing the ball wide of a stranded Lowry in goal, but also wide of Lowry’s goalpost. In fact substitute Hoare was one of the few bright spots on the home team’s performance, and he set up another good chance by winning a free kick just outside the Michael’s area minutes later.
But, while the chance looked perfect for a strike on goal, Cashel attempted a training ground set piece move, which was cleared downfield, and fell to the feet of John O Brien who easily side stepped the keeper and stroked home with eighteen minutes left on the clock. The game was ended as a contest three minutes later, with another route one effort, when a huge punt by Lowry, deceived the home sides central defence, and Slattery finally got the reward for his work by running onto the ball and firing home with the goalkeeper rooted to the spot.
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