It will probably be a source of annoyance to the back room staff at the Old Bridge, when they look at their current league position and think about how well they can play against local rivals Celtic and Town, but not against teams around them at the same end of the table.
But that said, this was a rollicking game of end to end football that was finally decided by the odd goal in seven close to the end of the tie.
The Bridge got off to a dream start when they caught Clonmel Celtic cold with a goal from Jason Hahessy, but it wasn’t long before the title holders hit back, waiting just five minutes for Kevin Waters to equalise.
One might have expected Celtic to push on from that hiccup, but in the 25th minute, the home team struck again, this time with a fantastic finish by Martin Kennedy.
Alas for them though, two goals in a five minute period before the break gave Celtic a lead, as Andrew Cosgrave struck before Graham Doyle finally gave his team the lead for the first time in the match from the penalty spot.
Undeterred, the home time tied the game up for the third time on the hour mark, with a goal from Paulie Landers, but it was Clonmel Celtic stalwart Craig Condon who got the final goal of the game ten minutes before time to keep his team’s slim title hopes alive.
Celtic must do it all again this coming Sunday with yet again, another Clonmel derby against Town. Town have home advantage but following a disappointing stalemate with Cahir Park last Sunday they have kissed goodbye to the championship. Celtic must win this to keep their own slim chances of retaining the title alive. Should be a cracker!
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