On Friday afternoon last March 30th Cashel Community School contested the final of the Dick Wood Senior Schools Challenge Cup having run out easy winners of the two leg semi final against Coláiste Dún Iascaigh.
Their opponents Scoil Ruain, Killenaule secured a berth through the only goal in their second semi final with Rockwell College. Played in ideal conditions at Palmershill Park, Cashel, overcame their south county rivals, by a 3 – 1 scoreline. Scoil Ruain were on top for much of the first half and Cashel’s opening goal came against the run of play when Paddy Ryan got on to the end of a free kick and headed home. Cashel were at their strongest from set pieces and harvested their second goal from a penalty resulting from a corner kick. Craig Condon slotted it away to leave the home side leading 2 – 0 at the interval.
Ten minutes into the second half CCS again showed proficiency in the set piece when Brian Sheehy flicked on from a corner and Craig Condon clinically finished the movement. Scoil Ruain did not surrender, however, and, applying strong pressure, won a penalty which they converted, to leave the final tally standing at 3 – 1 in favour of the Community School.
Councillor Maribel Wood, Mayor of Cashel and daughter-in-law of the late Dick Wood, presented the trophy to the winning captain. Thanks are extended to Joe Ahern who sponsored the winners and runners-up medals and the man-of-the- match award.
Team: Gearoid Slattery, Michael Fox, Michael McDermott, Aiden O’Connell, Mark Shortt, Donal Reade, Niall Fitzgerald, Craig Condon, Paddy Ryan, Brian Sheehy, Niall Anglim.
Subs used: Shane O’Connell, Fionn Hogan, Joe Butler. Scorers: Craig Condon 2, Paddy Ryan, 1. Man-of-the- match : Paddy Ryan.
Cashel C.S. hosted Nenagh CBS for a round of the U16 South-East Cup on Wednesday 27th March. CCS made a strong start but missed several opportunities on goal. In contrast, Nenagh made the most of their one opportunity and scrambled a late goal, to lead 1 – 0 at half-time. Cashel came out hot in the second half. Pressure won them a penalty and, although it was saved by the Nenagh goalkeeper, the alert Seanie O’Halloran picked up the rebound and fired it home. Paraic O’Donoghue capitalised on a defensive error by Nenagh and scored to put Cashel ahead. A late goal by Seanie O’Halloran sealed Nenagh’s fate.
Team: Killian Loughman, Cillian O’Meara, Thomas Caulfield, James Cummins, David Wade, Elliott Thompson, James Casey, Donnacha Quinn, Paraic O’Donoghue, Seanie O’Halloran, T.J. Corbett. Sub used: Brendan Ryan. Scorers: Seanie O’Halloran 2, Paraic O’Donoghue 1.
More details in this week’s Tipperary Star.