The season continued with mixed success for the Cashel teams this week, and is now in full swing with games coming thick and fast for both schoolboys and the senior teams. The club also made a little history this week, as it registered girls only teams in the Tipperary leagues for the first time ever.
Premier: Clonmel Celtic FC 3 – 1 Cashel Town FC - The first team had hoped to build upon their first three points of the season last week, but could probably not have faced a more daunting prospect at the by pass in Clonmel against a Celtic team who proved themselves one of the best Junior outfits in the country during their FAI and Munster Cup runs earlier this year. Unfortunately, despite putting on a very good performance, they came away empty handed, but showed enough to suggest that the gap has been closed in terms of performance with their illustrious opponents. After a slow start by both sides, Clonmel burst into life in the middle of the half and took the lead with a well crafted move. However, the Cashel lads stuck to their task and equalised through William “Chilly” Fitzelle to go into the break honours even.
The home team started the second half better though, and regained the lead shortly after half time, before extending the lead to 3-1 with a quarter of an hour to the finish. Cashel never gave up nevertheless, and earned a penalty close to the end, which was dispatched by David Slattery, and then gave the home team some anxious moments, before the final whistle sounded. Despite the defeat however, the Cashel lads will take heart from the performance and will build on the experience gained.
Div 3: Cashel Town B FC 0 – 2 Redmondstown FC - The B team welcomed Redmondstown FC to Palmershill last Sunday afternoon, and hoped to get their home league campaign off to a flyer. However, this turned out to be a damp squib of an affair for the Cashel team as the Redmondstown lads burst from the blocks and took a two nil lead early in the first half. The first was scored in the twelfth minute and after a period of further away pressure, Cashel gave away a penalty which was duly dispatched to double the lead. This lead was held till half time, and when Cashel earned a penalty themselves in the second half, a small glimmer of hope arose. But this was quickly extinguished, as Paul Moloney, normally deadly from the spot, fluffed his opportunity and missed. Despite a couple of other half opportunities to get back into the game, Cashel lost to a more deserving away performance.
Schoolboys News - The schoolboys continued their progress with two games on Saturday. The under 14’s went down by two goals to nil, to a strong Clonmel Town outfit, while the under 12’s were involved in a rip roaring game against Moyglass which produced 13 goals overall, with Cashel coming out on top by 8-5. The scorers were Tommy Fitzgerald and Mossy Skeffington scoring one, and a phenomenal six goals by ace striker Devon Ryan. Hopefully supporters can get behind our schoolboy teams in the weeks and months ahead.
Training and Registration - Training returns for schoolboys this week after a long lay off over the Summer in Rockwell at 7 pm, while schoolgirls training has yet to be confirmed at the time of writing. There has been huge interest in schoolgirl soccer and this week the club made history by registering schoolgirl teams at u10, 12, 14 and 16 age groups. The club would now like to ask people who may have time to volunteer to help out and make the coming season a success for the newly formed schoolgirl teams.