U/14 League play off final
Cashel Town Schoolgirls 2 – 5 Clonmel Celtic Schoolgirls
Both side started with a full complement of county players, evidence of the depth of talent available to both teams, and the early stages were tentative, with few clear chances. Cashel settled a little quicker and strong running from midfield by Sarah Kate Delaney and Caitlin Gayson, set up striker Kate Gayson Molloy for a number of chances to open the scoring. But Clonmel keeper Emma Tobin was resolute in goal however and made three magnificent saves to keep Cashel out.
The girl’s pressure finally paid off midway through the half however, when Aisling Maguire beat two players to the bye line, and squared the ball to Cashel captain Sarah Kate Delaney, who opened the scoring by coolly slotting the ball into the bottom corner of the goal. The girls were still celebrating however, when Clonmel restarted, and they were hit with a classic counter punch as the away team immediately rushed up the field to equalise. Clonmel took heart from this goal and started to use the stiff wind at their back to shoot at will, and took the lead from a speculative shot which left Sorcha Clark flat footed in the Cashel goal. Disaster struck again minutes later, when Sorcha was only able to pat down another fierce shot, and a Clonmel player reacted first to put them 3-1 up at the break.
All was not lost for Cashel but they needed to begin the second half well, and unfortunately it was the Clonmel girls who retook the initiative. Defenders Aoife Kavanagh and Ciara Moloney were exposed twice in three minutes as Clonmel moved into an unassailable lead at five goals to one. The game then settled into a predictable pattern where Clonmel soaked up the Cashel pressure, while the home side tried in vain to get back into the game. Proof that the girls never dropped their heads was shown when Aoife Kavanagh strode up from defence to score the final goal of the game and leave the scoreline at five goals to two when the final whistle was blown. The result was a disappointing one, and the scoreline not really an honest reflection of the game, but all in all Clonmel deserved their victory. The Cashel girls shouldn’t be in any way downhearted with the defeat however as they have had a fantastic season, and shown they are a match for any team on their day.
Full report in this week’s Tipperary Star.