Clonmel Celtic 1 Thurles Town 0, FAI Junior Cup Round 4 12/11/2017
The current leaders of the North and South Tipperary Leagues served up an exciting game today with Celtic just doing enough to advance to Round 5 of the FAI Junior Cup on a 1-0 scoreline. Celtic made the perfect start with Kevin Waters heading home a delightful Evan McGuire cross after just two minutes. It was the perfect start for the home side and they nearly doubled the lead on 10 minutes with Johnny Cagney just firing over. Thurles settled into the game enjoying some possession without really threatening a well organised Celtic rearguard. Indeed Celtic nearly reached the break with a two goal advantage but Seanie O'Hara just failed to get on the end of an Evan McGuire centre. The visitors started the second half looking like a side that meant business and their full back stung the hands of Brian Sweeney with a fierce drive. Thurles were looking dangerous at this stage pushing Celtic further back and Brian Sweeney again came to Celtic's rescue getting down low to deny Barry Ryan. After weathering some Thurles pressure Celtic began creating chances of their own and on 63 minutes a Cian O'Sullivan effort was pushed away by the Thurles keeper. With Thurles committed to pushing players forward in search of an equaliser Celtic were looking increasingly dangerous on the break and Seanie O'Hara was nearly in on 65 minutes only to see his effort deflected wide. It was end to end at this stage and Sean Brown came close again for Celtic only to see his effort narrowly wide. At the other end Brian Sweeney again rescued Celtic with a fine save. Although the visitors had a lot of possession at this stage the end product was letting them down and in truth Celtic should have put the game to bed late on. After an excellent run by Niall O'Brien on 73 minutes the keeper got down well to save from Sean Brown with Seanie O'Hara's rebound effort blocked. on 78 minutes Seanie O'Hara had an effort cleared off the line while five minutes later the Thurles keeper denied Evan McGuire with a good save. In the end Celtic didn't need the second as a resolute defence ensured the early goal was enough to send them into the open draw stage of the FAI Junior Cup.
Clonmel Celtic 3 Old Bridge 3, TSDL Premier League 5/11/2017
Clonmel Celtic's league aspirations were dealt another blow today as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Old Bridge at a sunny Celtic Park this afternoon. Bridge had the perfect response to their drubbling last week as two Chris O'Gorman goals had them 2-0 up after just 15 minutes. After a sluggish start Celtic had given themselves a mountain to climb. They gradually worked their way back into the game and halved the deficit on 37 minutes when Evan McGuire scored from the spot after Seanie O'Hara drew a foul in the box. Celtic were nearly level before the break but Seanie O'Hara couldn't keep his effort down from close range. Already without the injured David Joyce and the suspended John O'Connor Celtic suffered further setbacks in the first half when they lost both Kevin Waters and Paul Horan through injury. Despite this Celtic were level on 52 minutes when Evan McGuire got on the end of a Niall Prendergast centre to level the contest. The momentum was with Celtic at this stage with Niall Prendegast and Ian Clery looking particularly dangerous. Celtic's comeback was complete on 68 minutes when Seanie O'Hara set up Niall Prendergast on the edge on the box and he swept home a fine effort to put Celtic 3-2 up. Celtic should have put the game to bed but unable to get the crucial fourth the Bridge rallied and chased an equaliser. They succeeded in doing this on 83 minutes when Celtic failed to properly clear and Shane Butler fired home from close range to give the Bridge a share of the points.
Clonmel Celtic 3 Glengoole Utd 3 (Celtic win 6-5 pens) Munster Junior Cup Rd 2 8/10/2017
Clonmel Celtic got the battle they had anticipated as they had to rely on a penalty shoot out win to overcome Glengoole Utd in the Munster Junior Cup today. Despite being without the influential duo of David Joyce and Seanie O'Hara Celtic bossed the early stages and were good value for their 2-0 lead after just 17 minutes. They were two excellently worked goals as well. On 15 minutes an exquisite pass from Andy Cosgrave released Niall O'Brien on the right and his centre was stabbed home by Ian Clery. It got better for Celtic 12 minutes later with Sean Brown the instigator on this occasion. His pinpoint pass split open the Glengoole defence to play in Niall Prendergast and he expertly finished to put Celtic in control. With Andy Cosgrave and Sean Brown pulling the strings in midfield Celtic could have been out of sight by the half hour mark with Ian Clery striking the bar and Evan McGuire blazing over when set up by another quality Sean Brown pass. The first sign of things beginning to go wrong for Celtic was when they lost Ian Clery through injury and moments later against the run of play Glengoole halved the deficit when Daniel Rafter converted from the spot to leave the score 2-1 at the break. Celtic restored their two goal lead on 52 minutes when a clever free kick from Andy Cosgrave played in Evan McGuire and he blasted high to the net. In fairness to the visitors they didn't throw in the towel and Celtic had John O'Connor to thank on 56 minutes for a last ditch tackle. At the other end we were treated to something special when Evan McGuire picked the ball up in midfield and he ran past four Glengoole players only to see his effort go just wide. Glengoole got themselves back in the tie on 73 minutes when Kieran Walker's effort found the corner of the net despite the best efforts of stand in keeper Levi Whelan. Celtic were then dealt another blow when they lost Evan McGuire through injury and to make things even worse John Rafter levelled for the visitors with a fine strike. Full on confidence now Glengoole finished strongly and looked the more likely winners in the latter stages although Peter O'Dowd almost won at the death for Celtic when he fired just over after excellent work by Niall Prendergast. Celtic rallied again in extra time as they began to get on top again although Levi Whelan got down well to tip a Rafter effort around the post to deny the visitors what surely would have been the winner and so to penalties. When Celtic missed their final kick Glengoole had a penalty to win it but their final effort struck the underside of the bar and so it went to sudden death. Youth player Peter O'Dowd was the coolest player on the pitch with his effort to the corner after a very short run up. Sean Brown converted Celtic's sixth and Glengoole's second sudden death effort was wide and Celtic were through to Round 3.
Clonmel Celtic 5 Tipperary Town 1 (TSDL Premier League) 23/9/2017
Clonmel Celtic produced a classy performance romping to a 5-1 win against Tipperary Town in glorious sunshine at Celtic Park this afternoon. There was a lot to admire about this impressive Celtic performance. They were on the front foot from the start playing at a fast pace with some crisp passing and great movement. They all worked extremely hard and their transitional play was excellent. As soon as they lost the ball they hounded the opposition to win back possession. Most impressive of all though was the quality of the finishing particularly two Evan McGuire strikes that were as good as you would see anywhere this weekend. Indeed it was Maguire that got Celtic off to the perfect start with a stunning effort that found the top corner after just three minutes. The visitors nearly responded within 3 minutes when Stokes got in behind the Celtic defence but his effort was just off target. Both Jack Purcell and Andy Cosgrave had efforts just wide before Brian Sweeney produced a fine save on 16 minutes to keep Celtic ahead. On 32 minutes David Joyce played in Seanie O'Hara and although the defender got there first his hesitation allowed O'Hara in and he finished well to put Celtic 2-0 up. It got better for Celtic on 38 minutes when Kevin Waters released Seanie O'Hara and he beat the Tipp keeper with a sublime lob to put Celtic in control. It got even better again for the home side a minute before the break when Evan Maguire rifled home a brillant shot off the underside of the bar to see Celtic 4-0 up at the break. The visitors made the ideal start to the second half with Cormac Noonan finishing well. However 5 minutes later Celtic restored their four goal lead when Seanie O'Hara completed his hat trick when shooting home from just inside the box when a Kevin Waters corner wasn't properly cleared by the visitors defence. In fairness to Tipperary they battled hard throughout and the woodwork denied them a second. Celtic emptied their bench and the only unfortunate thing for the the home side was Evan Maguire not notching the hat trick his performance deserved.
Old Bridge 0 Clonmel Celtic 1 (TSDL Premier League 17/9/2017).
Clonmel Celtic's first visit to the scenic Green Lane proved a successful one as a Seanie O'Hara goal proved enough to collect all three points. The Celtic striker could have given the visitors the perfect start but just failed to connect with Ian Clery's cross with just three minutes on the clock. In perfect conditions the game developed into a battle with plenty of effort from the home side although they struggled to create any meaningful openings. Celtic had plenty of possession but they too failed to create any clearcut chances in the first half with the final ball too often letting them down. After having little to do for the first 20 minutes Brian Sweeney was called into action on 23 minutes pushing away a long distance effort. At the other end Sean Brown headed wide from a corner and five minutes later Niall Prendergast should have had a chance when played through by David Joyce before been wrongly ruled offside. Seanie O'Hara headed into the keeper's hands on 34 minutes from Andrew Cosgrave's cross and four minutes later Ian Clery couldn't keep his effort down when set up by David Joyce as the first half finished scoreless. Celtic made the perfect start to the second half when Niall Prendergast and Niall O'Brien combining brilliantly and Seanie O'Hara was on the end of O'Brien's cross to tap in from close range. The goal should have been the foundation for Celtic to drive on but the Bridge hung in their and Celtic couldn't find the killer second. They had plenty of opportunities though with the Bridge keeper denying Prendergast and Joyce with good saves and on 73 minutes a Niall Prendergast header clipped the bar. Celtic nearly paid the price for not getting the vital second and had Brian Sweeney to thank when he produced a marvellous point blank save to deny Bridge a late equaliser.
1) B.Sweeney, 2) N O'Brien, 3) B.Waters, 4) J O'Connor, 5) J.Cagney, 6) A.Cosgrave, 7) D.Joyce, 8) S.Brown, 9) S O'Hara, 10) I.Clery, 11) N.Prendergast, 12) K.Waters, 13) J.Purcell, 14) L.Whelan, 15) J.Ryan, 16) C O'Sullivan
Clonmel Celtic 0 Clonmel Town 1 (2/9/2017)
Clonmel Celtic slipped to their first defeat of the season with a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Clonmel Town this afternoon. It was a poor quality derby littered with poor passes and mistakes with a fine strike from Keith Brown on 55 minutes settling the contest. Town had an early chance on 4 minutes forcing Ciaran Kenrick into a fine save. As the first half wore on Celtic began to look more of a threat but they never really took control of the game. The home side had a good period from the 20th minute to the break but couldn't get themselves in front. On 22 minutes Evan McGuire's header found Seanie O'Hara but his effort was off target. Niall O'Brien then did well to get on the end of a David Joyce centre but his header failed to trouble Town keeper Paul Shanahan. Seanie O'Hara forced the Town keeper into another save with a header before Celtic put their best move of the game together. Niall Prendergast found David Joyce and his neat lay off released Sean Brown and his shot shaved the post. The visitors came close on 28 minutes with Ciaran Kenrick pushing a Town free over the bar. Celtic needed to lift their performance in the second half and you felt that if they could so three points were there for the taking. Celtic had the first opportunity in the second period with Seanie O'Hara threatening. The vital breakthough came on 55 minutes with a swift Town break when Celtic lost possession deep in the visitors half. The move finished with Keith Brown arriving on the edge of the box to fire low to the corner despite Ciaran Kenrick's best efforts. Unfortunately Celtic were not able to muster a real response to the set back. On 63 minutes they did come close when Jack Purcell did well in the box to find David Joyce but his effort was just off target. There was plenty of effort from Celtic as they chased an equaliser but in truth not enough quality. Town looked dangerous on the break late on and could have nicked a second. Celtic will just have to put this disappointment behind them and hopefully with the return of a few players missing today they can bounce back and put themselves back into contention.
1) C.Kenrick, 2) J.Ryan (J.Purcell), 3) L.Whelan, 4) J O'Connor, 5) C.Acheson, 6) D.Joyce, 7) S.Brown (I.Cleary), 8) N.Prendergast (P.Horan), 9) S O'Hara, 10) E.McGuire, 11) N O'Brien 12) I. Cleary, 13) J.Purcell, 14) P.Horan
Tipperary Town 2 Clonmel Celtic 6
A scintillating final 30 minutes saw Celtic cruise past Tipperary Town to record an impressive 6-2 win this afternoon. The turning point in this game came in the 64th minute when the Tipp town keeper was red carded with the game tied at 2-2. Celtic were actually on top at this stage but were ruthless in taking advantage of the one man advantage by scoring four times to run out comprehensive winners. It was quite a different story in the first half with Celtic looking quite vulnerable at times with the defence kept busy by Tipp town's front two who were making a nuisance of themselves. The home side went ahead on 15 minutes with Stokes finding the bottom corner with his shot. Celtic had a chance to level on 22 minutes when David Joyce was fouled in the box but the keeper pushed away Evan McGuire's effort from the spot. Celtic were level however within two minutes. Seanie O'Hara and Niall O'Brien combined well to set up David Joyce who found the corner of the net with his effort. Celtic were posing more of a threat at this stage and on 27 minutes the Tipp keeper got down well to save Evan McGuire's shot after the ball broke to him after a scramble in the box. Celtic did edge ahead just before the break when Sean Brown climbed high to head home Evan McGuire's corner. Celtic started the second half well and gave notice of their intentions when Seanie O'Hara flashed a shot wide. However against the run of play the home side levelled from the spot on 55 minutes when a Celtic defender handled in the box. The game's defining moment came on 64 minutes when the Tipp keeper rushed from his goal and crashed into David Joyce who had lifted the ball over him. Despite a defender getting back the referee pointed to the spot and red carded the keeper. Levi Whelan fired home via the post and from this moment on there was only going to be one winner as Celtic took over. Celtic made the game safe on 72 minutes with a stunning effort from Evan McGuire. Cutting from the right he unleashed a powerful shot that found the top corner. It got even better for Celtic 5 minutes later when an audacious flick from Evan McGuire set up Seanie O'Hara who vollied a peach of an effort to the net. Celtic were in cruise control at this stage. The lively Jack Purcell hit the post and then the Tipp keeper denied McGuire with a fine save. In the final moments second half subs Jack Purcell and Niall Prendergast combined to set up David Joyce who rounded the keeper and slotted home to make it two wins from two for Celtic. The sending off was a big turning point in the game but Celtic were very impressive especially in the second half and I'm fairly sure not many teams will come here this season and secure a four goal win.
1) B.Sweeney, 2) N.O'Brien, 3) L.Whelan, 4) J O'Connor, 5) C.Acheson, 6) A.Cosgrave, 7) D.Joyce, 8) S Brown (J.Purcell), 9) S O'Hara, 10) E.McGuire, 11) C O'Sullivan (N.Prendergast), 12) N.Prendergast, 13) J.Purcell, 14) K.Waters
Clonmel Celtic 3 Bansha Celtic 2
Clonmel Celtic got their season off to a winning start with a hard fought win against Premier newcomers Bansha Celtic. It was scrappy at times and there was quite a few anxious moments for the home side but Celtic just about did enough to get over the line and claim the three points. Celtic had the worst possible start when then fell behind after just four minutes. A minute before Cian O'Sullivan had forced a save from the Bansha keeper but immediately at the other end sloppy defending allowed Shane Egan a shot that somehow found the bottom corner. Celtic were level on 15 minutes with Evan Maguire slotting home from the spot after he had been fouled in the box. Celtic got on top at this stage and should have been ahead on 26 minutes when David Joyce teed up Seanie O'Hara from a Levi Whelan pass but the Celtic striker was off target with his shot. Celtic didn't have to wait much longer and were ahead 3 minutes later with a fine solo effort from captain David Joyce. Picking the ball up outside the box David Joyce just ran at the heart of the Bansha defence and slotted past the keeper to put Celtic ahead. All Celtic's good work was undone on 37 minutes when once again careless defending allowed Shane Egan to set up Cillan Fitzgerald who fired home to make it 2-2. The topsy turvy nature of the first half continued on 41 minutes when Seanie O'Hara found space in the box and expertly fired home to edge Celtic ahead again. Celtic should have made it four just before the break when new boys Niall O'Brien and Sam Brown combined well to set up Evan Maguire but he couldn't keep his effort down and the first half ended with Celtic 3-2 ahead. The goals dried up in the second half as the game developed into a scrappy slog for Celtic. The home side still created the better chances but a physically strong Bansha outfit were always in the game. On 53 minutes John O'Connor ghosted in behind the Bansha defence but his effort clipped the bar. Ian Cleary entered the game on 55 minutes and immediately was in the action with a clever lob that just cleared the bar. He then turned provider with inch perfect crosses that saw Seanie O'Hara's header saved and a moment later Sam Brown's header was tipped onto the bar by the Bansha keeper with his defenders somehow scrambling the ball to safety. Despite creating the better chances Celtic had keeper Brian Sweeney to thank for keeping them ahead. On 63 minutes he saved bravely at Shane Egan's feet and 7 minutes later he showed his agility by brilliantly tipping over a header that seemed destined for the top corner. With Celtic struggling to get the all important fourth they made some changes to protect what they had and although there were one or two late anxious moments they held out for a deserved win. A tough start will have done Celtic the world of good and hopefully they can eradicate the errors and get stronger as the season progresses.
1) B.Sweeney, 2) N.O'Brien (A.Cosgrave), 3) I.Fahey, 4) J O'Connor, 5) L.Whelan, 6) S.Brown, 7) D.Joyce, 8) K.Waters, 9) SO'Hara, 10) E.McGuire (C.Acheson), 11) C O'Sullivan (I.Cleary, 12) I.Cleary, 13) A.Cosgrave, 14) C.Acheson, 15) J.Purcell, 16) J.Ryan