CLERIHAN SCHOOLBOYS FC
U16 TIPPERARY CUP CLERIHAN 5 CLONMEL CELTIC 1
The u16s produced the stand-out performance of the weekend with an emphatic victory over Clonmel Celtic at the community field on Saturday. Stephen Sheehan gave Clerihan the lead after 10 minutes with a brilliant strike from 20 metres after Reno Roche had set him up and made it 2-0 shortly after when he surprised the goalkeeper at the near post. Clerihan got a dream start to the second half when Rory Maher scored from a free-kick fully 35 metres from goal but Celtic pulled one back to give them a glimmer of hope. It was short-lived , however , as Stephen Sheehan outpaced the Celtic defence to complete his hat-trick before Brendan Byrne converted another Reno Roche cross to make it five. This was an outstanding display from all concerned with the midfield trio of Rhys McMorrow , Rory Maher and Reno Roche totally dominant from start to finish and really intelligent in their distribution of the ball. Although not troubled to any great degree , the Clerihan defence was very assured throughout , making this the best team performance from the group this season.
U14 NSL CLERIHAN 0 NENAGH 4
The second game at the field saw the u14s go down to a very strong Nenagh outfit and they could have no complaints with the result. Nenagh made a first-half breakthrough and crucially scored a second just before half-time. Any hopes of a Clerihan comeback were shattered with the concession of a third within minutes of the restart , goalkeeper Eoin Power making an excellent parry only to see the ball go over the line despite the efforts of defenders to clear. The visitors added a fourth to make it a day to forget for the Clerihan lads who won’t meet too many teams of this calibre over the course of the season.
U12A LEAGUE PEAKE VILLA 3 CLERIHAN 0
A brave effort from the u12s in Thurles on Saturday afternoon failed to stop Peake Villa from taking maximum points. The home side exerted plenty of early pressure and were good value for their half-time one goal lead. The Clerihan defence coped fairly well overall with Cathal Ryan outstanding at centre-back but silly errors were to cost dearly. Two second-half goals gave the scoreline a rather false look as Clerihan were well in the game throughout. Callum Meagher and Daniel Fitzpatrick had plenty of midfield possession but the team is struggling to score goals and there were very few chances created , the home goalkeeper having a very easy game.
U10A LEAGUE CLERIHAN 2 ST KEVINS 5
Another slow start from the u10s saw St Kevins take an early lead but Ryan Walsh replied minutes later with a clinical finish. The visitors were soon back in front before Daragh Hurley equalised with a cracking finish after the ball came back off the crossbar. St Kevins made it 3-2 at the end of an exciting first-half and dominated the second period , adding two more goals as the Clerihan lads wilted under the pressure. Aiden Maher was the undisputed Clerihan man-of-the-match with a power-packed midfield display while Jack Fitzpatrick deserves great credit for playing despite being very ill the day before and was his usual brilliant self. It was a good workout for the Clerihan lads who now know that they will have to up their game in terms of work-rate and speed in order to challenge the better teams in this league.
u /11 A
Clerihan v St Micheals 11.00
U /13 A
Clerihan A V St Kevins 11.00
U / 13B
Clerihan B V Cahir Park B 1.30
U /12 Girls Group B
Clonmel Celtic V Clerihan 11.00
The concession of an early goal proved to be decisive as Clerihan suffered a major
setback in Thurles on Saturday afternoon.The home side were quick out of the blocks
and had the ball in the Clerihan net after just three minutes. Clerihan set about the job of
getting back into the game with Alan O’Donnell and Glenn Cullinane assuming control
of the midfield sector. Numerous chances were created but Clerihan lacked the killer
instinct in front of goal to take full advantage. The Peake Villa goal enjoyed its fair
share of luck also with three balls cleared off the line , Liam McGrath being particularly
unlucky not to score.Despite their best efforts , it was one of those days for the Clerihan
lads when a goal could not be bought and this reverse sees them drop further down the
PEAKE VILLA 1 CLERIHAN 0
U11A LEAGUE CLONMEL TOWN A 2 CLERIHAN 1
The u11s suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday at the Clonmel Town
complex but the general concensus was that they were desperately unlucky not to at
least get a draw. Denis Mulcahy was inches away from giving Clerihan the best possible
start but just failed to connect with an inviting cross from the right. Town took the lead ,
a good shot just deceiving goalkeeper Aidan Lonergan who couldn’t keep it out and
doubled their advantage with a soft goal from a corner. Callum Meagher then drove
through the home defence but his well-struck shot hit the post with the keeper beaten.
The second half saw Clerihan up the pressure and Anthony Phelan rattled the crossbar
with a wonderful header. The same player was on hand to head home after Conor Ryan’s
corner had been flicked on at the near post. This was the signal for Clerihan to throw
everything into attack in an effort to get the equaliser and Callum Meagher , Cormac
Freier and Anthony Phelan all came close. At the other end , Aidan Lonergan made a
great save to deny Town a goal and Riain Bolton was outstanding in clearing all danger.
As if to prove that luck was not with Clerihan , Evan Mullins brilliant strike cannoned
off the post and away to safety , the third occasion in the match that the woodwork had
denied the Clerihan lads a goal. However , the result aside , this was a fine performance
from a squad that is developing into one of the best in the club. All played their part on
the day but a special mention for Conor Og Ryan and Brian O’Sullivan , both of whom
were outstanding in unfamiliar defensive roles in the second half.
Under 16 Tipp Cup
Clerihan V Clonmel Celtic 11.00
Under 14 NSL
Clerihan V Nenagh 1.00
Under 12A League
Peake Villa V Clerihan 1.00
Under 10 A League
Clerihan V St Kevins
Clerihan GAA held their Annual General Meeting on Friday night last in the community hall.
The meeting was very well attended and it is very encouraging to see some new members
and a large number of players from the Junior teams in attendance.
We had some resignations on the night and the following officers were elected.
Michael Flannery Secretary, Kieran Barrett Vice chairman, Mark Corcoran PRO.
The Club would like to thank the outgoing officers for their work over the last number of years
and hope they will continue working within the Club.