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.