Clonmel Celtic climbed to the summit of the TSDL Premier League with a comfortable 3-0 win against neighbours Old Bridge this afternoon. Celtic were fast out of the blocks and created three good goal scoring chances within the first five minutes. After just 2 minutes Kevin Waters flashed a shot just wide of the post and within a minute Liam Powell denied David Joyce with a fine save. Ian Barnes then came close for Celtic with an effort just off target. After a good start Celtic faltered a little and struggled to create any meaningful chances as Bridge got plenty of men behind the ball. Celtic bossed possession and Bridge carried little threat going forward. On 35 minutes the lively Ross Condon released Seanie O’Hara with a fine through ball but O’Hara dragged his effort wide of target. Just before the break Ian Barnes tried to catch the Bridge keeper off his line with a long range effort that cleared the bar and the first half finished scoreless.
Celtic should have hit the front two minutes into the second half when Seanie O’Hara again got in behind the Bridge defence but his shot was across the goal and wide. Celtic eventually hit the front on 56 minutes when Ross Condon found Darren Sweeney deep inside the Bridge box and his cross found strike partner Seanie O’Hara who swept the ball home at the far post. Celtic came close again on the hour mark with the Bridge keeper making a good save from a David Joyce pile driver. A minute later Ian Barnes was inches away with a header from a Kevin Waters’s cross. Bridge came close on 63 minutes with a Paul Ryan header that was tipped over by Brian Sweeney. Two minutes later Celtic made the game safe when David Joyce fired home from close range after Powell had denied Ross Condon. Powell then made an excellent save from Seanie O’Hara after Joyce’s cross found the Celtic striker in space. Bridge lifted their game as they tried to find a way back. Sean Brown was lively up front keeping the Celtic’s rearguard on their toes but the visitor’s cause wasn’t helped when midfielder Paul Ryan picked up a nasty leg injury that required a hospital visit. Bridge kept plugging away but Celtic scored again in the last minute when Seanie O’Hara tapped in from close range after he was set up by David Joyce.
Three points and another clean sheet was a satisfactory return from what was far from a vintage Celtic performance.
3) K.Waters (C O’Sullivan 72m,)
4) D.Burns ,
5) J O’Connor,
9) S O’Hara ,
10) D.Sweeney (T.Kiely 66m),
12) C O’Sullivan,