North Tipperary & District League Weekly Review
Streamstown Celtic concluded their league campaign and stay top thanks to a hard fought 1 nil victory away to bottom side Holycross. Paul Franks grabbed the all important goal to see the Fanure side stay top by 5 points ahead of joint second placed Thurles Town and Nenagh Celtic, with the later overcoming Clodiagh Rangers in Drombane Sunday morning 6 nil. It was 2 nil to the visitors at the break thanks to a fortuitous own goal and a clever well worked strike. Clodiagh tried to get back in the game, and Paul Doyle was unlucky to see his effort cleared off the line by the well placed Stevie Ryan. This was as good as it got for the home side as Celtic confirm their title aspirations with 4 more unanswered goals, which included a penalty and another own goal. This result leaves Clodiagh in joint second last place with Sallypark who also fell to a heavy defeat as Cloughjordan, who in turn find themselves well placed to qualify for a John Delaney Cup slot next season. Clodiagh will be anxiously awaiting the outcome of Sallypark’s remaining two fixtures against Nenagh Celtic and Lough Derg, where if they fail to earn any points, a relegation playoff will ensure between the Latteragh and Drombane sides.
Nora Kennedy Cup Semi – Finals
Gurtagarry put their recent league slump behind them to book their place in a second divisional cup final in as many seasons, when they overcame Lough Derg thanks to a productive opening half hour with Kieran Brislane and Mickey Ryan Pa scoring, with the later grabbing a brace. This result sets up a mouth-watering final against league champions Nenagh Celtic, who had to rely on penalties to overcome a recently resurgent Portumna Town side on penalties after both sides after both sides finished 4 – 4 after extra-time. An exciting game throughout saw Celtic take the lead twice during the opening half, only to be pegged back each time thanks to goals from Garry Curran and Dave Fogarty to see it all square at the break. Portumna were first to strike in the second half when Gary Hogan scored with his first touch of the ball. However, Celtic levelled and later took the lead again, only to see Garry Curran grab his second of the day to see both sides go to extra time. Neither side could grab the all decisive goal, and Nenagh Celtic then made the decision to substitute their ‘keeper with only minutes remaining, which proved to be a masterstroke, as he save three penalties to outdo John O’Meara in the home goal, who saved twice. All in all, and epic encounter with drama and goals galore and a result which sets up Nenagh Celtic for a league and cup double.