Cahir Park (@3.5) vs Clonmel Town (@1.7)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Clonmel Town will win

Cahir Park – Clonmel Town Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 10:00

A resolute visiting defence kept any real chance for the home side to take the lead to a minimum with Rovers themselves unlucky when breaking through the Park's centre backs only for the final shot to be scuffed and run harmlessly wide. Early chances for the hosts saw cahirparkafc.com man of the match, Denis Peters come close with a well-controlled header just failing to go inside the far post.

Intending to redeem himself quickly, O'Brien was through again on the half-hour after a great Dylan Fitzgerald pass but his shot went just over. Intending to make the most of the game, the visitors, after a strategic change introduced some speed to the left flank, were in for their best chance of the game on 37 mins, the final shot squirting to the right of Wall's posts.

Now dominant, O'Brien found himself on the left flank. With some deft footwork, he glided past two defenders to put a shot in that deserved better than to end up on the keeper's crossbar. His partner in crime in midfield, Shane McGrath the fed James McGrath on the right wing to cross for Jason Hahessey, his final effort coming back off the crossbar.

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In truth, Thursday night's final in honour of one of the great Cahir Park stalwarts, never reached a point where the result was in doubt with the Park side, playing at home in the agreed fixture, in full control for 90% of the game against an understrength Rosegreen side more intent on claiming the Second Division title in their play-off with Tipperary Town.

After a succession of shots on Aaron Wall's goal and two quick corners in a row, one of the best efforts to break the deadlock came from a rasping free kick from Whelan on the half-hour. James Darcy replied with a particularly good attempt from the edge of the area which had Evan Comerford back-pedalling and colliding with his post, the resulting injury holding up play for a considerable time.

The final efforts of the afternoon saw Borris almost beat Wall with a free-kick whilst at the opposite end a three-man attack started with a overhead clearance by Dylan Fitzgerald, added to by O'Donnell and almost finished by Wootton saw the home support go away happy, twelve league points collected from a possible twelve and another away trip next week - this time to Moyglass in the Tipperary Cup.

What ensued was a thrilling game going to penalties to find a winner.With many players having played on the same teams as their opponents in the recent past, it was the home side who went ahead with barely a minute gone - Eamonn Wootten finishing well to the Town goal net. However, excitement reached fever-pitch with the Murphy & Allen-led Vee Rovers claiming victory by converting the final kick of the day. Byrne and Tobin finishing past the Vee keeper brought it to 5-5. Not to be outdone, brother Alan had his effort go just wide on 29mins. On the half-hour the fourth goal arrived when a melee in the Park box eventually saw the ball forced over Sweeney's line. Local bragging rights go Clogheen's way with relegated Rovers meeting promoted Park B in the Third Division for the first time. In this ding-dong battle, Anthony Ward was next up - his shot going over after a corner from the right. Straight away Vee had a shot from the right saved well by Darren Sweeney as the search for the equalizer began.On 18mins Sweeney was again troubled by a speculative effort which went flying over the bar. At the other end, Shane Ryan, causing an amount of trouble for the Vee Rovers rearguard, was taken down just on the edge of the 'd' - the resulting free powered wide by Alan Ward.The visitors continued to apply the pressure and, after a sustained assault on the Cahir goal, were 3-2 up after a smart interchange of passes again got the best of a home back-four to have them lead at the break.Eight minutes in to the second half and the Park were 2-4 down - Darren Peters powering home a header after a corner on the left.With a never-say-die attitude, Kenny Burke and Paul Conway's charges kept up the pressure and were only one behind when an Alan Ward corner was delivered perfectly for Jason Grant to head home with conviction.The perfect opportunity for deadlock came on 63mins with a penalty award to Cahir by ref Bernard Feery - a save from the Rovers keeper foiled any celebration from a sizeable home crowd enjoying some late August sun.With 20mins left Alan Ward again blazed over a free kick but Grant's second of the day from a fine Mikey Byrne free did provide the equalizer.Cahir Park B, perhaps using a strong bench better than their counterparts, finished much the stronger and were now definite value for the win, twice hitting the woodwork - the first from Ward after brilliant work on the right from Byrne and an extremely effective Shane Tobin created space.With an embarassment of potential finishers now in the Rovers box, Grant again had a go - hitting the post on the final whistle.Straight to penalties - Ward, keeper Sweeney and Grant finishing successfully to leave it 3-3 going to sudden death spot-kicks. but was shortly to make up for it putting the hosts two clear.However it was 2-1 in no time at all when the Park defence was carved open and the ensuing cross clipped to the net.

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The B team were also defeated 3-1 by Moyglass in the League, no report from that game at the time of writing.Weekend ReviewIt was a great weekend for the club which began on Saturday when the Youths defeated Cahir Park by two goals to nil with first half strikes from Sean Browne and Jack Kennedy. The Academy recommences on the 6th & 7th September with the following training times; Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 U7 (2008) Saturday 14:00 - 15:15 U10 (2005) Saturday 15:15 - 16:30 U9 (2006) Saturday 16:30 - 17:45 U11 (2004) Sunday 10:00 - 11:00 U8 New players & potential coaches welcome. Town conceded two goals early on and failed to recover from that setback. The B team beat Killenaule Rovers convincingly 7-0 with a hatrick from Shane Fagan, a double from Paudie Whelan and one each from Mark O'Reilly and Conor Davin Murphy. We would like to convey our condolences to his family, friends and his club, may he Rest In Peace. Best of luck to all teams.FAI Weekend ReviewThe Youths caused an upset defeating FAI Youth Cup holders Nenagh 2-0 on Saturday with goals from Daire Egan and Ciaran Looney. Well done to both teams. Also to score for Keenan Cunningham, Dylan Kennedy and Kyle Kennedy. Weekend Results & Forthcoming FixturesThe A teams FAI Junior Cup fixture against Two Mile Borris was postponed on Sunday morning due to the beareavement of Borris player Philip Grace. Next weekend the Youths face Peake Villa again in the Youths League in Thurles, the B's are home to Donohill & District while the A's are also home to Clonmel Celtic in a mouth watering derby. The B team had a fine 4-2 away win over Killusty with goals from Dwaine Burns(2), Shane Heffernan and also Joey Mulcahy on his welcome return from injury. Finally The A team put together back to back wins in the Premier League with a 1-0 Derby win over Wilderness Rovers thanks to a winner from Tony Scully. Best of luck to all teams. Well done to allSchoolboy NewsTraining has recommenced for the U12-U16 schoolboy teams ahead of the new season which commences on 6th September. St Michaels also had the cushion of a missed penalty and Town had appeals of their own when a defender was adjudged to have handled on the line but it was waved away by the referee to the amazement of the Town players which resulted in two sendings off, one on and off the field for Town. The B's were defeated 4-3 in the Shield Semi Final on Sunday afternoon, their goals from Charlie Millea and two from Conor Murphy while on Sunday morning the A team advanced to the 3rd round of the FAI Junior Cup defeating Rosegreen 4-1 with goals from Tony Scully, Barry Ryan and two great strikes from Richie Crowe.Bad Weekend For The ClubIt was a bad weekend overall for both Junior sides as the A team went down 2-0 to St Michaels in Cooke Park on Sunday afternoon. Result of the weekend goes to the Youths as they defeated Peake Villa 4-3 on penalties in the Munster Youths Cup leaving it till the last minute to snatch a deserved equaliser by Dean Clarke for Daire Egan to slot home to winning penalty.

O'Donnell picked the ball up on the arc on the left edge of the box before weaving through defenders along the 18-yard line, to release a fiercesome shot that flew into the Rosegreen net passing veteran 48-year old David Brabston at centre of defence on the way, to end up in to the top corner. In a game played in torrential rain at times on a pitch that cut up early after a bad day almost jeopardised the fixture, further goals from James McGrath - a shot across the keeper to the far post after 33 mins - and on 36 from Paddy O'Donnell, another wonder goal in his catalogue for the season - saw the home side comfortably ahead by three by half-time.

Despite good shots from Lonergan and O'Donnell, there was however to be no getting past the agile Comerford. Eamonn Gleeson and James McGrath were part of a great move on 80mins which was perhaps the best chance to reduce the difference but the final shot from O'Donnell came to nothing, smothered by the Town number one. The final twenty were all Cahir as they pinned back the black and golden-clad neighbours to the final third of the pitch, sub Dylan Fitzgerald and O'Brien particularly impressive in this spell.

Cahir have yet to have a goalscored against them at home this year.One of the main reasons for this - the outstanding performances of Aaron Wall in goal - was responsible for keeping that clean sheet for just a bit longer. Wall saved a 14th min penalty awarded after John O'Connor upended Quin Perry in the 18-yard box. Not alone that but Wall was also first to the rebound to maintain an impressive record.

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A 56th min free on the edge of the box almost saw the Park further ahead with Alan Ward feeding brother Anthony whose chipped attempt saw the goalkeeper backpedalling to push the ball over. The turning point of the game came in the forty-ninth minute with Wootton completing a brace for the afternoon with an accurate header bulging the net from a corner from the right.

The Park, playing in away yellow and blue because of a colours clash, had good performances on the night from a tireless James McGrath and the impressive midfield fulcrum of Shane McGrath and Norman O'Brien. At the back, all four were at their dependable selves, Peters even chipping in with his fourth of the season when latching on to Shane McGrath's 52nd min cross.