Paddy Purtill Cup Final
Clonmel Town- 1
A wonder goal from Villa’s wonderkind striker lit up the Complex on Sunday afternoon and propelled the Thurles team’s seconds to a double this year, while announcing a young player that has the potential to grace the league for years to come. A
And it didn’t take Ronan Mc Guire long to make his mark on this game when he opened the scoring after five minutes with an opportunist’s effort from close in after Town were unable to clear their lines.
Rocked by this the home side tried to hit back quickly and they almost did in the eleventh minute when a Paudie Whelan free kick was tipped over the bar when it had looked goal bound.
The next major chance also fell to the Clonmel side when a speculative free kick from the edge of their own area was headed onwards by Craig Condon and Shane Foley found himself bearing down on goal. However excellent defensive work by the Villa back line saw them scramble back and put in some crucial blocks before clearing the ball away. Five minutes after the half hour a corner kick for Town saw the visitors break quickly down the field, but when that move was stopped the ball was transferred back up and into the path of Raymie Condon but the veteran defender could only fire across the goal and wide. It looked though that Town were more likely to get themselves back into the game that see Villa extend their lead.
However that notion was disabused three minutes after the Condon effort, when the crowd were served up a little piece of magic. Ronan Mc Guire has bagged almost sixty goals for himself this year for Peake Villa, but he probably saved the cream of the crop for this cup final. The ball had ping ponged around the centre circle before rolling into his path with his back to goal. As it rolled past Mc Guire swivelled and struck, making the ball take off like a missile into the top corner of the Town goal, with Martin Boland helpless between the sticks. A collective gasp emanated from the crowd and Villa were well on their way to victory.
The second period had nothing to match the first, either in chances or intensity as the two teams began to tire and show signs of their long seasons. It was the sixty fifth minute before Whelan again made the Villa keeper work, and minutes later Condon almost pulled a goal back for Town but his volley was saved well.
Villa finally put the game to bed seventeen minutes from time, when again their youth and pace were too much for the Town defence and Damien Grimes beat the offside trap to find himself one on one with the Clonmel keeper. Grimes initial shot was saved, but the ball rebounded to Mc Guire who looked odds on to fire in hat trick. However he showed a maturity beyond his years when instead of snapping at the shot, he drew the Town keeper and a defender and calmly slid a pass back to Grimes who powered the ball to the net.
The game was more or less done and dusted after this, but Craig Condon who had been the best Town player on the pitch got some reward for his positive performance when he fired home from a corner kick with twelve minutes left to play. Alas though, his side was unable to build on this, and fashioned no more chances to reduce the deficit further before the end. All in all, Peake deserved this trophy and will be very happy with what has been a successful season for both first and second teams, with some very exciting prospects coming through for the future.