Tramore keeper Stephen Gahan taking control.


Tramore keeper Stephen Gahan taking control. photo: Jim O'Sullivan

Tramore 1; St Saviours 1

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Tramore, setting the pace since the outset of the season, retained their seven-point lead at the top of the table following a hard-fought 90 minutes against second-placed St Saviours at a bitterly cold Graun Park on Sunday morning.

The visiting Saints got off to a flying start by scoring after only three minutes of play and they really put it up to the leaders and for a long time it looked as if they would close the gap to just four points; however, evergreen striker Michael Downey popped up with the vital equaliser with 16 minutes remaining.

St Saviours were only too aware of what as at stake and they took the game to the Seasiders from the opening whistle and as a result an excellent top grade game ensued.

This was not the first time that Tramore have come from behind to produce a positive result in the league. They are also going strong in the Munster Cup, thanks to a never-say-die spirit and it would be fair to say that the title is theirs to lose at this stage of the season.

Tramore: Stephen Gahan, Francis Rockett, Stephen O’Shea, Craig Maher, Ian Stenson, Stephen Gant, Michael Kavanagh, Sean Browne, Michael Downey, Leigh Quilty (Pat McCarthy, 75) Robbie Phelan. 

St Saviours: Graham Cleary, Brian Arrigan (Kenny McLawrence, 84), John Keane, James Kennedy, Trevor O’Regan, Anthony Jacob, Phil Penkert, John Paul Jacob, Billy Barron (Brian O’Donogue, 75), Stephen Dalton, Joe Twoomey.

Referee: Jimmy McGrath.

See The Munster Express newspaper for a more detailed report.