St Brendan’s have won their 21st Corn Uí Mhuirí final in the same devastating fashion in which they tore through all other comers this year.
They scored two goals in the opening two-and-a-half minutes and from that point on it was just a matter of how much they would win by.
They never took their foot off the gas, compiling 3-10, all from play, in the first-half, and adding 2-11 in the second.
That accounted for the highest total of the year by ‘The Sem’, while their usually stingy defence only leaked one point late in the second-half.
It was as one-sided a final as you’ll see, and brought back some memories of Kerry’s All-Ireland Minor football victory over Tipperary last September.
Clonmel’s Michael O’Reilly did get the first score of the game, a free, within a minute of the throw-in but the next two plays effectively ended the underdogs’ hopes.
After only 90 seconds Evan Cronin had coolly billowed the net, grabbing Dara Moynihan’s precision high ball and side-stepping his marker to score.
Then, only 45 seconds after that, Michael Casey prodded to the net, assisted by David Clifford’s pass.
They could’ve had more goals too. Matt Barlow dived to block Peter McCarthy’s goalbound effort in the 10th minute, while Clonmel had a chance of their own through Michael Barlow, who saw his effort deflected over.
A further Barlow point left Clonmel 2-3 to 0-3 in arrears and, from there, The Sem continued to extend their advantage.
Moynihan, wing-back David Naughton, Casey and Shaw, with a goal chance, all pointed for a nine- point lead.
Then David Clifford took over, scoring 1-2 in succession, culminating with a 28th-minute tap-in goal after Aidan Tobin saved Cronin’s initial shot.
Leading 3-10 to 0-6 at the break, St Brendan’s kicked on by scoring 1-11 without reply in 30 second- half minutes.
Clifford got three points of that total, while Cronin, Shaw, Lee O’Donoghue and Adam O’Shea all contributed a pair of points. The goal, in the 58th-minute, came when substitute Donnchadh O’Sullivan won and converted a penalty.
Dara Ryan chalked up Clonmel’s only post-interval point in second-half injury-time, but William Courtney stormed downfield to add a fifth and final goal with the final kick.
D Clifford (1-5, two frees); E Cronin (1-3); M Casey (1-2); D Shaw (0-5); D O’Sullivan (pen), W Courtney (1-0 each); L O’Donoghue (1 45), A O’Shea (0-2 each); D Moynihan, D Naughton (0-1 each).
Michael Barlow (0-3, 1 free); M O’Reilly (0-2 frees); E Hoctor, D Ryan (0-1 each).
D Carroll (Spa); M Potts (Dr Crokes), C O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), C Gammell (Legion); D Naughton (Dr Crokes), D O’Brien (Glenflesk), N Donohue (Firies); L O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), B Courtney (Dr Crokes); D Moynihan (Spa), D Clifford (Fossa), P McCarthy (Legion); E Cronin (Spa), D Shaw, M Casey (both Dr Crokes).
D Spillane (Spa) for Donohue, D O’Sullivan (Firies) for Casey (both 40), W Courtney (Firies) for McCarthy (49), A O’Shea (Dr Crokes) for B Courtney (50), F Murphy (Legion) for Shaw (57), M O’Shea for Gammell (58).
A Tobin; Matt Barlow (both Clonmel Commercials), S Ryan, J Mulcahy (both The Nire, Waterford); G Whelan (Ardfinnan), K Peters, G Ryan (both Clonmel Commercials); M Kehoe (kilsheelan-Kilcash), E Hoctor (Clonmel Commercials); M Hogan (Ardfinnan), C Boland (Clonmel Commercials), D Ryan (Moyle Rovers); Michael Barlow (Ardfinnan), S O’Meara (The Nire, Waterford), M O’Reilly (Clonmel Commercials).
S Martin (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) for Ryan (BC, 26), A Peters (Clonmel Commercials) for Hoctor (ht), L Cooney (The Nire, Waterford) for Matt Barlow (46), R Kennedy (Moyle Rovers) for O’Meara (55),
K Murphy (Cork).