Commercials edge home

Two injury-time points gave Clonmel Commercials a 1-8 to 1-6 victory over great rivals Clonmel Óg in the Tipperary SFC at Monroe on Saturday evening.

Alan Lonergan’s penalty in the first minute gave Commercials the ideal start and they led 1-4 to 0-3 at half-time. Dean Kelleher’s goal early in the second half brought Clonmel Óg right into the game and as full-time approached, the sides were level, 1-6 each.

In injury time, Padraig Loram and Brian O’Hara kicked the points that gave Commercials the bragging rights. Alan Lonergan, Kevin Harney, Donal Lynch, Ian Barnes and Aldo Mattassa were key men for Commercials.

Johnny Cagney was outstanding for Clonmel Óg with Malcolm O’Connor and Shane Kearney also prominent.

Tom Maher grabbed two goals for Ardfinnan as they swept to a 3-9 to 1-7 win over a disappointing Fethard. Maher’s first goal was in the 26th minute and helped his side to a 1-7 to 0-3 half-time lead. Maher and Peter Halley had further Ardfinnan goals in the second half, and with Billy Hewitt in top scoring form, their win was never in doubt. Alan Kerwin and Johnny English also caught the eye for Ardfinnan, while for Fethard, Aidan Fitzgerald, Brian Healy, and county goalie Paul Fitzgerald, who made a number of fine saves, were best.

A strong first-half showing was decisive as Aherlow defeated Killenaule 2-12 to 2-7 at Cashel. Killenaule’s focus was probably on next weekend’s South hurling final as Aherlow, with goals by Barry Grogan and Mark Russell, forged an interval lead of 2- 6 to 0-2. Killenaule came back strongly in the second half. They had goals from Paddy Codd and Michael Doyle, but had too much ground to make up.

Declan Fanning and Tony Doyle were others to shine for Killenaule, while Cathal Dillon and Thomas Fahey were key men for Aherlow.

Loughmore-Castleiney made sure of their place in the closing stages of the championship with a decisive 1-15 to 1-4 win over Mullinahone. Noel McGrath’s goal in the 11th minute sent Loughmore on their way. They led 1-7 to 0-2 at the break and were 1-12 to 0-4 clear when Edwin O’Meara netted for Mullinahone in the 46th minute.

A late Mullinahone rally never materialised and Loughmore, with Micheal Webster out of retirement and scoring three points, were never in any danger of being caught. Eoin Kelly, Alan Curran, James Connolly and Edwin O Meara were key for Mullinahone who lost Paul Curran through injury at half-time.

Apart from Noel McGrath, who scored 1-4 from play, and Micheal Webster, Loughmore had good displays from Lorcan Egan, Joseph Hennessy, and Liam McGrath.

Kilsheelan continued on their winning way with a clear-cut 2-14 to 0-6 win over a depleted Moycarkey-Borris. A goal by Thomas Ryan just before the break boosted Kilsheelan who led 1-7 to 0-2 at the break.

Things didn’t improve for Moycarkey afterwards and Michael McHugh’s penalty goal for Kilsheelan near the finish set the seal on a fine team performance by Kilsheelan, for whom Eoin Ryan, Aidan Maguire, and David Corcoran were outstanding. Niall O Sullivan battled hard in defence for Moycarkey.

Moyle Rovers were full value for their 0-14 to 1-4 win over Thomas MacDonaghs, the North combination who were short a number of their regulars, while Galtee Rovers recorded a double scores 0-10 to 0-5 win over Cahir.


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