Munster club champions and beaten All-Ireland finalists Clonmel Commercials were knocked out of the Tipperary senior football championship at Boherlahan on Sunday, losing out to Loughmore-Castleiney 0-9 to 0-8 in a nail-biting semi-final.
These sides have shared the title between them for the past four years and in a very close first half, Loughmore were narrowly in front, 0-5 to 0-4.
Two Michael Quinlivan points for Commercials had them ahead early in the second half but Loughmore recovered, and Cian Hennessy’s point after 38 minutes put them 0-9 to 0-7 in front. Scores were at a premium in the last quarter. Michael Quinlivan’s point for Commercials was the only flag raised as Loughmore marched onto their third final in four years.
Three black cards were issued by referee Derek O’Mahoney in a five-minute spell in the third quarter, Liam McGrath and Kieran McGrath for Loughmore and Kevin Harney for Commercials going off.
Joey Hennessy, John McGrath, Brian McGrath and Cian Hennessy were the main men for Loughmore with Michael Quinlivan, Seamus Kennedy and Jason Lonergan prominent for Commercials.
Beaten finalists last year Moyle Rovers are back in the decider again having routed Kilsheelan-Kilcash 4-14 to 0-6 at Cahir.
Diarmuid Foley was the star turn for the winners. He had an early goal to settle them and added another before half-time as they went in at the break 2-8 to 0-3 ahead. Foley was withdrawn at that stage with a touch of hamstring trouble, but Rovers continued to dominate, second-half goals from Thomas Hill and Stephen Quirke setting the seal on their win.
Moyle Rovers were without county men Peter Acheson and Martin Dunne, but with Diarmuid Foley, who scored 2-4 in the first half, Ross Mulcahy and Danny Owens leading the way, proved far superior to their rivals who missed the influence of the absent Paul Maher and Brendan Martin. Bill Maher and Thomas Ryan were their top performers.
Meanwhile, Newport are back in senior hurling ranks after a 12-year absence following their 1-17 to 0-15 win over Thurles Sarsfields in the county intermediate hurling final at Dundrum.
Newport made all the running and helped by an early Eamon McCormack goal, led at half-time 1-11 to 0-9.
Sarsfields came at them strongly in the second half but the goal continued to be the main difference to the finish.
Fethard regained their senior football status with their 1-11 to 2-7 win over Golden-Kilfeacle in the county intermediate football final at Cashel.
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