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Munster champs Clonmel knocked out as Loughmore and Moyle set up Tipp final

It was county senior football semi-final day in Tipperary.

pjimage (2) Noel McGrath and Alan Campbell will be in opposition in the Tipperary decider. Source: INPHO

THERE’LL BE NEW Munster senior club football champions this year after Clonmel Commercials were knocked out of the Tipperary senior football championship by Loughmore-Castleiney at the semi-final stage.

A 0-9 to 0-8 victory in the last four clash saw Loughmore-Castleiney advance in Boherlahan to a final where they will face Moyle Rovers, who thumped Kilsheelan-Kilcash by 4-14 to 0-6 in their semi-final in Cahir.

The final will take place next Sunday with Loughmore-Castleiney having claimed titles in 2013 and 2014 while Moyle Rovers lost by a point in last year’s decider to Clonmel Commercials.

In a low scoring contest Loughmore-Castleiney prevailed after being ahead 0-5 to 0-4 at half-time. Michael Quinlivan, who hit 0-5 overall, landed a brace early in the second-half to put Clonmel ahead but Loughmore countered with their defence impressive.

John McGrath was outstanding for Loughmore while Liam McGrath hit 0-5 and Cian Hennessy notched 0-2. The loss of Kevin Harney to a black card was a major setback for a Clonmel team who had lost out to eventual All-Ireland champions Ballyboden St-Enda’s at the All-Ireland semi-final stage last February.

Moyle Rovers were far too strong in the other semi-final tie as they had 20 points to spare over Kilsheelan-Kilcash. Diarmuid Foley, who scored 2-4 overall, struck the net twice in the opening half as Moyle Rovers were ahead 2-8 to 0-3 at the interval.

Liam Boland and Stephen Quirke added second half goals while Thomas Hill and Danny Owens also hit key points for the winners.

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