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Clonmel Commericials overcome six-point deficit to claim Tipperary SFC title

It’s now six years without success for Moyle Rovers.

Tipperary star Michael Quinlivan chipped in with 0-4 for Commercials.
Tipperary star Michael Quinlivan chipped in with 0-4 for Commercials.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Clonmel Commercials 1-12
Moyle Rovers 3-5

CLONMEL COMMERCIALS CAME from six points down to claim victory over local rivals Moyle Rovers in this afternoon’s Clean Ireland Recycling Tipperary SFC final.

Commercials claimed a 16th title — and first since 2012 — as Rovers were denied their first Premier County crown since last winning it in 2009.

The newly-crowned champions did it the hard way, recovering from a two-goal Diarmuid Foley blast in the first half and the concession of a bizarre Liam Boland goal in the sixth minute of the second half.

Foley, who was later black-carded, struck twice in three minutes to hand Rovers a 2-1 to 0-1 advantage, both strikes created by Boland. But Rovers went 16 minutes without a score after that and Commercials stayed patient to work their way back into contention.

At half-time, the margin was just two points, Commercials trailing by 0-7 to 2-3, but they got off to the worst possible start on the resumption. Boland’s long-range free bounced over the head of Paul Nolan, a first-half replacement for Jake McDonald, and into the Commercials net in the 36th minute.

When opposite number and Rovers netminder Ciaran Kenrick nailed a 45, Rovers were six points clear again, 3-4 to 0-7. But Rovers managed just a point for the remainder of the game as Commercials came on strong. Sub Padraig Looram netted with his first touch before both sides lost players to black cards down the home straight.

Commercials, driven forward by Seamus Kennedy, drew level through county star Michael Quinlivan with eleven minutes left, before Jason Lonergan put them ahead for the first time since the same player put over the opening score of the game.

Another Commercials sub, Ian Barnes, stretched the gap to two points, before Rovers lost goalscorer Boland to a second yellow card. Brian Gleeson’s point in the second minute of stoppage time left the bare minimum between the sides but Commercials held out.

Scorers for Clonmel Commercials: Michael Quinlivan 0-4 (3f), Jason Lonergan 0-3 (1f), Padraig Looram 1-0, Padraig White 0-2, Seamus Kennedy, Kevin Fahey & Ian Barnes 0-1 each.

Scorers for Moyle Rovers: Diarmuid Foley 2-0, Liam Boland 1-2f, Ciaran Kenrick (45), Stephen Quirke & Brian Gleeson 0-1 each.

Clonmel Commercials

1. Jake McDonald

2. Fergal Condon
3. Donal Lynch
4. Jamie Peters

5. Danny Madigan
6. Seamus Kennedy
7. Kevin Fahey

8. Jack Kennedy
9. Aldo Matassa

10. Luke Moore
17. Ian Fahey
12. Jason Lonergan

13. Kevin Harney (c)
14. Michael Quinlivan
15. Padraig White

Subs:

16. Paul Nolan for McDonald (inj, 17)
26. Ian Barnes for Jack Kennedy (38)
11. Padraig Looram for Matassa (38)
18. Shane Taylor for Madigan (b/c 43)

Moyle Rovers

1. Ciaran Kenrick

6. Danny Lyne
3. Alan Campbell
20. Danny Owens

16. Ross Mulcahy
11. Peter Acheson (c)
7. Darragh Dwyer

5. Sean Keating
9. Martin Dunne

10. Rian Clancy
22. Tadhg Fitzgerald
12. David McGrath

13. Liam Boland
17. Stephen Quirke
15. Diarmuid Foley

Subs:

24. Conor Conneally for Clancy (47)
29. Brian Gleeson for Keating (49)
14. Jack Lonergan for Foley (b/c 52)
8. Luke Boland for Mulcahy (59)

Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Ardfinnan)

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