Commercials on the cusp of history as they set up Nemo clash
Clonmel 1-13 St Joseph's 0-3
NO Tipperary team has won the AIB Munster senior club football championship but after producing an impressive semi-final display yesterday, Clonmel Commercials will feel confident of ending the famine.
They won by 13 points against a disappointing St Joseph's Miltown-Malbay at the Clonmel Sportsfield, booking their place in a provincial decider for the first time since 1994, when they lost to Castlehaven.
It's also the first time in 14 years that the Premier County will be represented in a Munster senior club football final, more evidence of big-ball progress.
Manager Charlie McGeever has called for breathing space as Commercials prepare to tackle club specialists Nemo Rangers on November 29.
The weather put paid to a county minor A hurling final involving two Commercials players on Saturday.
Jack Kennedy and Ross Peters are also hurlers for St Mary's but they were spared the prospect of two games in two days by the elements.
Kennedy is a key player for Commercials and Peters potentially useful off the bench. McGeever will hope that no further roadblocks are placed in their way ahead of what could be a red-letter day for Tipperary football.
McGeever said: "I would hope that people have a bit of sense around what they're doing.
"I have to get that out of my head, once it was sorted at the start of the week I had to leave it at that."
McGeever had described the Kennedy and Peters situation as "overkill, ridiculous and unacceptable".
Kennedy started yesterday, and scored a point, before going off early in the second half.
Commercials were still comfortable without him, having established an 0-8 to 0-1 lead by half-time.
Despite playing against the breeze, Commercials stormed into an eight-point lead before Eoin Cleary pointed for St Joseph's in the 27th minute, a score that drew a huge cheer from the large travelling contingent.
St Joseph's registered the opening score of the second half but the game was up when Michael Quinlivan fisted home in the 41st minute from Jason Lonergan's in-swinging delivery.
Quinlivan was black-carded five minutes later but this one was done and dusted from a long way out.
Scorers --Commercials: M Quinlivan 1-3 (0-1f), J Lonergan 0-3, S Kennedy & P White (1f) 0-2, J Kennedy, I Fahey (45) & I Barnes (f) 0-1. St Joseph's: S Malone, E Cleary & K Malone 0-1.
COMMERCIALS: J McDonald; J Peters, D Lynch, F Condon; L Moore, K Fahey, K Harney; S Kennedy, M Quinlivan; A Matassa, J Lonergan, I Fahey; I Barnes, J Kennedy, P White. Subs: P Looram for J Kennedy (36), D Madigan for Quinlivan (47, black card), J Harney for Barnes (48), E Fitzgerald for Matassa (54) S Taylor for Peters (56), C McGeever for Condon (58).
ST JOSEPH'S: S O'Brien; E O'Brien, Seanie Malone, G Kelly; E O'Gorman, G Curtin, D Lafferty; J Meade, D McDonagh; K Keavey, K Malone, J Curtin; E Cleary, E Curtin, B Curtin. Subs: C Hehir for Lafferty (inj, 10), C Murray for Keavey (30), G Kelly for Meade (h.t.), Sean Malone for J Curtin (46) S Curtin for G Curtin (51), D Talty for Cleary (55).
Referee: C Lane (Cork).