Kennedy stars as Commercials run out easy winners
Clonmel Commercials 1-9 Thomas MacDonaghs 0-5:The 2011 All-Ireland minor football hero Colman Kennedy produced a man of the match display at Semple Stadium yesterday as Clonmel Commercials were crowned Tipperary senior club football champions for a 15th time.
Kennedy scored the late goal that stunned Dublin at Croke Park last year and he came up with another crucial strike yesterday. His 41st minute goal opened up a 1-5 to 0-3 lead for Commercials and effectively ended a disappointing game as a contest.
Weather conditions were far from ideal but the first half of the final was wholly forgettable as the sides went in at half-time level at 0-2 apiece. But Commercials were far superior in the second half and a strong third quarter sealed the win.
Commercials moved into a 0-5 to 0-3 lead before Kennedy’s goal. His clinical low finish crowned a flowing Commercials move that also involved Ian Fahy, John Harney and Jason Lonergan.
While Kennedy was the star turn for Commercials, there were other notable performances from the winners. Ian Barnes at corner forward bagged four points, including two from play, while manager Philly Ryan’s subs also worked a treat as two of them, Alan and Jason Lonergan, scored a point each.
There was very little to be enthused about in a dour first half and almost nine minutes had elapsed before Barnes slotted over the opening score of the game from a free.
Kennedy kicked Commercials two points clear but MacDonaghs, an amalgamation of clubs from the north division, were level by half-time thanks to points from Joe Carroll and Pádraic O’Meara.
But early in the second half, the MacDonaghs’ goose was cooked as Commercials roared into life. They led by six points on three occasions as MacDonaghs, who scored just three second-half points, struggled in vain to launch a fightback.
The floodlights came on as darkness descended and late points from the Lonergans sealed the win for Commercials. Kerry kingpins Dr Crokes in the Munster semi-final are next up for the Clonmel side.