Favourites Clonmel Commercials and surprise packets Ballyporeen meet in the South Tipperary u-21 football championship final at Cahir on Saturday.
It’s a novel pairing with Ballyporeen chasing their first title. They surprised Ardifnnan in the semi-final and will be looking to cause an even bigger upset by beating star-studded Commercials in the decider.
They face the strongest of opposition in a Clonmel side which can field a host of the best young players in the Division and who will start strong favourites. That said Commercials were all out to contain holders Moyle Rovers in the semi-final and will have to improve on that performance. A repeat of the form shown against Ardfinnan would put ‘Bally’ in with a shout and whatever the outcome patrons should be treated to some classy football.
The Senior Football championship also gets underway this week end should have a lively opening and the pick of the three games scheduled for 4-30 on Saturday afternoon should be the clash of Moyle Rovers and Kilsheelan/Kilcash in Clonmel Sportsfield. Kilsheelan/Kilcash did extremely well on their return to the senior grade last year and should prove a match for most teams in the new campaign. Led by County men the Ryan brothers they will relish a clash against Rovers who will be looking to key players Peter Acheson, Sean Carey and Brian Mulvihill to provide the leadership that will get them off to a winning start.
Clonmel Og fresh from their great under 21 (B) championship success will face Swans in Kilsheelan. The Carrick side at their best can be a match for anyone but Clonmel Og have had a few useful outings in the County league and might fancy their chances of getting off to a winning start in what will be a keenly contested game.
The clash of Killenaule and Fethard in Monroe should also prove close and hard fought.
Killenaule have consistently put up solid displays in this grade in recent years and have the ability to still prove a force. Fethard are showing signs of recovery from a very lean period and might just shade the issue.