South Tipp GAA
The Clonmel Credit Union sponsored South Tipperary Intermediate football championship decider between Moyle Rovers and Ballyporeen is expected to attract a fine attendance to Ardfinnan on Saturday evening where Brian Tyrell will have charge of the whistle. This eagerly awaited final is scheduled for 5-30 p.m. and will be preceded at 4 p.m. by the Mulcahy Construction Junior Football championship (B) semi-final between Moyle Rovers and Fethard. Also on Saturday and also at 4 p.m. the other semi-final in that junior (B) competition between Cahir and Clerihan will be staged in Clonmel Sportsfield.
The remaining game scheduled for the weekend is a Pat Cleere under 21 hurling ‘C’ clash between Carrick Davins and Fr. Sheehys which is also listed for Saturday and will be played in Ned Hall Park at 5 p.m.
Having suffered defeat in the South senior football championship final, Moyle Rovers will be expecting to gain some measure of compensation when they face up to Ballyporeen in the intermediate decider. Although Ballyporeen will be the favourites to account for Rovers’ second team the Powerstown/Lisronagh outfit has impressed in all their games and they have a nice blend of youth and experience to call on. They’ll be looking to the likes of the evergreen Liam Cronin, prolific scorer Paul Shanahan and County minor star Philip Quirke to inspire their colleagues and make a mighty effort to upset the odds and give the club only their second success in this championship, their only win having been achieved way back in 1966.
Ballyporeen have a proud championship record down the years and they are confident of taking another crown. They too can call on a nice blend of young stalwarts to add to their more experienced performers and players like Conor Sweeney, John O’Callaghan and John Martin are a trio that are certain to figure prominently.
The stage looks set for a decider that should provide great entertainment.
In the curtain-raiser Moyle Rovers will be hoping to get their third team through to a divisional final by accounting for Fethard in what looks likely to be a closely contested junior (B) affair. The other semi-final in this competition will see Clerihan oppose Cahir and whilst Cahir will be hoping that their side will be able to go on and complete a double in the junior (B) grade following the success of their hurlers, Clerihan have performed well to get to the last four and have a bright chance of gaining an championship final place for the first time in many moons.