Canon Fitzgerald Under 17 ‘A’ County Hurling Cup Final –
CBS High School Clonmel 0-15
St Joseph’s CBS Nenagh 0-9
Clonmel team captain, Sean Gunne was presented with the Fitzgerald Cup on Friday at Dr Morris Park after this magnificent achievement in the competition, an historic first for Clonmel High School.
The School has been performing very well of late in various ‘A’ competitions in hurling, at U-14 and U-15 levels.
This latest success is yet another major boost to hurling in the school. The victory was well deserved. All fifteen players contributed to the success by working extremely hard for the hour and showing lots of skill in the process.
In the first half Clonmel played with the wind and they took full advantage of it. At half time they were nine points in front, 0-12 to 0-3. All six forwards scored on the day.
Clonmel settled more quickly and scored the first three points. Ross Mulcahy scored the opener, then a David Collins point followed by a Ross Peters free. Nenagh then converted a free. Alec Owens showed some sublime skill in scoring the fourth. Ross Peters then converted his second free. Nenagh replied with their second point. Ross Peters responded with his third free.
Following this, Nenagh won a free and got their third point of the half. Conor Gleeson then scored his first. Ross Mulcahy added two more, one from a free and the other from play.
The High School were growing in confidence with every score. Their team work was excellent, players showed good composure on the ball and generally took good options. Tom Cooney slotted the next one over. Alec Owens scored his second from close range. Ross Peters then converted his fourth free of the half. Even though there was still another thirty minutes of hurling to play, Clonmel had worked themselves into a very strong position. The aim for the second half was not to concede any goals and to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
As expected, Nenagh challenged very strongly in the second half. They scored the first four points. Ross Peters then converted his fifth free of the afternoon. Nenagh tried hard to find the net. Clonmel’s backs were alert to the danger and the opposing forwards couldn’t find the space to shoot.
All six Clonmel backs competed strongly, and Tom Kirwan dropped back to assist them and relieve the pressure. His midfield partner, Dermot Ryan won his fair share of possession and used it well. Nenagh then scored a point from play and converted a free.
At this stage the Clonmel lead was reduced to four points. One wondered if there was a Nenagh comeback on the cards. Conor Gleeson, probably Clonmel’s most threatening and exciting forward, then pointed from play. He had earlier shot for goal and only the woodwork deprived him of a very dramatic goal. Ross Mulcahy, showing his usual composure sealed the win with a point from a free.
Last February, Clonmel High School narrowly lost out to Dungarvan CBS by one point in the Munster U18½ semi-final. Thirteen of this team were senior panellists on that day. No doubt, that memory drove on the Clonmel lads and this victory compensates in some way for that devastating defeat
Over the past decade, Thurles CBS in particular and also Our Lady’s Templemore have been dominating the Canon Fitzgerald Cup. This is a significant success for Clonmel High School and it will certainly serve to inspire future successes at senior level.
Scorers: Ross Peters (0-5, all frees), Ross Mulcahy (0-4, 2 frees), Alec Owens, Conor Gleeson (0-2 each), David Collins, Tom Cooney (0-1 each).
Clonmel High School - Tadgh Lonergan, Jason Ryan, Sean Gunne (Capt), Sean Nagle, Michael Meagher, Eoin Kehoe, Kevin Guiry, Tom Kirwan, Dermot Ryan, Tom Cooney, Ross Mulcahy, David Collins, Conor Gleeson, Alec Owens, Ross Peters. Subs: Michael Boland, Luke Boland, Patrick Morrissey, Shane Lonergan, Eric Walsh, Liam Ryan, Sean Ryan, Richie Gunne, Mike Hogan, Paul Maher (injured).