Ardfinnan reached the semi-final of the Clonmel Oil sponsored South Tipperary senior football championship with a seven point victory over Fethard in the quarter final played in Cahir on Saturday night last, winning 0-17 to 1-7.
They set up this victory with an excellent first-half display when they hit some excellent points. Fethard struggled for long periods but were thrown a lifeline on 25 minutes with an excellent goal by wing back Brian Delahunty and must have been delighted to only trail by 4 pts at the interval, 0-10 to 1-3.
Ardfinnan have qualified for the semi-final for the second year in a row and will take great heart from this display. Fethard will now concentrate on the county series where they will meet the same opposition. They will hope to have some of their missing players back and will be confident of reversing this result.
Best for the winners were Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Michael O’Sullivan, Karl Costigan, Jonathan Ryan, Peter Hally, Aiden Savage, Billy Hewitt, Johnny English, Daniel O’Regan and David Lonergan.
Best for Fethard were Gavin Fitzgerald, Dylan Fitzgerald, Cian Maher, Brian Delahunty, Kenneth O’Donnell, Carl Maher and Aiden Lonergan
Scorers, Ardfinnan, David Lonergan 0-6(5f), Peter Hally 0-4. Billy Hewitt 0-3, Johnny English 0-3, Aiden Savage 0-1.
Fethard, Brian Delahunty 1-0, Carl Maher 0-3(2f), Kenneth O’Donnell 0-3(1f) Aiden Lonergan 0-1
Ardfinnan; Niall Hickey, John Kinehan, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Eoin Walsh, Michael O’Sullivan, Hugh Bannon, Karl Costigan, Jonathan Ryan, Philip Murphy, Aiden Savage, Brian Lonergan, Peter Hally, Daniel O’Regan, Billy Hewitt, Johnny English. Subs used - David Lonergan, Alan Martin, James O’Mahoney, Kieran O’Brien.
Fethard: Paul Fitzgerald, Shane Alyward, Gavin Fitzgerald, Alan O’Connor, Ronan Fitzgerald, Dee Burke, Brian Delahunty, Shane Walsh, Cian Maher, Ciaran O’Meara, Aiden Lonergan, David Hayes, Carl Maher, Dylan Fitzgerald, Kenneth O’Donnell. Subs Used: John Paul Looby
Referee - Brian Tyrell