Quinlivan superb as Commercials ease into semi-finals

Commercials secured qualification for the semi-finals of the O’Donoghue Motor Factors U21 FC ‘A’ with a very comprehensive victory over Killenaule, on Friday evening last under lights in Ballyporeen. Such a one-sided result did not look likely early on as both sides played out a very entertaining first half, sharing a 1-5 each score-line.

Commercials secured qualification for the semi-finals of the O’Donoghue Motor Factors U21 FC ‘A’ with a very comprehensive victory over Killenaule, on Friday evening last under lights in Ballyporeen. Such a one-sided result did not look likely early on as both sides played out a very entertaining first half, sharing a 1-5 each score-line.

Clonmel Commercials 3-13

Killenaule 1-7

Commercials secured qualification for the semi-finals of the O’Donoghue Motor Factors U21 FC ‘A’ with a very comprehensive victory over Killenaule, on Friday evening last under lights in Ballyporeen. Such a one-sided result did not look likely early on as both sides played out a very entertaining first half, sharing a 1-5 each score-line.

Michael Quinlivan opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a pointed free. Killenaule, with the aid of a very strong breeze, had early goal chances from Joe O’Dwyer and Aaron Conran, before Conor Maguire eventually found the net, following good work from Greg Henry.

Joe O’Dwyer added a fine point in the tenth minute, with Commercials responding through Gearoid Bolger’s solo effort. Soon after Michael Quinlivan steered an excellent 45 over the bar against the wind and was unlucky not to add another a minute later.

Colman Kennedy had another point for Commercials as the half wore on, before Greg Henry replied with two points in quick succession for Killenaule. Commercials were getting to grips with the Killenaule half-back line and their pressure told coming up to half time when Liam Murchan had a goal from close range, having collected a clever pass from Quinlivan. Killenaule’s response was immediate with Cathal Bergin storming up the field to fist the ball over the bar and John O’Dwyer had a great individual score to put Killenuale back in fromt. Colman Kennedy rounded off the opening period’s scoring with a point from way out on the sideline.

With playing conditions worsening after the break, Commercials took charge early on and never looked back. Points from Colman Kennedy and Brian Walsh and a well taken opportunist goal from star man Michael Quinlivan all in the first five minutes after the re-start sent Commercials on their way. A Greg Henry point, his third of the evening, gave Killenaule some respite. Michael Quinlivan, a constant threat throughout had two further successful frees as Commercials began to run riot.

Killenaule couldn’t cope, and with the breeze now aiding the Clonmel side, the result was beginning to look ominous. As the game entered the final quarter, and with conditions deteriorating futher, Commercials scored a third goal to compound Killenaule’s misery. Quinlivan again on hand to pounce after the ball rebounded off the cross bar from Matthew Hynes’ effort.

Killenaule had a pointed free from Joe O’Dwyer with time running out and Brian Walsh had the final say for Commercials in injury time with a long range effort. Two wins from two for Commercials is enough for them to progress and they will fancy their chances of silverware after this impressive showing. Killenaule desperately need to win their next game although expect them to improve, having just played one game to date.

Commercials: P. Nolan, S. Taylor, J. Peters, C. O’Heefe, B. O’Hara, S. Kennedy, K. Fahy, G. Bolger (0-1), B. Walsh (0-2), L. Murchan (1-0), C. Kennedy (0-3), M. Hynes (0-1), J. Lonergan, M. Quinlivan (2- 6), S. Power

Killenaule: R. Hall, C. Prendergast, S. Hannigan, A. Leahy, T. Keaveny, C. Bergin (0-01), J. Meagher, T. Nolan, D.Guinan, A Conran, J.O’Dwyer (0-1), G. Henry (0-3), C. Maguire, J. O’Dwyer (0-2), R. Loughman. 

Ref: D. Cahill (Ballyporeen)