All Ireland glory for Clonmel High School

Students and teachers at Clonmel High School were still celebrating this week following the school's historic win in the All Ireland Colleges 'B' football final at Portarlington last Friday.

The Clonmel school has produced many outstanding teams in the past but all have failed to reach the holy grail of colleges football - an All Ireland title.

But this year potential was finally realised and Friday's thrilling win over St Attracta's from Tubbercurry in County Sligo released an outburst of joy and emotion.

A second half goal from Moyle Rovers' Liam Boland swung a tight game in High School's favour and in a dramatic finale they held out for a famous victory.

It was a proud moment for coaches Tony Gleeson and Chris Allen who have put so much effort into High School football as well for another man closely identified with High School teams, Tom Conway.

And also beaming from ear to ear at the final whistle for the second time in ten days was Tipperary senior and u-21 football manager John Evans who was also involved in the backroom team at the Clonmel school.

For former Dublin footballer and school principal Shay Bannon it was also the end of a long wait to bring an All Ireland title to the school and he predicted a golden era for Tipperary football if this talented group of players stick together.

Star midfielder Aldo Matassa will also line out for the county u-21s in their All Ireland semi-final against Donegal in Parnell Park, Dublin this Saturday evening while a number of the school side also played for Tipperary against Kerry in the Munster minor championship in Tralee on Wednesday night.

Many of the team have another big test in June when they sit their Leaving Cert but for wing forward Tom Kirwan that is a little way off yet - the fifteen year old in still in Second Year and the Ardfinnan player looks set to be a key member of the High School team for a number of years yet.

See match report, interviews and photographs in Nationalist Sport.


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