Clonmel Commercials looking stronger this year as they bid to retain county title

JEDDY WALSH

Reporter:

JEDDY WALSH

Conor Davin Murphy of Kilsheelan breaks out of defence despite the best efforts of Commercials Richie Carroll during Sunday's South SFC final played on Sunday evening in Monroe.
CLONMEL COMMERCIALS regained the South senior football title (last won in 2011) with a 1-12 to 0-6 win over Kilsheelan/Kilcash at Monroe on Sunday evening last.

CLONMEL COMMERCIALS regained the South senior football title (last won in 2011) with a 1-12 to 0-6 win over Kilsheelan/Kilcash at Monroe on Sunday evening last.

Already through to a county quarter-final as winners of Group 1 in the County Championship, Sunday’s win brings welcome silverware but also adds to the confidence of a team growing in strength.

With only one defeat all year - that to Eire Og in New Inn in June - Commercials look even stronger at this stage of the season than they did last year when they went on to win the O’Dwyer Cup.

The return from the States of players, especially Sunday night’s game-changer Michael Quinlivan, will give them extra belief as they prepare for a quarter-final.

The panel and the strength of their bench looks impressive and the addition of 
Tyrone inter-county underage star, Conal McCullagh, to their ranks gives them even further options. McCullagh made his debut as a second half sub on Sunday and picked up a South senior football medal in his very first game for the club.

Clonmel Commercials: Evan Comerford, Fergal Condon, Donal Lynch, Kevin Fahey, Luke Moore, Seamus Kennedy, Jamie Peters, Kevin Harney (Captain), Ian Fahey (0-1), Richie Carroll (0-1), Colman Kennedy (1-0), John Harney, Ian Barnes (0-7, 0-4F), Michael Quinlivan (0-2, 0-1F), Jason Lonergan.

Subs: Padraic Looram for John Harney; Niall Kelly (0-1) for Richie Carroll; Alan Lonergan for Colman Kennedy; Ciaran O’Connell for Luke Moore; Conal McCullagh for Jason Lonergan.

Kilsheelan/Kilcash: John Smyth, David Corcoran, Willie Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Conor Davin Murphy, Adrian McGuire, James Geraghty, Tommy Ryan, Eoghan Ryan, Bill Maher, Jimmy Ryan (0-1), Patrick Larkin (Captain), Michael McHugh (0-4F), Adrian Walsh (0-1), Paul Maher.

Subs: Kevin Larkin for James Geraghty; Eddie Sweeney for Pakie Larkin; Ross Larkin for Jimmy Ryan; John Kehoe for Bill Maher.

Ref: Seanie Lonergan (Moyle Rovers).