In the first of the Sureprint Minor Football A South Semi Finals Clonmel Commercials proved far too strong for Ardfinnan with an impressive victory in Kilsheelan on Sunday evening last.
They now qualify for their fourth successive final appearance in a row having won 2010, 2011, 2012 titles
On the form shown in Kilsheelan they will be hard to stop with impressive displays from Sean Gunne, Kevin Fahey, Jack Kennedy, Ross Peters, Padraic Looram.
For a gallant Ardfinnan Colm O’Shaughnessy, Sean Nagle, Gerry Cronin, Shane Keating and Phil Walsh did best.
In the first half Commercials took off on a scoring spree scoring 1-8 without a reply with the goal from Jack Kennedy to leave the score at the interval 1-9 to 0-1,
Michael Nugent killed off any Ardfinnan revival hopes in the 35th minute he crashed to the net to put Commercials 2-12 to 0-2 ahead.
Ardfinnan rallied with two goals in the final five minutes, the first from a fast taking free by Tom Kirwan to Gerry Cronin who blasted to the net. The second goal was a Gerry Cronin penalty spot to leave the final score 2-18 to 2-3.
Scorers Clonmel Commercials Jack Kennedy 1-5 (2F), Padraic White 0- 5 (4f), Michael Nugent 1-1, Michael Connolly 0-1, Coyle Peters 0-1, Ross Peters 0-1, Padraic Looram 0-2, Graham Kelly 0-1,
Ardfinna Gerry Cronin 2-3 (1-3 Frees),
Teams Clonmel Commercials Jake McDonald, Robert Lyons, Ross Dennehy, Liam Ryan, Michael Connolly, Sean Gunne, Eric Walsh, Kevin Fahy, Jack Kennedy, Coyle Peters, Padraic Looram, Ross Peters, Michael Nugent, Padraig White, Richie Gunne.
Subs: Graham Kelly, Shane Crowley, John Bates, Matt Barlow and Larry Fahey.
Ardfinnan Cathal Boyle, Adam Ross Lambert, James Shine, Eoin O’Brien, Darrah Boyle, Colm Shaughnessy, Shane Keating, Sean Nagle, Gerry Cronin, Niall O’Sullivan, Phil Walsh, Michael Tobin, Bernard McHugh, Tom Kirwan, Mick Hogan. Subs Evan Barrett, Stephen Coveney, Brian Butler,
Referee Keith O’Brien (Kilsheelan).