Sunday’s Clonmel Oil sponsored South Senior Football Final has all the ingredients of a superb decider.
Current county champions Clonmel Commercials will be bidding to regain the divisional title last won in 2011 while Kilsheelan/Kilcash will be hoping to bridge a 30 year gap since their last South success.
The game which is fixed for Monroe at 6pm will see the Clonmel side begin as favourites but Kilsheelan/Kilcash have shown some excellent form in recent weeks and will relish the challenge that Sunday’s final brings.
The last two weeks have seen Kilsheelan/Kilcash defeat both of last year’s finalists.
In the quarter-final Moyle Rovers fell to them while last weekend it was the turn of reigning champions Killenaule to be turned over by David Power’s charges.
Kilsheelan/Kilcash have the talent in their ranks to make Sunday a red letter day in the club’s history. Bill Maher is one of the best young footballers in the county and his contribution to his club is immense.
In the forward line his younger brother Paul is rapidly developing as an outstanding footballer and he is a handful for any defender.
Out the field the Ryan brothers play a pivotal role and form an excellent mid-field partnership. Adrian Walsh is a player who has great vision and his ability to win ball and find a team mate is a huge asset.
While people will talk of the rich history of Clonmel Commercials in the South Championship a closer inspection of more recent times will show that the club has won just three of their 22 two titles in the last 20 years.
Having won the title in 1994 they waited for ten years to regain the crown and a further seven would pass before their last title in 2011. There is no doubt about the ability in their panel but to date this year they have failed to deliver anything like their best for 60 minutes.
In patches in their semi-final win over Cahir last weekend they were excellent but there were periods during the game when Commercials struggled. The return to the club of Colman Kennedy is a huge boost while the arrival back from America of Michael Quinlivan is also a welcome addition.
They have in their ranks seven of the All Ireland minor winning panel of 2011 but also have some excellent experienced players like Fergal Condon , the Harney brothers and Ian Barnes.
Sunday’s clash is sure to be well contested by two teams that will be looking to become South Champions and if both teams play to their best it should lead to a really good game of football.
Kilsheelan/Kilcash manager David Power will be hoping that his team continue the steady progress that has been evident in recent weeks. Commercials will be keen to improve on certain areas and have the players to win on Sunday.
If Commercials can play to their potential they will prove very difficult opponents.
While Kilsheelan/Kilcash will start as underdogs it would be far from wise of anyone to write them off. They have demonstrated against Moyle Rovers and Killenaule that they are now a forced to be recokoned with in senior ranks.
This promises to be an intriguing affair and shouldn’t be missed.