Can it get anymore difficult for Clonmel Commercials?
Having won their first county senior football title since 2002 one would have thought that perhaps things were looking up for the Clonmel side as they prepared for their first run-out in the Munster Club championship in ten years.
An away tie against Kerry and reigning Munster champions Dr Croke’s of Killarney wasn’t exactly the draw they had in mind.
However, since it became known that they would have to travel to Killarney - after Dr Croke’s defeated Kilmurry/Ibrickane of Clare in Quilty two weeks ago - things haven’t gone the way of the Clonmel side.
Commercials have had to plan without Colman Kennedy who was man of the match in the county final, due to a soccer scholarship with UCC and a game on Sunday between Cork City and Waterford United.
Now, Michael Quinlivan, their main man in attack is a serious concern for Sunday’s game after picking up an ankle ligaments injury at training on Wednesday night. The inter-county star on his day is capable of opening up the best defences in the country and his absence would be a huge blow to Commercials hopes against Dr. Croke’s.
The Tipperary champions are already without the services of Niall Kelly since his straight red card dismissal against Loughmore/Castleiney in the county semi-final some weeks back. There are also a couple of others nursing injuries.
But these serious setbacks may yet galvanise the Tipperary champions and even if Gooch and Co., are raging hot favourites of 1/10 to advance to the final - don’t write off the Clonmel side just yet.