Darragh Bolger who played at centre back for Clonmel High School
Clonmel High School --------------2.10
Abbey CBS,Tipperary ------------- 1.13
After a pulsating battle Clonmel High School and Abbey CBS Tipperary could not be separated , even after a period of extra time added on, in an entertaining county secondary schools senior football semi final clash.
These two teams will have to do it all again in a replay in Clonmel on a date to be arranged after a winner faileld to emerge in a great contest played out in the Abbey grounds in Tipperary Town this afternoon.
There was a contentious finish to the game as a shot from the boot of Jack Downey ,,two minutes ov er the period of extra time added on, was adjudged to have gone between the posts to level matters .
The High School management and players strongly disputed the matter but the referee after consulting with the umpires ruled that the score stood and the two teams would have to battle it out again to decide who goes through to the county final.
It was a game of great effort on behalf of both teams who, at times, played quality footballl and registered some excellent scores.
Both teams showed great character to bounce back from difficult positions with the High School recovering from a four point deficit after a poor start.A Sean Martin goal set them on their way but they were rocked again by a well taken Edmond O Dwyer goal after fourteen minutes which put the Abbey back in control again and the Tipp town team held a two point lead at half time.
For their part the Abbey showed great resilience to storm back into the game after going three points adrift when High Schools Manus McFadden converted a penalty seven minutes into the second half.The High School, who shifted the hard working Mark Stokes from his midfield berth into full forward , lost their grip in midfield and failed to build on their advantage .
The Abbey scored three without reply to level after sixteen minutes and on two more occasions before the full time whistle they came from behind to get on level terms with Adam McGrath converting a free a minute into injury time to force extra time.
The teams scored four points apiece in the twenty minute extra timeperiod with two scores from Adam McGrath and one apiece for the Abbey from Edmond ODwyer and Jack Downey with Cian O Sullivan scoring three frees and one from play for the High School.
A Sullivan free three minutes into the second period of extra time looked like being the decisive score for the High School but the Abbey showed great resilience and kept pressing for the equaliser.Jack Downey managedto find the space to aim for a point two minutes o ver the extra time period and that drew the teams level before the final whistle went.
The High School will regret failing to close out the game as leads approaching full time and the end of extra time were thrown away.
Clonmel High School
Cian Quinn,Paudie O Loughlin,Joe Gunne,Brian Lacey,Manus McFadden,darragh Bolger, Jason Madigan,Luke Fogarty,Mark Stokes,Cathal McKeown,Diarmuid Mulcahy,Billy O Connor,JamieRoche,Cian O Sullivan,Sean Martin.
Scorers - Cian O Sullivan 0.6(5f's),Manus McFadden 1.1 Sean Martin 1.0 ,Jamie Roche 0.2f's,Luke Fogarty 0.1
Subs Shane o Connor for Jason Madigan,Darragh Ahearne for Billy O Connor.
Abbey CBS Tipperary Town
Jordan Doyle,Connie O Halloran,Conor Leahy,Ger O Dwyer,Tony Byron,Jack Lowry,Eoin McCormack,Niall Heffernan,BrianBarlow,Matthew Morrissey,Jack Downey,Aidan Griffen,AdamMcGrath,Edmond ODwyer,Mike Nash.
Adam McGrath 0.7(3f's)Edmond ODwyer 1.2,Aiden Griffen and Jack Downey 0.2 each,
Subs - John Ryan for Jack Downey,Danny Cunningham for Aiden Griffen,Arron Ryan for Eoin McCormack and Jack Downey for Arron Ryan.