Sean Martin who scored a first half goal for Clonmel High School
Clonmel High School --------------------- 3.8
Abbey CBS,Tipperary Town ------------- 1.12
Clonmel High School managed to hold on for a two point victory, despite a fierce Abbey CBS second half onslaught, to book their place in the county final of the secondary schools senior football championship.
Two evenly matched teams played out an entertaining duel at the Clonmel Og grounds this afternoon with the Clonmel side emerging victorious after a titanic battle in this semi final replay.
There was nothing between these two teams when they drew last week in Tipperary Town after extra time and when Willie Barrett blew the final whislte this afternoon only two points separated the teams.
On this occasion it looked as if the Abbey were going to force the replay to extra time as well but they ran out of time after staging a wholehearted comeback to try and wipe out a seven point half time deficit.
The Abbey restricted the High School to just two points, one free and one from play, in the second half as they set about their task of eating into the arrears.
Adam McGrath and Jack Downey converted placed balls while Mike Nash picked off two beautiful scores from play while Niall Heffernan, Conor Leahy and Matthew Moroney were influential for the Abbey as they dominated the second half.
If ever there was a game of two halves this was it as the first half belonged to the Clonmel team.
The High School picked off three first half goals, a brace from full forward Mark Stokes and another from Sean Martin.The Kilsheelan duo caused the Abbey enormous headaches during that first half as the High School controlled proceedings through the dominance of Ben Owens and Luke Fogarty in midfield and a hard working defence.
After being outplayed for the first half the Abbey took their only goal of the game a minute before half time which gave them great hope for the second half.They built on that momentum working hard to reduce the seven point half time lead and deserve great credit for storming their way back into the game.
The High School and the Abbey have produced some exceptional contests in recent weeks in hurling and football at senior level.The High School were the victors in a Munster hurling clash securing victory after a period of extra time while it took two matches to separate the footballers.
The High School will now go on and play Rockwell College in the county final for the McGowan Cup on a date and venue yet to be decided.
Rockwell,who overcame Thurles CBS after extra time in their semi final in a score line of 4.12 to 1.13. , will be out to exact revenge on the High School after losing to the Clonmel side in the final last year.
Clonmel High School
Cian Quinn,Paudie O Loughlin,Joe Gunne,Brian Lacey,Manus McFadden,darragh Bolger, Ben Owens,Luke Fogarty,Mark Stokes,Cathal McKeown,Diarmuid Mulcahy,Billy O Connor,JamieRoche,Cian O Sullivan,Sean Martin.
Abbey CBS,Tipperary Town
Dean Morrissey,Gerard O Dwyer,conor Leahy,Danny Cunningham,Connie O Halloran,Jack Lowry,Eoin McCormack,Niall Heffernan,Brian Barlow,Matthew Moroney,Jack Downey,Aidan Griffin,Michael Nash,Edmond O Dwyer Adam McGrath.