County star Philip Austin was in top form for Borrisokane.
Clonmel Commercials’ aspirations towards county intermediate football success were dashed by a last twenty minutes collapse at Boherlahan on Sunday, North reps Borrisokane powering their way home in an entertaining county intermediate quarter final, 2-9 to 0-12.
Played in bright but blustery conditions both sides sought to run the ball but in this regard Commercials looked the more adept. Borrisokane stayed with them all the way however, and it was this resilience that paid dividends for the North side when their late surge yielded the scores that swept them to a surprise victory.
This was not a result many would have predicted at half-time as Commercial were comfortably ahead 0-8 to 0-5 and when they added two points quickly on resuming their place in the semi-final seemed assured.
What went wrong then is hard to determine but a fortuitous goal for Borrisokane kick-started a revival that knocked the Clonmel lads off their stride.
They were floored by a second Borrisokane goal three minutes from the end which put Borris ahead for the first time and though Commercials made a spirited effort to retrieve the situation in the dying minutes, their best efforts were thwarted by a resolute Borrisokane rearguard action in which many of their attack all put their shoulders to the wheel.
Commercials were short some regulars but that did not seem to hamper them as they moved smoothly into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead by the 6th minute, Sean Kennedy, Niall Kelly (2) and Conor McGeever, the marksmen.
Phili Austin, despite the close attention of Ronan Duffy, was Borrisokane’s leader on the field and he kicked all but one of their first half points, but Commercials, with the McGeevers, Richie Carroll, and Niall Kelly prominent, looked comfortable as they reached the break with an 0-8 to 0-5 advantage.
Richie Carroll and Sean Kennedy had points for Commercials inside six minutes of resuming but then Borrisokane got a life-line as Colm Larkin pounced for a goal to which he immediately added a point.
It was a very different game now as Borrisokane had their tails up and Commercials were finding it difficult to get their passing game together. Still a brace of points by Conor McGeever steadied the ship but only temporarily.
Leading 0-12 to 1-8, Commercials were rocked by a second goal in the 57th minute by Colm Larkin after Philip Austin’s incisive run and now Borris were ahead for the first time. Gary Ryan added a point as the game drifted towards injury time.
Commercials piled forward in search of a winning goal. A Niall Hoctor shot looked bound for the net but was deflected for a forty five which came to nothing. Another free from twenty meters, quickly taken by Conor McGeever was also scrambled away and with it went Commercials’ chance of a place in the semi-finals.
Had Commercials been at full strength they most likely might have succeeded but they had the winning of this game and failed to close it down when comfortably ahead.
They will be very disappointed at the drop in the intensity of their play which allowed Borrisokane back into the game, and they duly paid the penalty. They had impressive showings from the McGeevers, Cathal and Conor, Sammy Ryan, Niall Kelly, Richie Carroll, Sean Kennedy and Colm O Conghaile, but overall it was a day best forgotten by them.
Philip Austin was the orchestrator in chief for Borrisokane with Colm Larkin, the two goal hero, Peter McSherry, Cathal Dooley, and Shane Nevin also to the fore.
Borrisokane scorers – C Larkin(2-1), P Austin(0-6) G Ryan, M Kelly(0-1 each);
Commercials scorers – C McGeever(0-4), S Kennedy, N Kelly(0-3 each); C Nolan, R Carroll(0-1 each);
Borrisokane - Enda Brennan(; Eddie Dwyer, Cathal Dooley, Conor Forde;Shane Nevin, Peter McSherry, Brian Dooley; Mike Kelly, Shane Stapleton; Liam Cleary, Philip Austin, Conor Gavin; Colm Larkin, Shane Dooley, Garry Ryan; Subs – Gordon Hardingfor S Dooley(h/t); Dylan Power for C Gavin(50mins), Garry Power for Cleary(50 mins). Liam Dooley for G Ryan (58mins);
Clonmel Commercials – Aidan Tobin; Stephen Buckley, Colm O Conghaile, Ronan Duffy; Colm Nolan, Richie Carroll, Cathal McGeever; Michael Murphy, Eric Walsh; Conor McGeever, Sammy Ryan, Niall Hoctor; Paidi White, Niall Kelly, Sean Kennedy; Subs- Conor Deeley for Nolan(55mins);
Ref – John Butler(Upperchurch-Drombane)