THE TWO CLUBS that have shared the last six Tipperary county senior football titles were both knocked out at the semi-final stage today.
Reigning champions Clonmel Commercials and Loughmore-Castleiney, most recent winners in 2016, both lost their last four games after dominating the scene with three titles apiece since 2012.
Instead there is a chance for Moyle Rovers, victors last in 2009, and Ardfinnan who triumphed in the 2005 final, to grasp silverware on Tipperary county senior final day.
A last-gasp goal by Sean Carey in injury-time handed Moyle Rovers a 2-7 to 0-11 semi-final success over local rivals Clonmel Commercials in Cahir. It looked like Seamus Kennedy had struck the winning point moments before when he edged Commercials in front 0-11 to 1-7 before they conceded that late goal.
The teams were tied 0-3 apiece at the break before Commercials forged in front early in the second half through Jack Kennedy and Jason Lonergan. A goal from a penalty by Liam Boland in the 41st minute was a boost for Moyle Rovers, drawing them level at 1-4 to 0-7. The teams traded points thereafter before the late drama unfolded.
Manager John Evans steered Ardfinnan to a 0-9 to 0-8 success over Loughmore-Castleiney in Holycross in their semi-final. Loughmore were in front 0-6 to 0-5 at the break but Ardfinnan came from behind to book a first final spot in 13 years.
In Clare, 2015 champions St Joseph’s Miltown-Malbay are through to the decider after a 1-15 to 1-8 semi-final success over Cratloe. The victory sets up a final against Ennistymon, through to their first final after dethroning holders Kilmurry-Ibrickane yesterday.
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St Joseph’s put paid to the ambitions of Cratloe, who contest the senior hurling decider next Sunday, of doing the double this year in Clare. The Miltown Malbay club were ahead narrowly 0-8 to 1-4 at the interval before moving 1-9 to 1-5 clear by the third quarter and running out victors at the final whistle by seven points.
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