Newcastle West 1-16 Clonmel Commercials 1-11 AET

It took extra time after a dramatic game at FBD Semple Stadium, but Newcastle West have set up a Munster club final with Kerry club champions Kerins O'Rahillys in two weeks’ time thanks to a five-point win over Clonmel Commercials.

The Tipperary champions had led by the narrowest of margins at half time – 1-04 to 0-06 – after Sean O’Connor found the net on the verge of half-time, before Newcastle West outscored their opponents by seven points to six to force the extra 20 minutes.

An Emmet Rigter goal - the last kick of the first half of extra time – secured the win and put a Limerick side in the provincial decider for the first time in 14 years when Dromcollogher-Broadford recorded a historic win over Kilmurry-Ibrickane, with today's victors back in a final for the first time since 1987.

After having most of possession in the opening minutes, it was Newcastle West who opened the scoring in the fourth minute when captain Iain Corbett slotted over a superb point from out wide.

This however, spurted Clonmel Commercials into life and the Tipperary champions had the lead by the sixth minute thanks to two quick-fire scores from Jason Lonergan and Seanie O'Connor – the latter being arguably the point of the game, a well-worked effort finished off by a tightly marked O’Connor.

Newcastle West regained composure, but their losing margin could have been more if it wasn’t for the heroics of goalkeeper Michael Quilligan who superbly saved a point-blank shot on goal from Colman Kennedy who had linked up well with O’Connor to find space in front of goal.

The Limerick champions took the lead for the second time in the 20th minute when Diarmaid Kelly slotted over a free, a lead they extended to three points by the 28th minute thanks to points from All-Star nominee Cian Sheehan and Kelly’s third of the afternoon.

Just as Newcastle West looked like they were taking a four-point lead into half time, a late flurry of scores came in stoppage time with Sean O’Connor raising the green flag, a goal which came directly after his second point of the game, and a Jack O’Connor free to give Tommy Morrissey’s charges a one-point lead at the break.

Newcastle West, who struggled to retain possession from their kickouts after Clonmel pressed forward, pulled a late point back through Diarmaid Kelly to make it 1-07 to 0-06 at half time.

Both Cian Sheehan, Eoin Hurley, and Jason Lonergan and Jack Kennedy exchanged points in the third quarter before a top-class effort from Michael Quinilvan extended Clonmel’s lead to two heading into the final 15 minutes.

Eoin Hurley levelled the sides for only the second time with a free seven minutes from time before Emmet Rigter finished off an excellent team effort to put Jimmy Lee’s men ahead.

However, a late fisted point from Michael Quinlivan brought the sides level again before Kevin Fahey looked like he had secured a one-point win for Clonmel.

Cathal Deely of Clonmel Commercials gathers the ball in front of Eoin Hurley

Newcastle West half-back Ruadhan O’Connor had other ideas though, drawing the game level in dramatic fashion with an outside of the foot effort to bring the game to extra time with what proved to be the last kick of the 60 minutes.

Commercials started the extra time period with 13 men following late black cards for Fahy and Ciaran Cannon.

Newcastle West fully capitalised on this and with Clonmel only adding one point during extra time, the eventual winners put five points between the sides thanks to an extra time return of 1-3, including Rigter’s well taken goal and three Eoin Hurley points, a score from play, a mark, and a free.

Clonmel Commercials: Michael O’Reilly; James Morris, Seamus Kennedy, Jamie Peters (capt.); Tadgh Condon, Kevin Fahy (0-01), Padraic Looram; Jack Kennedy (0-02, 0-02f), Michael Quinlivan (0-02); Conall Kennedy, Jason Lonergan (0-03, 0-01f), Cathal Deely (0-01); Colman Kennedy, Sean O’Connor (1-02), Ross Peters.

Subs: Peter McGarry for Kennedy (43 minutes), Aldo Matassa for Peters (52 minutes), Cian Smith for Jamie Peters (60 minutes), Cian Cannon for Deely (60 minutes), Colman Kennedy for Smith (half time extra time)

Newcastle West: Michael Quilligan; Michael O’Keeffe, Darren O’Doherty, Brian O’Sullivan (0-01); Ruadhan O’Connor (0-01), James Kelly, Iain Corbett (0-01); Emmet Rigter (1-01), Sean Murphy; Cian Sheehan (0-03), Shane Stack, Diarmaid Kelly (0-03, 0-01f); Todd O’Donovan, Mike McMahon, Eoin Hurley (0-06, 0-03f, 0-01m).

Subs: Seamus Hurley for O’Donovan (40 minutes), Aaron Neville for Kelly (48 minutes), Thomas Quilligan for Stack (56 minutes), Brian Hurley for Murphy (63 minutes), Steven Brosnan for Rigter (80 minutes), Brian Foley for Sheehan (81 minutes)

Referee: David Murane (Cork)