Clonmel Commercials 0-12 Newcastle West 1-07
Clonmel Commercials rallied from four points down to book a place in the semi-finals of the Munster senior club football championship this afternoon.
Commercials will host Clare kingpins St Joseph’s Milltown in a fortnight after showing real character against Limerick visitors Newcastle West.
Commercials fell four points down with just five minutes left, 0-6 to 1-07, when former Limerick senior Stephen Kelly banged over the second of two cracking long-range frees.
Commercials had only registered six points at that point but bagged six more in a sensational seven-minute spell down the home straight.
Aldo Matassa kickstarted the fightback before points from Ian Barnes (free), sub Pádraig Looram and the superb Seamus Kennedy levelled matters.
Commercials' hearts were in their mouths in the final minute of normal time when Newcastle West defender Paul Hannan roared through one on one with goalkeeper Jake McDonald, who had earlier performed heroics to keep out Jamie Lee.
Hannan could have taken the point but he elected to go for broke and saw his shot smash back into play via the upright.
Commercials had another stroke of luck at the other end when Barnes shot for goal and Newcastle West goalkeeper Jonjo Sheehy conceded a 45 as he attempted to get out of the way as the ball drifted wide.
Tipperary senior star Michael Quinlivan stepped forward and despite having missed a couple of earlier long-range frees, he made no mistake this time.
Kennedy kicked his third point in the third minute of stoppage time to seal an incredible win for the hosts and ensure that a Tipperary team had won a game in the Munster senior club championship for the first time since 2006.
At the end of a low-scoring first half, Newcastle West led by 1-1 to 0-3 in mild conditions.
A Steven Brosnan point and Lee’s goal, an avoidable concession from a Commercials viewpoint, had the Limerick men 1-1 to 0-0 clear within three minutes but they didn’t score again until five minutes into the second half.
Commercials: J McDonald; F Condon, D Lynch, J Peters; D Madigan, K Fahey, L Moore; S Kennedy (0-03), A Matassa (0-01); P White, I Fahey, J Lonergan (0-01); K Harney, M Quinlivan (0-02, 1 45), I Barnes (0-04, 2f).
Subs: J kennedy for White (35), P Looram (0-01) for I Fahey (52), I Fahey for Matassa (60+2).
Newcastle West: J Sheehy; M O’Keeffe, B O’Sullivan, S Browne; M O’Leary, S Nix, P Hannan; C Sheehan, I Corbett (0-01); S Brosnan (0-01), S Kelly (0-03, 2f), T Quilligan; J Kelly, M McMahon, J Lee (1-02, 0-02f).
Subs: S McAuliffe for Brosnan (27), B O’Doherty for Sheehan (34), G Reidy for Lee (58).
Referee: K Murphy (Cork)