This was an exciting game between two talented young teams played in balmy conditions in Fenagh this evening.
Shane McGrath opened the scoring in the 2nd minute with what proved to be the winning goal from a pass by the hard working Billy Lawlor. Then Tullow took over and dominated the first half and fully deserved their 0-8 to 1-3 lead at half time. One of the highlights of the first half for Clonmore was a brilliant point from long range from Dylan Doyle.
Clonmore upped their game in the second half with points from the influential Luke Connolly and livewire Shane McGrath levelled matters within two minutes. From there to the end it was nip and tuck all the way and further points from Rob Bulmer, Shock and Luke left the scores level at the second half water break - 1-8 to 0-11.
The always reliable Jack Kennedy was Tullow's scorer-in-chief, notching 0-7 in total, and he was ably assisted by TJ Kavanagh, who kicked some outrageous points with his left foot, Craig Staunton and Brian Byrne who expertly converted a pressure free from out near the sideline in the 50th minute.
Clonmore dug deep in the final quarter and excellent points from Shock and Dylan (2) looked to have secured victory on 62 minutes: 1-11 to 0-13. But Tullow equalised by Jacko Kennedy and it took two late late points from the outstanding Shane McGrath to secure the win we deserved.
We now play Myshall on Sunday at 6.30pm in Fenagh TC to decide who qualifies for the Division 2 Final against Eire Og.
Clonmore: Jordan Kane, David McCarney, Matt Cullen, Jake Hickey, Paddy Gahan, Cormac Connolly (0-1), Enda McGrath, Luke Connolly (0-2), David Mulvany, Billy Lawlor, Con Murphy, Tom Pollard, Dylan Doyle (0-3), Robert Bulmer (0-1), Shane McGrath (1-6,4f) Subs: Rory Maguire for Con (54m), Shane Murphy for David McCarney (56m).
PHOTO: Shane McGrath continues to excel for the Intermediates, following up his personal tallies of 0-10 V Myshall and 2-2 V Fighting Cocks with a match winning total of 1-6 against St Patricks in the play-off. It's great to see 'Shock' getting back to his best.