Clonoulty-Rossmore 0-13 Moneygall 0-12
A great second half display by Clonoulty saw them emerge narrow victors on Sunday evening in Templemore, and in so doing damage Moneygall's hopes of leading their group.
This was Clonoulty's third game, they had drawn with JK Brackens, whom Moneygall defeated, but lost heavily to Killenaule.
Through the first half on Sunday evening they were outplayed by a lively Moneygall side who were full value for their four point interval lead. But just before the interval Moneygall lost John Doughan through injury.
This undoubtedly was a crucial factor. His influence at midfield was sorely missed in the second half, as also his free taking ability.
Clonoulty upper their game in the second half , and with the game entering its last ten minutes had drawn level. They then went ahead, but were pulled back, went ahead again, only for Moneygall to level again with a minute of normal time left.
But Clonoulty were not to be denied, and though they failed to convert a free from scoreable range, they had a point from Tom Butler to clinch victory.
Tom Butler pointed Clonoulty into the lead from a free, but John Doughan brought Moneygall level in the third minute, and they went into the lead with a Billy McCormack point.
John Doughan pointed a free after ten minutes, to be quickly followed by a Willie Greene point, and one from Denis Dwyer after thirteen minutes as Moneygall appeared to be getting control..
Tom Butler had Clonoulty's second point after twenty minutes, but there was a swift response, John Doughan handpassing to Denis Dwyer to point.
Tom Butler again pointed for Clonoulty a minute later, but Moneygall continued to press, and had points from John Doughan (free) and Denis Dwyer to stretch the lead.
They could have been further ahead as Eamon McCormack broke through, but his effort from a difficult angle went narrowly wide from a difficult angle. Moneygall lost John Doughan through injury coming up to the interval, and Tom Butler rounded off the half with a point for Clonoulty that left four between the sides, 0-8 to 0-4.
On the resumption Clonoulty did the early pressing , but shot three wides. Six minutes into the half Moneygall forced a 65 which Michael Ryan pointed. But Clonoulty swept back again, Tom Butler pointing from near the sideline, then Alan Kennedy pointed to bring the gap to three points. Paddy Fanning set up Eamon McCormack to point to restore the margin after nine minutes.
However, Clonoulty were getting on top at this stage. John Devane pointed a free from half way, but they squandered four chances, including a good one of a goal, before John Devane intercepted a clearance to point after eighteen minutes. He brought them level from a long range free, and Aidan Butler put then in front as he pointed from out near the sideline after twenty one minutes
Moneygall responded quickly with a point from Tom Toohey, but Clonoulty went ahead again with three minutes of normal time left, as John Devane pointed a 65.
Billy McCormack pointed a free for Moneygall to level once more. Clonoulty swept back again, surprisingly failing to convert a close in free but John Devane set up Tom Butler for the point in the dying seconds that ensured victory.
For Clonoulty, David Kennedy was impressive at centre back, with James Heffernan also doing well in that sector. John Devane, Tom Bulter, Aidan Butler impressed in the forwards.Moneygall lost a lot off their momentum when John Doughan had to go off. Michael Bergin, Paddy Whyte, Willie Greene, Denis Dwyer were best
Clonoulty- D. O'Dwyer, C. O'Keefe, M. Heffernan, L. Devane; John Heffernan, D. Kennedy, James Heffernan; C. Ryan, S. Kearney; T. O'Dwyer, A. Butler (0-2), M. Quirke; T. Butler (0-6), J. Devane (0-4), A. Kennedy (0-1), Subs L. Kearney for Q. Quirke, F. O'Keefe for T.O'Dwyer.
Moneygall- S. McCormack, M. Ryan (0-1), S. Kennedy, D. Guilfoyle; M. Bergin, P. Whyte, P. Fanning; J. Doughan (0-3), T. Toohey (0-1); G. Kirwan, E. Fanning, D. Dwyer (0-3); W. Greene (0-1), B. McCormack (0-1), E. McCormack (0-1). Subs. D. Kennedy for J. Doughan, D. Doughan for Dwyer.