Cloughjordan claimed a dramatic 3-2 victory over Thurles Town in the final of the Ricky Fogarty Cup played at Rearcross FC Grounds on Saturday evening.
Diarmuid Kennedy turned in a man of the match performance and gave Cloughjordan the lead on 29 minutes after advancing on the right to finish a Michael Costello free kick inside the upright from close range.
Thurles Town were back in the tie two minutes before the half time whistle when a mazy run from Mick Ryan resulted in the concession of a penalty, Padraig Fogarty stepped up to send a low pile driver whizzing to the back of the net.
Cloughjordan found another gear and restored their advantage in the 67th minute when Kevin Kennedy sent a low menacing delivery across the Thurles goal mouth where Michael Costello was in hand to drive between the posts from just outside the six yard box.
Thurles Town got back level in the 85th minute when Padraig Fogarty got the last touch on Tom Brophy’s corner kick following a goalmouth scramble.
Cloughjordan got the ideal start in extra time when Cian Doyle’s free kick was nodded on to Simon Malone who crashed his 22nd second goal of the season to the back of the net, Simon Malone came close again in the 98th minute after getting on the end of David William free kick to head on target, however Davy Coppinger was equal to the effort and produce a fine reflex save to deflect the ball on to the woodwork.
Thurles Town battled gallantly in the second period of extra time but couldn’t find a way through against a resilient Cloughjordan rear-guard where Alan Coleman and Diarmuid Kennedy were again to fore, although Thurles were unlucky not to snatch an equalizer in the 105th minute when Darren Ivor’s first time touch from a Eoin Dorney free kick glanced wide of the mark. Richard Fogarty presented the Ricky Fogarty Cup to Cloughjordan captain Kevin Kennedy after the game.
Full notes in this week’s Tipperary Star.