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Clondegad live to fight another day

For the third time in recent weeks an injury time point has kept Clondegad’s senior football championship hopes alive.  At Kilmihil on Saturday, Paudge McMahon converted a free in the sixth minute of ‘injury time’ to force a replay with Doonbeg in their quarter final tie. It was a result most will argue was deserved as they had wasted a lot of scoring opportunities throughout a tie in which they trailed by two points at half time. At the same venue holders and favourites Kilmurry-Ibrickane overcame Eire Og but they were given a much sterner test than many had expected. At the final whistle they were four points clear, 0-12 to 0-8. In a repeat of the final of two years ago, Miltown St. Josephs again came out on top when they accounted for Cooraclare at Doonbeg where the Cleary twins Eoin and Conor excelled, contributing nine of their side’s points. The winners dominated the opening half and led by …

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Doora-Barefield’s storming finish leads to a replay

Clarecastle 4-13 Doora-Barefield 4-13 When Oisin Casey landed his tenth point, a minute from the end of normal time, Clarecastle led this evening’s under 16 A hurling final by seven points. Seconds after this score ‘at least two minutes of additional time’ was signalled and Clarecastle followers were satisfied that the title was on the way to their club for the first time in sixteen years. Doora-Barefield still believed that they could get something from the final and a goal from their captain Adam Mungovan in the 60th minute gave them hope. As the game went into the second minute of the two indicated, Bruce Piggott pointed a 25m free. They won possession from the puckout and attacked again and Fionn O’Brien gave their followers plenty to cheer about when he blasted to the net for the leveller. There wasn’t time for anymore and mapgie supporters left Cusack Park somewhat shellshocked while Doora-Barefield followers were, understandably, delighted. The big attendance …

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Bumper crowd expected for Newmarket v Sixmilebridge

Neighbours and lifelong rivals, Sixmilebridge and Newmarket will meet in the semi-final of the Clare senior hurling championship on Sunday week in Cusack Park. They were the first two out of the hat in this evening’s draw at Clareabbey which means that Clonlara will face Clooney-Quin in the other semi-final which will take place at headquarters on Saturday week. In the intermediate semi-finals favourites Kilmaley will face Parteen in one semi-final while Smith O’Briens will take on Tubber and both these semi-finals are set for Sixmilebridge on Saturday week. In the quarter finals of the junior A hurling championship which take place on Sunday week, the pairings are; Ennistymon v Ballyea; Eire Og v Clooney-Quin, Ogonnelloe v O’Callaghans Mills and Bodyke v Kilmaley. Three teams must play off to determine who will be relegated from junior A and the draw determined that Wolfe Tones will play Meelick with St. Josephs getting a bye. In the junior B football championship Banner …

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Newmarket dethrone the champions

Ballyea’s reign as Clare senior hurling champions ended at Cusack Park this evening when they were stripped of the title by Newmarket who had four points to spare at the final whistle. A strong final five minutes to the opening half proved decisive in this one as Newmarket scored 1-4 in that period while conceding just a point. While Ballyea boss Fergal Hegarty was fullsome in his praise for Newmarket, it must be pointed out that the title holders went into this game with key players Tony Kelly and Gearoid O’Connell carrying injuries which clearly hampered their play. The holders made the better start and at the end of a low scoring opening quarter they led on a scoreline of 1-2 to 0-1, the goal having come from Niall Deasy following a defensive blunder by the eventual winners. Gradually, however, Newmarket got a grip on proceedings and the switch of Ronan Goode to the full forward line paid dividends. Three …

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Kilmihil hope to trip Banner Ladies

SHE’S only 25 but when Ailish Considine totted up the figures, the Kilmihil girl realised that she has been playing adult football for 12 years. As the club approaches their second successive county final against Banner Ladies on Sunday, Considine somewhat reluctantly acknowledged that she is not far off the veteran category. “It’s mad. I didn’t think it was that long. I probably am one of the oldest on the team now, which is a scary thought,” she laughed uneasily. This weekend’s final will be just the fourth club championship game of 2017 for both clubs, who met in the two team group stages. While Considine gets plenty of games at county level, she knows that club players simply don’t get sufficient matches. A senior or intermediate club team play three championship games at most, if they don’t make it out of their group and lose their B or shield semi-final. Throw in the fact that clubs often have to …

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Football quarter final pairings

Three quarter finals in the senior football championship will take place on Saturday week alng with the remaining round 3 game which is between Lissycasey and Ennistymon. The quarter final draw this evening produced some interesting pairings. West Clare neighbours Cooraclare and Miltown St. Josephs will play while title holders Kilmurry-Ibrickane will face Eire Og. Clondegad will take on Doonbeg while Cratloe await the winners of the Lissycasey v Ennistymon game. In the senior B semi-finals O’Curryts will take on the losers of the Lissycasey/Ennistymon tie while St. Josephs, Doora-Barefield will face Corofin

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One quarter final position to be filled

Seven of the eight senior football championship quarter finalists are now known following today’s action in round three of the race for the Jack Daly Cup. Prior to this afternoon’s games Cooraclare, Cratloe, and champions Kilmurry-Ibrickane had secured their passage to the last eight and they have now been joined by Clondegad who overcame Lissycasey in their second round replay at Cooraclare. Extra time was again required and with just four minutes remaining Paudge McMahon struck for a goal for Clondegad which sealed their passage. Lissycasey remain in the running for a last eight place and they will now meet Ennistymon in the remaining round three game. Doonbeg, Miltown and Eire Og all won their passage to the quarter finals this afternoon when they accounted for St. Jozephs, O’Currys and Corofin respectively. Doonbeg came from a point down at half time to win by six over their Doora-Barefield opponents (2-10 to 2-4). Eire og had five point sto spare over …

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Mouthwatering hurling pairings

Attendances at the quarter finals of the senior and intermediate hurling championships are expected to show a big increase after this evening’s draw threw up some very exciting pairings. Defending senior champions Ballyea will take on Newmarket while their predecessors Sixmilebridge have been paired with their neighbours and great rivals Cratloe. In the intermediate competition Kilmaley will face Sixmilebridge while the clash of East Clare neighbours Scariff and Smith O’Briens is sure to be a big attraction. The pairings are; Senior hurling; Sixmilebridge v Cratloe; Clonlara v Tulla; Newmarket v Ballyea; Eire Og v Clooney-Quin; Senior B hurling semi-finals; O’ Callaghans Mills vWhitegate; Inagh-Kilnamnona v St. Josephs Intermediate hurling; Kilmaley v Sixmilebridge; Parteen v Newmarket; Scariff v Smith O’Briens; Broadford v Tubber; Junior B hurling semi-finals; Whitegate or Newmarket v Feakle; Tubber v Inagh-Kilnamona

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