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Clare SFC Final Preview: KIB v Miltown

Clare SFC Final Preview: KIB v Miltown Derrick Lynch This really is a game that will be decided by the absolute minimum, if it even is decided at all. It is the final that people have been willing to come to pass ever since Miltown got their hands on Jack Daly after a 25 year wait back in 2015. Since then, the derby to beat all derbies has been on the cards twice only to be thwarted at the semi-final stage, but now it is all systems go for what should be one of the most memorable Clare senior football finals for many years. There are so many sides stories of who is married into where and what families have had to ignore group chats over the last fortnight, but when you strip all that away, you are left with two outstanding football teams who will undoubtedly serve up a titanic battle between the four white lines. If you were …

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King Hoping To Reign Supreme In Clare SFC Final

Much of the talk in the build-up to Sunday’s Clare senior football final has centred around the various familial connections that exist between Kilmurry Ibrickane and Miltown. While all that is going on, Kilmurry captain Keith King is happy to sit back and observe, safe in the knowledge that he does not have to worry about that particular element of the occasion. “There are no connections with Miltown in my immediate family that I know of so I think I am nearly one of the only ones that does not have any to worry about any of that side of things ahead of it so I am in the clear. Everyone has been waiting for this game for the last three or four years. Players want it, supporters want it and I think it will make for a great game. Any final is a great one to win but being captain and that element of the rivalry and how well …

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Malone Glad To Be Making Up For Lost Time

Everyone will tell you that reaching a county final with your club is a very special moment, but for Miltown’s Seanie Malone the 2019 showpiece will be that little bit sweeter. The former county man is back on the starting 15 after enduring a nightmare 12 months that saw him miss out on Miltown’s march to the Munster club football final. A knee injury saw him sidelined until his sides win over Ennistymon in the decider, and while he did see action in the closing stages of that game, it proved to be a costly few minutes. “Last year was pretty horrific. I got back from injury for the final and came on toward the end but ended up breaking a bone in my foot which ruled me out of the Munster campaign. I got back this year for the last of the group games and I had a few issues with injuries at the start of the year with …

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O’Brien: “Someone Is Going To Bring Jack Daly Home And It Won’t Matter How It Happens As Long As It Does Happen”

Miltown manager David O’Brien is not entertaining any talks of his own house being one of the divided ones ahead of Sunday’s Clare senior football final. His mother is originally from the parish of Kilmurry Ibrickane but he is confident as to where the loyalties will lie come Sunday afternoon. “It is pretty much hoping that Miltown will pull it off and I think we have converted my mother a long time ago” he laughed. “I think the fact that there are so many connections on both sides that everyone is a little bit on eggshells and trying to avoid talking about it at the moment. The hype is there and it is always going to be there because you have good sides who are really well supported and they just happen to be beside each other with massive connections between the two groups of players. All that will create a great environment on the day and it will be …

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Moloney: “I Never Thought There Was As Much Mixing Of The Blood”

It has been a successful return to the helm for Aidan Moloney as he prepares to lead his native club into a third county football final in the last four years. 2016 and 2017 saw the Bricks put titles back to back under Moloney’s watch, and he will be hoping that come 5pm on Sunday afternoon it will be another successful campaign. He admits that taking the job at a club like Kilmurry involves an almost unwritten agreement that success must follow. “It is great to be back in the final because it was a nice bit of work to get there so we are looking forward to it. We have put ourselves into this position now so we have to go out there and hopefully do the business. You can’t get away from it locally here and we are delighted with how things have gone so far. We have gotten a great response from the lads and they have …

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Clare IFC Football Final Preview: Kildysart v St Breckan’s

Clare IFC Football Final Preview: Kildysart v St Breckan’s The decision to cull five teams from the Clare senior football championship in 2018 was as much about strengthening the intermediate ranks as it was about distilling the competition in the top tier. The last of those teams to fall through the trapdoor was St Breckan’s and on Saturday they will face a Kildysart team who just fell short in their bid for promotion 12 months ago. The expansion of the championship to a 12 team format has led to a noticeable increase in the quality of games and both these sides have been impressive in their run to this weekend’s showdown. It has already been a successful year for Kildysart as they gained promotion from the Garry Cup and are now into a third championship decider in the last four seasons. They came through their group campaign with relative ease as they rallied to share the spoils with Doora Barefield …

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Kilmihil Eye Up Another Giant Killing In Munster LGFA Senior B Showdown

Kilmihil’s latest giant killing quest sees them take on one of the powerhouses of ladies football not only in Munster but nationally too. After slaying the Goliath that is the Banner Ladies to win their first ever Clare Senior title, the club are now preparing for another maiden experience as they line out in Saturday evening’s Munster Senior B decider. They might have ended the Banner’s bid for a 9th consecutive title, but up next for Kevin Callinan’s side is a showdown with a Ballymacabry side who this year collected their 38th Waterford senior title in a row. Along that journey, the Deise outfit have been crowned All-Ireland champions on ten occasions, while they sit top of the roll of honour for Munster A titles with 14 to their name. Kilmihil booked their spot in the decider with an impressive 6-6 to 3-10 win over Tipperary champions Aherlow last weekend. The Clare side led by 4-5 to 2-4 at the …

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Off The Fence With Fergie O’Loughlin

We had expected the 2019 Clare senior hurling final to be one that would live long in the memory and while no one in Sixmilebridge will mind too much, I have to say it was disappointing. It was all lined up to be a huge battle but realistically that all finished after only ten minutes. We had spoken about Conor McGrath being the main man for Cratloe in terms of setting the agenda from the middle of the field and being that link man. Once he got injured, it was really ball burst for them. The disappointing thing for Cratloe will be that no one else really stood up to be counted once McGrath went out of the game. Tactically, they played right into Sixmilebridge’s hands. How they could have left Caimin Morey loose for the majority of the game and keep pumping ball down on top of him was hard to believe. There were times late on when the …

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