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Last-minute goal costs Clare

  Sligo 3-5Clare 2-7 THERE was heartbreak for Clare in round seven of the National Ladies’ Football League on Sunday in Tubbercurry when their opponents, Sligo, struck for a goal in injury time to snatch victory. It was a cruel blow to Clare, who needed to win to retain their position in Division 2 for next season.Clare were the better team in the first half, enjoying a greater share of possession, and they were full value for their three-point interval lead.  All of the Banner girls’ scores in the opening half came from playA goal from Louise Henchy, who had an outstanding performance, gave the visitors a tonic start after just three minutes. By the eighth minute Áine Kelly had extended the lead with a fine point. Noelle Gormley converted Sligo’s opening score in the 13th minute and five minutes later Stephanie O’Reilly found the Clare net with the game’s equalising score following a solo run by her midfield colleague …

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Harriett scores gold at nationals

HARRIETT Flynn was the big winner for Clare at the national juvenile U-12 to U-19 national indoor track and field championships that concluded in Nenagh last weekend, taking home the gold  medal in the girls’ U-18 1500m race. The Shannon athlete also won the silver medal in 800m competition.Amy O’Donoghue, Emerald AC, captured the girls U-17s 800m title while three other Banner County athletes captured silver medals – Rachel Clancy, St John’s, in the high jump; Claudia Loughnane, Marian, in the 1500m walk; and Darragh Lynch, Ennis Track, in the 800m.There were bronze medals for Laura Egan, Kilmihil, in the 800m and 1500m and Fergal Conlon, Tulla, in the 1500m walk.In girls’ U-14 high jump competition, Rachel Clancy, St John’s, had a magnificent leap of 1.4m to come away with the silver medal. Laura Egan, Kilmihil, had a great race in the girls U-16 1500metres to take the bronze medal in 5mins.01.80secs.  In the 800m she won another bronze medal …

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Life isn’t all black&white

  LAST weekend, 160 of the best chess playing children in Ireland came to fight for a title in their own age groups at the Auburn Lodge Hotel in Ennis. Players from as young as four and as old as 18 vied for the title of All-Ireland junior champion. Among the Clare winners were five-year-old Paul McNamara from Cree who won in the U-6 category, followed by Hannah Hassett from Knockerra. Cian Wall from the Doora Chess Club came second in the U-8 division, with Victoria Fennell from Knockerra taking the girls’ prize in this grouping. Speaking at the event, Mayor of Clare, Councillor Tony Mulcahy, said it was a great honour for Ennis to host this year’s championships. “I was not aware that the game of chess was so popular in Ireland, let alone Clare. I am pleasantly surprised by the fact that it is an immensely popular game and am equally delighted that one of the chess community’s …

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Clare takes three titles

CLARE handball’s future stars were to the fore at the weekend as the county was involved in five All-Ireland juvenile 40×20 finals, all played at Tuamgraney on Sunday. First up was the girls’ U-16 doubles decider, where Kilkenny (Mary Love, Ciara Mahon) had a convincing win over Clooney pair Paula Loughnane and Shaunagh O’Brien. In the girls’ U-15 doubles final, Galway duo Mary Fahy and Shannon Keady proved too strong for Natasha Coughlan and Michelle Nihill (both Clooney). In the third final of the day, Tuamgraney pair Alice Akers and Stacey Wright broke Clare’s duck by winning the girls U-17 doubles final on a 21-17, 21-12 scoreline against Dublin pairing Lisa McKenna and Susan Clinton. This was noteworthy as both Clare girls are relative beginners in handball terms and were playing a full three years above their grade. Tulla’s Colin Corbett scored an impressive 15-11, 15-8 victory over Wicklow’s Daniel Curry to claim the boys U-14 singles title before Barry …

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Stronger Sixmilebridge prove too much for Cratloe

Sixmilebridge 3-15Cratloe 0-12 A PHYSICALLY stronger and sharper Sixmilebridge side proved too strong for neighbours Cratloe in this Clare Champion Cup Division 1 tie played at O’Garney Park on Saturday.Despite the fact that they lined out without their U-21 players, with the exception of Rory Shanahan from the A team and John Fennessy from the C team, the home side had too much for their neighbours.Shanahan has only recently returned to action after injury and he certainly showed no signs of having been out of action as he  scored 1-4 from play before being replaced early in the second half.The home side played with the aid of the wind in the first half and took a seven-point lead to half-time when the score was 1-8 to 0-4.The goal came from Danny Morey shortly before the half-time whistle but the Cratloe defence will be disappointed at the concession of this score. A Danny Murphy effort from 30m slipped through the hands …

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First win for Ballyea after tough encounter

  Ballyea 2-11Killmaley 1-9 BALLYEA recorded their first win of this year’s Clare Cup campaign by defeating near neighbours Kilmaley in a close, tough and hard-fought tie in Ballyea on Sunday evening. There was very little between the sides in the opening half, which saw the game exploding into life midway through the first period in a two-minute spell when three goals were scored.The first came from the stick of Gearóid O’Connell after a great pass from Francie O’Reilly. The Kilmaley men replied from the puck-out with Diarmuid McMahon catching the ball and unleashing an unstoppable shot to the top corner of the Ballyea net. A minute later Tony Griffin broke through the Kilmaley defence to put the men in black and amber back in the driving seat. An incident in the 23rd minute ended in Kilmaley’s Conor Clancy and Ballyea’s Paddy O’Connell receiving straight red cards from referee Tom Stackpoole. The home side led at the interval by 2-4 …

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First-half goals help Ennistymon to victory

Ennistymon 3-12Bodyke 0-13 FIRST-half goals from Cathal and Tadhg Malone helped Ennistymon to this victory over Bodyke in Division 2 B of the Clare Champion Cup at the weekend.At the half-way point the North Clare men led on a score of 2-7 to 0-4 and they went on to maintain the upperhand after the break when Cathal Malone had a second goal. He finished the game with a tally of 2-5 while Tadhg Malone contributed 1-4.Keith Quigley top-scored for Bodyke with 0-8 while Colm Madden (0-3), PJ Kelleher and Ciaran Malone also got on the scoresheet Ennistymon: Martin Malone; Enda Ralph, Michael A Devitt, Aidan Slattery; Brian McDonagh, Paudie Kelleher, Seán Driscoll; Pádraig Brennan, Caoimhin Fahy; Cathal Malone, Michael Organ, Michael McDonagh; Tommy Hogan, Tadhg Malone, Darren Mullins.Subs: Dermot Canavan for Brennan; Enda Slattery for Mullins; Cathal McDonagh for M Malone.Bodyke: Seamus Ryan; Gavin Moroney, Caimin Treacy, Shane Walsh; Colin Molloy, Ivan Pio McNamara, Seán McGrath; Ciaran Walsh, Tomàs MacConmhara; …

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Junior Cup down to final four

FROM an initial entry of 40 teams, only four remain in the race for the Clare Junior Cup and the pairings for this year’s semi-finals will be decided on Friday evening.

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