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Battle begins for last 16 in Clare Junior Cup

The race for the Clare Junior Cup resumes this Sunday when 32 teams will battle it out for qualification for the last 16.All knock-out team competitions generally produce some exciting contests and there is usually a surprise or two along the way.There are some interesting pairings in this week’s second round, when the title-holders Rineanna Roves face a tricky assignment in Doolin, where they will take on Burren United (kick-off 11am). Colin Ryan’s squad will have to be at their best if they are to take a step further in this year’s title race.Rock Rovers, winners of the title in 2008, will travel to play Bridge United A and this could well turn out to be one of the ties of this round. It is a contest that could well require a penalty shoot-out to decide who will progress. This one also kicks off at 11am.Cooraclare Celtic, who are challenging strongly for the third division title, will travel to McDonagh …

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Lifford battling to avoid relegation zone

Premier League Lifford 1  Rineanna Rovers A 0 Lifford collected vital points in their race to get away from the relegation area of the Premier League when they accounted for Rineanna Rovers A at Cassidy Park on Sunday.Fabrice Baptista scored the all-important goal midway through the first half with a low, left-footed drive.Lifford: Colin Burke, Darren O’Neill, Hamad Kuku, Niall White, Gary McNaboe, Declan McMahon, TJ Ajisomo, Ryan Boyle, Fabrice Baptista, Lunga Balman, Roberto Pinto.Subs: Liam Keane for Roberto and Stephen O’Halloran for Balman.Rineanna Rovers: Jason Casey, Dean Richter, John Earls, Pa Fahy, Stephen Kelly, Patsy Keyes, Ryan Kelly, Kieran Keane, Johnnie Okoru, Diarmuid Nash, Jay Hannam.Subs: Hugh Kelly, Paul Butler and Seán O’Connor. Shannon Olympic A  2   Bridge Celtic AA share of the spoils resulted when Bridge Celtic A travelled to play Shannon Olympic A on Sunday.Bridge Celtic A took the lead through Ger O’Connell after 10 minutes when the Clonlara man pounced after a Conor Hynes flick-on. Shannon …

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Penalty secures points for Corofin

Turnpike Rovers 0   Corofin Harps  1 AN injury-time penalty led to the only goal in the tie on Sunday. Turnpike’s full-back, James Keane, was penalised for handling a cross and he was shown a red card. Just before that, Gordon Hogan from Corofin was sent off. Willie Treacy converted from the spot to give Harps the points. Turnpike Rovers: Dermot Gannon, Shane Moroney, James Keane, Donnacda Hassett, Andrew Hayes, Mark Woods, Fergal Brennan, John Kelly, Anthony Keane, Chris Shannon, Jason Hayes.Subs: Stephen Skelly for S Moroney (inj), John Brennan for J Hayes and Brian Talty for A Keane.Corofin Harps A: Kieran Carkill, Dean Lee, Brendan Neylon, Willie Treacy, Stephen Quinn; Gordon Hogan, Jason Tierney, John O’Donoghue, Damian Ryan, Aaron Lally, Stephen Keane.Subs: Brendan Keane for Ryan. Tulla United  3   Hermitage A  1Tulla United A scored their fourth home win in-a-row when they proved too strong for Hermitage A on Sunday.Keith Lenihan put the winners in front midway through the first …

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Comfortable win for Tenspinhits

Quin trainer Brian Hassett hit the jackpot when sending out Tenspinhits (8/1) to land the five and six-year-old geldings’ maiden at last Sunday’s well-attended East Clare Harriers point-to-point fixture at Killaloe.Ridden by Tipperary jockey Johnny King, this son of Oscar travelled strongly throughout, before drawing clear in the closing stages for a comfortable five-length success over runner-up, Another Flutter.A fluent jumper, Tenspinhits is jointly owned by Limerick woman Edel Dore and Hassett, who remarked, “That was a very good display. I fancied him to run a huge race today, as he was working very well at home. He handled the soft ground okay and is a horse with a really bright future.”In-form Derek O’Connor is the doyen of point-to-point riders on the circuit at present and he didn’t let his large band of supporters down when riding two winners.The reigning champion, who had also visited the winners’ enclosure when steering the gambled-on Cankirk (4/1-1/1F) to victory in the six-year-old geldings’ …

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Clare athletes dominate the national field

THE Athletics Association of  Ireland Juvenile B Cross Country U-11 to U-19 plus inter-county relays for U-12s and U-14s, along with the intermediate and masters men’s and ladies’ championships were held in Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, County Roscommon on Sunday.Clare athletes dominated almost all county grades, the girls’ U-11 led home by Elaine Shannon (KilmurryIbrickane/North Clare) who finished in fourth place and led her club to silver medals.In the boys’ U-11 800 metres, Clare dominated with eight athletes in the top 20 with Jamie Roche (Ennis Track) taking the gold, Paul Martin (Ennis Track) the silver medal and Patrick O’Rourke (Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare) the bronze medal. Clare and Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare won the team gold with Ennis Track winning the club silver medals.In the U-13 girls’ race, Rachel Clancy (St John’s) finished fifth while in the U-13 boys’ A, Micheál Clancy (St John’s) finished 12th. In the U-13 boys’ B, Kevin Mulcaire (Ennis Track) won the gold with Clare taking the …

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Ennis student stars at inter-varsities

CLARE student Conall Tunney made a strong start to his inter-varsity karate career in Waterford at the weekend, coming away with two bronze medals at his first attempt.In the Irish Karate Inter-varsities, students are drawn from universities, institutes of Technology and third-level colleges and compete for a wide range of karate titles. This year, the tournament was hosted by the Waterford Institute of Technology and Conall, who is a first-year psychology student in University College Dublin, was competing in the blue ribbon, male/black belt events. First up on Saturday morning was the Kata, or forms competition, and with 28 black-belt competitors in the field, it was the strongest held in Ireland this year so far. After three elimination rounds, there was some surprise in the sports hall that at that stage the 19-year-old from Ennis was the number one-ranked competitor. In a fiercely contested eight-man final, Tunney was delighted to come away with the bronze medal. The Kumite, or fighting, …

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Kilmurry – an hour from Croke Park

THE main factor that has separated Kilmurry-Ibrickane from their rival Clare clubs this year and last, has been Kilmurry’s depth. For example, they could afford to start Noel Downes and Odran O’Dwyer on the bench against Doonbeg in the 2009 county semi-final in Cooraclare. Both came on and played pivotal roles in helping their side to edge past their neighbours and into the county final.

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Celia grills her grandsons in the art of good football

It never takes too long for Celia Considine to discover that she has been left on her own. A trend has developed. Such is her fervour for Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Celia tends to lose the run of her herself once the ball is thrown in.

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