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Clare ladies fall in Meelick

Tipperary 1-11   Clare 1-8 The Clare ladies fell to a disappointing second home league defeat in Meelick last Sunday.Gillian O’Brien’s unstoppable second-half goal was the decisive score, in a game that included three sin binnings.Minus a number of regulars, including Sinéad Kelly, Fiona Lafferty and Ailish Considine, Clare played some good football but didn’t have the balance or depth of the Tipperary panel.Shortly after Mairéad Morrissey pointed Tipperary ahead from a free, Niamh Keane goaled for Clare after her shot was dropped over the line by Tipperary goalkeeper Nora Noonan.Come the interval, Tipperary had re-established their advantage and led 0-7 to 1-3, following points from Morrissey, Gillian O’Brien and Anne Marie O’Gorman.Louise Henchy, Sinéad Sexton and Eimear Considine, with a top-class score, responded for Clare.Considine pointed twice inside the opening three minutes of the second half to put Clare 1-5 to 0-7 ahead, before Morrissey and Áine Kelly traded points.It was at this stage in the game that Gillian O’Brien …

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Winning start for the champions

Cooraclare 2-13   St Senan’s 2-7 Cusack Cup champions Cooraclare got off to a winning start in defence of the county senior football league  title when they proved too strong for St Senan’s Kilkee at Cooraclare on Saturday. In a game that marked the return to senior competitive football of Denis Russell, the winners were always in control and at one stage in the game they were 14 points clear.The seasiders put in a strong finish to give the scoreboard a much more respectable look come the final whistle.Full-forward Michael Kelly scored his side’s first-half goal although some Kilkee people will argue that the ball did not cross the line. The seasiders goalie Kevin Harte appeared to have turned the ball behind for a 45, only for the umpire to raise the green flag signalling that the ball has crossed the line before Harte got it away. The goal helped the winners to a 1-7 to 0-3 half-time lead.On the turnover, …

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Bad weather threatens club competitions

Inclement weather conditions are still disrupting competitions at golf clubs around the county. Sharp frost resulted in the cancellation of a number of events last weekend when most courses didn’t open until the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday.The disruption has led to a delay in the winter/spring leagues in a number of clubs. All committees are keeping their fingers crossed that the competition schedule will go ahead without interruption this week. East ClareMartin McInerney was the winner of the men’s 14-hole singles at East Clare with 34 points, one ahead of John Sheehan.In the senior ladies competition, the winners were Bess Fennessy, Barbara Lynch and Mary Collins from Margaret McNamara, Connie McKenna and Marie A Kelly.In the winter league, Connie McKenna, Frank O’Meara and William O’Brien were this week’s winners with 60.2 from Siobhán Shanahan, next year’s lady captain, Tony Stuart and Flan Clune who returned 62.9. In third spot were Teddy and Imelda O’Hanlon and Tony Scott with 64.9.Kevin …

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Ennis boxers dominate at county championships

The 46th Clare boxing championships took place in the Community Centre in Ennis last week, producing some exciting bouts fought with frantic enthusiasm as each boxer sought local domination and a ticket to the Munster championships in a two weeks’ time.All three Clare clubs, Ennis, West Clare and Kilfenora, competed and the huge entry from the Ennis club prevailed, winning a lion’s share of the titles. This was not to diminish the determined efforts of the West Clare lads and the steely battlers from Kilfenora and it is hoped that provincial honours will embellish their enthusiasm when they travel to Cork and Waterford in the coming weeks.The 60kg youths division was undoubtedly the most talked about and the most keenly contested division, with the ultimate winner, Michael Flynn from West Clare, having to battle all the way to the final bell against Tiernan McCormack from Kilfenora. McCormack had narrowly out-pointed the pre-championship favourite Pat Sherlock from the Ennis club in …

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Entertaining win for Inch Crusaders

Third division Hermitage B 1   Inch Crusaders 2 Inch Crusaders defeated Hermitage B in an entertaining game at the Fairgreen on Sunday. Inch got a great start when James Rynne opened the scoring in the first minute with a powerful shot to the left corner after a good passing involving Seán Hehir and Clinton Keane.

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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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