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Newmarket and Bridge Utd in Clare cup final

Thirty eight years after they last met in the final of the Clare junior cup, then known as the Haughey cup, near neighbours and arch rivals Newmarket Celtic and Bridge United will battle it out for the 2015 Clare junior cup title at the end of the month. Bridge were 3-0 winners over Shannon Olympic on Friday evening while, twenty four hours later, holders Newmarket Celtic booked their passage to the decider with a 5-2 win over Burren United. Both games were played at the county grounds in Doora which will also host the final. Midway through the first half of Friday’s game, Bridge United took the lead when Darren Murphy headed home from a Chris Lake corner. This score separated the sides at half time and the score was still the same as the game entered the ninetieth and final minute Then, in the space of two minutes, Bridge added goals from substitutes Derek Fahy and Kevin Kelly to …

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Sixmilebridge make it five from five

Sixmilebridge recorded their fifth successive victory in the 2015 Clare Champion cup (senior hurling league) race when they defeated Clarecastle at O’Garney Park on Saturday evening. The winners laid the foundations for this latest victory in the opening half but they had to survive a strong rally from the magpies in the second period. When the final whistle sounded the Bridge were 2-15 to 1-15 in front. The Sean Stack managed Clonlara got back to winning ways when scoring a convincing 3-16 to 1-7 win over title holders Cratloe at the latter’s venue. While Clonlara were full value for their win, showing the greater sharpness throughout, it must be pointed out that Cratloe were without the services of two thirds of last year’s title winning side. That said, Cormac O’Donovan sparkled for the winners, finishing with a tally of 1-3 from play . Newmarket inflicted a first defeat of the campaign on Crusheen on Friday evening when they were 2-16 …

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Clare bow out of Oscar Traynor title race

Inisowen 1 Clare League 0 Clare’s hopes of Oscar Traynor success this season were ended at far away McGinn park in Buncranna on Saturday evening when they had to give best to the home side. The crucial score came as early as the seventeenth minute when Stephen McLoughlin’s effort from a free kick on the edge of the area flew over the wall and into the top corner of the net. Clare worked hard in an effort to get back into contention and Eoin Hayes was unlucky when his effort flew past the advancing Inisowen goalie but just wide of the target seven minutes before the break. A few minutes later Eoin O’Brien’s header from a Paddy O’Malley cross was just inches over the top In the second half Clare continued to chase an equaliser but chances were few against a strong and well organised home side’s defence. Just past the hour mark, Dave McCarthy’s effort from a free kick …

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Five teams unbeaten in ‘Champion Cup

HEADING into Round 5 of the domestic hurling leagues this bank holiday weekend, there are five unbeaten teams in the Clare Champion Cup (Divisions 1A and 1B). Crusheen, Sixmilebridge, Kilmaley, Whitegate and Wolfe Tones have won all their matches to date, with the Shannon club having a game in hand as they and St Joseph’s did not play last week, having agreed to double up with their championship first round at the end of the month. Kilmaley and Whitegate have made a similar arrangement with regard to their league tie, which was scheduled for this weekend. When they meet in the championship first round in a few weeks time, the league points will also be up for grabs. In Division 2, there are three unbeaten teams. Ruan and Parteen have full points from their four outings, while Smith O’Brien’s are just one point behind with three wins and a draw to their credit. Killanena top Division 3 with three wins …

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Nigel Murray of Clare in action against Sean Murphy of Limerick during their Munster minor championship semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.

Clare minor footballers ease into Munster semi-final

Clare 2-11   Limerick 0-5 THE Clare minor footballers made very light work of an exceptionally poor Limerick team in Cusack Park on Wednesday evening. Playing with plenty of fire and putting some exceptional attacking play together, Clare were fully deserving of their 12-point win and restored their pride after their 11-point defeat to Kerry in the opening round in Tralee. Clare will now play Tipperary in the Munster semi-final in Thurles on May 13.  [doptg id=”66″] Although they led 1-7 to 0-3 at half-time, Clare were relatively slow to settle in the opening half and, in fact, they were 0-3 to 0-1 behind after nine minutes. However, Limerick stuck to their ploy of keeping players behind the ball and didn’t appear to have any inside players whom they could locate with direct ball. Seán Malone, who had an outsanding first half, put over the game’s opening score in the sixth minute. It was a portent of things to come from …

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Simon McKinley (on right) being presented with the 2010 Connaught Competition Engines Irish Hillclimb and Sprint trophy by Joe Corcoran (President of Motorsport Ireland).

Driver killed at Hillclimb

Four time Irish Hillclimb champion, Simon McKinley, from Meath, has been killed after an accident during the Clare Motor Club’s Hillclimb at Scalp Hill, near Carron. The accident happened towards the end of the event, after all competitors had successfully completed the course a number of times throughout the day. The event at Carron was the first round of the 2015 Hillclimb Championship. Initial reports suggest that McKinley’s car, a Lant RT4, left the road at a tricky left-right combination and rolled several times. An investigation into the accident will be carried out. Simon McKinley is survived by his wife, Deirdre, who also competes in Hillclimbs and their year old son, Rory. Tomorrow’s hillclimb at Ballyalban has been cancelled as a mark of respect.

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Magpies inflict a first defeat on Inagh-Kilnamona

Clarecastle 0-16 Inagh-Kilnamona 0-15 A haul of eleven points from Bobby Duggan helped Clarecastle to their second successive victory in division 1 A of the Clare Champion cup when they defeated hitherto unbeaten Inagh-Kilnamona at Inagh. The magpies played with the aid of the wind in the first half and they held a four point advantage when the half time whistle sounded with the score at 0-10 to 0-6. Seven minutes into the second half, the home side had closed the gap to the minimum but that was as close as it got as Clarecastle used their greater experience to hold the advantage. Inagh-Kilnamona weren’t helped by the loss of minor Jason McCarthy to injury but it was their concession of frees which proved costly as Duggan ensured that his side stayed in front. In addition to Duggan, the winners had good performances from Gearoid Ryan, Conor Galvin, Jonathan Clancy and Patrick Kelly while Kevin Hehir, Ronan O’Looney, Gerry Coote …

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Kerry minors too strong for Clare

Kerry 0-14 Clare 0-3 Kerry’s dominance over Clare in underage football continued at Austin Stack Park in Tralee on Wednesday evening, when the sides met in the opening round of the provincial championship. The gap in standard was evident from an early stage and Kerry had secured their passage to the semi-final, where they will play Cork, long before the final whistle. The fact that Clare failed to score from play is an indication of the dominance enjoyed by the Kingdom side. Clare have another chance, however and they now await the winners of the game between Limerick and Waterford, who also suffered first-round losses. Clare’s next outing will be on Wednesday, April 29. The writing was on the wall for Clare from an early stage, as a slicker Kerry side created too many opportunities. The Banner defence was under a lot of pressure whereas, at the other end, the Kerry back-line dominated. Their full-back trio were particularly strong, while …

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