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Conor Crosby of Cratloe tugs on John Fawl of Crusheen-Tubber during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.

Cratloe through to u-21 B final

Cratloe 2-6 Crusheen-Tubber 0-9

Cratloe caused a surprise when they overcame a fancied Crusheen-Tubber at Clarecastle on Saturday afternoon to qualify for the final of the under 21 B hurling championship where they will play either Clonlara or Tulla whose semi-final was postponed due to a bereavement in Clonlara.

Cratloe mentor XX on the sideline during their U-21 semi final against Crusheen-Tubber at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Cratloe manager Padraig Collins on the sideline during their U-21 semi final against Crusheen-Tubber at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.

In windy and cold conditions, two goals inside four minutes at the start of the second half proved decisive on a day when All-Ireland under 21 medallist, Shane Gleeson played a key role in his side’s victory, hitting all but a goal of their tally.

Playing against what was mainly a cross field wind, Cratloe took a two point lead in as many minutes thanks to Shane Gleeson. Crusheen-Tubber slowly got a grip on the tie and pointed frees by Lorcan O’Grady and Colin Vaughan tied up the game after seven minutes before Robbie Malone fired the combination side into the lead.

At half time Crusheen-Tubber were 0-6 to 0-3 in front but they were rocked in the opening minute of the second half when Jack McInerney goaled for the winners following a Shane Gleeson delivery. Three minutes later Gleeson broke through for his side’s second goal.

Early in the final quarter Colin Vaughan pointed a free for Crusheen-Tubber and the cut the deficit to the minimum when Donal McMahon pointed with eight minutes remaining.

In the closing minutes Crusheen-Tubber piled on the pressure but the winner’s defence held firm saving a penalty and a number of attempts on goal. In the fourth minute of ‘injury time’ a Shane O’Leary clearance found Gleeson and he fired over the final score of the game

Cratloe; Eoin O’Kelly; Ritchie Murray, Aaron Gaule, Aaron Costigan; Caomin Deegan, Shane O’Leary, Dominick Costigan; Daithi Collins Jamie Arthur; Michael Danagher, Conor Crosby, David O’Brien; Jack McInerney, Shane Gleeson, Kieran O’Connor;

Subs-–Billy Connors for D. Costigan (half time); Dara Cunningham for Crosby (60 minutes);

Crusheen—Tubber;—David Kearney; Mark Perrilll, Youen Horner, Diarmuid Guinnane; Sean Mhaoir, Lorcan O’Grady (0-1), Francis McCormack; Luke Hayes, John Fawl (0-1); James Howard, Robbie Malone (0-1), Cillian Mullins; Colin Vaughan (0-5), Donal McMahon (0-1), Gavin O’Brien

Subs;–Emmett Quinn for Malone (44 minutes); Ronan Monahan for O’Brien (47 minutes); O’Brien for McCormack (inj., 63minutes)

Referee—Ger Lyons, Ruan

By Seamus Hayes

 

 

Youen Horner of Crusheen-Tubber  in action against Conor Crosby of Cratloe  during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Youen Horner of Crusheen-Tubber in action against Conor Crosby of Cratloe during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
David O’ Brien of Cratloe  in action against Sean Mhaoir of Crusheen-Tubber during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
David O’ Brien of Cratloe in action against Sean Mhaoir of Crusheen-Tubber during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Michael Danaher of Cratloe  in action against James Howard of Crusheen-Tubber during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Michael Danaher of Cratloe in action against James Howard of Crusheen-Tubber during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Cratloe's Podge Collins, former Clare senior hurler and now senior footballer watches the action from the end line during their U-21 semi final against Crusheen-Tubber at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Cratloe’s Podge Collins, former Clare senior hurler and now senior footballer watches the action from the end line during their U-21 semi final against Crusheen-Tubber at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Francis McCormack of Crusheen-Tubber  in action against Shane Gleeson of Cratloe  during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Francis McCormack of Crusheen-Tubber in action against Shane Gleeson of Cratloe during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Luke Hayes of Crusheen-Tubber in action against Jamie Arthur and Michael Danaher of Cratloe  during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Luke Hayes of Crusheen-Tubber in action against Jamie Arthur and Michael Danaher of Cratloe during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Shane Gleeson of Cratloe  in action against Francis McCormack of Crusheen-Tubber during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Shane Gleeson of Cratloe in action against Francis McCormack of Crusheen-Tubber during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Jack Mc Inerney of Cratloe celebrates a goal against Crusheen-Tubber during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Jack Mc Inerney of Cratloe celebrates a goal against Crusheen-Tubber during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Gavin O’ Brien of Crusheen-Tubber in action against Shane O’ Leary of Cratloe during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Gavin O’ Brien of Crusheen-Tubber in action against Shane O’ Leary of Cratloe during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Shane O’ Leary of Cratloe in action against Gavin O’ Brien of Crusheen-Tubber during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Shane O’ Leary of Cratloe in action against Gavin O’ Brien of Crusheen-Tubber during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
James Howard of Crusheen-Tubber in action against Dominick Costigan of Cratloe during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
James Howard of Crusheen-Tubber in action against Dominick Costigan of Cratloe during their U-21 semi final at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Crusheen-Tubber mentor Clive Earley on the sideline during their U-21 semi final against Cratloe at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
Crusheen-Tubber mentor Clive Earley on the sideline during their U-21 semi final against Cratloe at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
A disappointed David Kearney, goalie of Crusheen-Tubber following their U-21 semi final loss to Cratloe at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.
A disappointed David Kearney, goalie of Crusheen-Tubber following their U-21 semi final loss to Cratloe at Clarecastle. Photograph by John Kelly.

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