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Tomas Kelly of Inagh-Kilnamona in action against Eamon Callinan of Clarecastle during their Clare Champion Cup game in Inagh. Photograph by John Kelly.

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.

Gearoid Ryan of Clarecastle in action against David Fitzgerald of Inagh-Kilnamona during their Clare Champion Cup game in Inagh. Photograph by John Kelly.
Gearoid Ryan of Clarecastle in action against David Fitzgerald of Inagh-Kilnamona during their Clare Champion Cup game in Inagh. Photograph by John Kelly.

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 and McCarthy until injured did best for Inagh-Kilnamona

Following the completion of round 3 of the competition, Crusheen and Sixmilebridge have full points. Crusheen had five to spare over O’Callaghans Mills while the ‘Bridge had an easy thirteen point victory over Clonlara.

Elsewhere title holders Cratloe collected their first point of the campaign when they fought back from a half time deficit of six points to earn a share of the spoils with Newmarket.

The remaining game in division 1 A saw pointless Feakle and Clooney-Quin in opposition and Feakle emerged from this one with a five point victory.

Meanwhile, in division 1 B, Whitegate continued their winning form when they had five points to spare over Broadford while Kilmaley are also unbeaten in this division having recorded a runaway 4-22 to 1-7 win over Scariff.

In the clash of the unbeaten Parteen and Ballyea in division 2, the South East Clare side emerged with a two point victory, 3-13 to 3-11. Corofin and Smith O’Briens shared the spoils while Bodyke left Ennistymon with the points following their 2-16 to 1-9 win over Ennistymon.

By Seamus Hayes

 

Johnathan Griffey of Clarecastle in action against Conor Tierney of Inagh-Kilnamona during their Clare Champion Cup game in Inagh. Photograph by John Kelly.
Johnathan Griffey of Clarecastle in action against Conor Tierney of Inagh-Kilnamona during their Clare Champion Cup game in Inagh. Photograph by John Kelly.
Dermot Lynch of Inagh-Kilnamona in action against Eric Flynn of Clarecastle during their Clare Champion Cup game in Inagh. Photograph by John Kelly.
Dermot Lynch of Inagh-Kilnamona in action against Eric Flynn of Clarecastle during their Clare Champion Cup game in Inagh. Photograph by John Kelly.
Johnathan Clancy of Clarecastle in action against Conor Tierney of Inagh-Kilnamona during their Clare Champion Cup game in Inagh. Photograph by John Kelly.
Johnathan Clancy of Clarecastle in action against Conor Tierney of Inagh-Kilnamona during their Clare Champion Cup game in Inagh. Photograph by John Kelly.
David Fitzgerald of Inagh-Kilnamona in action against Conor Galvin of Clarecastle during their Clare Champion Cup game in Inagh. Photograph by John Kelly.
David Fitzgerald of Inagh-Kilnamona in action against Conor Galvin of Clarecastle during their Clare Champion Cup game in Inagh. Photograph by John Kelly.

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