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Second half McCarthy hat trick wins epic cup final

Newmarket Celtic 4 Bridge United 2 THE 2015 Prego Menswear Clare cup final had it all; great goals, red and yellow cards, unflinching commitment, a big crowd, a torrential downpour, late and even later tackles. The contest was always edgy but laced with moments of real quality from these neighbours, both of whom were desperate to leave the County Grounds in Doora with the Clare Cup. [doptg id=”72″] Late on Saturday evening Newmarket Celtic brought the cup back to their village for the fourth successive year and the 14th time in all. To say they earned it would be a rather underwhelming way to put it. The holders were 2-0 down at half time and looked bereft of ideas and hope. Mikey McNamara put Bridge United 1-0 ahead in the 23rd minute finishing neatly after Niall Quinn failed to hold a low cross from Chris Lake. Newmarket had dominated possession during the opening 20 minutes but hadn’t created any clear …

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Death of Frank Healy

The death has taken place, after a short illness, of Frank Healy, a leading light in Clare soccer. A native of Kilmaley, Frank was vice chairman of the Clare soccer league at the time of his death which occurred at Ennis General Hospital. He had been the driving force behind Kilmaley soccer club for many years but also found time to serve in a variety of positions with the Clare league. During his time as Clare league chairman, he was instrumental in the purchase of land in Doora where the county soccer grounds is now developed. He also served as registrar with the Clare league for a number of years. As a mark of respect, all junior soccer games in Clare were cancelled last weekend.    

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Clare league beaten in Oscar Traynor final

Peter O’Connell Dublin AUL 2 Clare League 0 ALTHOUGH the Clare League held a man advantage for almost an hour of Sunday’s Oscar Traynor final in Dublin, two second half goals won it for the home team. AUL’s Stewart Glynn was red carded in the 32nd minute of the first half following a tackle on Clare’s Alan Kelly. The game was goalless at that stage and remained so at half time. Clare goalkeeper John Mulready made several excellent first half saves and also did well in the second half. He was though rather unluckily caught out for AUL’s first goal, which was netted by right back Damien Cuffe seven minutes into the second period. The defender appeared to be trying to cross the ball but somehow the ball spun over a wrong footed Mulready and into the Clare net. The 10 men of the AUL were buoyed by this and played some good stuff thereafter. They sealed the result nine …

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Experienced Kerry stand between Clare and final date

Sports Editor Seamus Hayes CLARE have a number of injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s Oscar Traynor Cup semi-final, in which they take on the Kerry League at Tralee (kick-off at 2pm). Stephen Hickey and Dave McCarthy, two key members of the squad, are battling to be fit. Both did play a part in their respective clubs (Ennis Town and Avenue United) games at the weekend but a final decision on their fitness will not be made until later this week. Both scored for their clubs on Sunday and both Ennis sides continued their challenge for the Premier League title. Centre-back Rhys Phillips is almost certain to miss Sunday’s tie after he was injured when playing with Avenue United on Sunday week last. Shane Daniels from Ennis Town is understood to be in contention to replace Phillips for the trip to Tralee but young Paddy O’Malley is also in contention for a starting spot. According to Clare manager Liam Murphy, “We …

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