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Newmarket bid to maintain winning streak

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Newmarket Celtic all set for Munster final

The County Grounds in Doora is expected to attract one of its biggest attendances to date on Sunday when Clare champions, Newmarket Celtic, entertain Janesboro from Limerick in the final of the Munster Champions Cup. The game will kick off at 2pm, with Michael Rock in charge, assisted by Trevor White and Terry Kennedy. Janesboro are one of the strongest junior clubs in the region and are the favourites to win the title. It’s been a great season to date for Newmarket Celtic, who are also still in the running for the Munster Junior Cup and FAI Junior Cup titles. Janesboro, one of the oldest clubs in the Limerick league, will travel to Ennis with an experienced squad that includes the Clarke brothers, team captain Shane and Thomas, Shane Waters, John Boyle, Craig McMarlow and Stephen Walsh. For Newmarket, central defenders Mark Donlon and Paddy Purcell are very experienced and they have been in outstanding form all season. Stephen Kelly …

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Ennis Town Rock make history

By Seamus Hayes Ennis Town Rock A 1  Newmarket Celtic A 0 There were great scenes of celebration at Lees Road this Friday evening as Ennis Town Rock A were crowned Clare soccer premier league champions for the first time in the club’s history. Goint into Friday’s games, three teams were in the running for the title, Avenue United A, Newmarket Celtic A and Ennis Town Rock A. Avenue A secored their expected win over Hermitage A at the Fairgreen in a tie that finished 4-0 in their favour. To remain in the race, they needed Ennis Town Rock and Newmarket to play a draw but this cup final repeat saw the Ennis side avenge that result and deservingly take the league crown. The all important goal came in the first minute of the second half and it was scored by the team captain and former league of Ireland player Stephen Hickey. Before the break Newmarket suffered a huge blow …

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Manager Daniels hoping to make history

By Seamus Hayes Ennis Town Rock A manager Francis Daniels is no stranger to cup final day and he is well versed on what it takes to compete at this level. Back in 2008 he was team captain when Rock Rovers captured the title, beating Bunratty in the final. A win o n Saturday evening would see him join a select group who have captained and managed cup winning sides. Current panel members Shane Daniels, Barry Woods and Ronan Judge were also part of that cup winning side. Ennis Town and Rock Rovers joined forces in 2012 and have made steady progress since then although manager Francis is quick to point out “we didn’t have a good year last season when we were in a relegation battle in the league and were knocked out of the cup at an early stage”. “We set out this season with the aid of not being involved in relegation and of getting a good …

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Man arrested after knife point robbery in Shannon

By Owen Ryan GARDAI have arrested one man and are still seeking others following an incident in which three teenagers were robbed at knife point in Shannon last Saturday evening. On the evening in question at about 7.30pm seven teenagers were together in a wooded area of Drumgeely. They were approached by three males, all wearing hoodies with the hoods up. One of the group produced a knife and threats were made, before the group took sums of money consisting of €20 and €4 as well as a speaker for a phone which was valued at €60. The three hooded males ran off towards Corrib Drive after the incident. On the night Shannon Town were playing a soccer match against Moyross United and after the males suspected of being involved in the incident were seen getting onto a large coach that had brought people to the match, Gardai were alerted. Gardai brought all passengers off the bus and one person …

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Burren United crowned u-17 champions

By Seamus Hayes Burren United 3 Newmarket Celtic 1 Burren United were crowned Clare under-17 soccer cup champions when they defeated Newmarket Celtic at a wet and windy county grounds on Saturday afternoon. The bad weather conditions made it very difficult for the players who, in the circumstances, served up a good game with the North Clare side emerging as worthy winners. Having played a 2-2 draw in the final game in the league the previous week in Lisdoonvarna, another close contest was expected. Incidentally they have finished on level terms in the league and must now play off for the title, a game expected to take place in the coming week. They were dealt an early blow when they lost goalkeeper Cathal Guerin to injury and this resulted in the introduction of James Howard. Newmarket were also forced into a change in the opening half when they lost Jack O’Connor to injury. Alan Sweeney and Thomas Cullinan scored for …

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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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Referees honour Dunne and Sutton

TWO of Clare’s best known soccer referees have been honoured by their peers for their contribution to the game. Paddy Dunne, a founder member of the Clare Soccer Referees Association and now its president, was honoured for his contribution to the branch since its formation in 1971, while Padraic Sutton, one of the branch’s younger members, was honoured for his achievement in achieving FIFA qualification. For Paddy Dunne, it was a nostalgic and emotional occasion on Monday night, as he was joined by some of his fellow referees from the early 1970s at the West County Hotel. Clare Referees chairman Frankie Coote paid tribute to both men and said he was particularly delighted with the attendance. “Both presentations are merited. Paddy Dunne has been a member of this branch since it was formed. If we are the branch then Paddy Dunne is definitely the root, as he was part of it since the start. He has kept us together. To …

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