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Bonfires blaze throughout Ballyea after historic first title win

Ballyea 2-14 Clonlara 1-14 Bonfires are blazing across Ballyea this Sunday evening after history was made at Cusack Park in the afternoon when Ballyea won the Clare senior hurling championship title for the first time. [data-ps-embed-type=slideshow] > iframe {position: absolute;top: 0;left: 0;} _psEmbed(“http://photos.clarechampion.ie”); In a replayed final they were the stronger team and fully deserved their win over favourites Clonlara on a day when they were never headed. A man of the match performance from Niall Deasy who scored 1-3 together with outstanding displays from Clare football captain Gary Brennan and inter county hurlers Jack Browne, Paul Flanagan, Gearoid O’Connell and Tony Kelly were key ingredients in this victory. First half goals from Gary Brennan and Niall Deasy helped the new champions to lead at the break on a score of 2-5 to 0-8 and while Clonlara fought back to level eleven minutes into the second half when their captain John Conlon found the net, Ballyea simply refused to fold. …

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Bridge Utd heading towards premier title

Bridge United A 1 Newmarket Celtic A 0 Bridge United A took a giant step towards winning the Clare soccer league’s premier league title when they defeated holders Newmarket Celtic at McDonough Park this Sunday morning. An outstanding defensive display, particularly in the final quarter, was key to this success on a day when the all important goal was scored by Darragh Fitzgerald early in the second half. Over the ninety minutes, Bridge deserved the victory. They had the better of the first half exchanges and will have been disappointed not to lead at the interval. They had a great chance to take the lead just before half time when they were awarded a penalty after Derek Fahy was adjudged to have been fouled in the square/ However, Niall Quinn produced an excellent save from Robbie Wall. The final quarter was dominated by the home side butthey simply could not break down a superb Bridge United defence in which team …

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Clare’s wait for league title goes on

By Seamus Hayes Tipperary 2-24 Clare 2-17 Thirty six years without a National league title, Clare will have to wait at least one more having suffered a seven point loss to Tipperary in this semi-final tie played at the Gaelic grounds on Sunday before an attendance of 20,452. The All-Ireland champions can have few complaints as they failed to match the hunger and sharpness of their opponents who will now play Kilkenny in a repeat of last year’s final. Tipperary played with the aid of the breeze in the first half and were seven points ahead, 1-14 to 1-7, when the half time whistle sounded. The Clare men led for the only time in this tie in the fourth minute when Cathal McInerney scored their goal which put them 1-1 to 0-3 in front. Midway through the half Patrick Maher broke through the middle to fire home Tipperary’s goal. Clare had a great start to the second half, hitting 1-1 …

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Minor title for Lissycasey

By Seamus Hayes Lissycasey were crowned Clare minor A football champions at Cooraclare on Sunday when they accounted for Kilmurry-Ibrickane. A point separated the teams (2-4 to 1-6) when referee Gerry Keane sounded the final whistle on what was a very difficult day for football with a near gale-force wind causing a lot of problems for the players. Lissycasey got off to a dream start with a goal from full-forwad Ciaran Doohan inside the opening minute. They went on to lead throughout and had their second goal from a Conor Finnucane penalty, awarded for a foul on Niall Meere,  fifteen minutes into the game. Kilmurry battled back in the second half but trailed by four points as the game went into injury time. Two minutes of added time had been played when Keith Sexton scored their goal but it came too late to prevent Lissycasey from winning their second title at this level, the first having come in 2009.   …

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