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Dean Ryan of Éire Óg celebrates a goal against Lissycasey during their senior football championship game in Cusack Park last year. Photograph by John Kelly.

Bank holiday Cusack cup ties

ROUND two of The Clare Champion-sponsored Cusack Cup will take place on Monday at four venues, with all games throwing in at 2pm.

In Doonaha, O’Curry’s will host Kilmurry-Ibrickane, who are on the trail of their fifth successive title. O’Curry’s were beaten by Clondegad in their opening game, while Kilmurry defeated Lissycasey by a point.

Home advantage will help O’Curry’s but Kilmurry will still be favourites to pick up their second win of the campaign.

In Lissycasey, the home club host neighbours Clondegad. Lissycasey are under a bit more pressure to get a result, given that they lost their opening game, albeit very narrowly. Clondegad are already on two points and another win would put them in a good position to push for a place in the semi-final at least.

While this is a tricky one to call, Clondegad will start as marginal favourites in this all-parish derby.

Elsewhere, Doonbeg host Miltown, who drew their opening game with Cooraclare. Doonbeg also picked up a point, drawing with Éire Óg. Miltown had some good spells against Cooraclare but didn’t hold out for the win. Doonbeg are tipped to win what should be a tight enough game.

In the final fixtur,e Éire Óg will host Cooraclare. Both clubs have a point each on the board. Cooraclare fielded a particularly young team in their opening game, with Jack Morrissey and Pearse Lillis impressing. However, if Éire Óg have a strong panel available, they should have too much for the West Clare club.

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