Clarecastle 1-12 Kilmaley 1-10
A haul of o-8 from Lee Brack played a key role in Clarecastle capturing their fifteenth Clare minor A hurling championship title and their first since 2013 at Cusack Park this Saturday afternoon.
Up against Kilmaley in the final for the third time in four years, the magpies were deserving winners on the day. Physically stronger, they held the upperhand in key areas and their goal which was scored by Adam Cassidy, four minutes before the break, proved to be a key score. It helped them to lead at half time on a scoreline of 1-7 to 0-6,
Before the second half got underway both sides were reduced to fourteen. A row involving a number of players as the half time whistle sounded led to ;red cards for Sean O’Loughlin Kilmaley and Hayden Starr (Clarecastle) as the teams returned from the half time break
By the end of the third quarter the magpies were five points clear but Kilmaley struck 1-1 in the space of a minute, the goal coming from substitute Conor Cahill, to close the gap to the minimum.
Try as they did, however, they failed to get back on terms and great credit for this must go to the Clarecastle defence who closed out the threat of Kilmaley dangermen Sean and Aidan Kennedy.
This was an impressive team performance by the winners with Cian and Ronan Donnelly, Killian McDermott, Eoghan Wallace, Mark O’Loughlin and Stephen Barry giving great support to top scorer Brack.
Kilfenora and Kildysart will have to do it all again after they shared twenty points in the final of the intermediate football championship. On a day when the lead changed hands on a number of occasions, a draw was a fair result.
The senior B football championship cup is in Lisdoonvarna this weekend after St. Breckans proved too strong for O’Currys at Hennessy Park in Miltown, winning on a scoreline of 2-16 to 2-7. County minor Joe McGann scored both goals for the winners.
Three junior A football championshp quarter finals were decided this Saturday with Naomh Eoin, Ml. Cusacks and Meelick emerging victorious over Ballyvaughan, Cooraclare and Clooney-Quin respectively.
By Seamus Hayes