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Clare IHC Wrap Up

Clare IHC Wrap Up St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield 1-19 Newmarket-on-Fergus 1-11 ST JOSEPH’S Doora-Barefield saw off Newmarket-on-Fergus to book their spot in the last eight of the intermediate championship with a bit to spare in Sixmilebridge on Saturday afternoon. David Conroy landed 0-9 in a stellar display at midfield while a late Tom Hannan goal was the deciding score of the game. The score line would have been much more favourable to St Joseph’s were it not for the excellent goalkeeping of Paudie Guilfoyle, who pulled off three excellent saves to keep his team competitive until the final quarter. The Parish started much the better with Davy Conroy, Jack Hannan, Conor Tierney and Cian Barron all slotting over points and seeing them lead 0-5 to 0-1 after ten minutes. Newmarket then came to life and a Niall Enright goal saw them draw level. Three Davy Conroy points and one from Cian Barron saw St Joseph’s back into the lead while Darren …

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Clare Club Championships To Proceed With Some Delays Following Covid Cases

Derrick Lynch The 2020 Clare GAA club championships are set to continue over the coming weeks with some alterations to planned fixtures in light of the confirmation of cases of Covid-19 at Cratloe GAA. Clubs this week gave their backing to some championship games being postponed for two weeks in order to allow both Cratloe and Clondegad GAA clubs to complete their isolation periods. Six cases of the virus have now been confirmed by Cratloe, with 40 individuals who attended a training session on Bank Holiday Monday all having been tested for the virus. Clondegad also confirmed their junior panel were self-isolating as a precautionary measure having played against Cratloe in the championship with one of the south-east Clare players from that fixture testing positive for Covid-19. Cratloe chairman Kevin Browne outlined to the meeting that the club were looking for period of grace until the weekend of August 22 in order to complete the isolation period and get back …

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Kilmihil Ready For Challenge Of Defending Clare LGFA Crown

Derrick Lynch The 2020 Clare Ladies football championships get underway on Monday evening with games down for decision in the senior and intermediate divisions. After their maiden success last year, reigning champions Kilmihil will be bidding to follow up that historic success by defending their title, with the first step on that road coming against Doora Barefield in Gurteen. The holders are joined in their group by the Parish, and by the parish closest to them in the form of last year’s intermediate champions Cooraclare. Having led Kilmihil to their first title last year, the management team of Kevin Callinan, David O’Brien and David Anglim are guiding the ship once more. Callinan is looking forward to another positive campaign, and doesn’t expect the mantle of champions to be one that brings any pressure with it. “It is a brand new experience for us to be coming out onto the field as county champions. We were long enough trying to get …

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Broadford Battle Hard to Defeat Clonlara and Book Quarter-final Spot

Broadford 0-17 Clonlara 0-15 A DOGGED display saw last year’s intermediate champions Broadford bravely defeat Clonlara in a sun-soaked Cusack Park this afternoon. Diarmuid Moloney was the star of the show for Broadford as he landed 0-10 (0-9f) to help Broadford edge the clash and cause the upset. The sides were evenly matched throughout the first half with free-takers Diarmuid Moloney and Micheál O’Loughlin landing most of the scores in a tit-for-tat battle. O’Loughlin started at a breakneck speed with two fine points from play in the first three minutes while Stiofán McMahon responded in kind, alongside Moloney frees. Neither team could get a grip on the game as the battle for supremacy resulted in both teams falling foul of the law regularly. Craig and Cathal Chaplin both chipped in with scores from the half-back line for Broadford while Ian Galvin, David Fitzgerald and Conor Bourke all found scores to keep Clonlara hot on Broadford’s heels. This ensured Broadford took …

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McGrath Shoots The Lights Out As Feakle Fly Into Clare SHC Quarter Finals

Clare SHC: Feakle 5-20 Clarecastle 2-12 Feakle came to Cusack Park with an axe to grind after suffering defeat to the Magpies in the 2017 relegation decider, but by the time the final whistle blew it was well and truly buried. The East Clare side produced a ruthless display to power their way into the quarter-final draw with Shane McGrath firing 4-10 over the course of an impressive performance. The writing was on the cards early in the contest as Feakle raced into a 2-8 to 0-2 lead inside the opening quarter. McGrath raided for both his sides goals, with the first coming as he pounced on a break before lashing home a brilliant finish to the far corner. The second was all about persistence as he saw his initial effort hooked but he followed up to whip home and give his side 12 point cushion at the first water break. It was a young Clarecastle side, with nine of …

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Four Star Kilmaley Book Clare SHC Quarter Final Spot

Clare SHC: Kilmaley 4-13 Wolfe Tones 1-17 An impressive performance from Kilmaley saw them overcome Wolfe Tones and seal their spot in the quarter-finals of the Clare SHC. A brace of goals for Daire Keane and Tom O’Rourke were the crucial scores with all bar two of their scores coming from play, while Conor Cleary’s commanding presence in the square also proved a crucial factor. Wolfe Tones were without Ben O’Gorman from their defence while captain Jamie Roughan also saw his day come to an early end as he picked up an injury The opening period mirrored the weather conditions with a blistering first half that produced 21 scores and saw Kilmaley narrowly in front. The tone was set as early as the 30th second when Tom O’Rourke crashed the ball to the Wolfe Tones net after an incisive pass from the impressive Daire Keane. Mikey O’Neill followed up with a tidy point from distance, but Wolfe Tones found their …

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Inagh-Kilnamona Give Newmarket The Blues To Book Clare SHC Quarter-Final Spot

Clare SHC: Inagh-Kilnamona 1-21 Newmarket 1-14 Inagh-Kilnamona produced a composed display to see off the challenge of Newmarket and book their place in the last eight of the Clare SHC. Aidan McCarthy’s first half goal helped him to a personal tally of 1-10 for Fergal Hegarty’s men as they became the first team into the hat for the quarter-final draw. Inagh-Kilnamona’s tactic of opening up the play with diagonal attacks along with Shane McInerney’s protection of the full-back line helped Fergal Hegarty’s charges to lead 0-5 to 0-2 at the opening water break. Aidan McCarthy was unerring from placed balls with three to his name while his brother Jason and young star Kealan Guyler were also on target in the opening quarter. Newmarket had Colin Ryan frees to thank for their two scores, and it looked as if last year’s beaten semi-finalists were well on top. A change of approach from the Blues saw Colin Guilfoyle moved to operate around …

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Case Of Covid-19 Confirmed by Cratloe GAA Club

A case of Covid-19 has been identified in a person associated with Cratloe GAA Club. The club issued a statement on their Facebook page this afternoon, which outlined that the diagnosis had been confirmed. Cratloe are due to play Eire Óg in the second round of the Clare SHC on Sunday afternoon while the footballers are slated to take on Clondegad in the losers section of the Clare SFC next weekend. No statement has yet been issued by Clare GAA on the matter but it is expected an update will be issued later this (Friday) evening.

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