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Determined Ennistymon take U-21A crown

  Ennistymon 2-11 Lissycasey 0-7 A STRONGER and better-balanced Ennistymon team deservedly captured the Clare U-21A Football Championship crown at Cusack Park on Sunday at the expense of Lissycasey.After a first half in which the teams were evenly matched, the North Clare side upped the tempo in the second period and deservingly came out on top to make up for the disappointment of losing last year’s final to Cratloe, whom they had dethroned in the semi-final two weeks earlier.Lissycasey could certainly have been closer had they availed of more of the chances created but they struggled to cope with the superior strength of their opponents, who also showed a high level of fitness.Lissycasey struggled to win possession around midfield, while their defence was also under pressure from a Sean McConigley-inspired full-forward line.The mid-Clare side did start brightly and Matt O’Shea put them in front after just 20 seconds, when he intercepted a pass and raced through to fist the ball …

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St Senan’s RFC struggle in league opener

Tralee 46 St Senan’s 10   St Senan’s travelled to Tralee last weekend to face the local team in their first league game of the new junior rugby season.The game started well for Senan’s and the strength of their forwards won them a penalty after just three minutes. This was converted by Declan Collins. This early lead was followed by some good play by both sides, giving both opportunities to add a score. However, after 13 minutes it was Tralee that succeeded in breaching the Senan’s defence with a chip that let their forwards in to score their first try. The conversion gave the home team a 7-3 lead.Senan’s reacted well to this setback, keeping Tralee pinned back in their own half of the pitch and looking the stronger of the two teams in driving forward but could not turn this dominance into scoring opportunities. On 24 minutes Tralee broke through, forcing the Clare side to concede a penalty that …

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Ennis RFC pipped at the death

  Youghal 13 Ennis 12 Ennis suffered the narrowest of defeats in their opening league match in Youghal on Sunday.Played in dry conditions but with a very difficult crosswind to contend with, Ennis started brightly and took the lead after three minutes, with a penalty from Bryan Murphy. Gathering the restart, Ennis piled forward again and an infringement at a ruck allowed Murphy to land a penalty from 40m and double the lead to 6-0 after just five minutes. Youghal rallied and started to exert some pressure through their set-piece play. A concerted period of pressure culminated in a 5m attacking scrum. After a series of resets, the Youghal number 8 broke forward and gave his winger just enough time and space to touch down in the corner for a try that went unconverted. On the restart, Youghal again infringed and were punished by Murphy, who moved Ennis out to a 9-5 lead after 30 minutes. Despite difficulties at the …

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Lifford raise their game to beat Avenue

Avenue United A 2 Lifford 3 After a slow start to the season, Lifford stepped up considerably and scored an impressive win over great rivals Avenue United in the Premier League on Sunday.The win came a week after they scored a convincing victory over Tulla United.The winning goal came early in the second half when TJ Ajisomo headed home from a Fabrice Baptista corner.The winners took the lead from the penalty spot when Coolmeen gaelic footballer, Ciaran Neenan converted after Lunga Ballman was fouled.Avenue levelled through Gary Flynn. Lifford went back in front when Balman scored after good work by Ruairi Norrby. Avenue again hit back and Sean O’Meara levelled leaving the sides locked together at 2-2 at the interval.In the closing stages of the game, Avenue piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser but Jan De Silva in the Lifford goal produced a few good saves to deny them. Avenue United A: John Healy; Simon cuddy, Mattie …

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First silverware of the soccer season for Hermitage B

Hermitage B 0 Shannon Olympic B 0 Hermitage B won 4-2 on penalties Hermitage won the first cup of the season in a hard fought encounter with Shannon Olympic B in the third division league cup final. There was very little to separate the sides in the first half, which turned out to be a midfield battle in which goal scoring chances were very limited. The second half was a lot more entertaining with some very nice football by both teams. Olympic nearly took the lead when Ryan Camper hit the crossbar direct from a corner while Hermitage had a chance at the other end when their striker was one on one with the keeper but his lob just went inches wide. Towards the end off normal time, with both teams pushing hard to get the winning goal, Olympic had some great chances. Camper had a great shot saved brilliantly by the Hermitage goalkeeper, Kevin Ruane. Olympic pushed forward and …

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Spanish Point welcomes Cork visitors

This Saturday, Spanish Point captains Gary Carroll and Mary Saunders will welcome Ringenane Golf Club in the first fixture of a twinning relationship that will continue next spring with a visit to the Cork club. This Saturday, the clubs will play for the newly introduced Hillery/Lynch Shield and competition in the mixed fourball format will be keen to see which club’s name will be inscribed on the shield for the first time. The presentation will take place in the Bellbridge Hotel.Weekend turkey competitions continue at Spanish Point and last Sunday the format was a modified scramble team of four, which attracted a big entry. In first place were John Moore (13), Brendan McKenna (19), Noel McMahon (18) and Christy Mohally (18) with 80 points. They were followed by PJ Killeen (14), Martin Davies (27), Martin O’Gorman (20) and Michael Reilly (20) on 79 points. In last week’s seniors’ open, John Moore (13) was the winner with 34 points. There will …

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Lively start for new Limerick stadium

No doubt about it, the first night of racing at the brand-new greyhound racing stadium in Limerick last Friday night was a wonderful occasion. It was a brilliant start for the Irish Greyhoud Board’s latest showpiece and judging by the overall reaction to it, exciting times are in store for the new venue off the city’s Dock Road. It was a long time coming but worth the wait, judging by the reaction and comments on the facilities and comforts at the world-class stadium. The gates opened at 6. 30pm for a a 7. 45pm start but those whose came in plenty of time for the first race were surpised to see such a huge crowd already in place. The massive numbers took the IGB and caterers by surprise. Obviously, the numbers were not confined to the usual patrons, many more coming to see what the stadium had to offer by way of comfort, eating facilities and bars. The high reputation …

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Rodgers and Burke shine

The Clare Athletics Association juvenile U-9 to U-19 plus intermediate and U-23s cross country championships were held on the lands of Terry and Siobhán Hennessy, Kilmaley, in beautiful weather conditions over a testing course.There were some outstanding individual performances with big fields in all races. Ennis Track captured the Clare Athletics Association Shield for the best overall club on day two with 82 points from Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare on 69 points and St John’s on 44 points.The intermediate and U-23 ladies’ races over 4,000m were run together. Claire Madigan, St John’s, running in the U-23 event, ran a big race along with Marian Burke, St Mary’s, in the intermediate girls. They both made an early break, along with Sharon Rynne, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, with Loretta Duggan, St Mary’s, in close pursuit. On the final lap, Claire Madigan made a decisive move on the steep hill to race away to a very good victory, with Marian Burke having a great race …

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