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Gilly’s goal makes the day

Sixmilebridge 1-16 Newmarket 0-16   Since he first hit the hurling headlines back in 1997, Niall Gilligan has delivered some outstanding performances for club and county.Last Saturday’s display by the Sixmilebridge captain in leading his club to the Clare Champion Cup senior hurling league title will rank with the best.A contribution of 1-12 steered his club to their first league title in six years and to a three-point win over neighbours and great rivals Newmarket.At the end of what was a closely contested final, they just about deserved the win but Newmarket will feel they should have done better. Three points ahead entering the final quarter, they looked like they might take a grip on proceedings but then Gilligan struck for the game’s only goal, which was followed by four points in as many minutes. Newmarket tried hard to get back on terms but the ‘Bridge defence held firm and despite finishing with 14 men, after Shane Golden picked up …

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Clondegad fail to show for semi-final

Ennistymon qualified for the minor A football final last weekend but it’s the manner in which they got through their semi-final, rather than their achievement of reaching a fourth successive decider in this grade, which is a major talking point this week.The North Clare side’s opponents in the semi-final were Clondegad and the game was scheduled for Quilty at noon last Sunday. However, Clondegad failed to show for the fixture and when referee Gerry Corry threw in the ball, there was only one team, Ennistymon, on the pitch.Clondegad had sought a postponement of the game but their request was not successful.“We had requested to be free on the weekend that the club was playing the intermediate final as there were seven players on both panels. Several alternative dates, one within the four-day rule, were suggested but none were accepted. “Eighteen hours between two major games is not enough. We have to consider the welfare and the health and safety of …

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Magnificent St Breckan’s return to senior ranks

St Breckan’s 1-9 Clondegad 0-8 Three years after the parish lost its senior status, Lisdoonvarna, Doolin and Kilshanny is again home to one of Clare’s 16 senior football clubs. Although Clondegad had significantly more possession than St Breckan’s, beyond Gary Brennan, they offered no discernible scoring threat. The Clare midfielder scored five of his side’s eight points, including three from play. The only starting Clondegad forward to score from play was Tony Kelly. While Clondegad did kick 11 wides, it was clear from early in the 2010 intermediate final that the loss of Podge McMahon, who picked up a serious injury in their semi-final win over Corofin, would be virtually impossible to overcome. St Breckan’s deployed Denis O’Driscoll as an extra defender in the opening half, although he lined out at centre-back after half-time. They repeatedly closed down the space in which Clondegad tried to play, while playing five forwards at the opposite end helped St Breckan’s to find space …

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Kilfenora back in intermediate

Kilfenora 1-11 Éire Óg 1-6 A year on from losing the 2009 junior A football final at the same venue, Kilfenora returned to the intermediate grade for 2011. Éire Óg’s inability to avail of a glut of first-half chances, including a penalty saved by Liam Keane, definitely helped Kilfenora but their second-half display indicated that they were well worth their win. Austin Kelly turned in an excellent hour’s football, while Killian Malone, who didn’t start, added pace and scoring threat to the winners’ attack. The opening 30 minutes were so even that no more than a point separated the teams at any stage and come half-time, they were level at 0-5 apiece. Along with the Ennis team kicking seven first-half wides, Éire Óg’s David Ryan had his penalty attempt saved. It had been awarded after a foul on Graham Glynn but Kilfenora goalkeeper Liam Keane got down to his right and nudged the ball onto the post. Glynn pointed four …

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Kilmihil clinch senior league title

  Kilmihil 3-12 The Banner 2-8 IN only their second season in senior football, Kilmihil ladies made club history last weekend when they captured their first-ever senior title.In nearby Cooraclare on Sunday evening, they captured the Senior League overcoming a gallant Banner Ladies’ team. There is no taking away from the fact that Kilmihil were the better team in a great game of football. Kilmihil’s defence was rock solid, their midfielders controlled the game and their forwards picked off excellent scores. Edel McMahon was excellent in goals while the full-back line of Linda Russell, Fiona O’Neill and Niamh Keane defended stoutly. The half-back line of Rosie Currane and Una Downes and, in particular, Sarah Cahill attacked every ball. Kilmihil totally dominated midfield where Dympna Walsh played a captain’s part and received great support from Maria Keane, who scored a great goal. Eleanor O’Gorman and Orla Keane, who operated in sweeper roles were excellent and Eimear Considine, scoring 2-3, was in …

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Clare Community Games stars honoured

THE annual Clare Community Games All-Star awards were held last Friday in the West County Hotel. Seventy-two children from 21 areas across the county received awards on the night. Four families had two members receive awards – Jean and Micheál Clancy, Doonbeg; Paul and David Hamilton, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry;  Laura and Sharon Egan, Kilmihil and Fergal and Natasha Coughlan from Quin/Clooney.  The function was attended by Minister Tony Killeen, Deputy Mayor of Clare Michael Kelly, Micheál Roche for sponsors Golden Vale Milk, Billy Saunderson representing the International Police Association, Councillor Mary Howard representing the Mayor of Ennis Tommy Brennan and Fr Willie Russell who held many offices in Clare Community Games before moving to Limerick. Both Minister Killeen and Deputy Mayor Michael Kelly acknowledged the work of those involved in Community Games, especially the volunteers at area and county level.  The Hall of Fame Award was presented to Seán McNamara from Tulla, who has been in involved in Community Games for many …

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St Flannan’s march on in Harty Cup

St Flannan’s 3-17 Thurles CBS 1-13 A tremendous second half performance saw St Flannan’s move closer to a place in the knock-out stage of the Harty Cup with this merited win over the 2009 winners Thurles CBS at Nenagh on Wednesday.Trailing by a point at the interval, 0-8 to 0-9 the Ennis school stepped up a gear for the second half to score a merited win.Two early second half goals from Cathal Doohan and Conor O’Gorman gave them the upperhand and a third goal followed from a Tony Kelly penalty to put the blues in a strong position.Best for St Flannan’s on the day were Noel Purcell, Gearóid O’Connell, Seadna Morey, Conor O’Gorman, Tony Kelly and Cathal Doohan. St Flannan’s: Paul Kennedy (Kilmaley); Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge), Noel Purcell (do), Conor O’Loughlin (Crusheen); Enda Boyce (Cratloe), Stephen O’Halloran (Clarecastle), Gearóid O’Connell (Ballyea); Jarlath Colleran (Doora-Barefield), Tony Kelly (Ballyea); Martin O’Leary (Kilmihil), Cathal Doohan (Ballyea), Conor O’Gorman (Clarecastle),Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin), Alan O’Neill …

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