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Late win for St Joseph’s

St Joseph’s 1-11   Corofin 1-7 St Joseph’s had to battle hard for victory in their Division 2A tie played at Corofin on Monday.While the Doora-Barefield outfit deserved to win, they missed a lot of chances and had to wait until the final minute to seal victory when Ivor White’s long-range free went all the way to the net. Stephen Heagney scored the Corofin goal on a day when both teams were short a number of regulars.St Joseph’s: Paul Madden; Niall Hassett, Marty O’Regan, Sean Flynn; Liam Clohessy, Ken Kennedy, Darragh O’Driscoll; Damian Kennedy, Mark Hallinan; Ivor White, Noel Brody, Shane O’Grady; Shane O’Connor, Kevin Dilleen, Rory O’Connor.Corofin: Pat Burke; Donnacda Kelleher, Luke O’Loughlin, Darren Malone; Damian Ryan, Matthew Shannon, Martin Tierney; John Keane, Stephen Heagney; Neil Killeen, Fionn Clancy, Kevin Heagney; Killian Malone, Eamonn Malone, Killian O’Loughlin.Subs: Declan Lee for E Malone and Declan Stack for K Malone Feakle 3-9   Ballyea 2-11Feakle came out on top by the minimum …

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First league points for Ogonnelloe

Ogonnelloe 4-9   Ennistymon 1-12 Ogonnelloe collected their first points in this year’s Clare Champion Cup with a six-point victory over Ennistymon at Ogonnelloe on Monday. Ennistymon had two points on the scoreboard inside the opening few minutes but two John McKenna points had the teams level before Kieran Forde struck for the opening goal of the game.Paul Healy then netted two goals for the home side before half time as Ogonnelloe led 3-3 to 0-4 at the interval. A Cathal Malone penalty early in the second half, as well as two points from play, brought Ennistymon back into contention but Ogonnelloe replied with 1-3 from John McKenna, along with a point from Peter English and a huge effort from Patrick Barton to give them the breathing space they required to close out the game. John McKenna and Cathal Malone were very impressive on the day and they each contributed 1-7 to their side’s total.Ogonnelloe: Tomás McKenna; John O’Brien, Michael Costelloe, …

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Markham joins O’Donovan on injured list

Clare 0-22   Offaly 1-19 A goal from a 20m free in the final minute of the game earned Offaly a share of the spoils with Clare in this senior hurling challenge game played to mark the official opening of new facilities at Crinkle in Offaly on Saturday evening last.“It was a good workout and a useful exercise. Overall, giving what we were missing, we were happy,” Clare manager Ger O’Loughlin said this week.Clare were short the Cratloe players, Sean Collins, Cathal McInerney and Conor McGrath due to a club senior football championship engagement. Their clubmate Liam Markham (pictured) missed the weekend games because of a broken finger suffered when Cratloe beat Scariff in the senior hurling championship the previous weekend. The injury will keep the half back/midfielder out of contention for a place in the side for next week’s clash with Tipperary. Darach Honan was an absentee due to a groin injury while his Clonlara clubmate Nicky O’Connell also missed …

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Shock victory for St Breckan’s

St Breckan’s 3-11   Éire Óg 1-10IT will go down as a big shock but for anyone at Corofin on Saturday evening, there can be no denying the merit of St Breckan’s victory over Éire Óg in their first-round tie.In a high scoring tie played at a tremendous pace, the Lisdoonvarna outfit were the superior team throughout and if they can reproduce that form in the remaining rounds, they will be strong candidates for a place in the concluding stages of the competition.Short a number of last year’s intermediate-winning side due to injury and emigration, they had a few others back in the panel having missed their march to the provincial intermediate final in 2010. From the moment veteran Denis O’Driscoll gave them the lead in the second minute, they made all the running and this is reflected in the fact that they never trailed.Five points in front as half-time approached, the North Clare side conceded 1-2 in the closing minutes …

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Narrow win for Cratloe

Cratloe 2-11   Shannon Gaels 2-9 ENTERING injury time in Cusack Park on Saturday, Cratloe and Shannon Gaels were tied at 2-9 apiece. It looked likely that both clubs would pick up a point heading into round two of the championship. Cratloe, however, converted two close-range frees to seal a narrow win. Cathal McInerney’s free taking was a central plank of the South-East Clare side’s win. The Clare senior hurling panellist converted all nine of his frees, the furthest of which was about 35 yards out.Of course, Shannon Gaels’ tendency to concede frees aided Cratloe, who only scored two points from play.Shannon Gaels’ free taking was also impressive, with Michael Coughlan converting six of his seven frees, the other dropping into the goalkeeper’s hands.Cratloe made a blistering start and led 1-3 to 0-1 inside the first quarter. McInerney scored all three points from frees, while Podge Collins scored the Cratloe goal, set up by a perfectly weighed McInerney pass.John Paul O’Neill …

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O’Shea leads the way for Kilkee

AN injury-time 1-1 produced a lopsided scoreline in Doonbeg on Monday. Kilkee definitely deserved their win but a three or four-point margin would have been a more balanced reflection of the hour’s football.The game, which was originally fixed for Saturday, was played under a heavy pall of sadness following the sudden death of Cooraclare clubman Pat Lillis, whose sons, Fergal and Cathal lined out in the full-back and full-forward lines respectively. Pat won a championship medal in 1986 (midfield) and was also part of the 1997 Cooraclare championship-winning panel.All flags in Doonbeg were at half-mast and the pre-match minute’s silence was impeccably observed by everyone, while the late Niall White was also remembered.The game lacked the bite expected of championship football. This was reflected by the absence of yellow cards and the low free count of just 28.Kilkee led narrowly at half-time, 0-6 to 0-5. They had been 0-5 to 0-3 down five minutes before the interval but a trio …

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Scales tips the balance for Ennistymon in local derby

Ennistymon 0-10  Liscannor 0-8WHAT will delight Ennistymon as much as the result was the resolve they showed to recover from poor starts to both halves in Miltown on Sunday evening.By the 15th minute, Ennistymon found themselves 0-4 to 0-1 down to their neighbours in a game where players had to contend with a very strong cross-field wind. Ennistymon could have let self-doubt get the better of them even at that early stage but instead they kept their composure, fought their way back and were tied 0-5 each at half-time. They started the second half slowly as well and, in fact, it took them 12 minutes to register a score. Points from Brian Considine and Alan Clohessy, who scored four in total, had put Liscannor 0-7 to 0-5 up. It was in the remaining 18 minutes that Ennistymon showed what they were made of. In this period Kevin Scales, Joe Dowling, Danny Rouine and Seán O’Driscoll excelled when it really counted.The …

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Downes’ goal seals points for Kilmurry Ibrickane

Kilmurry Ibrickane 1-9   Kilmihil 0-9 WITH half of the team that played in last year’s championship now living overseas, Kilmihil were rank outsiders going into their first-round clash with form team Kilmurry Ibrickane at Cooraclare on Saturday. At the end of an hour’s play, they were unlucky not to have gained at least a point from a tie they dominated for long periods.Kilmihil led by four points at half-time, 0-6 to 0-2, having played with the aid of the breeze. It was 0-7 to 0-4 eight minutes into the second half when the winners struck for a fortunate goal. A Paul O’Connor delivery was added to by Enda Coughlan, before Noel Downes managed to scramble the ball to the net.Twelve minutes into the half, with the sides level at 1-5 to 0-8, Kilmihil were dealt a massive blow when Timmy Ryan was shown a second yellow card by referee Tom Stackpool. The Clare panellist had picked up the first card …

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