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Ballyea too strong for Corofin

  Ballyea 2-14 Corofin 2-10 DISPLAYING the greater hunger for victory, Ballyea proved too strong for Corofin in their senior hurling championship tie at Cusack Park on Sunday. It was a disappointing game with little free-flowing hurling but Ballyea looked the livelier outfit throughout.That said, Corofin will wonder what the outcome might have been had they had a full complement of players for the full game. They were reduced to 14 men four minutes before the break when Kieran Carkill picked up a second yellow card.The winners got off to a great start when Cathal Doohan finished a Gearóid O’Connell cross to the net in the third minute and they quickly followed with points from Francie O’Reilly and Tony Griffin before Killian Neylon got through for a Corofin goal in the seventh minute.A Stephen Heagney pointed free was the only score in the next 10 minutes before Gary Brennan struck for the winners’ second goal seven minutes from the break. …

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Convincing win for the Pirates, as Senan’s run aground

Cobh Pirates 23 St Senan’s 3 ST Senan’s travelled to Cobh hoping to kickstart the new season with a win in the Munster Junior Challenge Cup. The home side started strongly and won a penalty after just two minutes. Fortunately for Senan’s, the kick drifted wide and this early set back sparked Senan’s into action.Scoring opportunities were few despite Senan’s holding the home side in their own half of the pitch. Both sides won and squandered penalty attempts until the 18th minute when the home side broke the deadlock with a well-struck penalty kick.Senan’s regrouped from the restart and pushed the home side back into their own territory for the remainder of the half but they could not turn this territorial advantage into points.They looked like they would end the half trailing until a well-struck penalty by Declan Collins levelled the score as the referee blew to bring the first half to an end.Cobh came out for the second half …

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Clonlara wins best club award

Clonlara, have been crowned the Etihad Airways Best Club Under the Sun for 2010. The prize was awarded to the club that demonstrated the most active participation in its local community. Clonlara beat rivals Na Fianna from Dublin, Killenaule from Tipperary and Oulart The Ballagh from Wexford in a public vote for community participation on www.etihadgaa.ie. The club, which fields 12 teams across hurling and football, promotes activity at all levels of the community with over 50 mentors providing guidance to young sporting hopefuls. Clonlara was also heralded for charitable works in its locality. The club raised money and awareness for local charity, the Clonlara Heart Fund that was set up by a club member last year. Members of the GAA club also helped families in need during recent flooding with food, tractors and sandbags, an indication of the community spirit at the club. The club will enjoy a training camp in Abu Dhabi with GAA legend Nicky English.

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Blues through to Munster semi-finals

Newmarket 2-10 Éire Óg Cork 2-4   THE quarter-final of the junior ladies’ football Munster club championship was played in Ballyagran last Saturday under a bright sky but with strong winds.Newmarket chose to play uphill against the wind in the first half. Éire Óg put Newmarkets backs under great pressure from the off. The girls in blue, most of all Jane O’Leary, worked extremely hard and kept the scoring chance of Éire Óg to a minimal. Éire Óg’s corner-forward and their top scorer, Eimear Scally, always looked dangerous and sure enough, it was Eimear who found a way though Newmarket’s defence to score a great goal. The Newmarket girls, however, rallied and with strong runs from the McInerney sisters, Aimee and Sarah, along with the very hard-working Chloe Morey in midfield, Newmarket kept the score down and at half-time were only behind by two points on a scoreline of 1- 3 to 0 – 4. In the second half, the …

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’Bridge pull it back to earn draw

  Sixmilebridge 0-15 Wolfe Tones 1-12 WHEN Wolfe Tones went eight points clear after just 22 minutes at Tulla on Sunday, Sixmilebridge looked to be on the road to a first defeat in this campaign.The Shannon outfit went into this tie aiming to get away from the relegation zone whereas the ’Bridge were already safely into the last eight of the championship.There was clearly more urgency in Wolfe Tones’ play in the opening stages and after the teams had swapped points twice, the Shannon men put a fine move together which ended with a goal from John Guilfoyle after good work by Daithí O’Connell and Daniel Gallery.O’Connell caused a lot of problems for the ’Bridge in the first half in particular but when Wolfe Tones look back on this tie, they will point to as lot of missed chances, particularly from frees.Any suggestion that the ’Bridge weren’t worried about the result were quickly dispelled as they staged a strong fight-back …

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Last-minute victory for Inagh-Kilnamona

Inagh-Kilnamona 1-11 Tubber 0-13 GER Arthur scored the winning point for Inagh-Kilnamona in the first minute of injury time at Cusack Park on Sunday. After the sides were level on six occasions, few could have argued if the game had ended in a draw, a result that would have left the teams in the same positions at the end of the league series.Tubber, without ever reaching the heights of their last outing when they defeated champions Cratloe, made the brighter start and took an early lead which they held until five minutes before half-time when Ger Arthur got through for the game’s opening goal. It was a score which helped his team to level terms at half-time when the score was 1-4 to 0-7.Tubber were back in front a minute into the second half but three points without reply had Inagh-Kilnamona two clear entering the final quarter.Sensing danger, Tubber hit back and points from defenders Mark Earley and Patrick O’Connor …

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Bodyke take last quarter-final spot

Bodyke 2-10 Ennistymon 0-13 THE last of the quarter-final spots in this season’s Intermediate Hurling Championship was filled at Clareabbey on Saturday evening, when Bodyke overcame the challenge of Ennistymon.Two excellent first-half goals from Ciarán Walsh proved decisive in the tie.The big talking point was the decision of referee Johnnie Healy to send off Ennistymon’s Michael Organ in the thirteenth minute of the game. At the time, the North Clare men were 0-5 to 0-1 ahead and well on top in a number of positions.They were on the attack when a melee developed about 30m from the Bodyke goal. It involved up to a dozen players from both sides. The Killaloe match official red-carded Organ and issued a yellow card to Bodyke’s Colin Molloy.This was a major turning point in the game and Bodyke, with the help of an extra player, got a grip on proceedings after this. Walsh struck for his goals in the 21st and 27th minutes and …

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