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Cratloe and favourites Barefield to advance

Cratloe return to Cusack Park on Saturday evening, where they will take on Ennistymon in a crunch Group 1 encounter. While the Cratloe club’s recent tidings emanating from the County Grounds have been fairly positive, last Saturday their hurlers were stunned by an inflamed Tubber, who felt that the county champions had tried to pull a fast one on them. So this week Colm Collins and the Cratloe footballers will be making sure that they don’t manage to similarly fire up Brendan Rouine and his Ennistymon team.

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Doonbeg and Cooraclare to make quarter-finals

Doonbeg and Kilrush will head for Cooraclare for Saturday’s 6.30pm throw-in with a knot in their collective stomachs. Defeat or even a draw will knock out Kilrush, unless O’Curry’s stun Cooraclare that same evening in Doonbeg. This is complicated. If Cooraclare lose, both Kilrush and Doonbeg will qualify, no matter the result in their game.

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Kelly hits the Clare roads

ALTHOUGH he is now 54, Seán Kelly can still cycle distances up to twice his age and not take all day about it. While most of the country will be welded to their mattress at dawn on Sunday, Kelly will be readying himself for the start of the 82 mile Sky Ride Etape Hibernia in Ennis at around 7am.

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