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Ryan’s goal ensures win for Rock Rovers

Rock Rovers 1Bridge Celtic A 0 AFTER a scoreless first half, David Ryan got through for the all-important goal 15 minutes into the second half in this premier league tie on Sunday. Rock Rovers: Eric Murphy; Greg Howard, Ronan Judge, Shane Daniels, Luke Coote, Daryl Eade, Rowan Eade, David Considine, Brian Fitzpatrick, Marty McLoughlin, David Ryan.Subs: Ashley Glynn, Cathal O’Sullivan, Gavin Dinan.Bridge Celtic A: Ruairi Ahern, Diarmuid Ahern, Rob Seymour, Willian Slattery, Stephen McCarthy Brian Barry, Ricky Mowatt, Shane Byrnes, Adrian Dhuig, Ger O’Connell, Jimmy Fyffe.Sub: Peter Fitzmaurice for Barry. Bunratty A 3Newmarket Celtic A 4 IN this clash of neighbours in the premier league on Sunday, Newmarket Celtic were winners by the odd goal in seven over the title holders Bunratty A, a result that effectively ends Bunratty’s hopes of retaining the title.Bunratty were two goals up after 15 minutes thanks to Daithi O’Connell and Declan McDonald.Newmarket hit back with a goal from Dave O’Grady before Eoin Hayes had …

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Kilrush win badminton league title

KILRUSH Badminton Club won the Clare division five badminton senior league recently when they defeated An Droichead.  It was a tough match with some very close sets. Since last November Kilrush have played Carrigaholt, Kilmihil, Miltown Malbay and An Droichead in the league final. The panel includes: Avril Wade, Paula Moody, Lillian Griffin, Kathleen Donnellan, Eve Brennan, David Wade, Gino Varghese, David Nicholls, Tony Hally, Pat Fitzpatrick and Jimmy Dobson.  Kilrush will now participate in the Munster division 5 final next Sunday. The charity league hosted by Kilrush Badminton Club, in aid of the Friends of Clare Mental Health Services, is still in progress with Kilmihil, Carrigaholt, Miltown Malbay and Kilrush battling it out for the the Kilrush Credit Union trophy.  The league is due to finish on May 26. Paul Moody, Andy Small, Margaret Canny, Helena Crowley, Helen Finucane, Caroline Smyth are part of the panel for this tournament along with the squad members mentioned above. Meanwhile David Wade …

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Narrow win for St Joseph’s

St Joseph’s 2-5Lissycasey 1-6 TWO second-half goals from Enda Lyons  helped St Joseph’s to a narrow win over Lissycasey in their Garry Cup tie played at Gurteen on Saturday evening.Lissycasey went to the break leading by a goal, 1-4 to 0-4 with the goal coming from Danny Lynch. They should have been in a stronger position at this stage but it was a different story in the second half.The switch of Kevin Dilleen to midfield early in the second half helped give the Doora-Barefield side the upperhand in this vital area and this resulted in a plentiful supply of ball to their forwards. With Colm Mullen directing operations from the 40’, they piled the pressure on the Lissycasey defence and Lyons capitalised when the goal chances came this way.Mullen kicked three good points while David O’Brien and Lyons also had points on a day when Declan O’Keeffe, Seán Flynn, Gavin O’Sullivan and Niall White also impressed.Cathal Doohan, until injured, Cathal …

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Killaloe interest continues in Produce Stakes

THE Downes family from Killaloe are still interested in the outcome of the Red Mills Produce Stakes at Clonmel as their Big Ego and Droopy’s Lennon have qualified for the semi-finals next Sunday night.They survived the quarter-final sessions last Sunday when punters had a bad night as all four favourites were beaten and half of them failed to qualify for the semi-finals.With his main rival, Broadstand Lad missing from trap one, the Paul Hennessy-trained Colourful Champ was expected to ease through in the opening heat. However, he encountered traffic problems around the opening bends and had to rely on a grand-stand finish to earn third place. The Owen McKenna-trained Faypoint Dave led all the way for a 28.61 and two-and-a-half-length win over Cooladerry Fizz.Heat two saw the Eddie and Denis Fitzgerald-owned Castlelyons Ralf score another trap-to-line victory. At the finishing line, he had one a half length on the Mitchelstown-owned Movealong Catch. His clock of 28.60 was the best of …

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Huge turnout in Kilnaboy

THE 26th annual Michael (Sonny) Murphy Memorial 10 mile road race and 10k fun walk were held in beautiful weather conditions and attracted a turnout of 110 walkers and almost 300 athletes from all parts of the country.Labeta Debela, Limerick AC and Brian Murphy of Carrick On Suir, Tipperary went through the first mile in 5mins15secs. The Limerick man broke away in Corofin village to take the 26th title in 54mins53secs from Brian Murphy and Mick Byrne, Sli Chulainn Wicklow.Limerick AC won the team title on 52 points with Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare second on 150 points, West Limerick on 159 points and Midleton fourth on 166 points.The senior ladies’ title went to a first time winner, Tracy Roche of Dooneen in a time of 66mins07secs. She had a minute to spare over Mary Sweeney, St Finbarr’s with Marie Carey, Ennis Track third.The team title went to West Waterford with 24 points followed by the 2008 champions Ennis Track on 35 …

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Last-minute goal costs Clare

  Sligo 3-5Clare 2-7 THERE was heartbreak for Clare in round seven of the National Ladies’ Football League on Sunday in Tubbercurry when their opponents, Sligo, struck for a goal in injury time to snatch victory. It was a cruel blow to Clare, who needed to win to retain their position in Division 2 for next season.Clare were the better team in the first half, enjoying a greater share of possession, and they were full value for their three-point interval lead.  All of the Banner girls’ scores in the opening half came from playA goal from Louise Henchy, who had an outstanding performance, gave the visitors a tonic start after just three minutes. By the eighth minute Áine Kelly had extended the lead with a fine point. Noelle Gormley converted Sligo’s opening score in the 13th minute and five minutes later Stephanie O’Reilly found the Clare net with the game’s equalising score following a solo run by her midfield colleague …

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Harriett scores gold at nationals

HARRIETT Flynn was the big winner for Clare at the national juvenile U-12 to U-19 national indoor track and field championships that concluded in Nenagh last weekend, taking home the gold  medal in the girls’ U-18 1500m race. The Shannon athlete also won the silver medal in 800m competition.Amy O’Donoghue, Emerald AC, captured the girls U-17s 800m title while three other Banner County athletes captured silver medals – Rachel Clancy, St John’s, in the high jump; Claudia Loughnane, Marian, in the 1500m walk; and Darragh Lynch, Ennis Track, in the 800m.There were bronze medals for Laura Egan, Kilmihil, in the 800m and 1500m and Fergal Conlon, Tulla, in the 1500m walk.In girls’ U-14 high jump competition, Rachel Clancy, St John’s, had a magnificent leap of 1.4m to come away with the silver medal. Laura Egan, Kilmihil, had a great race in the girls U-16 1500metres to take the bronze medal in 5mins.01.80secs.  In the 800m she won another bronze medal …

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