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Table-topping Doonbeg secure semi-final spot

Doonbeg 2-8Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-6 Doonbeg remain top of the Cusack Cup table following their eight-point defeat of Kilmurry-Ibrickane last Saturday evening. The sides were tied at 0-4 each at halftime while Shane Ryan and David Tubridy scored the Doonbeg goals in the second period. Kilmurry, who were minus some frontline players including Peter O’Dwyer, who was in the US, kicked 16 wides in total.Newly re-appointed manager Micheál McDermott will at least reflect on the fact that Kilmurry are creating, if not taking, all of their chances. Both sides have two games left and while Doonbeg are definitely through to the semi-final, Kilmurry are almost certain to join them if they defeat Cooraclare in their next league outing. Doonbeg: Nigel Dillon; Joe Blake, Pádraig Gallagher, Conor Whelan; Richie Vaughan, David Downes, Padraic Aherne; Colm Dillon, Enda Doyle; Shane O’Brien, Frank O’Dea, David Tubridy; Jamie Whelan, Shane Ryan, Conor Downes. Subs: Brian Egan for Shane O’Brien. Kilmurry Ibrickane: Peter O’Dwyer; Martin McMahon, …

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St Caimin’s girls lift First Year Cup

THE girls’ soccer team from St Caimin’s in Shannon met Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton in the final of the North Munster First Year Cup last Friday in Askeaton. The Shannon team had already overcome schools from Newport, Borrisokane and Laurel Hill, Limerick.St Caimin’s started well and were on the attack for the first 10 minutes with Zoe McInerney seeing many long-range shots go close and Orla Carroll just missing in front of goal.However, Askeaton had good players in attack and, following some hesitancy in the Shannon defence, they took the lead in the first half. To their credit, St Caimin’s were not ruffled and were soon rewarded with a goal from Zoe McInerney, following clever work from Saoirse Barry. The Shannon captain, Niamh McInerney scored the second soon after with a fine half volley after a corner kick.St Caimin’s took the initiative during the second half and continued to pressure their opponents. The defence was well marshalled by Megan Johnston and …

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