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Footballers’ league luck runs out

Limerick 0-14  Clare 2-7   Although Clare outscored Limerick 1-5 to 0-1 in the closing 12 minutes, Limerick held on to record a crucial NFL Division 4 win in Cusack Park last Saturday. Even a draw would have secured Clare’s promotion to Division 3, while Limerick had to win to remain in contention. Clare will have a second, albeit tricky, opportunity to secure promotion in Dungarvan next Sunday when they play Waterford, whom they will meet at the same venue in the opening round of the Munster championship.Clare were completely outplayed in the opening half and were fortunate to be just four points adrift, 0-8 to 1-1 at half-time. It got much worse for Clare as Limerick stretched their advantage to 0-13 to 1-2, 14 minutes from full-time.Pointed David Tubridy frees, won by Michael O’Shea and Barry Toner, didn’t suggest that Clare were about to launch a near game-winning comeback. They needed a goal and it was Tubridy who provided …

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Comfortable win for Clare

Clare 4-19  Westmeath 3-15 IT was more comfortable that their victories of the previous two weeks but Clare’s latest win in Division 2 of the National Hurling League was achieved with a display that is still a long way off what will be required in Division 1. A tally of 4-19 is certainly impressive against any opposition but the concession of 3-15, particularly against a county not considered to be amongst the stronger teams in hurling, is a serious worry.To be fair, there was never really a doubt about the outcome at Cusack Park on Saturday but there is still an awful lot of work to be done if Clare are to win promotion to the top division.The foundations for this latest victory were laid in the opening half when Clare raced into a commanding lead. However, they failed to maintain this in the second half and the concession of a number of ‘soft’ frees allowed the visitors to close …

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Malone goal gets Miltown up and running

St Joseph’s, Miltown 1-6   Kilmurry-Ibrickane 0-4 Perhaps in the end there was something in the result for both neighbouring clubs. Miltown needed a win to get their Cusack Cup campaign up and running following two defeats, while Kilmurry probably needed a wake-up call.Losing to their neighbours ensures that they got just that. Remember though, the same clubs meet in the group stage of the championship. Kilmurry will definitely remember but Miltown will take solace from the fact that if they hadn’t beaten Kilmurry on Monday, they wouldn’t believe that they could do so come championship. Last year’s Clare minor Micheál Malone netted Miltown’s first-half goal, while Kilmurry missed several chances at the other end. Michael Neylon’s team led 1-1 to 0-3 at half time, having played into the wind. Only Stephen Moloney managed a score for the Munster champions on the resumption, while Malone, Eoin Curtin, Kevin Keavey and Eoin Curtin added Miltown points. This was just Kilmurry’s second defeat …

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’Bridge sets sights on U-21 double

Sports editor Seamus Hayes reports on all the action from the U-21 A, B and C hurling championship semi-finals Despite the fact that the programme was disrupted due to the inclement weather conditions, the U-21 hurling championship semi-finals went ahead on Good Friday.Sixmilebridge, as predicted, remain on course to retain the A title and also to win the C crown after both teams were victorious.Éire Óg made it to the A final when they accounted for Clonlara but their hopes of a double ended when their C team went down to Sixmilebridge.Wolfe Tones moved into the B final but they will have to wait a while longer to learn who will provide the opposition in the decider after Kilmaley and Smith O’Brien’s played out a draw in an exciting tie.Sixmilebridge’s opponents in the C final will be Ennistymon, who accounted for Parteen at Sixmilebridge.The heavy rain on Thursday night resulted in venue changes for a number of the U-21 games. …

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Ennis on track at Michael Egan Memorial race

THE 40th anniversary of the Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare Athletic Club and the Michael Egan Memorial four-mile road race and fun walk attracted a huge turnout of athletes from all over Ireland and the world, along with a fine number of walkers to Quilty.In the senior men’s event a star-studded field of athletes went to the start and a four and a half minute first mile from Galway City Harriers’ athlete Garry Staunton saw the Irish international athlete beat Rory Chesser, Ennis Track, in a very fast time of 19mins.10secs with Jason Fahy, Olympic Harriers, coming third. The team title and the Michael Egan Shield went to Ennis Track ahead of Galway City Harriers, Craughwell and last year’s title-holders West Limerick.First time visitor to Quilty, Andrea Viger from Boulder Express Colorado, USA, recorded a big win in the senior ladies race in a time of 24mins.13secs she had just 20 seconds to spare over Eimear Martin, Sportsworld, with Tracy Guilfoyle third. …

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Newmarket edge out Lifford

  Newmarket Celtic A 4 Lifford 3 IN a high-scoring tie, Newmarket Celtic defeated Lifford by a single goal in this premier league tie at McDonough Park on Sunday.Newmarket raced into an early 2-0 lead with goals from Eoin O’Brien and Eoin Hayes. Lifford were reduced to 10 men when Niall White was sent off but they pulled one back when Ryan Boyle scored from the penalty spot before Fabrice Baptista hit the equaliser from a free-kick.Newmarket were back in front at the break following another goal from Eoin Hayes. Entering the final quarter, Lifford were reduced to nine men when Roberto Pinto picked up a second yellow card. With ten minutes to go they levelled through  Gary McNaboe.Newmarket came back when Eoin O’Brien struck for what proved to be the winning  goal. Newmarket Celtic A: Seamus Lawlor; Mark O’Malley, David O’Grady, Michael Devitt, Mark Donnellan, Eoin O’Brien, Mike O’Malley, Gary Browne, John Paul Healy, Eoin Hayes, Kieran Devitt.Sub: Gary …

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