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Late penalty drama as Cratloe just edge it

Cratloe 0-15   Wolfe Tones 0-14 THE big talking point at the end of this senior championship tie at Cusack Park on Saturday evening was whether or not Wolfe Tones made the right decision in going for a goal from a penalty in the final seconds of the game.Gareth McPhillips’ effort for a goal rebounded off the crossbar and the final whistle sounded, leaving the Shannon side a point behind and now depending on other results to get them to the play-off stages of the championship.

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Kilmaley make the final eight

Kilmaley 0-13   Corofin 0-10 KILMALEY booked their place in the last eight of the senior hurling championship when they overcame Corofin on Saturday at Cusack Park but they will be the first to admit that they will have to show a huge improvement if they are to challenge for the crown. This was one of the poorest games in the campaign for quite a while and the winners will be particularly concerned with the fact that they shot 21 wides during the course of the game. In the previous round they had 19 wides.

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’Bridge vent fury over refereeing decisions

Ballyea 1-12   Sixmilebridge 1-12 JUST after the final whistle sounded Sixmilebridge mentors, players and subs all took the opportunity to vent their fury at calls made by referee Ger Lyons.Throughout the second half there had been frequent roars of anger from the ’Bridge sideline and while a couple of decisions did go against them, it’d be hard to argue that the side which narrowly avoided relegation last year, Ballyea, were undeserving of a point, which leaves them still in the hunt for a quarter-final berth.  

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Former champions out of the race

Inagh-Kilnamona 0-15   Tulla 0-9 CLARE senior hurling champions less than two years ago, Tulla are out of the 2009 title race following this loss to Inagh-Kilnamona at Cusack Park on Sunday evening.Davy Fitzgerald recently committed to helping out with the Inagh-Kilnamona preparations and this was their first game. He directed operations from the TV box on the stand and while this wasn’t a very memorable game, the Sixmilebridge man must have been pleased with the workrate of the winners.

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Game won in the first half for Kilmihil

Kilmihil 0-10   Shannon Gaels 0-7 KILMIHIL will definitely play senior football in 2010, while Shannon Gaels’ future as a senior club is less certain. While the 2008 intermediate champions have a senior B semi-final to think about, their neighbours have a relegation semi-final and the spectre of demotion to dwell upon. Kilmihil won because they made much better use of the strong wind advantage in Cooraclare last Friday evening, while they were also much more keen for battle than their opponents.

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Kilrush inspired by O’Brien’s performance

Kilrush 0-10   Éire Óg 0-8 INSPIRED principally by wing-back Con O’Brien, who kicked three points from play and Donal O’Sullivan, who played as well as he ever has at midfield, Kilrush clinched a senior championship quarter final spot in Kilmihil last Sunday. The game was postponed seven days earlier but if anything the weather was worse a week later.  

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Rock Rovers score impressive debut

Rock Rovers 2   Lifford A 0 ROCK Rovers marked their arrival in the premier league with an impressive win over fellow Ennis side Lifford A who have been strong challengers for the title in the past two seasons.They took the lead shortly before the break when a Barry Woods cross deflected off Lifford defender Hamak Kuku and into the net. Early in the second half, Lifford were hit a double blow. Niall White picked up a second yellow card which ended his participation in the game and shortly afterwards, Daryl Eade goaled for the winners to give them a winning start to the new season.

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