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Clare Youths make progress

Clare 2  Combined Counties 1 THE Clare Youths have emulated the county juniors by qualifying for the knock-out stages of the inter-youths league cup. The victory over the Combined Counties sealed Clare’s passage to the next stage of the competition with a game still to play. Their postponed match with Galway is scheduled for Wednesday, January 6 at Terryland Park, when it will be played under lights.The win was fully merited, even if the Clare defence did have a few anxious moments. The home side went into the game in the knowledge that a draw would be enough to see them through to the play-offs, as they had accounted for Roscommon on a 3-1 scoreline in the opening round.This win is particularly pleasing to Clare, as it’s been a number of years since the county progressed to the  knock-out stage in this competition.The home side took the lead in the 10th minute. David Smith made a great run down the …

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Late rally earns Lifford a draw

Lifford 3  Newmarket Celtic A 3 LIFFORD scored twice in the last 15 minutes to earn a share of the spoils with Newmarket Celtic A in this premier league tie played at Cassidy Park on Sunday.The home side, which had a number of youths on duty, took the lead after 10 minutes through Ryan Boyle but Newmarket fought back and led two goals to one at the break before going two clear early in the second half. Scorers for Celtic were Eoin O’Brien (2) and Conor Ryan.Fifteen minutes from time, Lifford pulled one back from the penalty spot through TJ Ajisomo after Mark O’Malley was harshly penalised and substitute Manu scored the equaliser shortly before the full-time whistle.Lifford A: Colin Burke; Joe Lynch, Darren O’Neill, Stephen O’Halloran, Liam Meaney; Gary McNaboe, Scott Hennessy, Fabrice Baptista, Ryan Boyle, TJ Ajisimo, Jason Tierney. Sub: Manu for Ajisomo.Newmarket: Trevor O’Donnell; Mark O’Malley, Seamus Lawlor, Michael Devitt, Darren Cullinan; Conor Ryan, Dave Ryan, Eoin …

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Cratloe GAA club to reflect on triumphant year

THE West County Hotel will be the venue on Wednesday, December 30 for a gala presentation night for Cratloe GAA.It’s been a historic year for the South Clare club in which they won the Clare senior hurling and Clare U-21A football titles for the first time in their history. They also won the Clare intermediate football title and went on to contest the Munster final.Their many successes resulted in the club being recently presented with the provincial club-of-the-year award by the GAA Munster Council at a function in Dungarvan.At the upcoming function, all of the awards won by the club during 2009 will be on display while the members of the various panels will be presented with their championship medals.  

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McNamara bows out

IT’S official. Mike McNamara’s reign as Clare hurling manager is over. McNamara outlined his resignation in a letter to a special board meeting on Tuesday night, almost a week after The Clare Champion had revealed that he had finally stepped aside.

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