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Moloney magic sinks Limerick champs

Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-11  Drom Broadford 0-5 PERHAPS this was Kilmurry Ibrickane’s plan all year. Ease through the Clare championship without over-taxing themselves and up the ante once the Munster club campaign starts.For much of the first half, Kilmurry displayed a hunger and quality not evident during their defence of the county championship. Peter O’Dwyer set the tone right from the throw-in when he barrelled past the Drom-Broadford midfielders before placing Stephen Moloney, who kicked an excellent point after just 15 seconds. A minute after Seánie Buckley kicked a wide, Micheál Reidy scored the Limerick champions’ first score from play after Ray Lynch and Johnny Shanahan had held off Darren Hickey and Enda Coughlan to set him up. Such was Kilmurry’s subsequent dominance that Drom-Broadford didn’t score again until three minutes into the second half. Playing with the strong wind, which blew towards the scoreboard end in Quilty, Stephen Moloney added two excellent points from play, the second of which was …

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Quarter final places at stake in Harty Cup

THE final round of games in the group stage of the Dr Harty Cup, Munster colleges senior hurling championship, will take place next Wednesday and whether or not St Flannan’s, St Caimin’s and Limerick’s Ard Scoil Rís, who have a strong Clare involvement including team captain Cathal McInerney, progress is very much in their own hands.

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High-flying Cratloe have too much for St Patrick’s

Cratloe 0-12  St Patrick’s 0-6   HIGH-flying Cratloe have presented Munster Council chiefs with an unexpected fixtures headache after their intermediate footballers overcame the handicap of an early sending off to completely outclass St Patrick’s, Limerick, in the second half of this fiercely contested provincial opening tie. Cratloe’s senior hurlers are this week gearing up for a tilt against Waterford champions Ballygunner in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship following their last-gasp win over reigning champions Clonlara in the decider on Sunday, November 1.With at least 10 dual stars in contention for a starting place on both teams, Cratloe will be anxious to ensure there is an adequate rest period between both games.  Four years ago, Cratloe suffered a drubbing when they travelled to the backyard of Cork champions Roscarbury in the first round of the provincial intermediate football series. The odds seemed to be stacked against Cratloe booking a place to meet Cork champions Valley Rovers in this year’s Munster …

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Powerful Crusheen reach Clare Champion Cup final

Crusheen 3-9  Broadford 1-4 CRUSHEEN qualified for their second senior final of the season when they defeated Broadford at Clarecastle on Saturday to set up a meeting with title-holders, Clonlara in the Clare Champion Cup final (senior hurling league). A powerful first-half performance, which saw them go 2-7 to 0-0 ahead, laid the foundations for this latest victory for Crusheen and the win means that their season will continue for at least another two weeks.On Saturday, they return to Clarecastle to replay the senior B final with O’Callaghan’s Mills and a week later, they will face Clonlara in the league decider.Last Saturday’s game was played in atrocious weather conditions but the pitch was in remarkably good condition despite the rain. The game was switched to Clarecastle after the pitch at Shannon was ruled to be unavailable, due to the heavy rainfall of Saturday night.The fact that Crusheen had a competitive game a week earlier, when they drew with O’Callaghan’s Mills …

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