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Defence the key as Kilmaley take victory

  Kilmaley 0-12   Sixmilebridge 0-10 A POWERFUL defensive performance inspired Kilmaley to a merited victory over favourites Sixmilebridge in a most entertaining Minor A Hurling Championship final at Cusack Park on Saturday evening. Two well-matched teams – they had played a draw in the early rounds of the competition – gave the big attendance plenty to cheer about. In the final analysis, however, it was the workrate of Kilmaley and, in particular, the play of their full back trio that inspired this victory, their third in the history of the competition.Two points clear at the three-quarter stage after scoring four-in-a-row, Sixmilebridge looked to be in the driving seat but five unanswered points in the space of eight minutes turned this tie firmly in Kilmaley’s favour.The ’Bridge’s decision to play an extra defender when they went two clear proved costly and only helped to allow the Kilmaley backs to strengthen their grip on proceedings.The final whistle sparked scenes of celebration amongst …

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Cratloe fight all the way for victory

Cratloe 1-8   Kildysart 0-10 A CRACKING goal as good as likely to be seen in any championship game in the county this season, proved decisive in Cratloe’s one-point win over Kildysart in the first of the intermediate football semi-finals played at Éire Óg on Saturday.Favourites Cratloe were made fight all the way for this victory on a day when the teams were level on four occasions. The winners were without inter-county man Seán Collins until he was introduced in the closing stages, as they fought their way back from a deficit of two points to win the spoils.The goal came just before half time from wing-back Martin ‘Ogie’ Murphy, who cracked a powerful shot to the top corner after an 80m run. It levelled the game for the first time after the winners had found themselves five points in arrears at the end of the opening quarter.Kildysart made a very impressive start to this game scoring the opening five points …

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Experience shows as Corofin book final place

Corofin 2-7   O’Callaghan’s Mills 1-9 A GOAL from substitute Darren Malone two minutes from the end of normal time proved to be the decisive score in this intermediate football championship semi-final at Shannon on Sunday afternoon. In a well-contested game, the greater experience of the Corofin side helped them to book a date in the final, where they will meet Cratloe.The game ended on a disappointing note for the ’Mills, who had centre-back Declan Donovan sent off on a straight red card a minute into injury time, following a challenge on Corofin substitute Donnacda Kelleher.There was little between the sides throughout and with the exception of a brief spell in the middle of the first half, the margin between the sides never exceeded two points.Corofin led two points to one after eight minutes but for the next 15 the ’Mills had the better of affairs. Bryan Donnellan scored the game’s first goal in the 12th minute from the penalty spot …

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Trial Stakes stay in Clare

Despite contingency measures by the club officials in watering the coursing stretch at Moher, the hard going robbed Liscannor of some of the big named runners, particularly in the featured all-aged stakes at the weekend.  However, there was some consolation for the promoting club when both trial stake winners came from the Banner County.

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Keane for atonement 12 months on

WHEN Niamh Keane returns to work in Caherciveen next week, the Clare full-forward would love to have an All-Ireland medal jangling in her pocket. Employed as a physiotherapist at a medical centre in the West Kerry town, the Banner Ladies player cannot escape talk of football. Definitely not over the past two weeks in The Kingdom. Not that she is attempting to though. In fact, Niamh has embarked on a recruitment drive of sorts, encouraging her patients to lend their support to Clare from 2pm on Sunday. “As long as you’re talking football down there, the patients are happy. They’re all going to have their Clare flag out next week, they tell me,” she said, before predicting dire consequences if her new friends in Kerry don’t back Clare for the day. “I’ll be very tough on them if they don’t tune into to TG4 on Sunday to support us,” the Roslevan girl laughed. With a few of the Clare intermediate …

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