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Éire Óg top after attack fest

Éire Óg 1-16 Shannon Gaels 3-7 DESPITE trailing 3-3 to 0-6 at half-time, Éire Óg produced an outstanding second-half display to emerge three-point victors over Shannon Gaels in Lissycasey last Sunday evening. The fact that both teams had already qualified for the last eight perhaps contributed to what was probably the most open, attack-minded game of the 2010 senior championship. As well as Éire Óg played throughout the second half, Shannon Gaels had played outstanding attacking football in the opening period. John Paul O’Neill and Shane Tubridy netted two goals, while Barry Toner steered his second penalty in successive matches to the net. Éire Óg could have goaled but Eoin Glynn’s effort was saved by Keith Ryan, however, they did kick some impressive first-half points. The winners’ introduction of Brendan Manning and Dean Ryan definitely helped them as Éire Óg established midfield dominance for much of the second half. They kicked 1-10 in the second half, with Stephen Hickey netting …

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Wolfe Tones cut loose and retain senior status

Wolfe Tones 5-12 Kilmihil 0-6 KILMIHIL’S season nose-dived further last Sunday when Wolfe Tones recorded an emphatic win at the Éire Óg grounds. Wolfe Tones are now safe from relegation and play Kilrush in the Senior B semi-final. However, Kilmihil must prepare for a relegation dogfight against O’Curry’s. The West Clare side’s season didn’t turn last weekend – it turned when they relinquished a seven-point lead, 10 minutes from time, against Shannon Gaels in their opening championship game last June. Since then, Kilmihil have been relegated to Division 3 in the league, while their championship form has plummeted. Wolfe Tones, who missed a number of goal chances in their previous championship outing, led 1-8 to 0-2 at half-time as they finally showed what they are capable of. Brian O’Connell netted the first-half goal, while Kevin Cahill, Gary Leahy and Jamie Roughan added points. Leahy’s early second-half goal from a penalty finished Kilmihil, who also had Timmy Ryan red-carded about 10 …

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Killeen goal seals victory for Doonbeg

DOONBEG cruised into the last eight of the senior football championship in Cooraclare last Saturday evening. Although they led by just two points at half-time, the Magpies were never seriously threatened by Kilrush, who had plenty of possession but were unable to reflect that on the scoreboard. In fact, Kilrush kicked 14 wides but Ruairí O’Connor’s 1-1 was their total return from play. Had Kilrush been slicker up front and had they been able to vary their attacking play, they could have been much closer to Doonbeg, who faded at midfield during the second half in particular. With a player like David Tubridy in attack however, Doonbeg can afford the odd downfield lapse, knowing that the classiest forward in Clare doesn’t need a constant supply of ball to display his ability. While his right foot is apparently his strong side, defenders trying to force him onto his left are wasting their time as Tubridy is equally proficient on his left. …

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Cooraclare book quarter-final date

Cooraclare 0-17 O’Curry’s 1-5   COORACLARE eased into the last eight of the senior championship following a comfortable win over O’Curry’s in Doonbeg last Saturday evening.Having beaten Kilrush but lost to Doonbeg, Cooraclare knew that only a win would keep them involved in the 2010 championship. Having kicked 1-9 against Kilrush and 0-8 against Doonbeg, Cooraclare were also intent on improving their scoring difference, which they also managed. Full-forward John Looney landed eight points for the winners, seven from frees, while Rory Donnelly kicked four points from play. Cooraclare led 0-7 to 0-3 at half-time. Mark Roche netted for O’Curry’s early in the second half to raise their hopes. Points from Looney, Seán Maguire and Donnelly, however, eased Cooraclare into a 0-12 to 1-3 lead, at which point the result was safe. Donnelly and Looney added late points, while Michael Chambers also banged over a late score for the winners. O’Curry’s case wasn’t helped when Paul Roche was sent off …

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Semi-final line-up complete as Corofin take final spot

  Corofin 0-11 Kilmurry-Ibrickane 1-6 THE semi-final line-up for the intermediate football championship was finalised on Saturday evening when Corofin came through to take the final spot, thanks to a two-point win over Kilmurry-Ibrickane at Ennistymon.Winners of the title in 2006, Corofin moved a step closer to another success when they accounted for Kilmurry-Ibrickane. The winners looked to be on the way to an easy win when they led 0-11 to 0-4 entering the final quarter but Kilmurry put in a grandstand finish. However, time was not on their side and Corofin held on for victory and a semi-final date with Clondegad.Things didn’t look great for the winners at half-time when, after playing with the aid of the breeze, they were just two points in front, 0-6 to 0-4.Points from Darren Malone (2), Colm Clancy and Brendan Keane saw the winners go 0-4 to 0-3 in front after 20 minutes with Kilmurry’s replies coming from Senan McCarthy, Aidan Moloney and …

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Hurling matches are deferred

A SPECIAL meeting of Clare GAA, held last Thursday night, acceded to a request from the Clare minor hurling management team to defer games scheduled for this week until after the All-Ireland minor hurling final on Sunday week.At the outset, joint manager Gerry O’Connor paid tribute to the clubs for their co-operation in changing games in the last round to mid-week to facilitate their semi-final game.“We are facing a significant challenge in two weeks’ time. We have a lot of work to do to close the perceived gap. It is only the third time in the 126-year history of the GAA that Clare will contest the final at this level and it’s something we are relishing,” joint manager Donal Moloney told the meeting .Proposing that the request be granted, Éire Óg’s Oliver Hanrahan said, “It behoves us to do as much as we can to help the team”.Tony O’Brien from Smith O’Brien’s seconded the proposal.Tubber’s Michael Lee, who stressed that …

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Gilligan inspires the ’Bridge

Sixmilebridge 2-15 Inagh-Kilnamona 2-8 A CONTRIBUTION of 1-7 from centre-forward and captain Niall Gilligan helped Sixmilebridge to a comfortable win over Inagh-Kilnamona in this tie played at Cusack Park on Saturday.In a disappointing game, Inagh-Kilnamona never threatened and the result means they are out of the title race.Sixmilebridge are now safely into the last eight, with defending champions Cratloe also through with one round still to play in the league stage of the competition.The sides swapped points twice in the first seven minutes but then the winners took control and a Gilligan goal at the mid-point of the half put them in the driving seat. The team skipper won possession from a John Fennessy clearance, rounded his marker and soloed through to crash a powerful shot to the roof of the net.Gilligan and Danny Morey caused huge problems for the Inagh-Kilnamona defence on the day and between them they contributed 1-10 of the team’s total.In an effort to improve matters, …

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Maximum points for Newmarket

Newmarket 1-14 Tulla 0-15 NEWMARKET completed their league section of the senior hurling championship with maximum points after this hard-earned win over Tulla at Cusack Park on Sunday.The Blues may have gone into the game as warm favourites but they had to battle all the way to the final whistle before emerging with a victory they just about deserved on a day when Colin Ryan’s contribution of 0-11 proved decisive.The teams were level on a number of occasions during the hour and it was Newmarket substitute Seanie Arthur’s goal, which proved decisive in the end.The sides went to the break level at 0-7 each, with Colin Ryan scoring five of his team’s points and the remaining two coming from Mike McInerney and Sean O’Connor.Andrew Quinn, David McInerney, Brian Quinn, Ray Stewart, Eanna Torpey and Brian Lynch were on the first-half scoresheet for Tulla, who went into this game chasing their first win in this campaign. Andrew Quinn and minor Ray …

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