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Avenue United chasing the double

Avenue United A 2Bridge Celtic A 1 AVENUE United A justified favouritism in overcoming the challenge of Bridge Celtic in what was a disappointing semi-final tie at the County Grounds on Sunday morning.Two goals in a three-minute spell shortly before the end of the opening half proved decisive, as the Ennis side march to yet another final.Celtic had a dream start to the second half with a goal after just 18 seconds but failed to get through for another. Avenue is now just one game away from completing the league and cup double, having captured the Premier League title just over a week ago.The Ennis side played with the aid of a strong breeze in the opening half and created the better chances. Adrian McDonagh came close in the third minute while, 10 minutes later, Celtic’s goalie Adrian Dhuig was smartly off his line to turn a Barry Nugent effort behind for a corner.McDonagh again had a chance on the …

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Victories on the double for Downes and Fahy

FOR the second Saturday on the trot young Glenamaddy trainer Conor Fahy had a double with his father’s charges at the Greyhound Racing Stadium. He was joined by Killaloe trainer Michael Downes, who also made two trips to the winners’ enclosure. The Fahy double was with Tyrur Lauren (29.03) in the featured A1-graded race and Tyrur Gerado (28.93) in an A3-graded 575. In the featured race, the Michael Downes-trained Ta Toosh filled third place. The Downes kennels were also represented by Stormy Dan in the opening A7-graded 525-yard race but the Limerick-owned Fancy Bigboy was always in front and won by two and a quarter lengths in 29.85 from Stormy Dan.Parteen-based trainer Joe Collins opened the Clare account with Matt Bird winning race number two, an S7-graded 350-yard event. Drawn in trap two, the daughter of Matt Hyland-Scattery Mac was off to a flyer and was four lengths in front in the run to the opening bend. Although challenged by …

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Kilmurry-Ibrickane’s King crowned in Cork

KEITH King of Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare came away from the Munster Senior, Junior and U-23 Track and Field Championships at Cork IT with two gold, one silver and two bronze medals.His first gold came in the high jump over six great rounds, with 1.85m on his last jump. Ten minutes later, he cleared 6.01m in the long jump to capture another gold. Pat O’Connor (Tralee Harriers) looked to have won the javelin competition but with one round to go, Ennis Track’s David Courtney got in a massive throw of 42.80m to snatch the gold medal, with Keith King taking the bronze medal with a throw of 38.12m.King, now on his fourth event of the day, also took silver in the triple jump with 11.33m, before capturing the bronze medal in the discus with a throw of 25.64m. In the U-23 ladies’ 1,500m, Sharon Rynne (Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare) ran a very steady race to take this title in 4.21:70, while Irish international Rachel …

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Goals crucial for Tones

Wolfe Tones 4-4Miltown St Joseph’s 0-10 WOLFE Tones claimed the Fergus Credit Union U-16 Division 1 football title in Cooraclare on Monday evening with a 4-4 to 0-10 victory over Miltown, St Joseph’s. The goals scored by the Shannon team were crucial in their victory.St Joseph’s got off to the better start with Conor and Eoin Cleary being prominent at midfield. They raced into a quick three-point lead by the eighth minute with two frees from Eoin Cleary and a good point from play by Luke Reidy. However, Wolfe Tones were quickly on level terms with their first goal scored by captain William Flynn from a tight angle. This was followed up five minutes later by their second when Dylan Birchall’s kick dropped in over the Miltown keeper and into the net.Daniel Brennan pointed after 18 minutes and Wolfe Tones’ third goal of the half came after 20 minutes when Stephen Tuohy, a substitute, pulled on the ball to the …

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Futsal enthusiasts asked to get their boots on

CLARE Intercultural Network is seeking expressions of interest in taking part in a futsal league beginning later this summer. “Futsal is a kind of indoor football, played with a special ball which doesn’t bounce. It is quite new here in general in Ireland and especially here in Ennis. The ball doesn’t bounce so people can develop their football skills more. It is very popular in Brazil and South America, they start playing it when they are young and it makes them better players,” explained Alphonse Basogomba from the network. The Clare Intercultural Network Futsal Tournament, held in conjunction with the FAI, attracted six teams and finished on Wednesday.  “The tournament began in early April. It involved six teams made up of people from all different backgrounds, cultures and countries. That was very successful. We did it because we wanted to introduce futsal to the area and see if people wanted to take part in a league,” Alphonse outlined. “We want …

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