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Blazing a scoring path

A nine-point haul in an All-Ireland final is a tremendous achievement and certainly worthy of special praise. Newmarket’s Colin Ryan achieved such a feat on Sunday when his scores played a crucial part in Clare recording a memorable, one-point victory over defending champions Kilkenny.

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Banner ladies beat Kilmihil

Banner Ladies 4-10  Kilmihil 2-7 A GAME Kilmihil side couldn’t make home advantage count last Saturday evening as the Banner ladies retained their title in scorching conditions. They were made work hard for it, but the Banner were the better side and had a bit more balance, along with a few really dangerous forwards. In one sense, their victory is even more impressive when one takes into account that they played most of the second half with 14, as Michelle Delaney was first sin binned and then red-carded within three minutes of returning.

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Cooraclare tear away from Miltown

Cooraclare 4-13  Miltown 1-4 THE second half of the senior B final turned into a rout on Saturday, with Cooraclare scoring 10 times and Miltown raising just one flag. While Cooraclare supporters wouldn’t have expected it to become so one-sided, at half-time their side already looked the superior outfit as they were more composed in possession and had more incisive forwards.

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On-form Kilmurry ease past O’Curry’s

Kilmurry-Ibrickane 2-14  O’Curry’s 0-7 Following a leaden performance against Ennistymon in their final group match, Kilmurry Ibrickane needed a test of their resolve. They’ll have to see what the Cooraclare v Doonbeg replay winners have to offer before being hit with a real championship challenge.

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Kilrush set up Seasider semi

Kilrush 1-8  St Joseph’s 0-6 Although they still have plenty of scope for improvement, Kilrush have qualified for the semi-final of the Clare senior football championship for the first time since 2003. They will meet Kilkee on Saturday week for a place in next month’s county final. In normal circumstances a Kilrush v Kilkee tie has potential for plenty of incident but the fact that the clubs met in the 2003 decider adds further attraction to their impending meeting.

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