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Kilmurry Ibrickane win in underwhelming final

  Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-12   St Senan’s Kilkee 2-3 Come this weekend, few people outside of Quilty, Mullagh and Coore will recall the 2009 county final with any hint of elation. How could they? The 5,381 people who paid their admittance didn’t leave Cusack Park enthused with positive feelings towards Clare football.At least the second half was significantly more entertaining than the first, which was dire. Neither team played anywhere near their capabilities and both appeared frozen by the occasion. Spurred on by substitute Noel Downes, who added movement and spark to the Kilmurry attack, the two-in-a-row champions, outscored Kilkee by 0-9 to 0-3 in the second period. Having never won back-to-back titles before, Kilmurry won’t dwell too much on the fact that the game was not filled with high quality football. Bizarrely, Kilkee led 2-0 to 0-3 at half time. Three minutes after Mark McCarthy’s fifth minute point for the champions, with Darren Hickey having defended well, Noel O’Shea netted …

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Captain Coughlan spreads the praise

While it was more important that he played well, which he did, Enda Coughlan’s acceptance speech was equally impressive. The Kilmurry captain remembered people like Patrick Murrihy and Patrick O’Dwyer and former championship winning captains who have led the club to glory before he did.“It’s a great honour any time to captain your club but I suppose when you win something like this, it makes it all worthwhile, following in great lads footsteps there like the Horse (Moloney), Odran O’Dwyer and Shane Hickey,” he told The Clare Champion after collecting the Jack Daly Cup from Jack Daly. Along with Kilkee’s first half goals the only other source of shock for Coughlan was when he witnessed Paul O’Connor and Peter O’Dwyer clipping over left footed points, late in the second half. “You should see them practising in training. There was someone looking down on the two of them I think but thank God, they went over. They were great scores,” the …

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