REIGNING Clare Champion Cup title-holders Clonlara got their campaign off to a winning start when they accounted for Tulla at Dr Daly park on Saturday.
Given that the South East Clare side had to line out without the likes of Domhnaill and Cormac O’Donovan, Darach Honan, John Conlon, Nicky O’Connell, Donal Madden, Pat O’Hare and Diarmuid Conway, this was an impressive result.
Newly-promoted Whitegate got their campaign off to a great start when they had a one-point win over county champions Cratloe. It was a merited win for the East Clare side on a day when Cratloe scored their goals late in the tie.
Tommy Guilfoyle got his term as Newmarket coach off to a good start when they had an impressive win over a Crusheen side who were without their inter-county contingent of Donal Tuohy, Cian Dillon, Pat Vaughan, Alan Brigdale and Gerry O’Grady.
Clarecastle, with a strong finish, earned a share of the spoils with Sixmilebridge, while Clooney-Quin put in a strong second half performance to overcome the challenge of Inagh-Kilnamona.
FIRST half goals from Cillian Fennessy and Tomas O’Donovan played a big part in Clonlara’s win at Dr Daly Park on Saturday.
Tulla enjoyed the better of the exchanges in this half but the goals lifted Clonlara and they put in a strong second half.
The winner’s defence was strong throughout with Brian Woods, Senan Nihill and John Moloney leading the way.
Up front, Cillian Fennessy caused a lot of problems for the Tulla defence. Alan O’Connell scored 0-7 while Tomas O’Donovan also got through some good work.
Seán Torpey, Cian McInerney and Brian Lynch tried hard for the Tulla men while Andrew Quinn was their leading scorer seven points.
Clonlara: Ger O’Connell; Brian Woods, Senan Nihill, Chris O’Kane; Paul Collins, John Moloney, Diarmuid O’Meara; Jason Murphy, Tommy Lynch; Neil Ryan, Tomas O’Donovan, William Slattery, Alan O’Connell, John Barry, Cillian Fennessy.
Tulla: Sam Edbrook; Eugene Cooney, Seán Torpey, John Brennan; Cian McInerney, Mark Quinn, Paul Lynch; Brian Lynch, Con O’Halloran; Eanna Torpey, Andrew Quinn, Trevor Vaughan; Cathal Dinan, Kieran Brennan, Ray Stewart.
Subs: Brian Quinn, Aidan Lynch, Shane McNamara.
A SHARE of the spoils resulted when Clarecastle and Sixmilebridge clashed in this tie at Clarecastle. Sixmilebridge will be disappointed that they didn’t score in the final quarter. Clarecastle dominated this period, scoring 1-2 in the process to earn a point. Substitute Niall Dunne was the goalscorer for the magpies on a day when Niall Gilligan was the top scorer for the ‘Bridge with 1-6 to his credit. They led at the break by two points, 1-7 to 0-8 and looked to be on their way to the points when they stretched this advantage in the third quarter.
Clarecastle: John Casey; Mark McNamara, Alan O’Loughlin, Ollie Plunkett; Kevin Clohessy, Conor Plunkett, Danny Scanlan; Tyrone Kearse, Patrick Kelly; Seanie Moloney, Andrew Page, Seán Talty; Derek Quinn, Eric Flynn, Eamonn Callinan.
Subs: Niall Dunne for Callinan; Jason Considine for Page; Anthony Griffey for Talty.
Sixmilebridge: Derek Fahy; Ray McNamara, Eoin Quinn, Trevor Purcell; Barry O’Connor, Aidan Quilligan, Robert Conlon; Tommy Morey, Anthony Liddane; Mark Culbert, Niall Gilligan, Paul Fitzpatrick; Brian Culbert, Danny Morey, David O’Connor.
Subs: Shane Golden for Fitzpatrick.
BERNARD Gaffney scored 1-10 as Newmarket got their season
off to a winning start over Crusheen at the latter’s venue on Saturday.
Eoin Hayes and Ger Hannon were the other goalscorers for the
winners on a day when seven players shared in the scoring for the blues.
Paddy Meaney and Seán
Dillon had the goals for a
Crusheen side that clearly missed the services of their inter-county players.
Newmarket: Kieran Devitt; Brian Clancy, Stephen Kelly, Padraig Kilmartin; Seán O’Connor, Enda Barrett, Alan Barrett; Martin O’Hanlon, Eoin O’Brien; Paudie Collins, Mike McInerney, Eoin Hayes; Bernard Gaffney, Jim McInerney, Ger Hannon.
Subs: Eoin McInerney and Shane O’Brien.
Crusheen: Gearóid O’Donnell; John Brigdale, Cronan Dillon, Dara O’Doherty; Niall McMahon, Ciaran O’Doherty, Cathal Dillon; Seán Dillon, Tony Meaney; Fergus Kennedy, Joe Meaney, Alan Tuohy; Paddy Meaney, Diarmuid O’Doherty, Niall Fitzgibbon.
Subs: Conor O’Donnell.
NEWLY promoted Whitegate were the better side at home on Saturday and deserved their win. Two
late goals from Cratloe helped keep the result in doubt but last year’s intermediate champions were deserving of their success.
Midfielder Ian Fahy was their top scorer with 1-4 to his credit and this included an excellent point from a 25m line ball just before the full time whistle. Michael
Dooley was the team’s other goal scorer, while goalkeeper Andrew Fahy converted four long-range frees.
They finished with 14 men after corner-forward Mike O’Brien was sent off after picking up a second yellow card.
Cratloe were six points behind with just over five minutes remaining when substitutes Barry Gleeson and Conor Ryan struck for goals.
Whitegate: Andrew Fahy; Trevor Kelly, John Bugler, Cathal Mulvihill; John Minogue, Tommy Holland, Jason Malone; Ian Fahy, Patrick Minogue; Stephen Malone, Eric Minogue, Gary McClearn; Michael O’Brien, Shane O’Rourke, Michael Dooley.
Sub: Tomas McNamara for McClearn.
Cratloe: Seán Hayes; Philip Gleeson, Paul Conroy, John O’Gorman; Liam Markham, Michael Hawes, Patrick O’Gorman; Seán Chaplin, Aidan Browne; Damian Browne, Padraig Chaplin, James Enright; Jonathon Reidy, Gearóid Ryan, Conor McGrath.
Subs: Barry Gleeson for D Browne; Conor Ryan for Enright; Enda Boyce for P Gleeson; David O’Gorman for J O’Gorman; Paudge Collins for P Chaplin.
A STRONG second half during which they scored eight unanswered points in the third quarter and then, following a reply from the home side, struck 1-5 without reply, Clooney-Quin deservingly captured the points at Inagh.
It was 0-10 to 0-7 in Inagh-Kilnamona’s favour at half time and they stretched their advantage to four when Conor Tierney had the opening score of the second half. Then Fergal Lynch, Derek Ryan, Mike McNamara and John Earls hit back with points for the winners to put them 0-15 to 0-11 in front before Conor Tierney gave Inagh-Kilnamona some hope with a good score.
By now, however, the winners had taken a grip on proceedings and following points from Mike McNamara and Cathal Egan, they struck for the game’s only goal when Derek Ryan applied the finish after taking a pass from Lynch.
Clooney-Quin: Damian O’Halloran; Shane McNamara, Conor Harrisson, Paul Clune; Donnacda Murphy, Cillian Duggan, Enda Harrisson; Seán Conheady, John Earls; Trevor Lee, Cathal Egan, Fergal Lynch; Dara Hannon, Derek Ryan, Martin Duggan.
Subs: Seamus Conroy for C Harrisson (inj) Mike McNamara for Lee; Mike Daffy for Hannon; Seán Ward for Egan; Paudie Ward for M Duggan.
Inagh-Kilnamona: Patrick Kelly; Miko Keane, Tomas McConigley, Gary Lafferty; David Hegarty, Ronan O’Looney, Cathal Griffin; Colm Pilkington, Ger Arthur; Dermot Gannon, Jimmy Carmody, Conor Tierney; Shane Griffin, Jamie Davin, Seán Arthur.
Subs: Seán Devitt for C Griffin; Brian Hehir for S Arthur; Brian Foudy for S Griffin.