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 on a straight red card, while Gearóid Lynch had to retire due to injury.
Regular Cooraclare goalkeeper Joe Killeen was replaced by Andrew O’Neill, possibly due to the latter’s booming dead ball ability. The Blues now take on Éire Óg in the quarter-finals with the winners of that game due to play either Doora-Barefield or Liscannor in the county semi-final.
O’Curry’s, meanwhile, must play Kilmihil in the relegation semi-final the weekend after next.
Cooraclare: Andrew O’Neill; Michael Chambers, Conor Marrinan, Gearóid Meade; Fergal Lillis, David Hedigan, Thomas Donnellan; Joe Considine, Michael Kelly; Seán Maguire, Mark Tubridy, Declan McMahon; Hughie Donnelly, John Looney, Rory Donnelly.
Subs: David Marrinan for David Hedigan; Cathal Lillis for Conor Marrinan and Michael McMahon for Joe Considine.
O’Curry’s: Eoin Clohessy; Seamus Coffey, Brian Troy, Gearóid Lynch; Paul Roche, Ollie Quinlan, Tom Downes; Michael Foran, Gerard Quinlan; Damien Carmody, Sean Haugh, Eoin Troy; Gerald Troy, Mark Roche, Michael Carmody.
Subs: Declan Walsh for Gearóid Lynch (inj); Jack Scanlan for Gerald Troy and Lee Myers for Seamus Coffey.