Broadford collected their second adult hurling league title of the season when they were crowned division 2 champions at Gurteen this Thursday evening. At the end of a well contested tie they had six points to spare over Ruan, winning on a final scoreline of 1-20 to 0-17. A few weeks earlier they won the division 4 title when they had a one goal win over Ballyea in the final
A dominant spell in the opening quarter when they scored 1-6 without reply, steered the East Clare men to this latest success. Ruan had scored the opening two points of the game through Caimin Howard and Michael Vaughan but then Broadford took a grip on proceedings and responded with points from Craig Chaplin, Stiofan McMahon and Caolan Cox before Cox took a pass from McMahon and fired home the game’s only goal. Further points from Donie Whelan, McMahon and Diarmuid Moloney left the East Clare side 1-6 to 0-2 in front.
Between here and the half time whistle points were exchanged six times and Broadford went to the break seven points clear, 1-12 to 0-8.
After seven scoreless minutes at the start of the second half Ruan struck for five unanswered points in he space of four minutes, Michael Vaughan accounting for four of these. The Chaplin brothers Cathal and Craig replied with points for the winners but a brace from Vaughan who finished as the game’s top scorer with a tally of 0-11 to his credit, replied for Ruan leaving two between them early in the final quarter.
That was as close as Ruan got and Broadford closed out the tie with points from Cathal Chaplin, Diarmuid Moloney and Donie Whelan to seal a merited win.
Diarmuid Moloney (0-5) Donie Whelan (0-45), Caolan Cox (1-1), Craig Chaplin (0-3) and Cathal Chaplin (0-2) were promnent for the winners while Ruan’s best were Michael Vaughan (0-11), Aidan Lynch (0-3). Killian Ryan and Niall O’Connor
Both sides will play in division 1 B in the Clare Champion cup next season
By Seamus Hayes