The Junior A quarter-final draw held last Monday evening ended with Killimer v St Joseph’s Doora Barefield, Michael Cusacks v Ballyvaughan, Kilmurry Ibrickane v Eire-og, Parteen/Meelick v Clondegad. All games to be played over the weekend September 30th/ October 1st.
EireOg………….0-14 St Breckans………..0-5
The footballers of Eire Og can do little wrong at the moment as they overcame the challenge of St Breckans. Former Clare star Denis O’ Driscoll well known to the students of Ennis opened the scoring early in the game. Luke Pyne and Andrew McElwee were central to the first-half dominance of Eire-og as they led (0-8) to (0-3) at the break. For most of the second-half Eire Og were the better side but could not turn possession into goals despite keeping the scoreboard ticking over even though Colin Reidy saw a great effort come off the crossbar. With Colin Smythe and Alan O’ Neill dominating at midfield and Kevin Brennan busy upfield the Ennis side were never in difficulty. St Breckan’s scorers included Aiden O’ Loughlin (0-3), Denis O Driscoll and Kieran Thynne (0-1) apiece.
Parteen/Meelick… 4-3 Cratloe………….0-09
Even though Cratloe scored more often than their opponents they could not get the goals that would have won the tie to deny Parteen/Meelick a knockout spot in the junior A championship. The most unusual scoreline of (2-0) to (0-5) in favour of Parteen/Meelick with Sean Connolly and Tom Collins were the goalscorers. Cratloe in the second half showed great determination and tackled hard on a wet surface but still it was the goal-hungry Parteen/Meelick forwards that kept the South East club in front. Sean Connolly led the way in the second half with (2-2) with Cian McLoughlin and Cian Moloney adding points. Gavin Noonan was the predominant defensive figure for Parteen/Meelick who in two seasons have come from Junior B football to Junior A quarter-finals