Newmarket 2-11 Kilmaley 0-13
A contribution of 1-7 from inter county man Colin Ryan played a key role in Newmarket retaining their senior hurling status when they accounted for Kilmaley in this replay at Sixmilebridge this afternoon.
Played before an attendance that was much smaller than anticipated, Newmarket’s superior physical strength was a crucial ingredient in their win but Kilmaley have good reason to be disappointed with the end result. At the end of the first half in which they had the better of matters their lead was just two points. They would not have been flattered had they been at least six points to the good.
They continued to hold the upperhand in the opening ten minutes of the second half but again failed to turn that dominance into scores. From here on Newmarket got a grip on proceedings and the switch of Stephen Kelly to the half forward line helped them win more possession.
Eleven minutes from the end Kelly provided the pass to Colin Ryan which resulted in the Clare forward finding the net for newmarket to take a three point lead. Kilmaley rallied and cut the deficit to the minimum as the game reached the final minute of normal time. Six additional minutes were signalled when Newmarket struck the crucial blow with Michael McInerney scoring their second goal, a score which sealed their senior status for 2017.
Elsewhere Kilfenora won promotion to the senior football championship for next season with a one goal victory over Kildysart in the intermediate championship final replay at Hennessy park in Miltown. The final score was 1-9 to 0-9 and the all important goal came shortly before half time when Killian Malone punished a Kildysart error.
Kilfenora goalkeeper Liam Keane made three vital saves in the first half while Jack O’Dea kicked three crucial second half points
Wolfe Tones completed the junior B hurling and football championship double when their footballers scored an 0-8 to 0-5 win over the Banner in their replayed final at Gurteen
By Seamus Hayes