The final round of games in this season’s Clare Champion sponsored Cusack cup, senior football league, has cleared the way for the knock out stage as well as confirming who is to be relegated
Holders Kilmurry-Ibrickane are back in the final following a two goal victory over Clondegad, 3-11 to 1-11.
Both teams were short some players with Clondegad certainly feeling the loss of the Brennan brothers, Gary and Shane, due to injury.
All is not lost for the Ballynacally based club as they will have home advantage in the semi-final when they will come up against their fellow parishioners, Lissycasey who secured their passage to the last four with a 3-10 to 1-8 win over O‘Curry’s at Doonaha.
This result did not appear likely five minutes into the second half when the men from the West Clare penninsula held a five point advantage but from here on there was only one team in it. Goals from Martin Moran, Cathal Doohan and David Talty gave the visitors the upperhand and sealed their passage to the semis.
O’Currys knew going into the game that they needed to win to be sure of avoiding relegation. Unfortunately for them, the now drop to division 2 for next season after Doonbeg sealed their division 1 status with a three point win over their neighbours, already relegated Cooraclare (0-10 to 0-7).
In the remaining game in this final round, Miltown St. Josephs recorded a four point win, 2-15 to 2-11, over Eire Og. Both were in contention for a semi-final place going into this tie but once Lissycasey won in Doonaha, that spot went to them.
Incidentally, both Lissycasey and Miltown ended on 8 points but Lissycasey get the spot by virtue of the fact that they beat Miltown when the sides met earlier in the campaign.
Meanwhile, in division 2, St. Josephs, Doora-Barefield kept their hopes of a place in the play offs alive with a four point win over already qualified Ennistymon
By Seamus Hayes