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Conor Mc Grath of Cratloe in action against Seanie Moloney of Clarecastle heading in to score one of his three goals their semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.

McGrath’s hat trick too much for Magpies

By Seamus Hayes

Cratloe 4-15 Clarecastle 1-19

A contribution of 3-4 from All star Conor McGrath helped Cratloe to seal a place in the final of the Clare senior hurling championship when they overcame the challenge presented by Clarecastle at sun splashed Cusack Park on Sunday evening.

Eric Flynn of Clarecastle in action against Micheal Hawes of Cratloe during their semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.
Eric Flynn of Clarecastle in action against Micheal Hawes of Cratloe during their semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.

McGrath struck for the first of his goals in the fifth minute and he repeated the feat two minutes from the break to help his team to a six point half time advantage, 2-11 to 1-8.

Clarecastle had the better of the third quarter exchanges and closed the gap to two points entering the final quarter. Cratloe struck for their third goal twelve minutes from the end and McGrath was the provided on this occasion picking out Podge Collins with a tremendous pass and the centre forward made no mistake. Two minutes later Clarecastle’s Jamie Coughlan was picking the ball out of the net again after McGrath punished some slack defending to fire home his third and his side’s fourth goal.

Patrick Kelly of Clarecastle in action against David Collins and Cathal Mc Inerney of Cratloe during their semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.
Patrick Kelly of Clarecastle in action against David Collins and Cathal Mc Inerney of Cratloe during their semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.

The win keeps Cratloe’s hopes of `capturing the Clare senior double alive. In the hurling final they will play Crusheen who qualified from the same group.

This week the focus will be on football as the Cratloe men, who are the defending football champions, prepare for their semi-final clash with Cooraclare on Sunday. Eleven of the hurlers starting line up are expected to start in the football team next week.

Another title for Newmarket

Newmarket captured their second title of the weekend when they won the division 3 hurtling league title at Tulla on Sunday afternoon. They recorded a one point win, 1-16 to 3-9, over Bodyke.

On Friday evening they had captured the minor B championship title when beating O’Callaghans Mils, 3-19 to 2-13.

Meelick’s title

Meelick were crowned the division 5 football league winners on Sunday afternoon and they didn’t have to kick a ball. Eire Og failed to field a team for this replayed final which was scheduled for Cratloe

 

Conor Ryan of Cratloe in action against Stephen Ward of Clarecastle during their semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.
Conor Ryan of Cratloe in action against Stephen Ward of Clarecastle during their semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.
Liam Markham of Cratloe in action against Stephen O Halloran of Clarecastle during their semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.
Liam Markham of Cratloe in action against Stephen O Halloran of Clarecastle during their semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.
Liam Markham of Cratloe in action against Stephen O Halloran and Bobby Duggan of Clarecastle during their semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.
Liam Markham of Cratloe in action against Stephen O Halloran and Bobby Duggan of Clarecastle during their semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.
Jamie Coughlan of Clarecastle fails to block the goal effort from Podge Collins of Cratloe during their semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.
Jamie Coughlan of Clarecastle fails to block the goal effort from Podge Collins of Cratloe during their semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.
Cratloe manager Joe Mc Grath and Clarecastle coach Fergus O Loughlin embrace after their semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.
Cratloe manager Joe Mc Grath and Clarecastle coach Fergus O Loughlin embrace after their semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.

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