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Darragh Corry was in sparkling form for Tulla in their victory over O'Callaghans Mills. Photograph by John Kelly.

Kilmaley and Newmarket face relegation final

Shock results continued in the Clare senior hurling championship this Saturday afternoon as Tulla secured a quarter final spot while both Inagh-Kilnamona and Whitegate secured their senior status for next season when they overcame Newmarket and Kilmaley respectively.

All three winners went into their games this Saturday afternoon as underdogs. Having two players sent off and the loss of a further two to injury proved too much for a fancied OCallaghans Mills who had to give best to their neighbours Tulla at Cusack Park.

Tulla had a dream start with a superb goal from Darragh Corry in the opening minute but a like score from Michael McGrath in the eighth minute had the Mills in front and they went on to open a three point gap by the end of the opening quarter. Tulla hit back and were one in front as half time approached when the Mills were reduced to fourteen men as Aidan O’Gorman was shown a red card following an off the ball incident. Tulla led 1-8 to 1-6 at half time.

The Mills started the second half brightly and quickly levelled before a brace from Cathal Dinan had Tulla back in front. In the ninth minute of the half the Mills were dealt a major blow as they were reduced to thirteen when Conor ‘Rocky’ Cooney was sent off. A minute later Andrew Quinn struck for a goal for Tulla and things went from bad to worse for the losers who lost their goalkeeper Killian Nugent to injury shortly afterwards. A few minutes later they were dealt another blow when Jacob Loughnane was stretchered off with a leg injury.

Tulla closed out the game with a goal from Colin Corbett.

The big shocks came in the relegation play offs as both Newmarket and Kilmaley were beaten. Whitegate displayed the greater hunger when they defeated Newmarket (2-11 to 0-14) at Broadford while Kilmaley were always behind in their clash with their neighbours Inagh-Kilnamona losing out on a scoreline of 1-19 for Inagh-Kilnamona to 2-12.

Broadford, Smith O’Briens, Tubber, St. Josephs and Scariff have secured their places in the quarter finals of the intermediate hurling championships. St. Josephs received a walkover from Newmarket, Sixmilebridge had already qualified and the remaining place will go to either Parteen or Clarecastle who play this Sunday.

In the junior A championship Bodyke defeated Eire Og while Meelick accounted for Ennistymon.

Wolfe Tones, Tubber, Clooney-Quin and Newmarket have qualified for the junior B championship semi-finals thanks to wins over Kilmaley, Inagh-Kilnamona, Scariff and Clarecastle respectively while Banner are through to the junior C championship final as a result of their 1-13 to 1-8 win over Killanena.

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