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Another five star show by Tony Kelly

  Ballyea 4-18 Thurles Sarsfields 2-22 A contribution of 1-10 from Tony Kelly was one of many highlights as newly crowned Clare senior hurling champions Ballyea caused a major shock when knocking Thurles Sarsfields from Tipperary out of the Provincial title race at Cusack Park yesterday. The result led to wild scenes of celebration at the end of a tremendous contest which required extra time to produce a result Seven days after their first ever Clare senior title win, Ballyea came from being seven points in arrears with eight minutes to go to force extra time in a tremendously exciting and hugely entertaining contest played before an official attendance of 2,413 in dry but cold conditions. Ballyea had heroes throughout the field as they turned this game on its head in the final quarter which culminated with a Gary Brennan goal, worthy of any stage, which led to extra time There were outstanding displays throughout the team for the winners …

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Shane Brennan under pressure from Paddy Maguirein their Division 4 National Football League game at Miltown Malbay.

Three quarter final places filled

By Seamus Hayes Clondegad, Miltown and Doonbeg booked their places in the quarter finals of the Clare senior football championship with confortable victories over Lissycasey, St. Senans and St. Josephs on Saturday evening. Billed as the tie of the round, the meeting of fellow parishioners Clondegad and Lissycasey at Cusack Park failed to live up to expectations. A strong performance by Shane Brennan inspired Clondegad to a marited five point win. Goals in the space of four minutes shortly before half time provded decisive. Tean captain Brian Carigg scored the first from the penalty spot while Podge McMahon quickly followed with the second as the Ballynacally based outfit opened a 2-5 to 0-6 half time lead. Lissycasey had the opening three points of the second half which suggested a rally but the winners regained control and were still five points ahead when the final whistle sounded, 2-10 to 0-11. Fresh from their giant killing act of the opening round when …

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Is Brennan to be Clare’s next dual player?

Is Brennan to be Clare’s next dual player? By Seamus Hayes This weekend, Clare football captain Gary Brennan is focussing on leading the county’s senior footballers into their Munster championship first round clash with Waterford at Cusack Park. Two of his team mates are Podge and Sean Collins who are also key members of the senior hurling panel, a position Brennan could well find himself in, in the near future. Speaking this week ahead of next weekend’s Munster senior hurling semi-final, Clare hurling selector Louis Mulqueen spoke highly of Brennan’s hurling credentials. “I have watched him a lot and he has banged in a lot of goals. He was also student of the year at Rice College and his brother was student of the year this year. I am very impressed with the Brennan family”, Mulqueen said. Brennan has impressed with Ballyea in the senior hurling championship last season and again recently in the first round of this year’s championship …

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