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Newmarket dethrone the champions

Ballyea’s reign as Clare senior hurling champions ended at Cusack Park this evening when they were stripped of the title by Newmarket who had four points to spare at the final whistle. A strong final five minutes to the opening half proved decisive in this one as Newmarket scored 1-4 in that period while conceding just a point. While Ballyea boss Fergal Hegarty was fullsome in his praise for Newmarket, it must be pointed out that the title holders went into this game with key players Tony Kelly and Gearoid O’Connell carrying injuries which clearly hampered their play. The holders made the better start and at the end of a low scoring opening quarter they led on a scoreline of 1-2 to 0-1, the goal having come from Niall Deasy following a defensive blunder by the eventual winners. Gradually, however, Newmarket got a grip on proceedings and the switch of Ronan Goode to the full forward line paid dividends. Three …

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Cratloe dethroned…..again

What a difference a year makes. In the space of a week in October 2014, Cratloe made history when they won the Clare senior hurling and football titles becoming the first Clare club to achieve such a feat of winning both in the same year on the field of play. [doptg id=”79″] Just under twelve months on they have been stripped of both titles in the space of seven days, both defeats coming at the quarter final stage. At rain swept Cusack Park today, Sunday, they lost their bid for a third senior football title in a row when they went under to Clondegad. And there can be no arguments as to the merit of Clondegad’s victory over the champions who started  brightly and raced into a three point lead in the opening quarter. Indeed they had a few chances to have increased this lead but failed to capitalise Gradually Clondegad got a grip on proceedings and when they half …

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Wolfe Tones knock out minor A hurling champions

The minor A hurling championship title holders are out of this year’s competition. At rain lashed O’Garney park in Sixmilebridge on Friday evening Kilmaley had to give best to a stronger and better balanced Wolfe Tones outfit. When the final whistle sounded the Shannon club had four points to spare, 0-16 to 1-9 and they were full value for their win. However, they will have to wait a while to learn who will be their opponents in the final as the game between Inagh-Kilnamona and the Broadford-Smith O’Briens amalgamation was cancelled as the pitch at Shannon wasn’t playable. Wolfe tones led by the minimum margin, 0-8 to 0-7, at half time and they were a little unlucky not to have had a couple of goals at this stage. They were four points clear early in the second half but a goal from Padraig McNamara brought Kilmaley to within a point. However, the holders were unable to break down a strong …

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Cratloe's Podge Collins battles with Sixmilebridges Tadgh Keogh during their Senior Hurling Championship game at Cusack Park Ennis on saturday.

Senior hurling champions dethroned

By Seamus Hayes Cratloe 1-18 Sixmilebridge 1-15 Clare senior hurling champions, Sixmilebridge, are out of the running for the 2014 title. At Cusack Park this Saturday evening, they suffered a three point defeat at the hands of their neighbours and great rivals Cratloe, a result that ended their hopes of holding onto the title they won impressively last year. Having already lost to Crusheen in the opening round, the Bridge had to win this one to remain in the race. To their credit, they put in a  strong performance but, they just could not break down a stubborn Cratloe outfit. The winners played with the aid of the wind in the opening half and were five points up at half time when the score was 1-10 to 0-8, the goal coming from Conor McGrath midway through the half. That the defending champions were not going to go down easily was evident in the opening two minutes of the second half …

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Sixmilebridge celebrate their win in the senior championship.

Champions dethroned

By Seamus Hayes Eleven years after their last title win, Sixmilebridge are back as Clare senior hurling champions. At rain lashed Cusack Park on Sunday, they dethroned champions Newmarket in a fiercely competitive tie. The final scoreline of 1-10 to 0-11 is an accurate reflection of a tie which produced some great hurling despite the atrocious conditions. The winners had a dream start when top scorer Niall Gilligan scored the game’s only goal as early as the second minute when he drilled a penalty to the net following a foul on Alan Mulready. From here they held the lead until two minutes from the break when Colin Ryan levelled. The holders hit the last five points of the half to move from being three in arrears to holding a two point lead at the break, 0-9 to 1-4. A hungrier Sixmilebridge returned for the second half and they held their neighbours and great rivals scoreless for twenty six minutes during which …

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