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Sixmilebridge secure final spot

Champions in 2013, Sixmilebridge are back in the Clare senior hurling championship final thanks to an eight point win over Crusheen at rain lashed Cusack Park on Sunday. [doptg id=”81″] A strong opening half at the end of which they led by ten points set the tone and left Crusheen with a mountain to climb, something they came close to achieving in the second period. The winners had a dream start with Jamie Shanahan scoring the game’s opening goal inside the first minute. Crusheen were clearly rattled and they played second fiddle to the winners throughout the opening period.. A goal from Conor O’Donnell in the final minute of the opening half followed by another from Fergus Kennedy in the opening minute of the second half, led to a very exciting second period . Scores came hot and heavy and as the game entered the final quarter the margin was down to two points. An excellent Shane Golden goal settled …

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Unchanged Clare to face Limerick

As expected, the Clare team to face Limerick in Thursday evening’s Munster under 21 hurling final is unchanged from that which defeated a fancied Waterford side in the semi-final two weeks ago. A capacity attendance is expected at Cusack Park for the meeting of the neighbouring rivals in the Provincial final when Clare will be seeking their fourth title in a row. Both sides caused surprises in the semi-final when accounting for Waterford and Tipperary who were fancied to get through to the final. The standard of play in both games was high and there is an expectation amongst hurling fans that this final will proved to be o ne of the best in modern times. The game has a throw in time of 7p.m. and Tipperary’s Fergal Horgan will be in charge. There will be extra time in the event of the teams being level at the end of normal time. The Clare team for the final is; Keith …

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All ticket u-21 final at Cusack Park

  Fears that the Munster under 21 hurling final between Shannonside neighbours Clare and Limerick, scheduled for Thursday next, July 30, would be played outside Clare have been removed. A special meeting of the Clare GAA executive on Friday last voted to defer the commencement of renovation works at Cusack Park until after the final. Last month the executive had made a similar decision and deferred the commencement of work at the county grounds for a month in order to host the senior hurling and football Qualifier double header and the Munster under 21 semi-final against Waterford. A home and away arrangement is in operation for underage games in Munster and its Clare’s turn to host Limerick in the under 21 hurling championship, hence the reason for Clare’s latest decision. The Provincial body confirmed this week that the match will have a 7p.m. throw in time and it will be an all ticket game and supporters are asked to pre-purchase …

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Kilmurry-Ibrickane into another Cusack cup final

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 …

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Eire Og seal u-21 final spot

Eire Og 2-17 Ballyea 1-12 Eire Og booked their place in the final of the under 21 A hurling championship on Saturday when they accounted for Ballyea at Clarecastle. While the town side were deserving winners, a margin of eight points is a little harsh on Ballyea who were only two points adrift entering the final ten minutes. At the end of a well contested first half, Eire Og led by two points, 0-9 to 0-7. They scored the last two points of the half after Ballyea had hit three in a row to draw level twenty four minutes into the tie. The margin was still the same with ten minutes remaining. They swapped points twice in the opening ten minutes of the half before Eire Og hit a brace to open a four point gap only for Ballyea to reply with a brace. A Conor O’Halloran goal put the townies five clear but the cheering had hardly died down …

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Kilmaley secure u-21 A final place

Kilmaley 0-19 Clarecastle 0-13 They provided patrons with a very exciting minor A championship final in 2012 and they produced another exciting contest when they clashed in the under 21 A semi-final at Clonlara on Friday evening. At the end of a very tight contest in 2012, Kilmaley led by the minimum margin. On this occasion they led by six when Ger Hoey called a halt to proceedings and few will dispute the merit of their latest success. Over the hour they were the better balanced side and finished strongly to seal a place in next Saturday’s final. They took a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after ten minutes and by the end of the first quarter they had extended this to 0-7 to 0-2. Their advantage could have been greater but Clarecastle goalie Jonathan Griffey made a fine save from Aidan Kennedy when a goal looked likely. Three points separated the sides at half time when the score was 0-9 …

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Cratloe through to u-21 B final

Cratloe 2-6 Crusheen-Tubber 0-9 Cratloe caused a surprise when they overcame a fancied Crusheen-Tubber at Clarecastle on Saturday afternoon to qualify for the final of the under 21 B hurling championship where they will play either Clonlara or Tulla whose semi-final was postponed due to a bereavement in Clonlara. In windy and cold conditions, two goals inside four minutes at the start of the second half proved decisive on a day when All-Ireland under 21 medallist, Shane Gleeson played a key role in his side’s victory, hitting all but a goal of their tally. Playing against what was mainly a cross field wind, Cratloe took a two point lead in as many minutes thanks to Shane Gleeson. Crusheen-Tubber slowly got a grip on the tie and pointed frees by Lorcan O’Grady and Colin Vaughan tied up the game after seven minutes before Robbie Malone fired the combination side into the lead. At half time Crusheen-Tubber were 0-6 to 0-3 in …

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A first Clare Champion cup title for Cratloe

By Seamus Hayes Cratloe 2-10 Clonlara 2-8 Cratloe completed another double in what has already been an historic year for the club when the senior hurlers won their first ever Clare Champion cup (senior hurling league) title on Saturday. A two point win over their neighbours Clonlara brought the curtain down on the club’s most successful year even and completed the senior hurling league and championship double for the club. It was a most entertaining contest played in cold conditions which made hurling difficult for all involved. O’Garney park in Sixmilebridge was in tremendous condition for this attractive fixture which saw the sides level on six occasions. For much of the game a draw looked the likely outcome but Cratloe s truck a decìsive blow in the 59th minute when Conor McGrath fired home their second goal. At the end of an evenly contested first half the sides went to the dressing room with 1-4 each on the scoreboard. Podge …

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