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Division 5 play off places filled

The way is clear for the play off stage of the division 5 football league. In the last game in the league section of the competition, Kilrush defeated hitherto undefeated Kilmurry-Ibrickane at Kilrush last evening, Friday. That win for the shams has earned them a semi-final spot against their near neighbours Killimer who will have home advantage as they finished in second place. Kilmurry-Ibrickane await the winners in the final. Meanwhile, Clondegad are safely through to the final of the division 4 competition. They concluded their campaign with a three point win over Ml. Cusacks at Gleann Chiosog on Friday evening. The outcome of the game between Eire Og and Ballyvaughan at Ballyvaughan on this Sunday will determine the semi-finalists. In division 6, Kilmihl and O’Currys are safely through to the play offs. With one round of games to be played in both division 1 and 2, there will be a lot at stake in those games. Clondegad and Kilmurry-Ibrickane, …

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Relegation play off facing Clare

By Seamus Hayes Kilkenny 2-20 Clare 2-19 Clare and Kilkenny will do battle again next Sunday to determine who will drop to division 1 B for next season. Clare needed to win in Nowlan Park and hope that Galway beat Dublin in Parnell Park to avoid being involved in the relegation play off but neither result was achieved leaving Clare and Kilkenny in the relegation play off. A strong secondhalf showing form Kilkenny proved too much for Clare before an attendance of 6,298 . Throughout the seventy minutes the kilkenny full forward trio caused huge problems for Clare as is evidenced by the fact thqat the home side’s inside trio contributed 2-14 of their side’s final tally At the end of a lively first half, visitors Clare held a one goal lead, 2-9 to 1-9. Full forward Shane O’ Donnell accounted for both goals, the first coming in the ninth minute after he had taken a pass from Conor McGrath …

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Clare progress in Oscar Traynor title race

By Seamus Hayes Clare League 4  Roscommon League 0 Beaten finalists last season, Clare progressed to the knock  out stage of this season’s Oscar Traynor inter league competition with a merited win over Roscommon at Doora on Sunday. [doptg id=”43″] Two goals in each  half proved too much for the visitors and  the win has given Clare top spot in the group, ahead of Galway on score difference. Both finished on the same points after Galway scored a 3-1 win  over Mayo but Clare’s superior score difference sees them take top spot. Playing with the aid of the wind, the home side got off to a great start and took the lead after four minutes when Colin  Smith drilled a powerful left foot effort to the net from the edge of the box. Midway through the half, Roscommon enjoyed their best spell but they could not break down a strong Clare defence in which team captain Pat Purcell led by example …

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14 man Clare seal play off date

By Seamus Hayes Clare 0-18 Galway 1-15 The strength of the Clare senior hurling panel was highlighted at cusack Park in round 5 of the Allianz hurling league where the home side secured a share of the spoils despite playing 40 minutes with fourteen players on a day when they started with a side which showed seven changes from the team which produced such an outstanding performance in hammering Waterford a week earlier. Before an attendance of 9,299, substitute Colin Ryan hit the levelling point from a 60m free in the second minute of injury time to tie the scores for the seventh and final time. The game produced plenty of talking points but in the end a draw was a fair outcome. The biggest talking point was the decision of referee Cathal McAllister not to award Galway a penalty nine minutes into the second half when Galway forward Carthal Mannion was clearly held. Moments later, at the other end …

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