KILMURRY IBRICKANE........0-17 ST JOSEPHS.............0-5
By Michael O Connor.
Success in a stroll as Kilmurry once more are the kingpins of Clare football. A one sided rout that some might have thought may have occurred late in the second half but not to such an extent that after five minutes the game was over as a contest. This win for Kilmurry Ibrickane will rank as one of the easiest ever experienced by a club in a county final and indeed without even hitting one goal.
Travelling through Barefield and on the motorway one would expect if uninformed that the parish once more were engaged in county hurling final weekend such was the colour on view. Would the aging Kilmurry Ibrickane once more fall over the winning line against a team that would say that “we had chances but did’nt take them” like Cratloe felt or would the big fast equally hard hitting Barefield men revel in the freedom of headquarters? For the past two years Cratloe left the championship losing to Quilty by the minimum whilst Barefield who have been winning regularly at underage would hold no fear of their medal laden county final opponents.
It was such a comprehensive win for Kilmurry Ibrickane that no real urgency really existed for a goal after the end of the first quarter. A large crowd, exceeding with ease what was predicted bore down on headquarters for the 2011 decider and they had hardly settled their eyes on the game when Enda Coughlan kicked over the opening point and only 20 seconds on the board. Ian McInerney added four points, (2 frees) in the intervening five minutes as they skated five clear with only seven minutes action witnessed.
Continuous pressure by Kilmurry Ibrickane was such on St Josephs that they did not manage once to break meaningful from their own half. Stephen Moloney in the 12th minute gave his side a half dozen point lead. Finally St Josephs began to break free and should have scored (1-3) between the 13th and 23rd minutes but were inept up front when clear scoring chance were presented to them. To the credit of St Josephs they curtailed Kilmurry Ibrickane’s dominance to some extent allowing them just two points between the 13th minute and half time but were unable to score themselves going closest with a first time effort from Alan O Neill that flashed wide. At the interval the West Clare men led (0-8) to (0-0) which was a sense of huge disappointment for John Halpin’s men that they abilities were embarrassed by such a scoreline.
St Josephs rang the changes with Mark Hallinan replacing Mark Raftery and Colm Mullen on for Damian Kennedy. In a copy cat repeat of the first half Kilmurry hit the first score in the first minute as Noel Downes who was replaced soon after. Finally St Josephs after 33 minutes were on the scoreboard after Colm Mullen pointed a 40 yard free. David O Brien added a second free before Enda Coughlan broke up this mini revivial in the 37th with Kilmurry’s 10th score. By the end of the 3rd quarter the winners lead had stretched as expected to ten points (0-14) to (0-4) as Ian McInerney, Enda Coughlan, Johnny Daly (2) just introduced added to their sides tally with a response each from Enda Lyons and David O Brien. The game petered out from the 48th minute as Kilmurry Ibrickane added three points with Shane Hickey and Ian McInerney with two long range frees ending their scoring spree as Colm Mullen with hardly a cheer audible scored Barefield’s fifth and the games final score inthe 63rd minute before efficient match official Peter Cosgrove ended the torture for all involved especially the spectators many of whom were now on the way home. Best for the winners who it must be noted did not have brilliant displays from their forward unit included Darren Hickey, Declan Callinan, Enda Coughlan, Ian McInerney, Mark McCarthy, Shane Hickey and Evan Talty. St Josephs will need some soul searching to digest this defeat. They really never got in a shot across the bows of Kilmurry Ibrickane despite the best efforts of Decla O Keeffe, Stephen Collins, Alan O Neill, David O Brien, Colm Mullen and Ger Fannin.
KILMURRY IBRICKANE: Peter O Dwyer, Shane Hickey (0-1), Darren Hickey, Martin McMahon, Declan Callinan, Evan Talty, Enda Coughlan (0-4), Paul O Connor, Peter O Dwyer, Mark McCarthy, Michael Hogan, Ian McInerney (0-8), Noel Downes (0-1), Michael O Dwyer, Stephen Moloney (0-1). Subs: John Daly (0-2) for Downes, Niall Hickey for Moloney, Odran O Dwyer for M O Dwyer, Tomas Lernihan for Callinan, Seamus Lynch for Hogan
ST JOSEPHS: Declan O Keeffe, Damian Kennedy, Stephen Collins, Ger Fannin, Greg Lyons, Kevin Dilleen, Gavin O Sullivan, Mark Raftery, Alan O Neill, Paul Dullaghan, Sean Flynn, Ivor White, Enda Lyons (0-1), Cathal O Sullivan, David O Brien (0-2). Subs: Colm Mullen (0-2) for Kennedy, Mark Hallinan for Raftery, Cathal Duggan for Whyte, Chris O Brien for Dullaghan.
REFEREE: Peter Cosgrove (Corofin).
After the game the Jack Daly cup was presented to Kilmurry Ibrickane for the third time in four years and 12th in total as Peter O Dwyer was the grateful captain.