Kilmurry Ibrickane 1-9 Kilmihil 0-9
WITH half of the team that played in last year’s championship now living overseas, Kilmihil were rank outsiders going into their first-round clash with form team Kilmurry Ibrickane at Cooraclare on Saturday.
Ennistymon 0-10 Liscannor 0-8
WHAT will delight Ennistymon as much as the result was the resolve they showed to recover from poor starts to both halves in Miltown on Sunday evening.
By the 15th minute, Ennistymon found themselves 0-4 to 0-1 down to their neighbours in a game where players had to contend with a very strong cross-field wind. Ennistymon could have let self-doubt get the better of them even at that early stage but instead they kept their composure, fought their way back and were tied 0-5 each at half-time. They started the second half slowly as well and, in fact, it took them 12 minutes to register a score. Points from Brian Considine and Alan Clohessy, who scored four in total, had put Liscannor 0-7 to 0-5 up. It was in the remaining 18 minutes that Ennistymon showed what they were made of. In this period Kevin Scales, Joe Dowling, Danny Rouine and Seán O’Driscoll excelled when it really counted.
The game started with Liscannor completely dominant. Niall Considine put them ahead straight from the throw-in, while Ronan Slattery, from a free for a foul on Kieran Considine, and Alan Clohessy, with a superb individual effort, established a 0-3 to 0-0 lead.
Danny Rouine pointed a free for Ennistymon, who showed a glimpse of what was to come when Wayne Griffin shot wide after a period of impressive build-up play.
After Niall Considine fisted Liscannor 0-4 to 0-1 ahead, thanks to an Alan Flaherty interception, the 2010 county finalists didn’t score again for 14 minutes.
During this spell, three of Noel Kilmartin’s kicks-outs were hit straight at midfielder John McInerney, two of which led to Ennistymon points. McInerney, however, picked up an ankle injury and was replaced at half-time by Ronan Linnane.
Danny Rouine, one from a free and a superb point from play, scored twice in this period, while Kevin Scales and Joe Dowling added impressive scores, with Wayne Griffin involved in both from wing-back.
Liscannor moved Niall Considine from the full-forward line to midfield at this juncture and just before half-time, Alan Clohessy tied the game at 0-5 each from a dead ball.
None of the four umpires had to lift a flag until the ninth minute of the second half when Brian Considine kicked a sublime score, followed by a Clohessy free after Paul Guerin was fouled.
Danny Rouine pointed from a free but Clohessy kicked Liscannor’s last score in the 15th minute of the second half, from a free that was brought forward. Trailing 0-8 to 0-6, it was now Ennistymon who raised their game and looking fitter than Liscannor, outscored them 0-4 to 0-0 in the closing 15 minutes.
Kevin Scales, who played deeper than a conventional wing-forward, landed another inspirational point from play 10 minutes from time, while he won a crucial free after a surging run. Rouine pointed the free and another before that, while Joe Dowling kicked his second from play during this period.
Ennistymon had a number of stand-out performers, including centre-back Seán O’Driscoll, Joe Dowling, Danny Rouine, Robert McDonagh and Wayne Griffin in the first half. Kevin Scales played a central part in the win though, scoring the second last point and winning the free for his side’s tenth score, while he also solidified the Ennisymon defence by dropping deep.
Liscannor played their best football in the early stages of both halves. They have work to do to get back to the level they reached to get to last year’s county final. They have time though as the next round of the championship isn’t until mid-August. One win was enough for Liscannor to get out of their group 12 months ago, so they won’t give up just yet.
As for Ennistymon, the challenge for them is to bring their early June form into August and September, when they meet Lissycasey and Doonbeg.
Ennistymon: David McInerney; Micheál O’Loughlin, Laurence Healy, James Murphy; Willie Murphy, Seán O’Driscoll, Wayne Griffin; John McInerney, David Murphy; Joe Dowling (captain), Robert McDonagh, Kevin Scales; Seán McGonigley, Brian Conway, Danny Rouine.
Subs: Ronan Linnane for John McInerney (injured, half-time), Joey Rouine for Robert McDonagh (48) and Oisín Vaughan for Wayne Griffin (50).
Scorers: Danny Rouine (0-6, 4f), Joe Dowling and Kevin Scales (0-2 each).
Liscannor: Noel Kilmartin; Shane Canavan, David McDonagh, Michael Foley; Robert Lucas, Ronan Slattery, Dara Blake (captain); Alan Flaherty, Brian Considine; Gerry Considine, Niall Considine, Joe Considine; Kieran Considine, Alan Clohessy, Declan Fawl.
Subs: Paul Guerin for Gerry Considine (35) and Denis Murphy for Declan Fawl (53).
Scorers: Alan Clohessy (0-4, 3f), Niall Considine (0-2), Brian Considine (0-1) and Ronan Slattery (0-1f).
Referee: Rory Hickey.
St Sennans 2-12 Cooraclare 1-8
AN injury-time 1-1 produced a lopsided scoreline in Doonbeg on Monday. Kilkee definitely deserved their win but a three or four-point margin would have been a more balanced reflection of the hour’s football.
Cratloe 2-11 Shannon Gaels 2-9
Entering injury time in Cusack Park on Saturday, Cratloe and Shannon Gaels were tied at 2-9 apiece. It looked likely that both clubs would pick up a point heading into round two of the championship. Cratloe, however, converted two close-range frees to seal a narrow win. Cathal McInerney’s free taking was a central plank of the South-East Clare side’s win. The Clare senior hurling panellist converted all nine of his frees, the furthest of which was about 35 yards out.
St Breckan’s 3-11 Éire Óg 1-10
In a high scoring tie played at a tremendous pace, the Lisdoonvarna outfit were the superior team throughout and if they can reproduce that form in the remaining rounds, they will be strong candidates for a place in the concluding stages of the competition.
Short a number of last year’s intermediate-winning side due to injury and emigration, they had a few others back in the panel having missed their march to the provincial intermediate final in 2010. From the moment veteran Denis O’Driscoll gave them the lead in the second minute, they made all the running and this is reflected in the fact that they never trailed.
Five points in front as half-time approached, the North Clare side conceded 1-2 in the closing minutes and there was much speculation at the interval as to how they would react to the concession of these scores. Within 10 minutes of the resumption of play, they had pulled three points clear again and from here on it was evident that it would take a huge effort on Éire Óg’s part to win.
Level at 0-3 each after 10 minutes, St Breckan’s took a grip on proceedings and went back in front when Pat Nagle pointed a close-in free. Seconds later, attacking wing-back Stephen Tierney appeared to be taken down in the square but referee Michael McGann didn’t agree. St Breckan’s continued to pile on the pressure and when the Ennis defence failed to clear their lines at the midpoint of the half, Sean Cormican first-timed the ball to the net.
Stephen Hickey (free) and Nicky Hogan replied with points before Cormican struck again, giving Shane O’Connell no chance with a superb effort from 13m. Hickey converted a free for Éire Óg before one of the game’s big talking points came at the end of normal time.
It looked as if the referee was about to award a penalty as Nicky Hogan was heavily tackled by St Breckan’s goalie, Craig Flanagan. Match referee McGann immediately sounded the whistle before signalling for the green flag to be raised after the ball ended up in the net. Stephen Hickey added a point from a 25m free in the second minute of injury time and Éire Óg were back on level terms.
The Cormican twins and Pat Nagle (free) had St Breckan’s points in the opening 10 minutes of the second half and from here on, St Breckan’s grew in confidence. Eoin Glynn kept the Ennis side in touch but a brace from Pat Nagle and one from 50m from midfielder Shane O’Connor had the winners five points clear with 10 minutes remaining.
Despite some changes, both in personnel and positional, Éire Óg could not break the dominance of the fitter St Breckan’s and any hopes they entertained of a fight-back were killed off with five minutes remaining. A tremendous run out of defence by Michael Reddan saw him pass to fellow defender Stephen Tierney, whose superb left-footed effort gave O’Connell in the Éire Óg goal no chance and sealed a deserved win for the North Clare outfit.
The game ended in a disappointing note for the winners as full-back Conor Howley was dismissed on a straight red card four minutes from time.
In what was a superb team display, Greg O’Leary, Stephen Tierney, Michael Reddan, Shane O’Connor, Sean Cormican and Denis O’Driscoll were particularly outstanding.
For Éire Óg who persisted with Dean Ryan in attack when they were struggling in a number of defensive positions, Nicky Hogan, Donie Lyne and David Russell did best.
St Breckan’s: Craig Flanagan; Daniel Carey, Conor Howley, Michael Reddan; Raphael Considine, Greg O’Leary, Stephen Tierney; Shane O’Connor, Michael Keating; Denis O’Driscoll, Sean Cormican, Donal Howley; Pat Nagle, Conor Cormican, Eric Murrihy.
Subs: John Stack for Murrihy (46 minutes) and Neil Hawes for C Cormican (58 minutes).
Scorers: Sean Cormican (2-1), Pat Nagle (0-4, 3f), Stephen Tierney (1-0), Denis O’Driscoll and Shane O’Connor (0-2 each), Donal Howley and Conor Cormican (0-1 each).
Éire Óg: Shane O’Connell; Nicky Hogan, Donie Lyne, Conor Healy; David Ryan, Mark Kelly, Michael O’Regan; Sean Crotty, David Russell; Shane Daniels, Dean Ryan, Niall Daly; Eoin Glynn, Stephen Hickey, David Monaghan.
Subs: Sean O’Mara for Daly (29 minutes) and Danny Russell for Kelly (41 minutes).
Scorers: Stephen Hickey (0-6, 5f), Nicky Hogan (1-1), Eoin Glynn (0-2, 1f) and Shane Daniels (0-1f).
Referee: Michael McGann, Michael Cusack’s.
Wolfe Tones 2-8 Kilrush 0-9
Producing their best performance since stunning Kilmurry Ibrickane in the 2007 quarter-final, Wolfe Tones scored a well-deserved win over Kilrush in Lissycasey last Saturday.
Key to the Shannon club’s win was their economical use of scoring chances. They scored with every chance in the first half and only kicked two wides in the second period. Kilrush, in contrast, kicked eight wides and missed some very scoreable frees.
Late in the second half, Gary Leahy (red) and Patsy Keyes (second yellow) were sent off, while Kilrush’s Niall Clancy was dismissed on a second yellow 13 minutes into the second half.
Clancy had been yellow carded minutes before, a card that Wolfe Tones’ supporters felt should have been red, while Peadar McMahon was also yellow carded for a late tackle on Alan Hehir.
Played in perfect conditions, Daniel Gallery’s seventh-minute goal, set up by Joe McGauley fielding Jason Casey’s kick-out, helped Wolfe Tones into a 1-4 to 0-5 half-time lead.
Gary Leahy, twice from play, Brendan Hughes, raiding from centre-back and Chris Dunning with a classy score, kicked the winners’ first-half points.
Niall Clancy, Padjoe McGrath, Stephen Sweeney, Jim Young, from a 45’, and Matthew Moloney, with a shot that bounced over the bar, scored for Kilrush. However, they kicked four wides, while Young hit the post with a close-range free, as did McGrath from play. Jason Casey also made a critical stop from Ruaidhri O’Connor 12 minutes before half-time. Possession-wise Kilrush dominated the first half but their half-time total didn’t reflect that.
O’Connor and Darren Ryan exchanged an early point apiece on the resumption. In fact, these were the only scores in the opening 18 minutes of the second half. It was during this period that Niall Clancy was sent off. Twelve minutes from time, Daniel Gallery soloed through the heart of the Kilrush defence and buried a great goal. Now 2-5 to 0-6 up, the result was in the bag for Wolfe Tones unless they imploded.
They went six up when Gary Leahy pointed a free won by Chris Dunning. At this stage, Kilrush moved John Hayes outfield from centre-back and Kilrush did kick three points in the six minutes of injury time allotted. Jim Young pointed two frees, while Eoin Tarrant pointed from play. Brendan Hughes again and Gallery, however, kept the scoreboard ticking over for Wolfe Tones.
Patsy Keyes’ second yellow won’t worry the winners, though Gary Leahy’s injury-time red, following a clash with Dara Bolton, will. It was the only downside to a hugely committed display from the Shannon men. Seán Brennan was solid at full-back for the winners in front of the communicative, yet effective, Jason Casey. Brendan Hughes played well at centre-back, while Joe McGauley and Patsy Keyes won critical ball at midfield. Up front, Daniel Gallery played great football, while Gary Leahy and Chris Dunning also excelled.
On a disappointing day for Kilrush, John Hayes did well at full-back but may have been more effective further out the field. Ruaidhiri O’Connor looked the most dangerous of the Kilrush forwards, none of whom kicked more than a point from play.
Wolfe Tones: Jason Casey; Bobby O’Connell, Seán Brennan, Colm McCaul; Alan Downes, Brendan Hughes (captain), Stephen McInerney; Joe McGauley, Patsy Keyes; Kevin Corbett, Daniel Gallery, Chris Dunning; Alan Hehir, Darren Ryan, Gary Leahy.
Subs: Stephen Carroll for Stephen McInerney (injured, 32), Gary Whelan for Alan Hehir, William Flynn for Alan Downes (55) and Seamus Farrell for Darren Ryan (60).
Scorers: Daniel Gallery (2-1), Gary Leahy (0-3, 2f), Brendan Hughes (0-2), Chris Dunning and Darren Ryan (0-1 each).
Kilrush: Tony Burke; Cathal Lyons, John Hayes, Niall Gilbride; Con O’Brien, Niall Clancy, Matthew Moloney; Donal O’Sullivan, Paddy Clancy; Padjoe McGrath, Peadar McMahon, James Hehir; Ruaidhiri O’Connor, Jim Young, Stephen Sweeney.
Subs: Dara Bolton for Padjoe McGrath (50) and Eoin Tarrant for Paddy Clancy (60).
Scorers: Jim Young (0-3, 1 45’, 2f), Niall Clancy, Padjoe McGrath, Stephen Sweeney, Matthew Moloney, Ruaidhiri O’Connor and Eoin Tarrant (0-1 each).
Referee: Michael Fitzgerald (Clondegad).
Doonbeg 1-13 Lissycasey 3-5
Doonbeg got their senior championship campaign off to a winning start at Cooraclare on Saturday but they were given a much stiffer test than predicted.
Lissycasey: Joe Hayes; Cyril Sheehan, Gerry Moran, Martin O’Connor; Cathal Hill, Michael Melican, Martin Moran; Enda Finnucane, Danny Clohessy; Oisín Talty, Francis Hayes, Matt O’Shea; Paul Nagle, Niall Kelly, Derek McMahon.
Subs: Alan Nagle for Sheehan (35 minutes) and Dermot Nagle for O’Shea (50 minutes).
Referee: Barry Kelly, Miltown.