By Michael O Connor.
Crusheen strolled to the easiest win imaginable in Crusheen on Tuesday evening against a Broadford side that failed to muster even the most token of challenges to the home side scoring all but six points from play. The visitors were missing five of their starting line up but Crusheen for their part finished the game with half their second string either starting or entering the fray. Missing the county players and aided by a stiff breeze Crusheen gave a debut to David McMahon in goal and he had little to trouble him over the game.
Crusheen raced into an early commanding lead of (1-6) to no score before Padraig Hickey scored Broadford’s opening score. Conor O Donnell had the first Crusheen goal with a long range effort that found the net. Paddy Meaney (2), Fergus Kennedy, Shaun Dillon and Gearoid O Doherty (2) were the point scorers. Craig Chaplin (2 frees) responded for Broadford before Crusheen went on a scoring spree in the second quarter adding (3-11) in 15 minutes. Patrick Meaney was scorer in chief with (3-1) as Gearoid O Doherty (3) Fergus Kennedy (3), Niall Fitzgibbon (2), Alan Brigdale and Ciaran O Doherty added points.
There was little Broadford could manage in the second half especially as the Crusheen defence was totally dominant with Alan Brigdale and Ciaran O Doherty in sparkling form with Gerry O grady and Fergus Kennedy controlling midfield. Crusheen scored the first four points of the second half as Patrick Meaney finished the game with a personal tally of (3-6). Padraig Hickey scored a great goal and added a brace of frees. Alan Kilcoyne (1-1) and Aonghus O Brien (2) in the final five minutes added consolation scores but there was no denying Crusheen their fifth Clare cup win out of six outings. Best for the winners was the full back line of the Brigdale brothers and Cronan Dillon with Ciaran O Doherty in fine form at centre back. Midfield was dominated by Crusheen whilst up front Patrick Meaney produced a man of the match display aided well by Gearoid O Donnell, Darragh O Doherty and Gearoid O Doherty in the first half.
Broadford are facing a relegation battle from Division 1 despite the best efforts of Craig Chaplin, Dara Corcoran, Padraig Hickey, Mark Moloney and Peter O Brien.
BROADFORD: Cian O Brien, John Corcoran, Aidan O Brien, Mark Moloney, Peter O Brien, Craig Chaplin (0-2), Niall Moloney, Alan Kilcoyne (1-1), Dara Corcoran, Declan Teefy, Aonghus O Brien (0-2), Padraig Taylor, Padraig Hickey (1-3), Alan McMahon , Donal Whelan. Subs: Willie Hayes for Taylor.
Referee; Fergus McDonagh (St Josephs)
St Joseph’s 1-11 Corofin 1-7St Joseph’s had to battle hard for victory in their Division 2A tie played at Corofin on Monday.
While the Doora-Barefield outfit deserved to win, they missed a lot of chances and had to wait until the final minute to seal victory when Ivor White’s long-range free went all the way to the net. Stephen Heagney scored the Corofin goal on a day when both teams were short a number of regulars.
St Joseph’s: Paul Madden; Niall Hassett, Marty O’Regan, Sean Flynn; Liam Clohessy, Ken Kennedy, Darragh O’Driscoll; Damian Kennedy, Mark Hallinan; Ivor White, Noel Brody, Shane O’Grady; Shane O’Connor, Kevin Dilleen, Rory O’Connor.
Corofin: Pat Burke; Donnacda Kelleher, Luke O’Loughlin, Darren Malone; Damian Ryan, Matthew Shannon, Martin Tierney; John Keane, Stephen Heagney; Neil Killeen, Fionn Clancy, Kevin Heagney; Killian Malone, Eamonn Malone, Killian O’Loughlin.
Subs: Declan Lee for E Malone and Declan Stack for K Malone
Feakle 3-9 Ballyea 2-11Feakle came out on top by the minimum margin when they entertained Ballyea at Feakle on Monday.
Both sides were short a number of regulars and Ballyea lined out with former county forward Tony Griffin at centre-back.
The winners had goals from Raymond Bane (2) and Cathal Collins, while the visitors’ goals came from Francie Neylon, who contributed 1-6, and Niall Keane.
Feakle: Stephen Moloney; Patrick Daly, Colm Naughton, Peter Collins; Sean O’Grady, Alan Hogan, Padraic Hogan; Ger Hanrahan, Henry Hayes; Tom Moroney, Colin Nelson, Cillian Bane; Donal O’Grady, Raymond Bane, Cathal Collins.
Subs: Francis O’Grady for P Hogan, Kenneth Collins for D O’Grady, Henry Purcell for A Hogan and Peter Conway for H Purcell.
Ballyea: Shane O’Neill; Eamon Griffin, Cathal Doohan, Frankie Griffin; Alan Carrig, Tony Griffin, Francie O’Reilly; Paddy O’Connell, James Murphy; Francie Neylon, Niall Keane, Donal Chambers; Darragh Crowe, Kevin Sheehan, Rory Long.
Smith O’Brien’s 1-13 O’Callaghan’s Mills 2-6Smith O’Brien’s maintained their position near the top of the Division 2A table with the merited win over O’Callaghan’s Mills at Kilkishen on Monday.
The home side held a one-point advantage at half time when the score was 1-7 to 1-6, the Killaloe goal coming from John Cusack, while Niall Donovan had the home side’s goal.
The winners held the visitors to just one score in the second half, a goal from Aidan O’Gorman, as their defence dominated.
Smith O’Brien’s: Jonathon Hayes; Michael Culhane, Seamus Gleeson, Cian Moloney; Trevor Howard, Shane Tuohy, Brian McInerney; Mark O’Halloran, Pat Vaughan; John Cusack, Willie Neary, Seanie Conway; Anthony O’Sullivan, Shane O’Brien, Stephen McCarthy.
Subs: Micheal Ryan for McCarthy and David Gough for O’Brien.
O’Callaghan’s Mills: John Cooney; Michael McGrath, Ger Frost, Gerry Cooney; Damian Noonan, James Shanahan, John McGrath; Jonathon Lyons, Gary Neville; Adrian Flaherty, Fergus Donovan, Aidan Fawl; Alan Duggan, Niall Donovan, Eoin Pewter.
Subs: Declan Donovan for F Donovan; Aidan O’Gorman for N Donovan; Conor Cooney Junior for D Noonan; Eoin McGrath for Lyons and Ian Donnellan for Flaherty.
Ogonnelloe 4-9 Ennistymon 1-12Ogonnelloe collected their first points in this year’s Clare Champion Cup with a six-point victory over Ennistymon at Ogonnelloe on Monday. Ennistymon had two points on the scoreboard inside the opening few minutes but two John McKenna points had the teams level before Kieran Forde struck for the opening goal of the game.
Paul Healy then netted two goals for the home side before half time as Ogonnelloe led 3-3 to 0-4 at the interval. A Cathal Malone penalty early in the second half, as well as two points from play, brought Ennistymon back into contention but Ogonnelloe replied with 1-3 from John McKenna, along with a point from Peter English and a huge effort from Patrick Barton to give them the breathing space they required to close out the game. John McKenna and Cathal Malone were very impressive on the day and they each contributed 1-7 to their side’s total.
Ogonnelloe: Tomás McKenna; John O’Brien, Michael Costelloe, Eoin Sheedy; Pascal Sheedy, Patrick Barton, Tomas Condon; Ozer MacMahon, Barry Kiely; Peter English, Henry Mooney, Kieran Forde; Paul Healy, John McKenna, Patrick Mooney.
Subs; Rory Skelly for Paul Healy and Joseph Mooney for Patrick Mooney.
Ennistymon: Cathal McDonagh; Michael Devitt, Sean Driscoll, Brendan Hogan; Martin Greene, Brian McDonagh, Liam Driscoll; Pádraig Kelleher, Pádraig Brennan; Michael Organ, Cathal Malone, Enda Slattery; Tadhg Malone, Robbie McDonagh, Tommy Hogan.
Ruan 4-16 Parteen 2-11Ruan moved a step closer to promotion from Division 2B when they recorded a big win over Parteen at the South Clare club’s venue last Saturday.
The winners had marginally the better of the first-half exchanges and they led by four points at half-time. They continued to hold a slight edge in the second half before finishing strongly to a merited win. The final scoreline, however, was somewhat flattering in Ruan’s favour. Six minutes from the end they led by just a point. Aidan Lynch scored 2-3 while Sean Cullinan and Colin Donoghue were the other goalscorers.
Mark Boland and Colm Quinn from a penalty, were the Parteen goal scorers.
Ruan: Pakie Roughan; Gary Bell, Niall O’Connor, Leon Quirke; Damian Brohan, Jonathon Clohessy, Dara Roughan; Tadhg Hanrahan, Killian Ryan; Aidan Lynch, Owen Hanrahan, Caimin Howard; John Punch, Sean Cullinan, Brendan Lyons.
Subs: Alan Bell for Howard and Colin Donoghue for Punch.
Parteen: Alan Murnane; David O’Sullivan, Paul O’Dwyer, Mark Cunningham; Cian McCarthy, Colm Quinn, Colm O’Connell; Joe O’Connor, Dara Yelverton; Noel Bridgeman, Ronan Conlon, Patrick Campion; David Small, Mark Boland, Padraic O’Connor.
Subs: Ritchie Mullane for McCarthy; Ivan Conway for Small and Sean Quinn for M Boland.
Éire Óg 1-15 Killanena 1-11Éire Óg were made battle all the way for victory in their tie with Killanena at the East Clare club’s venue on Monday.
Helped by a goal from John Lawlor, the winners led at half-time on a score of 1-9 to 0-8 on a day when the sides were level on five occasions.
Mark Flaherty scored the home side’s goal from a 20m free and John Noonan, who scored four points, Enda Collins and Alan McNamara also did well for Killanena.
Éire Óg: Philip Walsh; Ciarán Whelan, Cormac O’Regan, Kevin Hally; Tadhg McNamara, Noel Whelan, Ronan Cooney; Kevin Moynihan, Mark Fitzgerald; Ronan Keane, Adrian Walsh, John Lawlor; David O’Halloran, Barry Nugent, Micheál Brennan.
Subs: Dean Ryan for Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald for Cooney.
Killanena: David Noone; Barry Noone, Joe Clancy, Pat Noone; Shane Moroney, Enda Collins, Alan McNamara; Martin Glynn, Noel Sheedy; John Noonan, Mark Flaherty, Declan Noonan; Colin McNamara, Stephen McMahon, Pádraig Brady.
Subs: Owen McMahon for S McMahon and Michael Noonan for D Noonan.