Newmarket 1-16 Sixmilebridge 1-10
IN a repeat of last year’s Clare Champion Cup final, Newmarket turned the tables on neighbours and great rivals, Sixmilebridge on Saturday morning at O’Garney Park.
Newmarket: Kieran Devitt; Shane O’Brien Junior, Stephen Kelly, Padraig Kilmartin; Alan Barrett, James McInerney, Enda Barrett; Paudie Collins, Colin Ryan (0-10, 7f, 1 65); Noel Frawley (0-3), Shane O’Brien, Enda Kelly (1-1), Darren Duggan, Anthony Kilmartin, Martin Murphy (0-1).
Crusheen 1-17 Tulla 0-14
CRUSHEEN kept up their push for a place in the semi-final of the Clare Champion Cup with a victory over Tulla on Friday. They got off to a dream start with a goal from Patrick O’Grady after just 20 seconds and this goal helped them to a half-time lead of nine points, with the score standing at 1-12 to 0-6.
Crusheen: Gearóid O’Donnell; John Brigdale, Cronan Dillon, Alan Brigdale; Ciaran O’Doherty (0-3), Cian Dillon, Cathal Dillon; Gerry O’Grady (0-3), Fergus Kennedy (0-1); Jamie Fitzgibbon (0-2), Shaun Dillon (0-1), Dara O’Doherty (0-2); Conor O’Donnell (0-2), Patrick O’Grady (1-1), Paddy Meaney (0-1).
Clooney-Quin 1-19 Clarecastle 2-11
CLOONEY-Quin completed their Clare Champion Cup campaign on a winning note. Clarecastle scored the first three points through Tyrone Kearse, Kieran O’Dwyer and Jonathon Clancy but Clooney-Quin hit back strongly and scored eight points without reply from Dara Hannon, Sean Conheady, Mike Daffy, Padraig Ward (four) and Martin Duggan on their way to a half-time lead of 0-11 to 0-4.
Clooney-Quin: Damian O’Halloran; Joe O’Loughlin, Conor Harrison, Shane McNamara; Donnacda Murphy, Cillian Duggan, Enda Harrisson; Padraig Ward, Mike McNamara; Seamus Conroy, Sean Conheady, Martin Duggan; Mike Daffy, Adrian Fleming, Dara Hannon.
Inagh-Kilnamona 1-20 Tulla 1-11
WHEN Inagh-Kilnamona led by two points, 0-10 to 0-8, at half-time, having played against the breeze, they were in a strong position in their tie played on Saturday evening. The game was cancelled a few weeks earlier due to a flooded pitch.
Inagh-Kilnamona: Pat Kelly; Tomás McConigley, Brian Glynn, Dermot Lynch; Ronan O’Looney, David Hegarty, Brian Foudy; Shane Griffin, Paul O’Looney; Dermot Gannon, Niall Arthur, Damian Lafferty; Ger Arthur, Cathal Lafferty, Gerry Coote.
Eire Og 2-16 Kilmaley 3-12ÉIRE Óg caused a surprise in Division 2B of the Clare Champion Cup last Friday evening when they recorded a merited win over previously unbeaten Kilmaley at the latter’s venue.
However, despite the defeat, Kilmaley are still through to the semi-final, as they have a superior score difference to Éire Óg and Ruan after the three teams finished on the same points total.
The result means Ruan will have to spend another year in Division 2B, as Éire Óg have finished ahead of them on score difference, which will see them promoted along with Kilmaley. Ruan had beaten Kilmaley in the opening round of the competition.
Éire Óg travelled to Kilmaley knowing that anything other than victory would see them stay in the division for another term. They took the game to the favourites from the start and were well on their way to victory at half-time when they held a nine-point advantage with the score at 1-13 to 1-4. Thomas Downes scored the winners’ first goal before half-time and Ronan Keane added a second midway through the second half.
Éire Óg: Kevin Brennan; Cathal Whelan, Cormac O’Regan, Kevin Hally; Tadhg McNamara, Fergus Flynn, Kevin Moynihan; Mark Fitzgerald, Marc O’Donnell; Ronan Keane, Adrian Walsh, Danny Russell; Barry Nugent, John Lawlor, Thomas Downes.
Sub: David Ryan for Lawlor.
Kilmaley: Kieran Dillon; Martin O’Connor, Anthony Cahill, Colin McGuane; Conor McMahon, Alan Markham, Noel Casey; Colin Lynch, Ken Kennedy; Daire Keane, Diarmuid McMahin, John Cabey; Niall McGuane, Declan Clancy, Eoin O’Malley.
Subs: Sean Talty for C McMahon (inj), Seamus Hurley for Clancy, John Clohessy for Cabey and Michael O’Neill for O’Malley.