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updated 29 May 2011, 12:13 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant
By Michael O Connor.
The fire is back in the Cratloe bellies. The determination etched in the voice of Joe McGrath, that was missing in the collective display in the opening round against Tubber, was back and how he let no player off the hook when they were careless about their application. The quality of fare all weekend has been closer to intermediate than senior but even now the big players for September are being filtered out and the also rans are being dispatched to the senior B and even the relegation trenches. Conor McGrath as always was sharp in front of goal bar a few off target efforts in the second half and he opened the scoring as it was evident in the prematch warm up that Cratloe meant business. Cratloe added two more McGrath scores before Cathal McInerney who had one of the better games in the last twelve months hit the first of four points after 11 minutes.
Ross Horan after honest Scariff endeavour opened the East Clare's account with a converted 65 after 14 minutes. Pat Minogue doubled the Scariff tally eight minutes later as neither side looked like hitting a goal in the first 25 minutes. Cratloe were also letting their opponents off the hook hitting seven first half wides that infuriated management and supporters alike as they were all scorable. Conor Ryan and Conor McGrath hit minors in the 25th and 29th minutes either side of a well executed Ross Horan point as the 2009 champions led by double scores (0-6) to (0-3) at the break with the breeze to aid them in the second period. For Scariff going in at the break only three down was far from a disaster if they could strike for a second half goal and for Cratloe the intensity offered at the start needed to be built upon for the second half as Scariff might grow in confidence if afforded the opportunity. A powerful run upfield by Kenny McNamara settled the Scariff nerves as he scored a magnificent point aminutes into the new half as Padraig Brody intercepted a sluggish Cratloe puck out. As was the case throughout the game Cathal McInerney arrived with a score when needed most. Padraig Chaplin and Ross Horan hit with scores in the 35th and 37th minutes as Cratloe held onto a two point lead entering the final twenty minutes. Cratloe continued to hit the wides as Enda Boyce and Ross Horan kept the scoreboard ticking over after 40 minutes. Scariff could not score the all important goal and between the 40th and 50th minute Cratloe solidified their lead with further scores from Padraig Chaplin and McGrath (2) as they went (0-12) to (0-7) clear. Scariff went 12 minutes without scoring until Ross Horan ended the drought in the 50th minute. In respect to Scariff they did have their fair share of possession but like all underdogs could not create the scores that would have made the last ten minutes meaningful as a contest. Scariff moved the impressive Diarmuid Nash upfield as he helped to push his side forward.
Eventually class told and Cratloe rounded off the contest with the last three scores from Paudge Collins, Conor McGrath and Cathal McInerney as Horan was the final scorer for Scariff as they succumbed to a six point defeat and once more must worry about the relegation battle and meetings with Tubber, Whitegate and Inagh Kilnamona. They could shock someone before the season is out to save themselves.
For Cratloe the ineptitude and complacency evident against Tubber seemed a distant memory but are still far from a championship winning side. Cratloe had good displays from Sean Hayes, Barry Duggan, Enda Boyce, Liam Markham, Sean Collins, Conor Ryan, Conor McGrath, Padraig Chaplin and Cathal McInerney. Scariff had honest displays from Ross Horan, Kenny McNamara, Conor McNamara in patches, Darragh Kelly, Diarmuid Nash who was their best performer, Patrick Minogue and Shane Mulvihill.
CRATLOE: Sean Hayes, John O Gorman, Barry Duggan, David Ryan, Enda Boyce (0-1), Michael Hawes, Liam Markham, Damian Browne, Sean Collins, Conor Ryan (0-1), Thomas O Connor, Paudge Collins (0-1), Conor McGrath (0-7), Padraig Chaplin (0-2), Cathal McInerney (0-4). Subs:
SCARIFF: Shane Mulvihill, Barry McNamara, Darragh Kelly, Diarmuid Nash, Cathal Nash, Conor McNamara, Jim Minogue, Patrick Minogue (0-1), Shane Corry, Kenny McNamara (0-1), Padraig Brody (0-1), Ross Horan (0-6), Alphie Rodgers (0-1), Barry Murphy, Michael Moroney. Sub: Mark Mulvihill for Moroney, Alan Corbett for Corry.
REFEREE: Ger Lyons (Ruan)
NEWMARKET ON FERGUS......1-8 KILMALEY................1-8
By Michael O Connor.
How do Kilmaley manage to do it? Once more success was in their grasp and their failed to secure two league points. Their fifth draw in six championship outings, as they had outplayed and outfought their opponents who were simply way below any standard required to be championship contenders. Kilmaley, who is must be acknowledged are supremely fit, aggressive in an honest manner and should their win their last two games will be the team no-one, simply no-one will want to play. Their biggest issue to get past 14 points in a game. They are not gifted with freescoring forwards yet in September scoring averages fall and defenders reign supreme. Newmarket who have thrown in the young players and are doing well but some older stars underperforming, crazy long distance shooting and under par team displays is letting them down.
Veteran from the 1997 All Ireland minor hurling final Brian McMahon a late replacement opened the scoring for Kilmaley before John Cabey added a second score. Eoin Hayes who had little more to offer until the final moments opened Newmarket's account as 19 year old Daire Keane who Kilmaley are struggling to find his best position struck for the first of three points. Colin Ryan who had enjoyed the freedom of headquarters in the Ballyea game was contained well and was living off scrapes against a tight marking Kilmaley defence with Alan Markham rolling back the years to deliver a performance to remember. Ryan and Enda Barrett were on target with one apiece to draw the sides level on three apiece. Colin Ryan sent Newmarket into a short lived lead as Daire Keane matched his scores as neither side looked likely of hitting the net. By the interval Newmarket were ahead by the minimum, (0-6) to (0-5) with the best effort of a goal from either side resulted in Colin Ryan's late effort being body blocked and cleared in the 29th minute.
Scores were as rare as only Daire Keane, Diarmuid McMahon were on target as Kilmaley again took the lead in the 42nd minute but dominating play on the field as Newmarket were hitting the ball aimlessly away with no apparent direction or motive. Finally, the goal drought was extinguished were Diarmuid McMahon raced through the Newmarket defence, fell to the ground but somehow got a hurl to the ball as the surprised Newmarket defence were left floundering by his ground shot to the far corner to leave Kilmaley four clear entering the final quarter. David barrett who had a quiet evening managed to narrow the deficit to a goal in the 50th minute. Ken Kennedy after smart play by Colin Lynch scored a great point from 70 yards with seven minutes remaining as it seemed that finally Kilmaley would hold on for a deserved win. Newmarket, sensing that defeat was visiting them rallied with direct play and one of the softest frees of the evening was granted to them. Colin Ryan with a truly powerful effort lifted the Kilmaley net to leave Kilmaley nervous one point leaders and a sense of déjà vu enveloping them once more. One final act. The ball was delivered down the seated stand side to Eoin Hayes who soloed down the sideline and curled over one of the scores of the year and maybe for Newmarket the score that secured their place in the quarter finals.
Kilmaley will feel they did enough to have four league points even though against Crusheen the champions gifted them possession but against Newmarket they blinked once more in the final furlong. It may prove costly. The Blues had solid displays from Stephen Kelly, Darren O Connor, Eoin O Brien, Niall O Connor, Shane O Brien, Colin Ryan from frees and Eoin Hayes. Kilmaley were served well by Martin O Connor, Kieran Dillon, Noel Casey, the peerless Alan Markham, Daire Keane, Ken Kennedy and Diarmuid McMahon.
NEWMARKET ON FERGUS: Kieran Devitt, Eoin O Brien, Stephen Kelly, Niall O Connor, Padraig Collins, James McInerney, Darren O Connor, Enda Barrett (0-1), Sean O Connor, Enda Kelly, Shane O Brien, David Barrett (0-1), Anthony Kilmartin, Colin Ryan (1-4), Eoin Hayes (0-2). Subs: Jim McInerney for Kilmartin, James Liddy for E Kelly, Shane O Brien jnr for S O Connor,
KILMALEY: Kieran Dillon, Martin O Connor, Anthony Cahill, Colin McGuane, Noel Casey Alan Markham, Conor McMahon, Ken Kennedy (0-2), Colin Lynch, Daire Keane (0-3), Brian McMahon (0-1), John Cabey (0-1), Niall McGuane, Diarmuid McMahon (1-1), Michael O Neill. Subs: Declan Clancy for N McGuane, Eoin Enright for Cabey, Seamus Hurley for O Neill.
REFEREE: Ger Hoey (Killanena)
SIXMILEBRIDGE 3-16 WOLFE TONES 0-10
By Michael O Connor.
Along expected lines as Sixmilebridge
strolled to a round two win and a top of the group position with a comfortable
score average as Wolfe Tones battled with honesty but lacked pace and
confidence to take on the opposition in their own half.
Much has been mentioned about the sad
decline in numbers in Wolfe Tones playing staff yet for the last few years the
displays were less luminous and perhaps irrespective of personnel this was
coming. Sixmilebridge just like in the opening round game did the minimum and
extracted the maximum. Sitting pretty and odds on to reach the last eight they
now can plan for September knock out hurling.
emergence of Jamie Shanahan, the playing of seven under 21s, the enduring
dependability of Niall Gilligan and when Tony Carmody kicks into action they
may get to the magical 17 points to win a county semi final and final. Saying
that the 3-16 scored by Sixmilebridge would have been cut to 15 points had they
played one of the top four.
Niall Gilligan as usual opened the scoring
for the Bridge quickly added to by Jamie Shanahan as Garrett McPhillips aided
by the wind went for a goal from an early Shannon free that was stopped on the
line. After nine minutes Garrett got his colleagues on the scoreboard before
Caimin Morey to moved to the edge of the square at the end of the first quarter
and Shanahan once again were on target as Sixmilebridge surged (0-4) to (0-1)
after 13 minutes.
Wolfe Tones had three wides from Bobby McPhillips, Barry
Loughnane and Daithi O Connell alongside socres from Bobby and Garret
McPhillips that stunted any progress before Niall Gilligan with his second free
had Sixmilebridge two clear after twenty minutes. A sharp crossfield ball from
Pa Sheehan found Jamie Shanahan who shortened the hurl and lifted the net with
a spectacular effort. Shannon were crestfallen as Sixmilebridge turned the
screw notching up five more scores courtesy of Niall Gilligan (3), Pa Sheehan
and Caimin Morey to leave Sixmilebridge coasting (1-10) to (0-3) at the break after playing
against the elements.
Alan Cunningham invoking words of resilence to his charges at the interval
hopes were high for some semblance of at
least a honourable second half fightback. This hope did not look possible when
once more Niall Gilligan hit the mark for the opening score of the new half. By
the 40th minute Shannon had struck back for four points through the
industry of Garrett McPhillips (2), Bobby McPhillips and Declan O Rourke. It
never did look likely that Patsy Keyes soldiers would overturn the deficit
sufficiently to ensure a thrilling last ten minutes. Danny Morey struck for
Sixmilebridge’s second goal at the end of the third quarter as Sixmilebridge
spectators starting to drift away to warmer environs. Garrett McPhillips struck
backwith a free as Ronan Hehir batted a clear goal chance wide of Derek Fahy’s
goal as Gilligan with point 8 and 9 piled on the agony for the now legless
Soon enough it ended for the 2006 champions
as they succumbed to a 15 point defeat in their first outing. It may be that if
a result is not attained against O Callaghans Mills a relegation battle may
loom. Best for the winners Derek Fahy,
Caimin Morey, Jamie Shanahan, Niall Gilligan, Aidan Quilligan, Barry O Connor
and John Fennessy. It must be noted in one of the few high points for the Tones
is that they did get enough ball in behind the Bridge defenders but lack of
pace negated this promise. Wolfe Tones had solid displays from Patsy Keyes,
Daithi O Connell, Barry Loughnane, Aaron Cunningham and Garrett McPhillips.
SIXMILEBRIDGE: Derek Fahy, Tadgh Keogh,
Aidan Quilligan, Trevor Purcell, Barry O Connor, John Fennessy, Seadna Morey,
David O Connor, Shane Golden, Pa Sheehan (0-1), Caimin Morey (0-2), Tony
Carmody, Jamie Shanahan (2-2), Niall Gilligan (0-10), Danny Morey (1-0). Subs:
Paidi Fitzpatrick for B O Connor, Anthony Liddane for D O Connor, Tommy Morey for C Morey, Robert Conlon for Golden.
WOLFE TONES: Paul Hogan, Joe McGauley,
Patsy Keyes, John Guilfoyle, Barry Loughnane, Bobby McPhillips (0-2), Stephen
McInerney, Daithi O Connell, Shane Chambers, Declan O Rourke (0-1), Brendan
Hughes, Aaron Cunningham (0-1), Mark Regan, Garret McPhillips (0-5), Kevin
McCafferty. Subs: Alan Hehir for McCafferty, Ronan Hehir (0-1) for Regan, Niall
Murphy for Chambers,
REFEREE: Rory Hickey (Eire-og).