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updated 30 Sep 2011, 14:25 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant
Sixmilebridge 0-17 Inagh-Kilnamona 0-15
An excellent game of hurling on Saturday evening was spoiled in the closing seconds by a nasty incident that ended with Inagh-Kilnamona’s Cathal Lafferty being dismissed on a straight red card.Referee: Rory Hickey, Éire Óg.
Two minutes of injury time had been signalled by match official, Rory Hickey and this had almost expired when the incident happened. Inagh-Kilnamona were trying to mount a last attack in search of the goal they needed to keep their championship hopes alive when all hell broke loose.
The match official had no hesitation in dismissing Lafferty before blowing the final whistle. It was a disappointing end to what had been a most entertaining game of hurling.
On the run of play, Sixmilebridge just about deserved their win but Inagh-Kilnamona will feel they could now be preparing for a semi-final, such was the closeness of the contest.
While there were some excellent scores, both sides failed to capitalise on goal chances. The majority of these chances came in a five-minute spell early in the second half as play swung from end to end.
Arguably the best chance came for Conor Tierney, who was put through by Cathal Lafferty, who had made a great catch from a Patrick Kelly puck-out. As Derek Fahy advanced, Tierney shot low but the ball went into the side netting. Shortly before this, Inagh-Kilnamona goalie Kelly had made a great save from Caimin Morey and had also saved from Rory Shanahan a short time later.
The first half was a very evenly contested affair during which the sides were level on seven occasions. The first goal opportunity came in the fifth minute when Lafferty, at the second attempt, saw his effort go across the face of the goal and wide. At the other end, Niall Gilligan tried for a goal from a 20m free but Patrick Kelly saved well seconds before he became the first player to pick up a yellow card in the game.
Five minutes before the half-time whistle, former Inagh-Kilnamona player Tony Carmody, who had been a doubtful starter in the lead-up to the tie, was replaced by Rory Shanahan.
Shortly before the half-time whistle, a Ger Arthur delivery caused anxious moments in the Sixmilebridge square before the ball was deflected behind for a 65’.
It was 0-8 each at half-time but within a minute of the resumption, Sixmilebridge had put down a marker, with points from Seadna Morey and Shane Golden giving them a lead they would hold to the finish.
By the three-quarter stage, the margin was down to the minimum again with the score at 0-13 to 0-12 but the ’Bridge were now dealt a blow with the loss of goalkeeper Derek Fahy with a facial injury. From here to the finish, it remained close but the winners managed to hold the lead and when the final whistle sounded, they were two points clear. In the closing stages, John Fennessy scored two excellent points, which played a major part in his side’s win.
Tadhg Keogh, Aidan Quilligan, Páidi Fitzpatrick, John Fennessy and Danny Morey, who contributed 0-5 from play, were always prominent for Sixmilebridge.
Brian Glynn, David Hegarty, Milo Keane, Tomás Kelly and the Arthur brothers did well for Inagh-Kilnamona.
Sixmilebridge: Derek Fahy; Tadhg Keogh, Aidan Quilligan, Paul Fitzpatrick; Barry O’Connor, Páidi Fitzpatrick, Robert Conlon; Shane Golden, John Fennessy; Caimin Morey, Tony Carmody, Seadna Morey; Jamie Shanahan, Niall Gilligan, Danny Morey.
Subs: Rory Shanahan for Carmody (25 minutes), Stephen Fleming for Fahy (inj, 44 minutes) and Trevor Purcell for Paul Fitzpatrick (52 minutes).
Scorers: Danny Morey (0-5), Niall Gilligan (0-3f), John Fennessy, Seadna Morey and Jamie Shanahan (0-2 each), Caimin Morey, Rory Shanahan and Shane Golden (0-1 each).
Inagh-Kilnamona: Patrick Kelly; Milo Keane, Brian Glynn, Dermot Lynch; Ronan O’Looney, David Hegarty, Colm Pilkington; Tomás Kelly, Haulie Vaughan; Eamonn Glynn, Cathal Lafferty, Eoin Vaughan; Ger Arthur, Niall Arthur, Conor Tierney.
Subs: Dermot Gannon for O’Looney (55 minutes).
Scorers: Niall Arthur (0-8, 3f, 2 65s), Ger Arthur (0-4), Conor Tierney, Cathal Lafferty and Haulie Vaughan (0-1 each).
Crusheen 1-24 Broadford 0-10
Titleholders Crusheen were comfortable winners over Broadford at Clarecastle on Sunday.
The foundations for the victory were laid in the opening half, at the end of which the winners were ahead by a point after playing against the very stiff wind.
The teams were level on five occasions in the opening half and they exchanged points at the start of the second half before the titleholders hit five in-a-row in as many minutes, after which the Broadford challenge faded.
The East Clare outfit were unable to match the experience of the Clare champions and were always struggling in the second half.
The teams exchanged points twice in the opening minutes before Broadford took a two-point lead by the eighth minute. However, they failed to build on this, finding it difficult to get past the winners’ half-back trio of Ciarán O’Doherty and the Dillon brothers, Cian and Cathal.
The winners were back on level terms by the end of the opening quarter and when Gearóid O’Donnell put them in front for the first time five minutes later, the signs weren’t good for Broadford.
When the half-time whistle sounded, it was 0-8 to 0-7 for the titleholders and it was clear Broadford had a huge task on their hands. Given the strength of the wind, they needed to have a comfortable lead at this stage to be in with a chance of causing an upset.
They returned for the second half with minor Donie Whelan in their attack in place of Declan Teefy and, for the opening five minutes, they matched the winners. Then the floodgates opened and points from Jamie Fitzgibbon, Fergus Kennedy, David Forde, Pat Vaughan and Paddy Meaney pushed the winners six clear with 20 minutes to play.
A Niall Moloney effort kept Broadford’s slim hopes alive but 1-4 in the next five minutes left Crusheen 12 points clear (1-18 to 0-9) and on their way to yet another semi-final.
The goal came at the mid-point of the half and was scored by Fergus Kennedy following a cross from team captain Gerry O’Grady. In the remaining time, Crusheen were able to make some changes and they introduced Conor O’Donnell, Gearóid O’Doherty and Sean Dillon in the closing stages in place of David Forde, Pat Vaughan and Paddy Meaney.
They added a further six points before Broadford substitute Donie Whelan had the final score of the game just before the final whistle.
The winners’ defence dominated throughout, while Pat Vaughan gave them an edge at midfield. Jamie Fitzgibbon had a fine game in attack and contributed 0-5 from play.
Aidan O’Brien, Cathal Chaplin, Kieran O’Connell, Mark Moloney and Pádraig Hickey tried hard for Broadford but, on the day, they had to give best to a more experienced and sharper outfit.
Crusheen: Donal Tuohy; John Brigdale, Cronan Dillon, Alan Brigdale; Ciarán O’Doherty, Cian Dillon, Cathal Dillon; Pat Vaughan, Joe Meaney; Gearóid O’Donnell, Jamie Fitzgibbon, David Forde; Paddy Meaney, Gerry O’Grady, Fergus Kennedy.
Subs: Conor O’Donnell for Forde (50 minutes), Gearóid O’Doherty for P Meaney (57 minutes) and Sean Dillon for Vaughan (57 minutes).
Scorers: Fergus Kennedy (1-4), Pat Vaughan (0-6, 1 65, 1f), Jamie Fitzgibbon (0-5), Paddy Meaney (0-4), David Forde and Gearóid O’Donnell (0-2) each and Joe Meaney (0-1).
Broadford: Cian O’Brien; John Corcoran, Aidan O’Brien, Stephen Gunning; James Gunning, Cathal Chaplin, Peter O’Brien; Kieran O’Connell, Alan Kilcoyne; Pádraig Taylor, Aonghus O’Brien, Niall Moloney; Mark Moloney, Declan Teefy, Pádraig Hickey.
Subs: Donal Whelan for Teefy (half-time), Alan McMahon for N Moloney (49 minutes) and Craig Shanahan for Taylor (53 minutes).
Scorers: Pádraig Hickey (0-5, 4f), Mark Moloney and Niall Moloney (0-2) each and Donal Whelan (0-1).
Referee: Ambrose Heagney, Corofin.
Cratloe 4-12 Tulla 0-15
The twin striking force of Conor McGrath and Cathal McInerney proved too much for Tulla in the first of the Clare Senior Hurling Championship quarter-finals at Cusack Park last Saturday.
Between them, they accounted for all but four points of Cratloe’s total and, as they had done a week earlier for the club’s footballers, helped them become the first of the 2011 quarter-finalists.
This victory for Cratloe keeps their double dream alive. This week, the focus switches back to football and the club’s county semi-final date with Kilmurry-Ibrickane. They are also in the U-21A football final and the club’s minor footballers qualified for the C championship final, where they will play St Breckan’s.
While Cratloe were deserving winners on Saturday, the final scoreline is a little unfair on Tulla. The winner’s third goal came in the 59th minute of the game, while Cathal McInerney completed his hat-trick of goals in the fourth minute of injury time.
While Tulla had the game’s opening score, a point from Aidan Lynch after just 20 seconds, Cratloe made the better start and by the sixth minute they were 1-3 to 0-1 ahead.
Two pointed frees by McGrath were followed by their first from play, which came from McInerney, before he took a pass from Paudge Collins to find the net.
The signs may not have looked good for Tulla at this stage but they settled and it took a great save from Cratloe’s Sean Hayes to deny Danny O’Halloran a goal in the seventh minute. Cathal Dinan from play and a brace from Andrew Quinn (one 65’) cut the margin to two points as the end of the opening quarter approached.
In the next 10 minutes, Tulla outscored Cratloe 0-4 to 0-2 to tie up the game, before a Darragh Corry effort gave the East Clare side the lead with six minutes still to play in the half.
Cratloe finished the half strongly with three unanswered points to lead at the break by two, 1-8 to 0-9.
Andrew Quinn, who returned to action after a long lay-off due to injury, contributed his fifth point in the opening minute of the second half, before Cathal McInerney hit for what was probably the game’s most crucial score.
The game’s top scorer was on hand to shoot to the net after Conor McGrath’s effort had been saved by Philip Brennan.
By the three-quarter stage, Cratloe had opened a two-goal margin, 2-12 to 0-12, but Tulla weren’t giving up. By now they had introduced veteran, Brian Quinn and defender, Paul Lynch, who was unable to start due to injury. A brace from Andrew Quinn (one 65’) and another from David McInerney, closed the gap to three points with seven minutes still to play but, try as they did, Tulla didn’t score again.
A minute from the end, Cratloe breathed a sigh of relief when Conor McGrath found the net after another move involving himself and McInerney and this killed off any hopes of a Tulla revival.
Four minutes of injury time were signalled and in the last of these, McInerney displayed his football skills when he kicked the final goal of the game.
Cratloe’s victory was merited on a day when Sean Hayes, John O’Gorman, Liam Markham, Ogie Murphy, McInerney and McGrath played vital roles.
Sean Torpey, Brian Lynch, David McInerney and Andrew Quinn did well for Tulla.
Cratloe: Sean Hayes; John O’Gorman, Barry Duggan, David Ryan; Enda Boyce, Michael Hawes, Liam Markham; Sean Chaplin, Martin ‘Ogie’ Murphy; Damian Browne, Sean Collins, Conor Ryan; Cathal McInerney, Conor McGrath, Paudge Collins.
Subs: Thomas O’Connor for D Browne (51 minutes), Pádraig Chaplin for S Collins (58 minutes) and Gearóid Ryan for C Ryan (60 minutes).
Scorers: Cathal McInerney (3-2), Conor McGrath (1-6), Paudge Collins (0-2), Ogie Murphy and Damian Browne (0-1) each.
Tulla: Philip Brennan; Eugene Cooney, Mark Quinn, John Brennan; Cian McInerney, Sean Torpey, Brian Lynch; Declan Murphy, Conor O’Halloran; David McInerney, Andrew Quinn, Darragh Corry; Aidan Lynch, Danny O’Halloran, Cathal Dinan.
Subs: Paul Lynch for M Quinn (39 minutes), Brian Quinn for Dinan (39 minutes), Michael Murphy for C O’Halloran (50 minutes) and Donnacda McNamara for D Murphy (57 minutes).
Scorers: Andrew Quinn (0-8, 3f, 2 65s), David McInerney and Danny O’Halloran (0-2) each, Aidan Lynch, Cathal Dinan and Darragh Corry (0-1) each.
Referee: Johnny Healy, Smith O’Brien’s.
Kilmaley 1-13 Clonlara 1-11
A strong closing quarter saw Kilmaley edge out Clonlara in a well-contested quarter-final at Cusack Park on Sunday evening and while Kilmaley will feel they just about merited this victory, Clonlara followers will reflect on a contest in which they had enough opportunities to win.
Reduced to 14 men for the final quarter, following the sending off of Tomás O’Donovan on a second yellow card, the South-East Clare side will point to this and eight second-half wides as a major contributory factor in their defeat.
It was a game they looked to have control of on a few occasions over the hour but credit must go to Kilmaley, who refused to give up. Corner-forward, Niall McGuane played a huge part in the win. He created the opening for Seamus Hurley’s goal 11 minutes into the second half, a score that levelled the tie, and he went on to put his side into the lead with an excellent point, five minutes from the end.
Clonlara had the opening score, a point from a long-range free by Nicky O’Connell in the first minute but it was Kilmaley who enjoyed the better of the early exchanges, going 0-4 to 0-1 clear after eight minutes, with the points coming from Niall McGuane, Diarmuid McMahon, Ken Kennedy (free) and Colin Lynch.
Just when it looked like Kilmaley might take control, Clonlara stormed into the game and points from John Conlon, Tomás O’Donovan and Cathal O’Connell tied up the game at 0-4 each with 11 minutes still to play in the half. O’Donovan’s point came when he grabbed a puck-out from Ger O’Connell and drove the ball over the bar for an inspirational score. Seconds later, he picked up what was to prove a very costly yellow card.
Five minutes from the break, Clonlara were awarded a 20m free and centre-back, Paul Nihill came up and drilled the ball low to the net. It sparked off a great spell for the South-East Clare side, followed by points from John Conlon (2), Cormac O’Donovan and Colm Galvin to take a four-point lead, 1-8 to 0-7, to the interval.
Kilmaley had a great chance for a goal early in the second half when they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Niall McGuane. Daire Keane’s effort went high and over the bar.
The goal they needed came 10 minutes later, when Seamus Hurley kicked to the net after Niall McGuane had created the opening. This score tied up the game at 1-10 each.
A minute later, Clonlara were dealt another major blow when Tomás O’Donovan picked up the second yellow following a clash with Conor McMahon, who was also yellow carded. O’Donovan’s booking resulted in his dismissal.
Eight scoreless minutes later, Clonlara substitute, Barry Moloney put his side back in front when he pointed but this proved to be their final score. A Kenneth Kennedy free levelled the tie for the fourth and final time two minutes later, before Niall McGuane hit a great point to give Kilmaley the lead with five minutes remaining.
Clonlara had a couple of great chances to level again but Nicky O’Connell was wide of the target on two occasions, before a Kenneth Kennedy free in the final minute sealed victory for Kilmaley.
Goalkeeper, Kieran Dillon made a couple of excellent saves, while Martin O’Connor, Anthony Cahill, Colin Lynch and Niall McGuane played prominent parts for the winners.
Clonlara full-back, John Moloney was outstanding, while Tomás O’Donovan, until his dismissal, Cillian Fennessy, Colm Galvin and Tommy Lynch were others to impress for the South-East Clare side.
Kilmaley: Kieran Dillon; Colin McGuane, Anthony Cahill, Martin O’Connor; Noel Casey, Alan Markham, Conor McMahon; Kenneth Kennedy, Colin Lynch; Daire Keane, Diarmuid McMahon, Brian McMahon; Niall McGuane, Seamus Hurley, Eoin Enright.
Subs: Michael O’Neill for B McMahon (half time).
Scorers: Kenneth Kennedy (0-5), Seamus Hurley (1-0), Daire Keane and Niall McGuane (0-2) each, Colin Lynch, Brian McMahon, Alan Markham and Diarmuid McMahon (0-1) each.
Clonlara: Ger O’Connell; Shane O’Brien, John Moloney, Senan Nihill; Nicky O’Connell, Paul Nihill, Cillian Fennessy; Cormac O’Donovan, Cathal O’Connell; Colm Galvin, Tomás O’Donovan, Tommy Lynch; Donal Madden, John Conlon, Oisín O’Brien.
Subs: Barry Moloney for Madden (39 minutes) and Domhnaill O’Donovan for O O’Brien (57 minutes).
Scorers: John Conlon (0-4, 2f), Paul Nihill (1-0f), Tomás O’Donovan (0-2), Nicky O’Connell (f), Cormac O’Donovan, Cathal O’Connell, Colm Galvin and Barry Moloney (0-1) each.
Referee: Seanie McMahon, Newmarket.