BROADFORD.............1-13 WOLFE TONES............1-13
By Michael O Connor.
With a life in Division 2A awaiting both sides in 2012 little was available in terms of purpose for Wolfe Tones and Broadford on a beautiful summers evening in Shannon bar preparation for round 3 of the senior hurling championship. Wolfe Tones suffered a loss of personnel for their next tie as Gareth McPhillips was uncharacteristically red carded near the end of the first half for a high tackle on Broadford full back Stephen Gunning. In a lively spirited game played on a fast surface the home side started brightly with scores from Gareth McPhillips (2) in the opening minutes.
Alan Kilcoyne and the impressive Aonghus O Brien responded by the 7th minute to level matters before a brilliant piece of solo play by Barry Loughnane set up Alan Hehir for a well taken Shannon score. Gary Leahy, Gareth McPhillips and Aaron Cunningham (2) surged Shannon five clear at the end of the first quarter.
When it appeared the worse was on the cards for the visitors they rallied with (1-3) as Niall Moloney (1-1), Alan McMahon and Aonghus O Brien had Broadford take the lead in the space of five minutes. Disturbed by this Broadford revivial the tones struck for (1-2) courtesy of an Alan Hehir goal and points from Gareth McPhillips and John Guilfoyle. Following the dismissal of McPhillips who had been to the fore for the Shannon men Aonghus O Brien and Guilfoyle added points before the break as Shannon struggled with 14 men in the second half and were fortunate to hold a (1-10) to (1-6) interval lead.
Broadford took the game to Shannon in the first five minutes of the new half as Padraig Taylor and Declan Teefy halved the home sides’ lead before it was restored as Aaron Cunningham and Gary Leahy responded in the 36th and 38th minutes. In the final analysis 13 wides by Wolfe Tones many from unforced shooting cost Tommy Guilfoyle’s men their second league win. As the game went on Wolfe Tones hit a number of costly wides after clearing the ball from solid Broadford pressure Craig Chaplin (3), Declan Teefy and Padraig Taylor who starred in the second half hit the target in the last twenty minutes to draw level with the Tones with six minutes remaining.
When it looked that finally in the final league game this season for Broadford that they might fall over the winners line they blinked and allowed Wolfe Tones to dominate the final five minutes and they too blinked with the Broadford posts at their mercy with Bobby McPhillips hitting placed efforts into the hands of Broadford sub goalie Ollie Marsh. Aaron Cunningham, Gary Leahy and Alan Hehir also went close but both teams ran out of time in this game and in the top division until 2013 at least.
The home side were served well by Ronan Hehir, Barry Loughnane, John Guilfoyle, Kevin McCafferty, Aaron Cunningham, Bobby McPhillips, Alan Hehir and Gareth McPhillips until his dismissal. Broadford had good performances from Stephen Gunning, Craig Chaplin, Aonghus O Brien, Niall Moloney, Ollie Marsh, Kieran O Connell and James Gunning.
WOLFE TONES: Ronan Hehir, Eamonn O Neill, Patsy Keyes, Joe McGauley, Brendan Hughes, Bobby McPhillips, Barry Loughnane, John Guilfoyle (0-2), Kevin McCafferty, Alan Hehir (1-2), Gary Leahy (0-2), Kevin Walshe , Aaron Cunningham (0-3), Gareth McPhillips (0-4), Mark Regan. Subs: Richard Lillis for Walshe, Niall Murphy for Regan
BROADFORD: Cian O Brien, Peter O Brien, Stephen Gunning, John Corcoran, James Gunning, Aidan O Brien, Kieran O Connell, Alan Kilcoyne (0-1), Craig Chaplin (0-3), Padraig Taylor (0-2), Aonghus O Brien (0-3), Mark Moloney, Alan McMahon (0-1), Niall Moloney (1-1), Donal Whelan. Subs: Ollie Marsh for C O Brien, Declan Teefy (0-1) for McMahon Craig Shanahan
REFEREE: Jim Hickey (Cratloe).
Newmarket 6-14 Crusheen 1-12
With the sides due to meet in the next round of the senior hurling championship in early August, there was always going to be a lot of interest in the Clare Champion Cup clash of Newmarket and Crusheen in Division 1 on Sunday.
While Newmarket followers were confident that their side could emerge as winners, few would have predicted the size of their winning margin. Making it all the more praiseworthy for the Blues is the fact that they lined out without the three Barrett brothers, David, Enda and Alan. Their line-up, however, did include James McInerney, who had been sent off on a straight red card, when playing with Clare on the previous evening in Salthill.
Newmarket held a five-point lead at half-time when the score was 2-7 to 0-8, the winners’ first half goals coming from a Colin Ryan 20m and full-forward Anthony Kilmartin.
Just before the break, Crusheen, who certainly missed the services of Cian Dillon, Pat Vaughan and Donal Tuohy, had a chance to get back into contention when they were awarded a penalty but Ciaran O’Doherty’s effort was stopped.
Second-half goals from Darren Duggan (2) and Shane O’Brien (2) sealed victory for the Blues. Crusheen’s goal came from substitute Paddy Meaney.
Newmarket: Kieran Devitt; Shane O’Brien Junior, Stephen Kelly, Pádraig Kilmartin; Darren O’Connor, James McInerney, Sean O’Connor; MartinO’Hanlon, Colin Ryan; Enda Kelly, Shane O’Brien, Noel Frawley; Darren Duggan, Anthony Kilmartin, Tommy Griffin.
Subs: Neil Ryan for O’Hanlon; Niall Enright for Griffin; James Liddy for Duggan and Martin Frawley for O’Brien Junior.
Crusheen: Briain Dillon; John Brigdale, Cronan Dillon, Alan Brigdale; Ciaran O’Doherty, Cathal Dillon, Shaun Dillon; Gerry O’Grady and Tony Meaney; Gearoid O’Donnell, Fergus Kennedy, Jamie Fitzgibbon; Conor O’Donnell, Patrick O’Grady, Darragh O’Doherty.
Subs: Paddy Meaney for D O’Doherty; Alan Tuohy for S Dillon; Niall Fitzgibbon for P O’Grady and Conor Hayes for A Brigdale.
Inagh-Kilnamona 0-16 Clooney-Quin 0-12
Inagh-Kilnamona moved closer to a place in the semi-final of the Clare Champion Cup when they defeated Clooney-Quin on Sunday. The result ended Clooney-Quin’s chances of making the play-offs.Both sides were short the services of players that will fill vital positions in upcoming championship games.The winners led by three points at half-time and they went on to stretch the margin in the third quarter before Clooney-Quin came storming back. However, they had left it too late and Inagh-Kilnamona held on for a merited win.Both sides were understrength for this one, with the winners short the services of Eamonn Glynn, Conor Tierney and Cathal Lafferty while Fergal Lynch and Cathal Egan were absent from the Clooney-Quin line-up.
Inagh-Kilnamona: Pat Kelly; Milo Keane, Brian Glynn, Dermot Lynch; Ronan O’Looney, David Hegarty, Colm Pilkington; Paul O’Looney, Brian Foudy; Stephen Twomey, Niall Arthur, Damian Lafferty; Cathal Griffin, Dermot Gannon, Ger Arthur.
Subs: Johnny Cullinan for Gannon; Alan Mullins for Twomey and Tomas McConigley for C Griffin.
Clooney-Quin: Damian O’Halloran; Tony McMahon, Conor Harrison, Joe O’Loughlin; Donnacda Murphy, Sean Conheady, Shane McNamara; Padraig Ward, Mike McNamara; Seamus Conroy, Enda Harrison, Martin Duggan; Mike Daffy, Adrian Fleming, John Earls.
Subs: Cillian Duggan for McMahon; Daire Hannon for Conroy and Ger Leamy for Ward.
O’Callaghan’s Mills 2-12 Tubber 0-11
The return of Adrian Donovan from injury helped O’Callaghan’s Mills to this win over Tubber in Division 2A of the Clare Champion Cup on Monday evening at O’Callaghan’s Mills.
O’Callaghan’s Mills: John Cooney; Michael McGrath, Conor Cooney, Gerry Cooney; Ger Frost, Pat Donnellan, Niall Donovan; Bryan Donnellan, Gary Neville; Alan Duggan, Declan Donovan, James McMahon; Adrian Flaherty, Adrian Donovan, Aidan O’Gorman.
St Joseph’s 1-21 Smith O’Brien’s 3-13
In a high-scoring tie at Killaloe on Sunday, St Joseph’s came out with a narrow win against the home side.
St Joseph’s: Paul Madden; Niall Hassett, Cathal O’Sullivan, Sean Flynn; Marty O’Regan, Ken Kennedy, Denis Meehan; Damian Kennedy, Mark Hallinan; Noel Brody, Kevin Dilleen, Ivor White; Enda Lyons, Niall De Loughrey, Eamonn Clohessy.
Ogonnelloe and Parteen played out an entertaining draw in this high-scoring Division 2B game at Ogonnelloe on Sunday.
Parteen were first off the mark with early points inside the opening few minutes but Ogonnelloe fought back with points from Peter English, Kieran Forde, John McKenna and a great effort from John O’Brien.
However, two quick goals for Parteen had them back in control at the end of the first quarter. Once more, Ogonnelloe battled back and four points from John McKenna, along with a cracking goal from Peter English, gave Ogonnelloe a 1-10 to 2-4 half-time lead.
Parteen took command at the start of the second half and two early goals, along with some impressive points, had them seven ahead midway through the second half. To their credit, Ogonnelloe never gave up and two goals from Eoin Sheedy, along with a late point from Barry Kiely, tied up the scores and ensured a share of the spoils.
The Parteen goalscorers on the day were Noel Bridgeman, Joe O’Connor (2) and Ivan Conway from a free.
Ogonnelloe: Tomas McKenna; John O’Brien, Pascal Sheedy, Eoin Sheedy; Thomas Condon, Patrick Barton, Ollie McGarr; Kieran Forde, Barry Kiely; Ozer McMahon, Henry Mooney, Peter English; Joseph Mooney, John McKenna, Robert Dreelan.
Sixmilebridge intermediate hurlers had a 5-18 to 1-3 win over Bodyke on Sunday in O’Garney Park. The home side were in control throughout the game, with no less than 11 players on the scoresheet, with the goals coming from Rory Liddane, an own goal, Ronan Hayes, Darragh O’Connor and Kevin Lynch.
Sixmilebridge: Sean Chaplin; Adrian Chaplin, Noel Purcell, Kevin Phelan; Cathal Walsh, Sam O’Sullivan, Jonathan Downes; Christy Griffin, Sean Stack; Stiofán Fitzpatrick, Kevin Lynch, Ronan Hayes; Rory Liddane, Mark Culbert, Errol Tuohy.