*Sixmilebridge defender, Barry Fitzpatrick. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill First blood to Sixmilebridge as a powerful second half display ensured the opening derby spoils over Newmarket-on-Fergus in Cusack Park this afternoon.
*Dylan McMahon has been moved to the centre-back berth for Clonlara. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Everything appeared to be motoring along nicely for Clonlara until the Clare Cup Final a fortnight ago.
*Éanna Crimmins on the attack for Newmarket-on-Fergus. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill There has been a renaissance in Newmarket-on-Fergus over the past two seasons that has given the Blues a new lease of life at senior level.
*Seadna Morey has been in flying form for Sixmilebridge this season. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Having amassed five senior championship crowns in just eight seasons as recently as 2020, there were signs last season that Sixmilebridge’s most successful side were beginning to wane.
*Feakle’s Adam Hogan is one of the county’s most exciting prospects. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill While 2021 was ultimately a successful one for Feakle after garnering their first senior silverware since 1988, there’s still no hiding from the disappointment of a premature championship exit.
*Caitriona Callinan scored 1-01 for Clare. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography Clare issued a statement of intent after brushing aside Group C table toppers Longford to advance to the last four of the All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship.
*Conor Cleary is congratulated by members of the Clare backroom team. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Clare survived a tactical challenge that tested their game-plan more than any other championship outing this year, Eoin Brennan rewinds over the quarter-final and dishes out the player ratings from the Wexford tie.
*John Conlon. Photograph: Martin Connolly John Conlon will line out in Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Final as part of an elite band of hurlers to have played 50 championship matches for their county.