*Eoin Guilfoyle of Newmarket-on-Fergus. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

BACK TO BACK defeats for Inagh/Kilnamona have allowed Newmarket-on-Fergus to take top spot in Division 1A of the FutureTicketing Clare Cup.

Both Inamona and Newmarket-on-Fergus advance to the semi-finals along with St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield and Cratloe.

Tubber, Whitegate, Ballyea and Bodyke drop down to Division 2 for next year, league structures will come into play for 2024 with each Division comprising of eight teams.

Goals decisive for Newmarket-on-Fergus

Newmarket-on-Fergus 4-17
Feakle 1-20
Venue: Feakle

There was a lot at stake when Newmarket-on-Fergus and Feakle clashed on Saturday evening. Feakle needed a win to progress to the semi-final while a draw would be enough to put Newmarket through.

In the end Newmarket showed greater sharpness which saw them through but Feakle will be particularly disappointed with the concession of four goals.

The home side started in determined fashion shooting 0-4 in three minutes. The visitors weren’t put off by this and in just over a minute they struck for goals from Eoin Guilfoyle and James Freeman.

After the sides exchanged points Newmarket landed seven in a row to open a nine point lead, 2-8 to 0-5.
Now it was Feakle’s turn to hit back and that they did hitting seven unanswered points to trail by two at the break, 0-12 to 2-8.

After they swapped points at the start of the second half, the home side was hit with the concession of another goal but, again, they responded and helped by a Martin Daly goal they were just a point behind.

It was point for point for the next fifteen minutes and there was still just the minimum between the teams with six minutes remaining.

A scoring burst of 1-3 without reply saw Newmarket move clear and these scores propelled them to victory and a place in the semi-final. The game finished with a melee involving a number of players from both sides.

Newmarket-on-Fergus: Padraic Guilfoyle; Conor McCarthy, Colin Guilfoyle, Eoghan McInerney; Noel Frawley (0-1), Stephen Casey, Niall O’Connor; Shane Lynch (0-1), James Power; Eoin Guilfoyle (2-1), Eoin Hayes (0-3), James Feeeman (1-0); Peter Power (1-7, 0-7 f), Mikey McInerney (0-1), Eanna Crimmins (0-2).

Subs; John Fehily for J. Power; Colin Ryan for M. McInerney; Seanie Arthur (0-1) for J. Freeman; Mark Delaney for E. Hayes

Feakle; Liam O’Connor; Eoghan Daly, Evan McMahon, Patrick Daly; Killian Bane, Eoin Tuohy (0-1), Justin Nelson; Shane McGrath (0-12, 10 f), Enda Noonan; Stephen Conway (0-3), Oisin Donnellan (0-1), Martin Daly (1-2); Oisin O’Connor, Raymond Bane, Eoghan McGann (0-1);

Sub; Fiachra Donnellan for R. Bane;

Referee: Eoghan O’Leary (Whitegate)

Second successive loss for Inagh/Kilnamona

Scariff 1-19
Inagh-Kilnamona 1-18
Venue: Scariff

Scariff ended their league campaign on a winning note when recording a one point win over Inagh/Kilnamona at Scariff on Sunday evening.

A Sean Minogue goal helped the East Clare side to a two point interval lead when the score was 1-9 to 0-10.

Shane Kavanagh was the team’s top scorer on the evening with 0-9. Teenager Fred Hegarty was, once again, Inagh-Kilnamona’s top scorer with 0-10 to his name.

Sean Minogue has an attempt on goal. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

The sides were level with time almost up but a late free led to the Scariff winner.

Scariff; William Kavanagh; Scott Cairns, Michael Scanlan, Seamus McCaul; Sean Collins, Daniel Treacy, Conor Moloney; Tomas McNamara, Conor Downes (0-1); Michael Barrett (0-1), Shane Kavanagh (0-9), Keelan Hartigan (0-5); Paddy Ryan (0-3), Sean Minogue (1-0), Rossa Keehan

Subs: Rory Ryan for R. Keehan; Aaron Collins for C. Downes; Conor Hayes for Minogue;

Inagh-Kilnamona: Eamonn Foudy (0-1); Cathal McConigley, Keith White, Colin Shannon; Brian Foudy, Jason McCarthy, Jason Griffin; Seamus Foudy (0-1), Kevin Hehir (0-1); Fred Hegarty (0-10), Darren Cullinan (0-1), Tom Barry (0-1); Evan McNamara, Eoghan Foudy,Niall Mullins (1-3);

Subs: Keith Barry for T. Barry; Jack Cullinan for E. McNamara;

Referee: Gus Callaghan (Feakle)

Clonlara on top in second half

Clonlara 4-14
Clooney-Quin 1-17
Venue: Clonlara

A contribution of 1-8 from Cathal O’Connell helped Clonlara to this victory over Clooney/Quin on Saturday evening.

The sides were evenly matched in the opening half and just the minimum separated the sides at the interval when the score was 2-7 to 1-9, the visitor’s goal having come from Ulick O’Sullivan.

Despite losing Jathan McMahon and Colm Galvin to injury, the home side held the upperhand in the second half for a merited win.

Jathan McMahon. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

Clonlara: Ken Savage; Michael Clancy, Jathan McMahon, Logan Ryan; Padraig Reddan, Dylan McMahon, Patrick Conlon; Colm Galvin, Cathal O’Connell (1-8, 0-8 frees); Micheál Stritch, Conor Bourke (0-3), James McCormick; Eoin Begley (0-1), Colm O’Mara (2-1), Micheál O’Loughlin (1-1);

Subs: Michael Collins for J. McMahon (inj); Jack Hickey for J. McCormick; Sean Moriarty for C Galvin (inj.)

Clooney/Quin: Gary Hogan; Evan Maxted, Shane McNamara, Eoin Guilfoyle; P.J, McCarthy, Dara Keogh, Darragh O’Sullivan (0-1); Jimmy Corry, David Considine (0-4); Dylan Cunningham (0-2), Oisin Egan (0-2), Sam Scaanlan (0-2); Ulick O’Sullivan (1-3), Ronan O’Donnell (0-2), Colm Cassidy (0-1)

Sub: Darragh White for R. O’Donnell

Referee: Kieran Liddane (Sixmilebridge)

O’Malley top scores for Kilmaley

Kilmaley 4-28
O’Callaghans Mills 0-13
Venue: Kilmaley

Kilmaley finished off their Clare Cup campaign with an impressive performance to defeat O’Callaghans Mills at Kilmaley on Saturday evening.

First half goals from Colm Killeen, Cian Neylon and Brian Cahill helped Kilmaley lead 3-14 to 0-4 at half time at which stage they were well on their way to the points.

Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

Mikey O’Malley added a fourth goal from a free early in the second half bringing his total to 1-13 for the evening as Kilmaley ran out convincing winners in the end.

Colm Cleary and Aidan O’Gorman were the chief scorers for O’Callaghans Mills on the evening.

Kilmaley: Bryan O’Loughlin, Noel Casey, Aaron Moloney, Tommy Barry, Aidan McGuane, Daire Keane, Joe Casey, Cian Neylon, Joe Carmody, Sean O’Loughlin, Mikey O’Malley, Brian Cahill, James McGuire, Colm Killeen, Thomas McGuire

Subs: James Fitzpatrick for Colm Killeen, Dylan Keane Hayes for Thomas McGuire, Colin McGuane for Joe Casey, Peter Ronan for Sean O’Loughlin, Sean Crowley for Brian Cahill (inj)

O’Calllaghans Mills: Killian Nugent; Keith Donnellan, Gerry Cooney, Niall McNamara; Michael McMahon, Michael Cotter, Pat Donnellan; Michael McGrath, Cormac Murphy; Stephen Donnellan Aidan O’Gorman, Eoghan McInerney; Colm Cleary, Sean O’Gorman Bryan Donnellan.

Subs: Cathal McNamara for N. McNamara; Seanie Boyce for C. Murphy; Fionn Hickey for M.McGrath; Cathal Lenihan for S. Donnellan; Henry McGrath for B. Donnellan

Referee: Niall Malone (Éire Óg)

Strong finish by Tubber

Tubber 3-17
Ballyea 1-16

A strong finish from Tubber saw the North Clare side claim the points in this Division 1B game on Saturday evening.

Helped by an Oscar Dunford goal the winners led by the minimum at half time when the score was 1-7 to 0-9.

They continued to hold the upperhand in the third quarter but then Ballyea hit back strongly and managed to level the tie inside the final ten minutes.

Tubber piled on the pressure and a goal from Ronan Monahan who soloed through from his own half back line, proved decisive. Senan Dunford was their other goalscorer in the second half while Ballyea’s goal came from Eoghan Gavin.

Tubber: Ronan Taaffe; Pappy Taaffe, Fergal O’Grady, Joey Droney; Domhnall McMahon, Ronan Monahan, James Howard; Cathal Droney, Blaine Earley; Lorcan O’Grady, Patrick O’Connor, Oscar Dunford; Joe Clancy, Senan Dunford, Mark Earley;

Subs: John Fawle for M. Earley (inj) Dara O’Connor for J. Fawle;

Ballyea; Barry Coote; Cian Meaney, Brian Longe, Niall Carigg; Gearoid O’Connell, Jack Browne, Darragh Moylan; Cillian Gavin, Brandon O’Connell; Tadhg Ó hUllachain, Mossy Gavin, Eoin Kennedy; Dylan Killoughery, Eoghan Donnellan, David Meaney;

Subs; Tomas Kelly for G. O’Connell(inj); Eoghan Gavin for D. Killoughery; Aonghus Keane for E. Kennedy, Ciarán Connolly for E. Donnellan;

Referee; Jim Hickey Cratloe;

Spoils shared in Cratloe

Cratloe 1-18
Broadford 0-21
Venue: Cratloe

Both sides were in the running for a semi-final place going into this tie at Cratloe on Saturday and both battled hard in search of victory.

On the day a draw was a fair outcome with the sides trading scores throughout.

Broadford went three ahead in the second half but a Rian Considine goal levelled for the home side who were short a lot of regulars due mainly to injury.

Considine was his side’s main scorer while Craig Chaplin and Niall O’Farrell led the scoring for Broadford.

As things turned out a draw was enough to send Cratloe through to the semi-finals.

Cratloe; Gearoid Ryan; Cathal Lohan, Daman Browne, Oisin Collins;
Jamie Costigan, Enda Boyce, Rian McNamara; Daithi Collins, Eoin Carey; Sean Gallagher, Podge Collins, Kevin Danagher; Keelan O’Donoghue, Jack Donnelly, Rian Considine.

Subs; Jack Manley for D. Browne (inj); Michael Flanagan for K. O’Donoghue; Jack Danagher for J.Donnelly, John Flanagan for O. Collins

Broadford: Cian O’Brien; Damian Keniry, Eoin Donnellan, Eoin Gunning; Cian Cremins, Davy Boland, Conor O’Donnell; Mark Moloney, Diarmuid O’Brien; Mark Gunning, Darren Chaplin, Craig Chaplin; Diarmuid Whelan, Niall O’Brien, Oisin Kavanagh.

Subs: Cathal Chaplin for M. Gunning; Sean Phelan for M.Moloney

Referee; Joe Mullins, Clonlara;

Doora/Barefield seal top spot

St. Joseph’s Doora/Barefield 2-22
Bodyke 0-16
Venue: The Evicted Field, Bodyke

Padraic O’Donovan hit 1-14 as St. Joseph’s had their expected comfortable victory over bottom of the table Bodyke at the latter’s venue on Saturday evening.

That victory allied to other results has sent St. Joseph’s to the top of the table and into the semi-final of the competition.

At the end of a well contested first half the Doora/Barefield men led 0-11 to 0-8.

They got the upperhand in the second half and ran out deserving winners and they will now turn their attention to the semi-final having qualified as the top team in Division 1B.

St. Josephs; Aaron Landy; Adam Mungovan, Ciaran O’Driscoll, Darragh Nagle; Darragh McMahon, Alan O’Neill (0-2), Donal O’Halloran; Eoghan Thynne, Dara O’Shea; Senan Crosbie, Padraic O’Donovan (1-14), Michael Nash (0-2); Brian Guilfoyle (1-0), Cian Barron (0-2), Eoin Lahiffe (0-2);

Subs; Eoin Burke for Crosbie; Eoghan Talty for Nash; Sean O’Connell for Lahiffe; Dara Quinlan for Nagle; Cormac Maher for Thynne

Bodyke; Seamus Quigley; Tadhg Kilkenny, Eanna Doyle, Cormac Treacy; Tiernan Slattery, Willie Fitzgerald, Sean Wiley; Tommy Wiley (0-8), Peter Flower; Cathal McKenna, Sean Doyle (0-3), Jamie O’Donnell; Edan Buckley, Paddy Fitzgerald (0-5), Sean Cooney;

Subs: Tommy Minogue for S. Cooney; Aaron Slattery for Flower;

Referee; John Bugler (Whitegate)

Shanagher sends out a signal

Wolfe Tones 3-20
Clarecastle 1-22
Venue: Shannon

Aron Shanagher sent out a message to the Clare senior hurling management when helping his club to victory over Clarecastle at Shannon on Saturday evening.

Introduced for the second half he contributed 1-5 as the Shannon men recorded a four point win over a Clarecastle side which was top of the Division 1B table going into this game.
The result has cost Clarecastle a place in the semi-final but, more importantly from Wolfe Tones’ point of view it ensures that they will play in division 1 next season.

A victory for the Shannon club didn’t look likely at the interval when the Magpies held a seven point advantage, 0-14 to 0-7.

It was a different story in the third quarter as the home side dominated scoring 2-8 while conceding just 0-3. Both goals came from Daithi O’Connell who also shot 0-2.

Clarecastle fought back helped by a goal from James Doherty but the home side held the upperhand and Shanagxher’s goal sealed their win.

Wolfe Tones; Oisin O’Rourke; Mikey Hayes, Liam Murphy, Brian Murphy; Gary Cusack, John Guilfoyle, Luke Merrigan; Aaron Kelly, Dean Devanney; Sean Costelloe, Stephen Donnellan, Colin Riordan; Peter McEvoy, Daithi O’Connell, Cian O’Rourke;

Subs; Shane Nihill for L. Merrigan; Evan O’Gorman for A. Kelly; Fionn McInerney for C. Riordan; Aron Shanagher for P.Mc Evoy;

Clarecastle; Fionn Morgan; Sam Browne, David Tuohy, Niall Brigdale; Rory Donnelly, Stephen O’Halloran, Filip Wiechinski; Evan O’Connell, Killian McDermott; Oisin Whelan, Darragh Healy, Rory O’Connell; Jack Hayes, James Doherrty, Josh Brack

Subs; Conor Whelan for Evan O’Connell; Eoin Wallace for S. Browne

Referee: Fergal O’Brien (Broadford)

Nine players share in Corofin’s tally

Corofin 2-26
Whitegate 2-17
Venue: Páirc Finne, Corofin

Nine players shared in Corofin’s impressive tally as they recorded a merited win over Whitegate at Corofin on Saturday evening.

The visitors played with the aid of a fresh wind in the opening half but the writing was on the wall for the visitors at the halfway stage as they trailed by five points, 1-8 to 1-13.

James Organ scored the winner’s opening goal after Micheál Duffy had intercepted a puckout.

Clare under 20 player Organ also scored his team’s second goal and he finished the tie with 2-4 to his credit.

Goalscorers for the East Clare men were Ronan Hayes and Paddy Burke.

Corofin; Liam Corbett; Mark O’Loughlin, Damian O’Loughlin, Colin Fitzgerald; Adrian Shannon, Sean O’Brien (0-1), Eoin Davoran (0-1); Gearoid Kelly(0-5), Gearoid Cahill (0-6); Micheál Duffy (0-1), Gearoid Hanrahan, James Organ (2-4); Shane O’Brien (0-2), Cillian Clancy, Cillian McGroary (0-4);

Subs; Cian Doolin (0-2) for G. Kelly; Caoimhin O’Donovan for C. Clancy; Cormac Walsh for G. Cahill; Adam O’Loughlin for C. McGroary; John Reeves for A. Shannon

Whitegate; Andrew Fahey; Dylan White, Mark Bugler, Ciaran Quinn; Liam Murray, Ian Fahy (0-2), Eoghan Quinn; Harry Bogenberger, Danny Hynes (0-2); Luke Solon, Conor Whelan (0-8), Max Bogenberger; Peadar Hynes, Ronan Hayes (1-2), Paddy Burke (1-4)

Subs; Cillian McNamara for P. Hynes; Oisin Hayes for Luke Solon; James Carey for M. Bogxenberger

Referee: Jarlath Donnellan (Wolfe Tones)

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