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Ballyea & Bridge avoid each other in Clare SHC semi-final draw

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*Ballyea’s Cillian Brennan. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

Championship favourites Sixmilebridge and Ballyea have avoided each other in the semi-final draw of the Clare senior hurling championship (SHC).

Only five teams remain in the hunt for the Canon Hamilton following the weekend’s action. Reigning champions Sixmilebridge await the winners of the quarter-final tie between Feakle and Éire Óg. The Ennis side already clashed with Tim Crowe’s men in the opening round and will get a second chance to overturn them should they overcome a fancied Feakle outfit.

O’Callaghans Mills laid down a marker by eliminating Inagh/Kilnamona on Sunday. As they return to the semi-finals for the first time since 2018, they now face the side that defeated them on that occasion. Two time champions Ballyea will meet the Mills in what is expected to be a very tough encounter.

After knocking out intermediate favourites Tulla, Scariff will meet the victors of the Corofin versus Smith O’Briens quarter-final. The other side of the draw pits St Josephs Doora/Barefield against Tubber, the two clubs met in last year’s quarter-finals and it took extra time for Seanie McMahon’s men to prevail against the North Clare club.

Clare SHC semi-finals:
Sixmilebridge v Feakle or Éire Óg
Ballyea v O’Callaghans Mills

Clare IHC semi-finals:
Corofin or Smith O’Briens v Scariff
Tubber v St Josephs Doora/Barefield

Senior B semi-finals:
Crusheen v Clonlara or Cratloe
Newmarket-on-Fergus v Clarecastle

Junior A semi-finals:
Crusheen v Kilmaley
O’Callaghans Mills v Clooney/Quin

Junior B semi-finals:
Banner v Meelick
Newmarket-on-Fergus v Tulla

Junior C semi-finals:
Broadford v Banner
Clonbony v Bodyke

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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