*Barry Toner applying the pressure. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

Clondegad became only the fourth side to maintain their perfect start to the senior championship after edging out Doonbeg by the minimum in Cusack Park on Sunday afternoon.

Clondegad 1-07
Doonbeg 0-09
Venue: Cusack Park, Ennis

Ennistymon’s surprise victory over Kilmurry Ibrickane blew the group wide open on Saturday but Clondegad remained much more steadfast in what was an unspectacular yet gritty triumph.

An unconventional goal after only five minutes proved the ultimate difference throughout as Barry Toner’s teasing delivery from 40 metres, aimed for Gary Brennan, managed to end up in the back of the net. So while the Magpies did respond admirably with the next four points to level the tie by the 23rd minute, it seemed to expend a lot of energy just to regain parity.

Clondegad wouldn’t be caught again once talisman Gary Brennan inched his side in front before the break before the 2017 finalists tacked on four of the first five points of the new half through Brennan, Morgan Garry, Barry Toner and substitute Eoghan Donnellan to soar four clear by the two-thirds mark at 1-6 to 0-5.

True to form, Doonbeg refused to yield and managed to drag themselves back into the contest, mainly through David Tubridy’s frees. However, they simply couldn’t pull level as a number of late opportunities went wayward to hand a relived Clondegad a satisfactory win.

Still to confirm their place in the quarter-finals, Clondegad now face Kilmurry Ibrickane in a repeat of the 2017 final in a fortnight’s time while Doonbeg face fellow Magpies Ennistymon in another winner-takes-all encounter.

Scorers for Clondegad: Barry Toner (1-1); Gary Brennan (2f), Eoghan Donnellan (0-2 each); Podge McMahon, Morgan Garry (0-1 each)

Scorers for Doonbeg: David Tubridy (0-3f); Darragh Burns (0-2, 1m); Eoin Killeen, Mikie Tubridy, Kevin McInerney, Jason Linnane (0-1 each)

Clondegad:
1: Declan O’Loughlin

2: Brian Casey
3: Brian Murphy
4: Niall Lynch

7: Gearoid O’Connell
6: Peter Casey
5: Conor Gavin

9: Brandon O’Connell
11: Gary Brennan

10: Morgan Garry
8: James Murphy
15: Barry Toner

23: Podge McMahon
14: Shane Brennan
13: Ryan Jennings

Subs:
17: Cillian Brennan for J. Murphy (22)
18: Eoghan Donnellan for S. Brennan (36)
28: Sean O’Leary for McMahon (48)
12: Eoghan Gavin for Jennings (59)

Doonbeg:
1: Eamon Tubridy

2: Conor O’Mahoney
22: Tadhg Lillis
4: Jason Linnane

5: Paraic Aherne
6: Joe Blake
7: Cian O’Mahiney

8: Kevin McInerney
9: Eoin Conway

10: Cathal Killeen
11: David Tubridy
12: Mikie Tubridy

15: Eoin Killeen
14: Kevin Pender
13: Darragh Burns

Subs:
20: Brian Behan for M.Tubridy (42)
25: Luke Conway for Pender (42)
3: James Killeen for Conway (46)
18: Brian Egan for McInerney (57)

Referee: Barry Kelly (St Joseph’s Miltown)

Related News

le24 pat burke 1
Four in a row aided by quality canvass of Burke tea-party
sicap galway 1-2
Contracts signed for €9m SICAP in Galway
le24 election count timmy dooley liam grant 1
Green Grant says politics & campaigning was 'so mentally tough'
le24 tony o'brien 1
'Dialogue & honey' key to a progressive Council - O'Brien
Latest News
le24 pat burke 1
Four in a row aided by quality canvass of Burke tea-party
ennis golf club
Sutton's captain's prize to the ladies played for in Ennis
sicap galway 1-2
Contracts signed for €9m SICAP in Galway
le24 election count timmy dooley liam grant 1
Green Grant says politics & campaigning was 'so mentally tough'
le24 tony o'brien 1
'Dialogue & honey' key to a progressive Council - O'Brien
Premium
le24 election count timmy dooley liam grant 1
Green Grant says politics & campaigning was 'so mentally tough'
le24 tony o'brien 1
'Dialogue & honey' key to a progressive Council - O'Brien
garda checkpoint clare
Distraught driver heard say 'why didn't I hit the fox?' at crash which claimed grand-mother's life
ruairi keenan 1
'I've a taste for the blood now' - Clare's youngest candidate Keenan commits to running again
le24 election david griffin 1
'In certain parts of Newmarket-on-Fergus people wouldn't have known me in November' admits poll-topper David Griffin

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Scroll to Top