*Éanna Crimmins netted an important goal for The Blues. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill
Newmarket-on-Fergus are the first side through to the U21A hurling final while semi-final pairings are now known in the B championship.
Venue: Fr Murphy Memorial Park, Newmarket-on-Fergus
Newmarket-on-Fergus won a hugely exciting U21A hurling championship semi-final at Fr Murphy park on Sunday beating a fancied Clonlara side in a contest which produced some exciting hurling and great scores.
In the final they will take on either Scariff-Ogonnelloe or Corofin-Ruan who meet on this Sunday in Ogonnolloe.
Building on their impressive first round win over neighbours Sixmilebridge, the ‘Blues were deserving winners on a day when Clonlara will be disappointed to have accounted for fourteen wides, four more than their opponents.
The winners were first to score with Peter Power pointing a free but Clonlara hit back with three in a row. Newmarket battled back and the sides went to the first waterbreak on level terms at 0-4 each.
Points were exchanged twice when play resumed before Newmarket went back in front and on to lead by four, 0-10 to 0-6, at half time.
Clonlara enjoyed the better of matters in the early stages of the second half and they landed four unanswered points to level the game at 0-10 each, Aidan Moriarty hitting three of these. The sides exchanged points before Clonlara created a goal chance but Newmarket defenders Ger O’Connor and Mark Delaney cleared the danger.
Points were exchanged again and the teams went to the second waterbreak on level terms at 0-12 each as extra time looked increasingly likely.
Early in the final quarter, Éanna Crimmins burst through and shot to the net for the Newmarket outfit. Clonlara responded with a brace of points and the lead was back to the minimum. Points were exchanged again and one point separated the sides, 1-13 to 0-15, with full time fast approaching.
Substitute David Hall landed an excellent point for the winners before PetersPower won possession from a David Frost free and he found the net to put the winners five clear. Power followed with a pointed free and six points separated the sides with time almost up.
Clonlara hit back with a goal from a free but time wasn’t on their side and a big cheer went up from the Newmarket fans as the final whistle sounded. Defenders Ger O’Connor and Mark Delaney along with Shane Lynch and Éanna Crimmins stood out for the winners while Clonlara had solid displays from Aidan Moriarty, Jathan McMahon and Bryan McLeish.
Newmarket-on-Fergus; Padraic Guilfoyle; Ger O’Connor, Jack Enright, Mark Delaney; Stephen Casey, Darragh Burke, David Frost; Éanna Crimmins (1-1), Shane Lynch (0-3); Eoin Guilfoyle (0-2), Seadna Liddy (0-1), Cian Foley; Jason O’Neill, Peter Power (1-7), Owen McCoy
Subs: David Hall (0-1) for McCoy; Sol Frost for O’Neill
Clonlara; Cillian O’Brien; Logan Ryan, Mick Stritch, Tommy Walsh; Tom Egan, Dylan McMahon, Colm O’Meara; Jathan McMahon (1-2), Sean Begley (0-1), Brian McLeish (0-3), Conor Burke, Aidan Moriarty(0-6); Danny Moloney(0-2), Louis McCormack, Tom Power(0-1)
Subs: Alex Ryan for Moloney; Aaron Conlon for A. Ryan
Referee: Kevin Corry (Sixmilebridge)
The way is clear for the semi-finals of the under 21 B hurling championship following the playing of the remaining quarter finals.
Crusheen/Tubber and Bodyke/O’Callaghans Mills secured their places in the last four of the race for the title thanks to wins over Broadford and Wolfe Tones respectively.
Crusheen/Tubber will now play Clooney/Quin while Bodyke/O’Callaghans Mills will face Ballyea in this weekend’s semi-finals.
Dunford’s goal seals victory for Crusheen/Tubber
Crusheen-Tubber put in a strong finish to overcome Broadford in this tie played in Tubber on Saturday.
Trailing by a point at half time, the winners had moved two points clear midway through the second half.
Broadford were dealt a big blow when they lost wing back Cian Mulqueen with a shoulder injury. Crusheen/Tubber pounced and landed 1-3 without reply, the goal coming from Senan Dunford, to go nine clear.
Broadford hit back with a goal from Jack Ward-Murphy but time wasn’t on their side and the home team held on for a merited victory.
The winner’s defence was excellent throughout while Senan Dunford excelled up front in forward line which took a while to settle. Midfielder Diarmuid Mullins was another to impress for the winners.
Cian Mulqueen until injured and Paddy Donnellan, particularly in the first half, did well for Broadford.
Crusheen/Tubber: Tommy Fahy; Joey Droney, Pappy Taaffe, Ronan Kearney; Tadhg Deane, Eanna McMahon, Cathal Droney; Diarmuid Mullins, Liam Clancy; Ian O’Brien. Luke Kettalaar, Murrough McMahon; Sean Dunford, Oisin O’Dnnell, Dylan Lyons;
Subs: Cian Ketalaar for Lyons; John O’Sullivan for I. O’Brien.
Broadford: James Mason; James Hannon, Darragh Whelan, T. J. Dillon; Cian Mulqueen, Paddy Donnellan, Paul McNamara; David Boland, Conor Phelan; Niall O’Farrell, Jack Ward-Murphy, Oisin Kavanagh;, James Vaughan, Alan O’Brien, Shane Quinn-Tuite;
Subs: Conor O’Donnell for T.J. Dillon; James Quinn-Tuite for S. Quinn-Tuite; Denis Fahy for Mulqueen (inj.); Harry Cooter for Kavanagh; Cathal O’Sullivan for Fahy;
Referee: Jim Hickey (Cratloe)
Strong finish from Bodyke/O’Callaghans Mills
Bodyke/O’Callaghans Mills 1-16
Wolfe Tones 1-6
Venue: O’Garney Park, Sixmilebridge
Bodyke/O’Callaghans Mills proved too strong for Wolfe Tones in this U21 B game played in difficult conditions on Friday night in Sixmilebridge.
A strong finish proved vital for the winners whose goal came from Tiernan Slattery who finished off an excellent move in the second half.
Playing with the aid of the elements in the first half, the winners build up an eight point lead, 0-11 to 0-3, by half time.
A physically stronger Wolfe Tones did better in the second period and they had reduced the winner’s lead by the second waterbreak.
However Bodyke/O’Callaghans Mills finished very strong and they hit 1-4 without reply to seal a merited win and a place in the semi-final against Ballyea.
Bodyke/O’Callaghans Mills: Jack Minogue; Cormac Treacy, Keith Donlon, Ronan Kelly; Mikey McMahon, Sean Wiley, Kevin Drost; Fionn Hickey (0-1), Cormac Murphy; Fionn Slattery (0-2), Seanie Doyle (0-12, 6f), Stephen Donlon; Tiernan Slattery(1-1), Colm Cleary, Tomas Minogue.
Subs: Cathal McKenna for T. Minogue; Alan O’Dea for Donlon; Dara Moroney for T. Slattery;
Wolfe Tones: JP. O’Shea; Aaron Kelly, Daithi Lohan, Brian Murphy; Liam Divilley, Liam Murphy, Luke Merrigan; Darragh Lohan, Sam Meaney; Craig Riordan, Stephen Donnellan, Mark O’Sullivan; Peter McEvoy, Liam O’Dwyer, Fionn McInerney.
Subs: Conor O’Callaghan for McEvoy; Tan Greene for O’Dwyer; Conor Carigg for Donnellan; Gavin Carigg for Daithi Lohan; Daniel Riordan for Divilley.
Referee: Kieran Liddane (Sixmilebridge)