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Bricks and Cratloe to renew rivalry as Doonbeg draw Miltown

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*Shane Hickey and Shane Gleeson will be crossing paths in two weeks. Photograph: Martin Connolly

Fresh off the back of the weekend’s quarter-finals, the semi-final draw for the Clare SFC and IFC took place on Monday evening.

Just one club delegate attended the meeting with only one media outlet represented in Clareabbey for the draws which were also streamed live on Clare GAA TV.

Cratloe and Kilmurry Ibrickane will meet for the fifth time in five years when they clash in the Clare SFC semi-final. The Bricks have prevailed in their last two meetings, that being the 2017 semi-final and 2016 county final replay. Colm Collins’ side last beat Kilmurry Ibrickane in the first round of the 2015 championship.

Eleven points separated St Josephs Miltown and Doonbeg when they met in last year’s campaign, the Magpies will be hoping to bridge that gap in two weeks time. The champions have not been tested to their limit so far while Daniel Ryan’s men are on a high after overcoming a fancied Éire Óg in extra time for what was their only win in the 2019 championship.

Both St Josephs Doora/Barefield and St Breckans were relegated from the senior ranks last year as part of a structure revamp. They will meet in the last four of the Clare IFC with promotion top of their respective agendas.

Beaten finalists in 2018, Kildysart are sixty minutes away from reaching back to back finals but standing in their path are a determined Shannon Gaels side unbeaten in their three outings against St Senans Kilkee, O’Currys and Coolmeen.

A semi-final pairing of Ennistymon and Éire Óg would not be out of place in the race for Jack Daly but unfortunately for both they are now vying for Senior B honours. The other tie is the meeting of Lissycasey and Kilmihil.

Clare SFC Semi-Finals:
St Josephs Miltown v Doonbeg
Cratloe v Kilmurry Ibrickane

Clare Senior B Semi-Finals:
Ennistymon v Éire Óg
Lissycasey v Kilmihil

Clare IFC Semi-Finals:
St Josephs Doora/Barefield v St Breckans
Shannon Gaels v Kildysart

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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