Burren Gaels’ Sally King with Kilmurry Ibrickane’s Katie McMahon. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography
BURREN GAELS have a wind in their sails with their positive start to life in the top tier of the Clare LGFA senior championship.
They recorded a nine point victory against Kilmurry Ibrickane early on Sunday morning while Banner Ladies and Kilmihil also recorded impressive wins at the weekend.
Intermediate champions making a mark in the top grade
Burren Gaels 4-10
Last year’s intermediate champions, Burren Gaels recorded their first win of this season’s Clare ladies football senior championship when they accounted for Kilmurry Ibrickane at Lisdoonvarna on Sunday.
A week after their opening round tie versus Kilmihil was abandoned due to thunder, lightning and torrential rainfall, the North Clare outfit produced an impressive second half display to record a merited win.
Kilmurry held a one point lead at the interval, 1-6 to 1-5, with the first half goals coming from Chloe Moloney for the visitors and Theresa Collins for the winners.
Having been disappointed with the number of times they lost possession in the opening half, Burren Gaels showed a big improvement in the second period and goals from, Laura Griffey, Sally King and Theresa Collins who beat a number of opponents before shooting into the top corner sent them on the way to this victory on a day when Lizzy Roche contributed 0-7 to their impressive tally
They continue their charge for a place in the play offs when they entertain West Clare Gaels in Gleann Chiosog, Carron on this Sunday at 12 noon
Another big win for Banner ladies
Banner Ladies 9-14
West Clare 1-6
Venue: Banner GAA Grounds, Ennis
Banner ladies’ charge for another Clare senior football title took another big step forward at the weekend when they had a landslide victory over West Clare Gaels.
The outcome of this tie was clear long before the final whistle and they really had the points in the bag by half time when the score was 6-8 to 0-2.
Goalscorers for the winners were Aoibheann Malone, Niamh O’Dea, Shannon Donovan and Aoibhinn Ryan while Fidelma Marrinan found the net for the West Clare side.
JJ O’Dea’s Banner travel to Quilty on this Sunday to take on Kilmurry Ibrickane who will be hoping to bounce back from their loss to Burren Gaels last week
Kilmihil maintain strong challenge
St. Joseph’s Doora/Barefield 1-4
Kilmihil continued their challenge for honours when they recorded their second win of the campaign with a comfortable victory over St. Josephs, Doora-Barefield
They led 1-9 to 1-2 at the interval the goal having come from Sara Browne while Lyndsay Clarke scored the Doora-Barefield side’s goal.
Kilmihil continued to hold the upperhand in the second half ns Eddie O’Gorman struck for their goal. Kilmihil have a bye this week
In the intermediate championship, there were round three wins for Kilrush Shamrocks, St Joseph’s Miltown and Clooney/Quin.
Kilrush had two points to spare over Liscannor, winning on a 2-8 to 1-9 scoreline. Miltown had four points to spare over Fergus Rovers in a game played at Lissycasey where the score was 2-14 to 2-10 while Clooney/Quin were 3-13 to 2-6 winners over Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Meanwhile, in the junior A championship, Fergus Rovers continued their winning run with a 4-7 to 1-8 victory over Miltown while Burren Gaels were 9-18 to 1-1 winners over Éire Óg. Clarecastle and the Banner played a draw, the magpies finishing with 4-8 to the Banner’s 3-11.
St. Josephs are first winners of Kieran Harvey memorial cup
St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield defeated Fergus Rovers in the Minor A cup final at Cusack Park on Tuesday evening to become the first holders of the Kieran Harvey memorial cup, a trophy presented in memory of the West Clare Gaels clubman and former chairman of the Clare ladies board
A 4-10 to 1-8 victory gave the Doora/Barefield outfit a merited win in a tie in which they led 3-4 to 1-5 at the interval.
The winners were the more evenly balanced side throughout and eight players shared in their impressive tally.
Jane Quinn, Lindsay Clarke, Shauna Moloney, Sophie Torpey and Eabha O’Driscoll were prominent for the winners.
The minor A shield final between Banner and Kilrush ladies ended in a draw with the Banner scoring 4-9 to Kilrush’s 2-15