*Sixmilebridge’s Shane Golden. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

ACTION continued in the Clare Cup over the weekend when both Inagh/Kilnamona and Sixmilebridge had their first outings in this season’s campaign.

Louis Mulqueen started his time as Inagh/Kilnamona manager with a victory over Clare senior hurling champions Ballyea while Sixmilebridge also made a winning start to their season when they proved too strong for Crusheen in a game played at the University of Limerick grounds.

Broadford recorded their first victory of the campaign when they accounted for neighbours Clonlara while Kilmaley made it two from two when they overcame O’Callaghans Mills.

In Division 1B, Clarecastle followed up their opening round victory with a win over Clooney/Quin while Scariff also made it two from two when disposing of the challenge of Parteen/Meelick.

Broadford edge ahead in second half

Broadford 0-18
Clonlara 1-13
Venue: Clonlara

A strong second half showing proved decisive for Broadfoird as they collected their first points in this season’s Clare cup campaign when they accounted for their neighbours Clonlara at the latter’s venue on Saturday morning.

An evenly fought opening half ended with the sides on level terms, 0-11 to 1-8. The visitors stepped up a gear in the second half and helped by good scores from Oisin Kavanagh, Craig and Cathal Chaplin, Conor O’Donnell and defenders Eoin Donnellan and Damian Keniry they emerged with two points to spare.

Eoin Donnellan bursts out of defence. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

Both sides were without their inter county players while Clonlara were also without the experienced Cathal O’Connell and Colm Galvin
Both sides finished with fourteen men after goalscorer Cian Moriarty(Clonlara) and Broadford substitute Padraic Taylor were shown red shortly before the final whistle.

Broadford: Cian O’Brien; Davy Boland, Eoin Donnellan, Damian Keniry; Cian Mulqueen, Sean Phelan, Darren McNamara; Darren Chaplin, Jack O’Brien; Oisin Kavanagh, Diarmuid O’Brien, Craig Chaplin; Stiofan McMahon, Jack Ward -Murphy, Conor O’Donnell.

Subs: Padraic Taylor for McNamara; Cathal Chaplin for J. O’Brien; Mark Moloney for O’Donnell

Clonlara: Seimi Gully; Ger Powell, Colm O’Meara, Patrick Conlon; Paraic O’Loughlin, Dylan McMahon, David Fitzgerald; Jathan McMahon, James Hastings; Cian Moriarty, Aidan Moriarty, Daniel Moloney; Micheál Stritch, Conor Bourke, Micheál O’Loughlin.

Subs: James McCormack for Hastings; Logan Ryan for P Conlon;

Referee: Kieran Liddane (Sixmilebridge)

Louis makes a winning start with Inagh/Kilnamona

Inagh/Kilnamona 1-20
Ballyea 3-12
Venue: Inagh

Louis Mulqueen’s term in charge of Inagh-Kilnamona got off to a winning start on Saturday morning when they accounted for Ballyea at Inagh.

Ahead by a point at half time, 1-10 to 1-9, the home side held a slight edge in the second half which proved decisive in their two point victory.

Niall Mullins gets away from Oisin O’Donnell. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

On a day when eight players shared in the team’s impressive final tally, Niall Mullins was the winner’s goalscorer.

Keelan Guyler (0-6), Darren Cullinan, Evan McNamara and Thomas Barry each with 0-3 made important contributions for the winners.

Niall Deasy, once again, top scored for Ballyea with 1-8 to his credit while the impressive Fiachra Kirby accounted for 2-3 of his team’s total.

Inagh/Kilnamona; Patrick Kelly; Colin Shannon, Keith White, Cian McInerney; Shane Woods, Seamus Foudy, Austin Kerin; Darren Cullinan, Conner Hegarty; Evan McNamara, David Mescall, Shane Vaughan; Keelan Guyler, Thomas Barry, Niall Mullins;

Subs: Shane McInerney for Mescall; Cathal McConigley for Shannon; Jason Griffin for C. McInerney; Eoghan Foudy for S. Vaughan;

Ballyea; Oisin Griffin; Brian Casey, Peter Casey, Brian Murphy; James Murphy, Jack Browne, Joe Neylon; Gearoid O’Connell, Cian Meaney; Stan Lineen, Niall Deasy, Martin O’Leary; Fiachra Kirby, Mossy Gavin, Dara Moylan;

Subs: Conor Mc Donnell for O’Leary; Niall Carigg for Meaney;

Referee: Niall Malone (Éire Óg)

Strong second half showing by Kilmaley

Kilmaley 0-18
O’Callaghans Mills 0-12
Venue: O’Callaghans Mills

Title holders Kilmaley recorded their second win in this season’s Clare cup campaign when they put in a strong second half to defeat O’Callaghans Mills at the latter’s venue on Saturday

Aidan McGuane. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

The home side opened the scoring through Fionn Hickey before Aidan McGuane equalised. Points were exchanged twice more before the end of the first quarter and during this time Killian Nugent made a good save from Diarmuid Cahill.

Points were exchanged again before a brace from Conor Henry put the home side two clear. An Aidan Fawl points had the Mills three clear with less than five minutes to go to half time and they stretched their advantage to four through Cormac Murphy.

Kilmaley finished the half strongly with points from Tom O’Rourke, Joe Carmody and Michael O’Neill.

The winners started the second half with a Michael O’Malley point and further points from Joe Carmody and O’Malley saw the winners open a three point lead.

The Mills responded with two points to leave the minimum between the teams but points from Tom O’Rourke, O’Neill and O’Malley saw Kilmaley go four clear with ten minutes to play and they stretched their advantage to six before the final whistle.

Kilmaley: Bryan O’Loughlin; Oisin Looney, Aaron Moloney, Colin McGuane; Aidan McGuane (0-1), Cian Moloney, Tommy Barry; Michael O’Neill (0-3), Jack Warren (0-1); Joe Carmody (0-3), Michael O’Malley (0-5), Thomas McGuire; Diarmuid Cahill, Daire Keane (0-1), Tom O’Rourke (0-4);

Subs; Brian Cahill for McGuire; James McGuire for D. Cahill; Sean Kennedy for Carmody; Sean Ronan for Warren;

O’Callaghans Mills: Killian Nugent; Michael Cotter, Keith Donnellan, Gerry Cooney; Pat Donnellan, Aidan O’Gorman (0-2), Michael McMahon; Michael McGrath, Sean O’Gorman (0-1); Aidan Fawl (0-1), Cormac Murphy (0-4), Colin Henry (0-2); Dara Moroney (0-2), Fionn Hickey (0-1), Sean Cotter;

Subs; Rory McNamara for S. O’Gorman; Niall Donovan for M. McGrath; Sean Murphy for S. Cotter; Stevie Donnellan for M. McMahon;

Referee: Kevin Corry (Sixmilebridge)

Sixmilebridge lay foundation in opening half

Sixmilebridge 1-21
Crusheen 0-14
Venuie: Maguire’s Field, UL

Sixmilebridge opened their Clare Cup campaign with a comfortable win over Crusheen in a tie played at the University of Limerick on Saturday.

Helped by a goal from corner forward Sean McNamara, the winners were 1-11 to 0-6 in front at half time and they continued to hold the upperhand in the second half.

Ross Hayes top scored for Crusheen with 0-8 while Alex Morey landed 0-11 for the winners.

Sixmilebridge; Derek Fahy; Noel Purcell, Leon Kelly, Colm Flynn; Brian Corry, Caimin Morey, Paidi Fitzpatrick; Shane Golden, Brian Carey; Luke O’Halloran, Jamie Shanahan,, Cathal Lynch; Ronan Tuohy, Alex Morey, Sean McNamara

Subs used; Dylan Downes for Lynch, Oisin Breen for Kelly.

Crusheen: Donal Tuohy; Luke Hayes, Cian Dillon, Mark Perrill; Diarmuid Mullins, Tadhg Dean, Eanna McMahon; Cilléin Mullins, Eoghan McMahon; Jamie Fitzgibbon, Conor O’Donnell, Ross Hayes; Murrough McMahon, Cathal Dillon, Breffni Horner;

Subs; Gerry O’Grady for M McMahon; Colin McNamara for Cathal Dillon; Gavin O’ Brien for L. Hayes; Ian O’Brien for E. McMahon

Referee: Gus Callaghan (Feakle)

Scariff make it two from two

Scariff 2-14
Parteen-Meelick 1-12
Venue: Meelick

Conor Hayes scored two goals in the second half as Scariff made it two wins from two outings in this season’s Clare Cup when they defeated Parteen-Meelick at Meelick on Saturday.

A leg injury suffered by defender Diarmuid McNamara in the early minutes led to a long delay as he received medical attention before he was taken from the field.

The winners went on to open a four point lead by half time when the score was 0-10 to 0-6.

Playing at this level for the first time Parteen-Meelick worked hard throughout and struck for their goal from Dara Nolan.

On the day Scariff showed that bit more experience which proved decisive.

Scariff: William Kavanagh; Seamus McCaul, Michael Scanlan, Diarmuid McNamara; Jack Ryan, Daniel Treacy, Sean Collins; Conor Downes, Seanie Hartigan; Patrick Ryan, Liam Crotty, Martin Walsh; Eanna O’Brien, Sean Minogue, Conor Hayes;

Subs; Eoin Keehan for McNamara (inj.); Rory Ryan for Minogue; Shane Corry for E. O’Brien; Kian Myles for Walsh (inj.); Rossa Keehan for Hayes.

Parteen-Meelick: Alan Murnane; David O’Sullivan, Gavin Rackard, Joe Sherlock; Eoin Phelan, Nathan Fox, Darragh McDermott; Daniel Cooney, Jason O’Reilly; Mike McEvoy, Darragh McGleenon, Gearoid Reddy; Joe O’Connor. Oisin Hickey, Dara Nolan;

Subs: Cian McCarrthy for Phelan; Greg Daly for D. McGleenon; Shane Dillon for Hickey; James Glynn for McEvoy

Referee: Joe Mullins (Clonlara)

St. Joseph’s pull away in second half

St. Joseph’s Doora/Barefield 3-18
Wolfe Tones 0-15
Venue: Wolfe Tones GAA Grounds, Shannon

Eleven players shared in the impressive St. Joseph’s tally of 3-18 as the Doora/Barefield side recorded a comfortable win over Wolfe Tones at Shannon on Saturday.

The first half was evenly contested and at the break the sides were level at 1-6 to 0-9, Matthew Power goaling for the winners.

After the break St. Josephs got on top and further goals from Power and substitute Tom Hannan helped them open a good lead on the way to a merited victory.

St. Joseph’s Doora/Barefield: Paul Madden; Cian Lahiffe, Brian Clancy, Conor O’Driscoll; Francie Meaney, Dara O’Shea, Adam Mungovan; Brian Guilfoyle, Dara Nagle; Donal O’Halloran, Matthew Power, Cian Barron; Eoin Lahiffe, Cian Ruane, Conor Tierney.

Subs: Eoghan McMahon for Meaney (inj); Tom Hannan for Tierney; Paul Geraghty for Power; Eoin Burke for Ruane;

Wolfe Tones; Oisin O’Rourke; Shane Nihill, Gary Cusack, Michael Hayes; Sam Costelloe, John Guilfoyle, Conor Carigg; Stephen Donnellan, Sean Meaney; Luke Merrigan, Aron Shanagher, Dean Devanney; Cian O’Rourke, Liam O’Dwyer, Conor Casey;

Subs: Colin Riordan for Casey; Rhys Reynolds for Hayes; Peter McEvoy for Guilfoyle (inj); Casey for Shanagher;

Referee: Johnnie Healy (Smith O’Briens)

Fitter Magpies win again

Clarecastle 0-21
Clooney-Quin 1-11
Venue: Clarecastle

Clarecastle put in a strong finish to claim a second successive victory in this season’s senior league campaign.

The opening half was evenly fought and the teams went to the break on level terms at 0-11 to 1-8, Clooney-Quin’s goal having come from Eoghan O’Brien.

Stephen O’Halloran. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

A fittter Clarecastle got on top in the final quarter, helped by impressive displays from Aaron Hayes, Stephen O’Halloran and David Tuohy and they ran out deserving winners.

Clarecastle: Fionn Morgan; Gearoid Ryan, Aaron Hayes, Barry Morrissey; Stephen O’Halloran, Eoghan Wallace, Niall Brigdale; Conor Halpin, David Tuohy; Darragh Healy, Kieran McDermott, Oisin Whelan; Oisin Casey, Niall Galvin, Evan O’Connell.

Subs; Conor Griffin for Brigdale; Conor Whelan for O’Connell; Jack Murphy for Galvin

Clooney/Quin: Darren Frain; Enda O’Halloran, Shane McNamara, Killian O’Gara; David Considine, Conor Grogan, Paul Clune; Donagh O’Sullivan, Eoin Guilfoyle; Eoghan O’Brien, Ulick O’Sullivan, Cillian Duggan; Shane Harrisson, Dannan Fox, Lorcan O’Connor;

Subs: Colm Cassidy for O’Connor; Paul Hogan for O’Brien; Conor O’Brien for D. O’Sullivan; Sam Scanlan for U. O’Sullivan.

Referee: Jim Hickey (Cratloe)

O’Grady saves the day for Tubber

Tubber 1-15
Whitegate 3-9
Venue: Tubber

This meeting of Tubber and Whitegate at Tubber on Sunday evening, a game postponed from the previous Thursday due to inclement weather, produced plenty of talking points.

The visitors raced into a seven point lead inside the opening ten minutes and they led by six entering the closing stages but Tubber hit 1-3 in six minutes to claim a share of the spoils.

The equalising score came with the final play of the game when Lorcan O’Grady’s line ball from 50m flew straight to the net.

A short time earlier Conor McDermott’s effort was stopped by ronan Taaffe in the Tubber goal but he was adjudged to have been behind the goal line and the gree flag was raised.

Mc Dermott had scored a goal in the first half as had Ronan Hayes.

Tubber: Ronan Taaffe; Joey Droney, James Howard Brian Clancy; John Fawle, Pat O’Connor, Pappy Taaffe; Fergal O’Grady, Liam Clancy; Emmett Quinn, Mark Earley, Lorcan O’Grady (1-2); Lorcan Doolin, Blain Earley (0-8), Cathal Droney (0-4).

Subs: Aidan Forde for L. Clancy; Ronan Monahan (0-1) for Doolin; Ger Brohan for C. Droney.

Whitegate: Andrew Fahy; Ciaran Quinn, Finn Madden, Oisin O’Rourke; Liam Murray, Brendan Bugler, Ian Fahy; Cian McDermott (0-1), Luke Sugrue; Luke Solon (0-4), Conor McDermott (2-0), Ciaran Keenan (0-1); Paddy Burke, Ronan Hayes (1-3), Mark Bugler.

Referee: Niall Malone (Éire Óg)

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