*Diarmuid O’Donnell scored two goals for Kildysart. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography

With just one round to go in the group stage in the intermediate football championship, seven of the eight quarter final places have yet to be filled.

Kildysart are safely through to the play offs and Corofin are all but there but they need something from their meeting with Wolfe Tones next week to seal their passage to the quarter finals.

Wolfe Tones also need at least a point from this game to make sure of qualification. A loss for the Shannon club allied to victory for Coolmeen over Naomh Eoin would see Coolmeen go ahead of the Shannon side on the head to head result. All this means that there is a lot at stake in this group in two weeks time.

It’s a similar situation in Group 3 where all four are still in with a chance of making the play offs. O’Curry’s currently head the group and they face Éire Óg in round 3. The Townies must win this to keep their hopes of progress alive. Shannon Gaels and the Banner meet in the other game in this group and who ever wins this one will progress to the play offs.

Strong finish from Wolfe Tones

Wolfe Tones 0-12
Naomh Eoin 0-10
Venue: Kilmihil

Following their surprise heavy first round loss to Coolmeen victory was crucial for Wolfe Tones when they clashed with Naomh Eoin in round two.

At the end of a hard fought contest, the Shannon club had achieved the result which has put them right back in the mix for a place in the play off stage of the competition.

Wolfe Tones’ Chris Dunning. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography

Having held a two point advantage at half time (0-8 to 0-6) things didn’t look good for Tones when they trailed by two points as the tie entered the final ten minutes but they finished strongly landing the last four points of the game to seal victory.

Corner forward Brian Monaghan played a key role in this win, shooting 0-7 on the evening with five of those scores coming from placed balls. Jayme O’Sullivan, Eoin Casey and Daithi Lohan were others to impress for the winners.

Wolfe Tones; Shane Russell; Shane Nihill, Jayme O’Sullivan, Barry Murphy; Jason McAuley, Sean Brennan, Conor Carigg; Dean Devanney, Ross O’Connor; Eoin Casey, Chris Dunning, Daithi Lohan; Ben O’Neill, Cody Waller, Brian Monaghan.

Subs: Aaron Rudd for O’Neill; Darragh Leahy for Devanney; Liam Murphy for B. Murphy; Stephen Donnellan for Waller

Naomh Eoin; Sean Roche; Adam Haugh, Conor Tevlin, Patrick Foley; Odhran Lynch, Mark McQuaid, Declan Keniry; Gavin Magner, Odhran Hanrahan; Niall Bonfil, Gearoid Lynch, Conor Magner; Owen Lynch, Seamus Boland, Eoin Daly.

Subs: Michael Liddane for Daly; Conor Downes for C. Magner

Spoils shared in North Clare derby

Kilfenora 2-9
Michael Cusacks 1-12
Venue: Ennistymon

North Clare neighbours and great rivals Kilfenora and Michael Cusacks shared the spoils when they clashed on Sunday afternoon.

Helped by a goal from Aidan McNamara, Michael Cusacks led at half time on a score of 1-5 to 0-5. Midway through the second half Kilfenora struck for a brace of goals from Micheal Duffy, the second from the penalty spot, after which they were three points ahead.

Pappy Taaffe lined out at midfield for Michael Cusacks. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography

Cusacks bounced back strongly and Aidan McNamara kicked a merited equaliser a few minutes from the final whistle.

Kilfenora; Liam Keane; Niall Hegarty, Paul Carkill, Cronan Howley; Gearoid Howley, Daniel Egan, Shane Long; Jack O’Dea, Cian O’Dea; Paudie Ireland, Micheal Duffy, Matthew Egan; Declan Brennan, Pat Connole, Michael Theasby

Subs: Aidan Malone for N. Hegarty; Karl O’Connor for M. Egan (inj) Patrick Collins for Theasby

Ml. Cusacks; Eoin Farrell; Conor Fahy, John Fawle, Thomas Roche; Hugh Kelly, Danny O’Connor, Lorcan O’Grady; Ronan Monahan, Pappy Taaffe; Jack McGann, Aidan McNamara, Domhnall McMahon; Joey Droney, Sean McNamara, Aidan Forde;

Subs: Seaghan Brosnan for McCann

Easy for Kildysart

Kildysart 2-18
Liscannor 0-4
Venue: Quilty

Kildysart easily overcame the challenge of Liscannor on Saturday evening.

The winners, one of the favourites for the title, led from the outset helped by goals from Diarmuid O’Donnell who found the net in each half.

They dominated throughout the pitch and were well o n their way to collecting both points at the halfway point. Liscannor struggled for scores and even at this early stage of the championship, they look set to be involved in the relegation play off.

Kildysart: Robert Eyers; Brian Eyers, Shane McNeilis, Stephen Sheehan; Kieran Leahy, Rory McMahon, Michael Eustace; Kieran O’Brien, Keith O’Connor; Conor Hassett, Luke McGrath, Emmett McMahon; Dermot O’Donnell, Keith Murphy, Seamus Casey.

Subs: Ian Flanagan for B. Eyers; Fergal Guinnane for McNeilis; John Guinnane for Eustace; Michael Donnellan for Casey; Neil O’Connor for K. Murphy;

Liscannor: Alan McDonagh; Colin Murray Alan Canavan, Cobhan Phillipson; Francesco Bonito, Brian Considine, Shane Canavan; Alan Clohessy, Kevin Scales; Robert Lucas, John Kerin, Brian Leyden; Daniel White, Oisin Leyden, Aidan Murray.

Subs: Sean Curtin for K. Scales; Davy Commane for D. White; Conor O’Gorman for C. Murray; Sean Roche for A Murray

Corofin in control

Corofin 4-16
Coolmeen 1-7
Venue: Éire Óg GAA Grounds, Ennis

Last year’s beaten finalists, Corofin, are clearly determined to go a step further this year.

They recorded their second win of the campaign on Saturday when they proved too strong for a Coolmeen side that failed to build on their big first round victory over Wolfe Tones.

Robin Mounsey (2), Fionn Clancy and Gearoid Cahill were the goalscorers for the winners who dominated in all sectors on the day despite again having to play without the injured Jamie Malone.

Brian Markham was the Coolmeen goalscorer on a day when Aidan Corry landed 0-6 of their tally, four points coming from frees.

Corofin; Luke Nealon; John Rees, Cilléin Mullins, Mark O’Loughlin; Shay Malone, Damian O’Loughlin, Colm Rice; Kevin Keane, Fionn Clancy; Gearoid Kelly, Diarmuid Cahill, Cian Doolin; Robin Mounsey, Cillian McGroary, Gearoid Cahill.

Subs; Cillian Clancy for G. Kelly; Damian Ryan for Keane; Enda Collins for Doolin; Shane O’Brien for McGroary

Coolmeen: Paudie Corry; Mark Meaney, Gary Meaney, Adam Wallace; Alan Normoyle, Daniel Forde, Thomas Coffey; Eoin O’Connor, J.J. Carigg; Cathal O’Connor, Brian Markham, Liam Markham; Aidan Corry, Micheal Brooks, Joe Corry.

Subs: Dylan Power for J.J. Carigg; Jamie Brooks for L. Markham; Ronan Murphy for M. Brooks; David Hehir for Normoyle; Eoghan Corry for C. O’Connor;

Experience the key as O’Currys overcome the Banner

O’Currys 3-17
Banner 1-11
Venue: Cooraclare

Experience proved a key ingredient as O’Curry’s proved too strong for the Banner on Saturday evening.

Goals from Cathal and Danny Downes helped the men from Carrigaholt and Doonaha to an eight point half time lead when the score was 2-8 to 0-6.

The West Clare men continued to dominate in the second period when Jim Marrinan accounted for their third goal. James Coakley was the goalscorer for the Banner on a day when Thomas Meenaghan accounted for 0-4

O’Currys; Colin Clohessy; Seamus Keane, Michael O’Shea, Dara Keane; Brian Troy, Sean Haugh, Eoin Brew; Alex Harvey, Thomas Clancy; Cathal Downes, Michael Foran. Sean Murphy; Danny Downes, Eoin Troy, Gearoid Lynch;

Subs: Ken Mulllany for B. Troy; Jim Marrinan for S Murphy; Ian Roche for Lynch; Podge Kelly for E. Brew, James Troy for Ml. Foran

Banner: Mark Cleary; Oran Rynne, Cian Rynne, Dermot Cassidy; Sean Collins, Ronan O’Halloran, Niall Walsh; Johnny Martyn, Darragh Gleeson; Thomas Meenaghan, James Coakley, Eoin Walsh; Dara Walsh, Danny O’Halloran, Colm Duffy;

Subs: Martin McCormack for O.Rynne; Mark Duffy for Martyn; John Collins for D. Walsh; Oisin McMahon for C. Duffy; Matthew McGrath for R. O’Halloran

Close contest ends all square between Gaels & Éire Óg

Shannon Gaels 1-8
Eire Og 0-11
Venue: Lissycasey

Shannon Gaels recorded their second draw in this year’s intermediate championship campaign when they shared the spoils with Éire Óg on Sunday afternoon.

At the end of an evenly fought first half the Ennis side led by the minimum margin with the score at 0-4 to 0-3.

Dara Crehan struck for the game’s only goal early in the second half and this helped the Gaels to a one goal lead, 1-5 to 0-5.

Éire Óg hit back and kicked three unanswered points to level the tie and from here to the finish it was very evenly matched.

Three times the Gaels went ahead but on each occasion Éire Óg responded to level and they tied up the game for the final time shortly before the full time whistle when Shane Daniels was on target from a mark.

Shannon Gaels were strong in defence where Tomas Cleary and Micheal Lorrigan did well while inter county man Darragh Bohannon did well at midfield.

Shannon Gaels; Michael O’Donoghue; Michael McMahon, Fergal Kenny, Micheal Lorrigan; Aaron Malone-Smith, Tomas Cleary, Eoin Keane; Jack Reidy Darragh Bohannon; Darren Crehan, Thomas Kelly, Tadhg Kelly; Barry Crehan, Niall Ellis, Cormac Moloney;

Sub: Thomas Kenny for C. Moloney.

Éire Óg; Eoin Slattery; Rory Brennan, Michael O’Regan, Mark Collins; Eoin Guilfoyle, Ultan Shields, Gavin D’Auria; Alan O’Neill, Paul Martyn; Micheal Foley, Shane Daniels, Darren O’Brien; Luke Moore, Kevin Moloney, Sean Corry;

Subs: Niall O’Donoghue for Foley; Jack Joyce for Moloney; Darren O’Meara for Moore.

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