*Clarecastle’s James Doherty. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

The last two quarter final places in this season’s under 21 A hurling championship were filled this Saturday afternoon with Inagh/Kilnamona and Clarecastle coming through to join Corofin/Ruan, Scariff-Ogonnelloe, Clooney-Quin, St. Josephs, Clonlara, and Sixmilebridge.

The draw for the quarter finals will be made on Monday evening and it will be the same for the B championship. Wolfe Tones came through on Saturday afternoon when they had a three point win over Bodyke (1-10 to 1-7) to join Feakle/Killanena, Tulla, Kilmaley, Crusheen, Broadford and Ballyea. The remaining spot will be filled by the winners of the Éire Óg v Smith O’Briens game.

Magpies advance after sudden death penalty shootout

Clarecastle 4-20
Crusheen-Tubber 2-26
(after extra time)
Clarecastle won 7-6 on penalties
Venue: Clarecastle

Clarecastle and Crusheen-Tubber produced a thriller when they clashed at Clarecastle on Saturday afternoon where the outcome was decided on a sudden death penalty shoot out.

In ended in heartbreak for Crusheen/Tubber who had experienced the other side of a penalty shoot out when winning the B title last year. On that occasion a penalty shoot out saw them defeat Bodyke/O’Callaghans Mills after the teams had been level after extra time.

There was some confusion at the end of normal time with some believing that an effort from David Tuohy had gone over the bar which would have won the tie for the home side. However the effort went wide off the upright and so the game went to extra time.

After the regulation five penalties each they were still level with each having converted four. Darragh Healy, Oisin Whelan, James Doherty and Aaron Hayes scored for the eventual winners while Oisin Casey’s effort narrowly failed to find the target.

Oisin O’Donnell, Pappy Taaffe, Diarmuid Mullins and Senan Dunford converted for Crusheen/Tubber while Murrough McMahon’s effort was saved.

It then went to sudden death and Darragh Healy again converted as did Oisin O’Donnell. Oisin Casey scored for the magpies and Murrough McMahon did likewise for Crusheen-Tubber to tie the scores at six each.

James Doherty converted for Clarecastle before Pappy Taaffe saw his effort saved by Cian Broderick and this decided the outcome.

At the end of the opening half the winners held a one point advantage, 2-7 to 0-12, the goals having come from Oisin Casey and Josh Brack.

Casey found the net again in the second half at the end of which the sides were level at 3-15 to 2-18, Diarmuid Mullins and Liam Clancy with the goals for the combination.

Clarecastle got a great start to extra time with a Josh Brack goal but Crusheen-Tubber stormed back with some great points to again level the tie, leading to the penalty shoot out.

Clarecasle; Cian Broderick; Filip Wiechcinski, Aaron Hayes, Niall Brigdale; Conor Griffin, David Tuohy, Darragh Healy; Conor Whelan, Conor Halpin; James Doherty, Rory O’Connell, Dylan Brown; Josh Brack, Oisin Whelan, Oisin Casey

Subs: Evan O’Connell for Brown; Patrick Maxwell for Healy; Aidan Ryan for Whelan; Niall Og Tuohy for Griffin; Barry Morrissey for Brigdale (all in regular time). Darragh Healy and Oisin Whelan started again in extra time.

Crusheen/Tubber: Tommy Fahy; Brian Clancy, Murrough McMahon, Joey Droney; Cathal Droney, Tadhg Deane, Pappy Taaffe; Diarmuid Mullins, Liam Clancy; Dylan Lyons, Oisin O’Donnell, Luke Ketalaar; Eoin McMahon, John O’Sullivan, Senan Dunford;

Subs: Calvin Butler for E. McMahon; Sean McNamara for Lyons. Glen O’Sullivan for J. O’Sullivan; Eoin McMahon for L. Clancy.

Referee: Kevin Corry (Sixmilebridge)

Goals decisive for Inagh/Kilnamona

Inagh/Kilnamona 2-16
Newmarket-on-Fergus 0-16
Venue: Fr Murphy Memorial Park, Newmarket-on-Fergus

Last year’s beaten finalists, Newmarket were knocked out of the 2022 under 21 A hurling championship when they went under to Inagh/Kilnamona at Newmarket this Saturday afternoon.

The winners held a six point lead at half time when the score was 1-10 to 0-7 but Newmarket battled back in the second half and cut Inagh/Kilnamona’s lead to two before a Josh Guyler goal saw them regain the initiative and they went on to claim the spoils and a place in the last eight.

Josh Guyler. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

Sean Rynne was the winner’s first half goalscorer on a day when Peter Power and Eoin Guilfoyle stood out for the Blues, accounting for 0-11 of their tally between them while their entire back line and Cian Foley were prominent.

Despite a raft of injuries and absentees, the Blues fought back strongly after the break and cut Inagh/Kilnamona’s lead to two points.

A Josh Guyler goal helped the winners to regain the upperhand and they went on to
Claim victory and a quarter final place on a day Guyler, Conner Hegarty, Sean Rynne and Eoghan Foudy were their main scorers.

Inagh/Kilnamona; Jack O’Connor; James Cullinan, Shane Woods, Niall Glynn; Ricky Wynne, Jason Griffin, Eoghan Foudy (0-3); Dean Lynch, Conner Hegarty (0-5); Keith Barry (0-1), Niall Mullins (0-2), Ronan Mescall (0-1); Josh Guyler (1-3) Sean Rynne (1-1), Keelan Guyler;

Subs: Liam Hehir for Griffin; Mark Callinan for Barry; Cathal Ryan for Lynch; Colm Kearney for Mullins.

Newmarket-on-Fergus: Adam Enright; Ronan O’Rourke, Gerard O’Connor, Jamie Power; Darragh Jones, Kieran McMahon, Aaron Moroney; Eoin Guilfoyle (0-4), Mark Delaney (0-1); David Hall, Peter Power (0-7), Owen McCoy; Padraig Guilfoyle (0-1), Seadna Liddy (0-3), Cian Foley;

Subs; Oisin McInerney for McCoy; Jack Enright for Delaney; Cathal Crimmins for McInerney

Referee: Jarlath Donnellan (Wolfe Tones)

Lohan’s penalty goal vital for Wolfe Tones

Wolfe Tones 1-10
Bodyke 1-7
Venue: The Evicted Field, Bodyke

The importance of penalties in modern day GAA was highlighted once again when Wolfe Tones and Bodyke clashed in the under 21 B hurling championship at Bodyke on Saturday afternoon.

Wolfe Tones emerged as winners helped by a Daithi Lohan goal from a penalty whereas Bodyke weren’t as fortunate in a similar situation as Seanie Doyle’s penalty attempt rebounded off the bottom of the upright across the goalmouth.

Daithi Lohan. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

Wolfe Tones led by the minimum at half time, 0-7 to 1-3, the home side’s goal having come from full forward Tommy Minogue who later had to withdraw due to injury.

Lohan’s penalty goal in the second half gave the Shannon outfit a lead they held to the finish.

Wolfe Tones: Oisin O’Rourke; Conor Carigg, Ben O’Neill, Adam O’Connor; Brian Murphy, Liam Murphy, Aaron Kelly; Sam Meaney, Daithi Lohan; Darragh Treacy, Liam O’Dwyer, Fionn McInerney; Gavin Carigg, Colin O’Riordan, Eoghan Casey;

Subs:Craig Riordan for Treacy; Treacy for C. Carigg

Bodyke: Daryl O’Donnell; Liam Minogue, Caimin Treacy, Sean Cooney; Tadhg Kilkenny, Sean Wiley, Kevin Drost; Jamie O’Donnell, Thomas Wiley; Michael O’Brien, Jamie Howard, Cathal McKenna; Seanie Doyle, Tommy Minogue, Jack Devanney;

Sub; Cormac Keane for Minogue (inj)

Referee: Jim Hickey (Cratloe)

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