*Fred Hegarty under pressure from Shane McGrath and Oisin Donnellan. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

INAGH/KILNAMONA remain top of the Future Ticketing Clare Cup Division 1A table and they are still unbeaten following their latest outing.

In round 7 in the race for the title they accounted for Feakle on Friday evening. Scariff returned to winning ways with a one goal victory over Clonlara while O’Callaghans Mills continued their recent good form with victory over Crusheen.

Newmarket-on-Fergusfollowing their win over Kilmaley on Thursday evening have moved up to second place on the league table

In the final game in the group Sixmilebridge accounted for Clooney/Quin on Saturday.

In Division 1B, Clarecastle kept up their strong challenge for a place in the semi-finals when accounting for St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield while Corofin proved too strong for Tubber.

Broadford and Cratloe ran up impressive scores when accounting for Bodyke and Wolfe Tones respectively. The remaining game in round 7 in this group will take place on Wednesday evening when Whitegate host Ballyea.

All sides were short players for last week’s games due to inter county commitments, injury, holidays and exams.

Round 8 in the competition will take place this coming weekend.

First half goals steer Sixmilebridge to victory

Sixmilebridge 2-18
Clooney/Quin 0-19
Venue: O’Garney Park, Sixmilebridge

Sixmilebridge and Clooney/Quin went into this clash at O’Garney Park on Saturday on the back of three successive defeats each.
It was clear from the outset that both were keen to win and with the help of two first half goals, the home side returned to winning ways.

In a tie played in bright sunshine Alex Morey struck for the opening goal in the sixth minute when he converted a penalty and the second goal came in the final minute of the half when Adam Murray was fastest onto a breaking ball and he drilled the sliotar to the roof of the net, steering his side to a half time lead of three points when the score was 2-9 to 0-12.

Brian Carey. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

It was point for point in the second half, a half in which both sides introduced their full complement of five substitutes.

Sixmilebridge: Mark Sheedy; Oisin Breen, Barry Fitzpatrick, Colm Flynn; Conor Deasy, Leon Kelly, Dara Fitzgerald; Brian Carey (0-1), Sean Macnamara; Lorcan Fitzpatrick (0-1). Alex Morey (1-9, 1-8 frees), Paul Corry; David Kennedy (0-1), Brian Corry (0-2), Adam Murray (1-0).

Subs; Noel Purcell (0-1) for D. Fitzgerald; Shane Golden (0-1) for A Murray; Seamus O’Connell for O. Breen; Jack Corry (0-2) for P. Corry; Cillian Custy for L. Kelly.

Clooney/Quin; Cillian Duggan; Enda O’Halloran (0-1), Shane McNamara, Fionn O’Gara; Cillian O’Gara, Conor Grogan, Mike McNamara; Jimmy Corry (0-3), P.J. McCarthy; David Considine (0-2, frees), Oisin Egan (0-2), Sam Scanlan (0-4); Colm Cassidy (0-1), Martin Duggan (0-2), Ulick O’Sullivan (0-1)

Subs; Gary Hogan (0-3, 1 f) for U. O’Sullivan; Lorcan O’Connor for M. Duggan; ; Trevor Lee for D Considine; Ronan O’Donnell for C. Cassidy; Bryan McInerney for F. O’Gara.

Referee: Gus Callaghan (Feakle)

Fred points the way for Inagh/Kilnamona

Inagh/Kilnamona 0-27
Feakle 2-17
Venue: Inagh

Fred Hegarty contributed 0-11 as Inagh-Kilnamona extended their unbeaten run with this victory over Feakle at Inagh on Friday.
On an evening when the home side picked off some impressive points, they led 0-15 to 1-9 at the break.

The continued to hold the upperhand in the second half and had stretched their lead out to seven points before the visitors struck for their second goal shortly before the full time whistle.

Shane McGrath was, once again, his side’s top scorer with 0-7 while their goalscorers on the evening were Fiachra Donnellan in the first half and Oisin O’Connor.

Inagh/Kilnamona: Pa Kelly; Colin Shannon, Keith White, Conor Rynne; Brian Foudy (0-1), Jason McCarthy, James Hegarty (0-1); Seamus Foudy (0-2), Keith Barry (0-1); Fred Hegarty (0-11, 7f), Darren Cullinan (0-2), Ronan Mescall; Evan McNamara (0-2), Eoghan Foudy (0-3), Gearoid Barry (0-3);

Subs: Niall Mullins (0-1) for R Mescall; Josh Guyler for E. Foudy; Jason Griffin for K. Barry; Ricky Wynne for B. Foudy; Cathal McConigley for K. White;

Feakle: Liam O’Connor; Patrick Daly, Eoin Daly, Oisin Clune; Cillian Bane, Eoin Tuohy (0-1), Ger Hanrahan; Oisin Donnellan (0-2), Shane McGrath (0-7, 6f); Oisin O’Connor (1-1), Stephen Conway, Martin Daly; Fiachra Donnellan (1-1), Raymond Bane, Eoin McGann;

Sub: Justin Nelson for R. Bane

Referee: Jim Hickey (Cratloe)

Scariff return to winning ways

Scariff 1-19
Clonlara 0-19
Venue: Clonlara

Scariff returned to winning ways when they accounted for Clonlara at Clonlara on Friday evening.

Fergus Madden’s goal separated the sides at the interval when the score was 1-9 to 0-9 and this was still the margin when the final whistle was sounded by Kevin Corry.

Having lost their previous two games, Scariff’s determination to return to winning ways was evident from the outset.

Fergus Madden. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

Ten players shared in their final tally with substitutes Ben Sweeney and Cian Foley contributing 0-5 between them.

Six players contributed to the scoring for the home side who were short a number of regulars for this one.

This result sees Scariff move a point ahead of Clonlara on the league table.

Scariff: William Kavanagh; Scott Cairns (0-1), Daniel Treacy, Jack Ryan; Sean Collins, Diarmuid Nash, Shane Kavanagh (0-3) Tomas McNamara, Conor Downes (0-2); Michael Barrett, Fergus Madden (1-0), Keelan Hartigan (0-2); Paddy Ryan, (0-2), Sean Minogue (0-1), Eanna O’Brien (0-3);

Subs: Conor Moloney for D. Nash; Ben Sweeney (0-3) for E. O’Brien; Cian Foley (0-2) for F. Madden; Colin O’Grady for M. Barrett; Benny Tuohy for J. Ryan;

Clonlara: Seimi Gully; Padraig Reddan; Jathan McMahon, Logan Ryan; Patrick Conlon, David Fitzgerald (0-1), Michael Clancy (0-1); Cathal O’Connell (0-7), Aidan Moriarty; Micheál Stritch (0-2), Daniel Moloney, Brian McLeish; Kieran Galvin, Eoin Begley (0-4), Jack Hickey (0-4);

Subs: James Hastings for P Reddan (inj); Colm Galvin for K. Galvin; Maurice Nelligan for B. McLeish; Cillian Playon for J. Hickey (inj);

Referee: Kevin Corry (Sixmilebridge)

Three in a row for the Mills

O’Callaghans Mills 3-12
Crusheen 1-14
Venue: Crusheen

O’Callaghans Mills recorded their third win in a row when accounting for Crusheen at the latter’s venue on Friday evening.

Having lost their opening four games in this season’s competition the Mills have moved up the league table with these victories.

Killian Nugent. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

Goals from Darragh Moroney (2) and substitute Ian Donnellan played a key part in this latest victory.

Fergus Kennedy was Crusheen’s goalscorer on a day when Cormac Murphy and Colm Cleary were amongst the pint scorers for the winners.

O’Callaghans Mills: Killian Nugent; Keith Donnellan, Conor Cooney, Gerry Cooney; Patrick Donnellan, Aidan O’Gorman, Michael McMahon; Michael McGrath, Cormac Murphy; Cathal Lenihan, Eoin McInerney, Fionn Hickey; Sean O’Gorman, Darragh Moroney, Colm Cleary;

Subs: Ian Donnellan for C. Lenihan; Sean Murphy for A. O’Gorman; Jamie Keane for F Hickey; Niall McNamara for E. McInerney

Crusheen: David Kearney; Roan Ketalaar, Gavin O’Brien. Luke Hayes; Ciaran O’Doherty., Cathal Dillon, Jamie Fitzgibbon; Cillein Mullins, Ian O’Brien; Gerard O’Grady, Conor O’Donnell, Luke Ketalaar; Oisin O;Donnell, Fergus Kennedy, Glenn O’Sullivan

Subs: John O’Sullivan for F. Kennedy (inj.) Tom Tynan for L. Hayes (inj)

Referee: Kieran Liddane (Sixmilebridge)

Blues keep pressure on for semi-final spot

Newmarket-on-Fergus 0-20
Kilmaley 0-17
Venue: Fr Murphy Memorial Park, Newmarket-on-Fergus

Ten players shared in Newmarket’s impressive tally as they kept up the pressure for a place in the semi-final of this season’s Future Ticketing Clare cup when defeating Kilmaley at Newmarket on Thursday evening last.

On the evening the winners lost the three O’Connor brothers, Liam, Niall and Sean to injury. All three lined out in defence and their exits unsettled the hosts, the trio join a growing injury list for James Carrig’s side.

Sean O’Connor. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

The home side went into an early 0-5 to 0-1 lead before the visitors hit back and when the half time whistle sounded there was just a point between the sides with the winners in front.

Newmarket-on-Fergus extended their lead to six in the second half but, again, Kilmaley rallied to within a point before the home side struck for the last three scores to seal victory.

Mikey O’Malley top scored for Kilmaley, hitting 0-8 of their tally in a tie which saw Sean O’Loughlin returned to action and contribute 0-2 after a spell overseas.

Peter Power, Seanie Arthur, Mikey McInerney, Jack Enright, and Colin Guilfoyle were amongst the scorers for Newmarket for whom Eoin Hayes returned to action following his exploits with Newmarket Celtic FC whom he captained to the runners up medals in last week’s Clare Cup final.

Newmarket-on-Fergus: Padraic Guiilfoyle; Conor McCarthy, Colin Guilfoyle, Sean O’Connor; Niall O’Connor, Liam O’Connor, Jack Enright; Shane Lynch, Stephen Casey; Eoin Guilfoyle, Mikey McInerney, James Freeman; Peter Power, Eanna Crimmins, Sean Arthur;

Subs; Mark Delaney for L O’Connor (inj); Aaron Moroney for N. O’Comnor (inj); James Power for E. Crimmins; Eoin Hayes for A. Moroney; Eoghan McInerney for S. O’Connor (inj)

Kilmaley: Bryan O’Loughlin; Noel Casey, Aaron Moloney, Tommy Barry; Aidan McGuane, James McGuire, Joe Casey; Joe Carmody, Sean Kennedy; Colm Killeen, Michael O’Malley, James Fitzpatrick; Dylan Keane Hayes, Sean Ronan, Peter Ronan;

Subs: Thomas McGuire for S. Kennedy (inj); Sean O’Loughlin for D. Keane Hayes; Cian Neylon for Sean Ronan; Sean Crowley for P. Ronan

Referee: Aaron Hogg (Clonlara)

Broadford in control

Broadford 1-27
Bodyke 1-11
Venue: The Evicted Field, Bodyke

An all-round better balanced Broadford side accounted for Bodyke on Thursday evening.

Helped by a goal from the lively Diarmuid Whelan, the winners were 1-12 to 0-6 in front at half time.

Substitute Paddy Fitzgerald struck for a goal for the home side following his introduction and while this gave his side a boost, Broadford continued to dominate and they ran out comfortable winners on an evening when Craig Chaplin top scored with 0-9 from play and frees.

Diarmuid O’Brien, Oisin Kavanagh, Darren Chaplin, Donie Whelan and Cian Cremins were others to get on the scoresheet for the winners.

Broadford: Cian O’Brien; David Boland, Eoin Donnellan, Damian Keniry; Padraig Taylor, Conor O’Donnell, Mark Gunning; Mark Moloney, Cian Cremins; Craig Chaplin, Darren Chaplin, Diarmuid O’Brien; Diarmuid Whelan, Donie Whelan, Oisin Kavanagh;

Subs: Niall O’Farrell for O. Kavanagh; Eoghan Gunning for D. Keniry; Paul Moloney for Diarmuid Whelan; T.J. Dillon for P. Moloney (inj); Padraig Hickey for M. Moloney (inj);

Bodyke; Cormac Doyle; Kevin Drost, Eanna Doyle, Cormac Treacy; Oisin Molloy Sean Wiley, Tadhg Kilkenny; Kieran Hickey, Tommy Wiley; Peter Flower, Keith Moloney, Cathal McKenna; Tommy Minogue, Willie Fitzgerald, Edan Buckley;

Subs: Paddy Fitzgerald for K. Hickey; Cormac Keane for E. Buckley

Referee: Jarlath Donnellan (Wolfe Tones)

Another good win for Clarecastle

Clarecastle 4-16
St. Joseph’s Doora/Barefield 0-19
Venue: Clarecastle

Goals from Josh Brack (2), Conor Halpin and Patrick Kelly helped Clarecastle to a merited win over their neighbours Doora/Barefield at Clarecastle on Thursday evening.

The winners led by a goal, 1-5 to 0-5 after the first quarter and they were still ahead by a goal, 1-11 to 0-11, at the midpoint.

They had pushed the lead out to seven points, 2-15 to 0-14 at the three quarter stage and they went on to hold the advantage to the end.

Eight players shared in their impressive final tally as they kept up their strong challenge for a place in the competition semi-final.

Clarecastle: Fionn Morgan; Sam Browne, Cillian Casey, Niall Brigdale (0-1); David Tuohy, Stephen O’Halloran, Evan O’Connell (0-1); Conor Halpin (1-3), Conor Whelan; Oisin Whelan, Darragh Healy (0-4), James Doherty (0-4); Josh Brack (2-1), Patrick Kelly (1-1), Paul O’Connell (0-1);

Subs; Filip Wiechinski, for Evan O’Connell; Scott Back for P.Kelly; Luke Ahern for C. Whelan;

St. Joseph’s Doora/Barefield: Mikey Roseingrave;, Ciaran O’Driscoll, Adam Mungovan, Darragh Quinlan; Darrragh McMahon, Kevin Dilleen, Conor Daly; Sean O’Connell (0-2), Darragh O’Shea (0-3); Michael Nash (0-1), Tom Hannan (0-3), Eoin Burke; Eoghan Talty, Cian Barron (0-3), Padraic O’Donovan (0-6)/

Subs: Aaron Malone (0-1) for E. Talty; Fionn Mulqueen for S. O’Connell; Darragh O’Callaghan for D. Quinlan

Referee: Pat Healy (Kilmaley)

Cratloe on top in high scoring affair

Cratloe 5-19
Wolfe Tones 3-18
Venue: Micheál O hEithir Park, Cratloe

The twin strike force of Cathal McInerney and Rian Considine led the way as Cratloe emerged as deserving winners in this high scoring contest at Cratloe on Thursday evening.

They struck for a goal each in the opening half to help their side to an interval lead of five points, 2-10 to 1-8.
McInerney (1) and Considine (2) struck for the team’s second half goals which helped their side to maintain their strong challenge for a semi-final spot.

Wolfe Tones full forward Aaron Cunningham caused most problems for the winners and he was the Shannon side’s top scorer with 2-3 to his credit while Dean Devanney contributed 1-3 to his side’s tally.

Cratloe: Eoin Deegan; Cathal Lohan, Damian Browne, Jack Manley; Jamie Moylan, Conor Ryan, Enda Boyce; Daithi Collins, Riain McNamara; Sean Gallagher, Podge Collins, Jack Donnelly; Jake Moylan, Cathal Mc|Inerney, Rian Considine.

Subs: Caimin Deegan for J. Manley; Jamie Costigan for J. Donnelly; Emmett Costigan for C. Lohan; Keelan O’Donoghue for C. McInerney; Jack Danagher for S. Gallagher;

Wolfe Tones; Oisin O’Rourke; Sean Murphy, Liam Murphy, Mikey Hayes; Gary Cusack, John Guilfoyle, Sam Meaney; Luke Merrigan, Cian O’Rourke; Colin Riordan, Evan O’Gorman, Sean Costello; Aaron Kelly, Aaron Cunningham, Dean Devanney

Subs: Conor Ferns for N. Murphy; Shane Nihill for L Murphy; Liam O’Dwyer for A. Kelly;

Referee: Eoghan O’Leary (Whitegate)

Another win for Corofin

Corofin 3-17
Tubber 1-16
Venue: Páirc Finne, Corofin

Goals from corner forwards Shane O’Brien (2) and Cillian McGroary helped Corofin to a comfortable win over Tubber on Friday evening.

It was 1-9 to 1-3 in the winners favour at half time and they would not have been flattered if their lead was greater at this stage as they had created a couple of goal chances which weren’t converted, Ronan Taaffe having come to Tubber’s aid with a fine save.
Blaine Earley was the Tubber goalscorer on an evening when they were missing a number of regulars including Ronan Monahan, Joey Droney and the Dunford brothers to mention some.

Amongst the absentees for Corofin were Diarmuid Cahill who was ruled out due to injury.

Corofin: Liam Corbett; Marc O’Loughlin, Damien O’Loughlin, Colin Fitzgerald; Eoin Fitzgerald, Sean O’Brien, Eoin Davoran; Gearoid Kelly, Gearoid Cahill; Kevin Keane, Cillian Clancy, James Organ; Shane O’Brien, Micheál Duffy Cillian McGroary;

Subs: Gearoid Hanrahan for E. Fitzgerald; Caoimhin O’Donovan for C. McGroary; Cian Doolin for C. Clancy; John Rees for M. Duffy; Cormac Walsh for C. Fitzgerald;

Tubber: Ronan Taaffe; Dara O’Connor, Fergal O’Grady, Emmett Quinn; Cathal Droney, Pappy Taaffe, James Howard; Blaine Earley, Patrick O’Connor; Diarmuid Tobin, Donal McMahon, John Fawle; Joe Clancy, Lorcan O’Grady, Clive Early;

Subs: James Costello for D. O’Connor; Mark Earley for C. Earley; Tommy Fahy for D. Tobin; Brian Clancy for J. Fawle; Alan Lee for E, Quinn.

Referee: Fearghal Gray (Feakle)

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