*Grace Carmody. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

KILMALEY have one foot in the semi-finals of the Clare Senior Camogie Championship.

Their 0-16 1-09 win over Sixmilebridge on Friday evening looks set to have eliminated both The Bridge and Newmarket-on-Fergus in one full swoop. Their fate would be sealed with a final round win over St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield with Scariff/Ogonnelloe meeting Sixmilebridge.

In Group 1, Inagh/Kilnamona and Kilkishen/Bodyke both recorded wins to stay tied on second position, before their clash with Truagh/Clonlara it is Inamona who have the better scoring difference and are just ahead of Kilkishen/Bodyke in their bid to make the last four.

Inagh/Kilnamona keep semi-final hopes alive

Inagh/Kilnamona 4-13
Feakle/Killanena 0-9
Venue: Fr McNamara Park

Leading by half-time at 3-08 0-05, Inagh/Kilnamona had matters wrapped up at this stage as they kept their championship aspirations well and truly alive.

Feakle/Killanena despite showing immense promise when winning the 2020 intermediate title continue to struggle at the senior grade, particularly this year with their fourteen point loss highlighting the growing gulf existing in the top tier.

A highlight of the contest was Fiona Lafferty’s converted sideline cut, the first ever at the country grounds.

Scorers Inagh/Kilnamona: Danielle Griffin (2-06), Aoibhin Ryan (1-02), Clare Hehir (1-00 1f), Sinead Power (0-03), Fiona Lafferty (0-02 SC).

Scorers Feakle/Killanena: Lorna McNamara (0-06 3f), Robyn Conway (0-02), Zi Yan Spillane (0-01).

Inagh/Kilnamona: Rebecca Keating; Michelle Mescall, Michaela Roughan, Cathy Cullinan; Laoise Ryan, Clare Hehir, Tierna Hegarty; Amy Keating, Fiona Lafferty; Amy Shannon, Laura Rynne, Jane Fitzgerald; Sinead Power, Danielle Griffin, Aoibhin Ryan.
Subs: Orla Vaughan for Shannon, Claire Commane for Fitzgerald (49)

Feakle/Killanena: Roisin Quilligan; Aoife Tuohy, Eileen Daly, Laura McGrath; Ella MacNamara, Claire McNamara, Sophie Conway; Rachael McNamara, Evelyn Duggan; Zi Yan Spillane, Lorna McNamara, Roisin McMahon; Robyn Conway, Louise O’Callaghan, Shauna Canny.

Subs: Clodagh Gray for Tuohy, Sinead O’Callaghan for R McNamara, Clodagh Moloney for Daly.

Referee: Jim Hickey (Cratloe)

Kilkishen/Bodyke put neighbours Clooney/Quin in danger zone

Kilkishen/Bodyke 5-12
Clooney/Quin 1-03
Venue: Wolfe Tones Camogie Grounds, Shannon

Without the trio of Orlaith Duggan, Deirdre Murphy and Emma Considine, three of their top players, the hour was always going to be difficult for Clooney/Quin who now found themselves at the bottom of Group A alongside Feakle/Killanena.

To seal the deal, Kilkishen/Bodyke raided for 3-01 in the final three minutes but the result was not in doubt from the get-go.

Caoimhe Kelly scored a hat-trick of goals for the winners as their bid to make back to back semi-finals is still alive.

Scorers Kilkishen/Bodyke: Caoimhe Kelly (3-00), Siobhán Lenihan (0-07 7f), Alannah Ryan (1-02), Kate O’Gorman (1-00), Kate Lynch (0-02), Aoife Lynch (0-01).

Scorers Clooney/Quin: Aisling Hannon (1-00), Ciara Grogan (0-01).

Kilkishen/Bodyke: Edel McNamara; Katie Frost, Orla O’Brien, Nollaig Baker; Rebecca Burke, Alannah Ryan, Eimear Murphy; Aine Lenihan, Eilis Whitney; Kate O’Gorman, Caoimhe Kelly, Siobhán Lenihan; Ciara Ryan, Kate Lynch, Aoife Ryan.

Clooney/Quin: Ella Moloney; Kathy Halpin, Nicole O’Riordan, Lucy O’Donnell; Emer Hynes, Ciara Grogan, Anna Doyle; Emma Deegan, Claire Murphy; Emily Maloney, Emer Moynihan, Saoirse Kelly; Clodagh Quinn, Emma Quinn, Eileen Collins.
Subs: Aisling Hannon for Keogh.

Referee: Kevin Walsh (Wolfe Tones)

Newmarket-on-Fergus too strong for Doora/Barefield

Newmarket-on-Fergus 2-14
St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield 0-09
Venue: O’Garney Park, Sixmilebridge

For the third championship campaign in a row, Newmarket-on-Fergus proved a level above St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield and recorded an eleven point win.

However it is likely to be insufficient in their bid to make the knockout stages with earlier losses to Kilmaley and Scariff/Ogonnelloe leaving them reliant on major upsets in the final round.

Although Newmarket roared into a 1-04 0-00 advantage, they conceded seven of the final nine scores in the opening half to ensure there was just two points between the sides at the interval.

The Blues upped it a notch on the resumption and carved out a six point lead before Niki Kaiser struck for their second goal.

Having failed to win a game at the senior grade since their promotion from intermediate, The Parish will now be fighting for their status with one team to be relegated from the top tier.

Scorers Newmarket-on-Fergus: Niki Kaiser (1-02), Kaci Toomey (1-02), Laura McMahon (0-05 2f), Michelle McMahon (0-02), Jenny Kelly (0-02), Ellen Casey (0-01).

Scorers St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield: Hannah Meaney (0-05), Louise Woods (0-02), Shauna Moloney (0-01), Aisling Hannon (0-01).

Newmarket-on-Fergus: Lauryn Flaherty; Aoife Crimmins, Carol O’Leary, Maeve Begley; Caoimhe Lally, Ellen Casey, Aoife Griffin; Jenny Kelly, Katie O’Flanagan; Niki Kaiser, Michelle McMahon, Clodagh O’Halloran; Kaci Toomey; Laura McMahon, Ann Marie Hayes.
Subs: Grainne McMahon for Griffin (52), Rachel Kelleher for Hayes (57).

St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield: Karen McMahon; Fiona Tuohy, Megan O’Brien, Meadhbh O’Connor; Orla Moloney, Chloe Towey, Eimear Casey; Shauna Moloney, Aisling McMahon; Aoife Shannon, Siofra Ní Chonaill, Hannah Meaney; Kate Harrington, Aisling Hannon, Louise Woods.
Subs: Hannah Doyle for Tuohy (34), Katie Callaghan for Shannon (39), Sinead O’Connor for O Moloney (45), Amy Lenihan for Meaney (54).

Referee: Kevin Egan (St Colemans, Galway)

Kilmaley keep on track for semi-final appearance

Kilmaley 0-16
Sixmilebridge 1-09
Venue: Ruan

Sixmilebridge let a glorious chance slip to keep their chances of making the semi-finals alive when they lost out by four points to Kilmaley.

Leading by three points at half-time, The Bridge tacked on just two points in the entire second half and coughed up four scoreable opportunities while falling down when Kilmaley finished on a high with the last five scores of their encounter.

Scorers Kilmaley: Claire McMahon (0-08 4f), Grace Carmody (0-03), Caoimhe Cahill (0-01), Jodie Cahill (0-01), Caoimhe Carmody (0-01), Sarah Ní Cheallaigh (0-01).

Scorers Sixmilebridge: Chloe Morey (0-07 3’45, 3f), Olivia Phelan (1-00), Niamh Lyons (0-01), S Loughnane (0-01 1f).

Kilmaley: Chloe McAleer; Lauren Cahill, Rebecca Cahill, Lisa Kennedy; Niamh O’Dea, Leona Grace; Sarah Ní Cheallaigh, Caoimhe Carmody; Caoimhe Cahill, Claire McMahon, Jodie Cahill; Nora O’Rourke, Emily Cahill , Grace Carmody.

Subs: Chloe Neylon for L Cahill (HT), Martina Keane for O’Rourke (40).

Sixmilebridge: Sinead Hogan; Aoife Hurley, Kiah Mellett, Deanna Considine; Emma Kennedy, Rachel Kelly, Helena Ryan; Maire McGrath, Hannah Wilson; Niamh Lyons, Sarah Loughnane, Finia O’Brien; Olivia Phelan, Chloe Morey, Aoibhín McNamara.
Subs: Muireann Scanlon for O’Brien (57) (inj), Eloise O’Brien for Kennedy (60).

Referee: Andy McMahon (Cratloe)
Intermediate:
Corofin 3-05 Éire Óg 0-09
Clarecastle/Ballyea 0-17 Broadford 1-14
Whitegate 1-16 Tulla 0-09

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