Ava Cotter tries to push off Laura Egan and Dervla Higgins. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

As winners of the only group of four in the Clare ladies senior football championship, Kilmihil are through to the semi-finals.

Following the weekend’s round three games, the way is clear for the quarter finals and the pairings are as follows: Doora/Barefield v Kilmurry-Ibrickane; Banner Ladies v Burren Gaels; West Clare Gaels v Fergus Rovers. The first named team in each case will have home advantage

McNamara’s goal seals win for Kilmihil

Kilmihil 1-10
Fergus Rovers 0-10
Venue: Ballynacally

A third win in a row has steered Kilmihil into the semi-finals of the Clare ladies senior football championship.

Their latest victory was over Fergus Rovers in an entertaining contest played at Ballynacally on Sunday.

The teams were evenly matched throughout and Kilmihil had to work hard to justify favouritism. They led by two points at the interval when the score was 1-6 0-7, the goal having come from Aine McNamara.

Both sides kicked seven scores each in the opening half in what was a lively contest. Kilmihil had the opening point before rovers kicked three in a row. The game’s only goal came just before the end of the first quarter and it put the winners into a two point lead.

Rovers full back Gillian Griffin was sin binned with just under ten minutes to go to half time and this was a blow to their hopes.

Scores weren’t as plentiful in the second half but the winners managed to hold that slight advantage.

Kilmihil: Michaela Glynn; Katie O’Halloran, Ellie O’Gorman, Megan Downes-Rigney; Sarah Browne, Rosie Currane, Aoife McNamara; Dearbhla Higgins, Laura Egan; Una Downes (0-1), Becky Mahon (0-5), Siobhan Carr; Edel McNamara (0-2), Aine McNamara (1-1), Katie Mullen(0-1);

Subs: Catriona O’Gorman for Una Downes; Ciara Coughlan for Edel McNamara.

Fergus Rovers; Aoife Griffin, Fiona Breen, Gillian Griffin, Eimear Burke, Clara Meaney, Ava Cotter, Lauren Griffin; Louise Griffin, Orla Hogan, Shauna Melican, Aisling Costelloe 0-5 (0-2f), Sophie Culleton 0-1, Sadbh Griffin 0-3 (0-2f), Meabh Ryan 0-1, Ria Meaney.

Sub; Meabh McCarthy for F. Breen (inj)

Referee: Paul Howard (Ruan)

West Clare bounce back strongly

West Clare Gaels 2-15
Kilmurry-Ibrickane 4-6
Venue: Páirc Naomh Mhuire, Quilty

West Clare Gaels proved too strong for Kilmurry Ibrickane in this tie played at Quilty on Sunday.

Kilmurry Ibrickane got off to a great start with two goals inside the opening five minutes but West Clare got a grip on the tie and they battled back with some excellent scores despite the absence of their inter county star, Fidelma Marrinan.

Ellie Hanrahan (2), Karen Galvin and Ciara McCarthy were goal scorers on the day for the Bricks while Ella Nagle scored 2-1 for the winners with Shauna and Caoimhe Harvey each shooting 0-5.

West Clare Gaels: Ciara Harvey; Sarah Marrinan, Ruth Ferguson, Amber Keane Thompson; Serena Clancy, Grainne Harvey, Ella Nagle; Caoimhe Harvey, Emer Hanrahan; Aine Moloney, Shauna Harvey, Colette Keniry; Roisin Brew, Clodagh Keane, Siobhan Keane;
Subs: Ailish Marrinan for S. Marrinan; Isabella Madigan for E. Hanrahan; Grace Marrinan for A. Moloney; Sorcha Griffin for R Brew; Clara Keogh for C Keane; Tara Keane for S. Keane

Kilmurry Ibrickane; Katie McMahon; Maeve Coughlan, Rebecca Doohan, Niamh Miller; Aoife Hickey, Rachel Tubridy, Jessica Doohan; Ciara McCarthy, Sophie Daly; Katlyn O’Connor, Amy Sexton, Ellie Hanrahan; Joanna Doohan, Chloe Moloney, Karen Galvin;

Subs: Emma Coughlan for J. Doohan; Maura Garvey for A. Hickey; Siofra O’Dea for K O’Connor;

Big win for St. Joseph’s

St. Joseph’s Doora/Barefield 3-15
Burren Gaels 1-7
Venue: Gurteen

St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield ran up a big score when accounting for Burren Gaels at Gurteen on Sunday when they recorded their first win of the campaign having drawn with Fergus Rovers a week earlier.

Sophie Torpey with a goal at the start of each half and Chloe Towey were the goalscorers for the winners whose next outing will be in the quarter finals.

Caoimhe Byrne O’Connell was the North Clare side’s goalscorer while Sally King, Emma Healy and Laura Griffin were the point scorers.

Doora Barefield: Jane Quinn; Aisling McMahon, Hannah Doyle, Meadhbh O’Connor; Anna Courtney, Aisling Hannon, Róisín Cahill; Ciara Cahill, Siofra Ni Chonaill; Sophie Torpey, Aisling Reidy, Lyndsay Clarke; Chloe Towey, Caoimhe Hoey, Shauna Moloney.

Subs; Aoibhinn O’Loughlin for S. Moloney (inj); Amy Lenihan for C. Towey; Eimear O’Loughlin for R. Cahill; Katie Callaghan for S. Torpey; Siun McNamara for C. Hoey; Sinead O’Connor for M. O’Connor; Holly O’Loughlin for L Clarke

Burren Gaels: Aishling O’Brien; Ellie O’Dwyer, Ailbhe McGann, Aine Hegarty; Sadhbh Blood, Caoileann McCormack, Caoimhe Byrne O’Connell; Teresa Collins, Orla O’Gorman; Lisa Sheils, Sally King, Emma Healy; Aileen O’Reilly, Nora O’Dwyer, Laura Griffey;

Subs: Aoife Forde for E. O’Dwyer (inj) Fiona Loughman for S King.

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