*Brian Carey holds off Eoin Guilfoyle. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill
Pairings are now known for the knockout stages of the Clare Cup following the final round of group games played on Sunday.
Kilmaley suffered their first loss of the campaign but still finished top of Division 1A. They are safely through to the semi-finals as are Clonlara who recorded a big win in Kilmaley.
Crusheen have finished in third spot and are into the quarter finals following their five point victory over title holders Feakle while Sixmilebrige have secured fourth spot and a quarter final spot thanks to their victory over Clooney/Quin.
That loss for Clooney/Quin means that they will be in Division 1B next year as they join Cratloe in making the drop. In beating Cratloe, Inagh/Kilnamona secured the win they needed to remain in 1A for next season
Newmarket-on-Fergus and O’Callaghans Mills will replace Cratloe and Clooney Quin in 1 A next season after they finished top in 1B, Newmarket with their eight win of the campaign sealed top spot, a point ahead of the Mills.
Quarter-final pairings see Crusheen face the Mills and Sixmilebridge meeting Newmarket-on-Fergus, both games are scheduled to take place on Sunday evening at 6:30pm.
Relegated from 1B will be Éire Óg and Tulla, the town side going down despite beating Scariff while Tulla didn’t field against their neighbours O’Callaghans Mills.
Clonlara seal semi-final spot
First half goals from Ger Powell, Padraic O’Loughlin and Micheal Stritch helped Clonlara to this comfortable win over Kilmaley at the latter’s venue on Sunday.
The winners led by twelve points at the break when the score was 3-10 to 0-7 which left the home side with a big task for the second period.
Kilmaley did start the second half well but the goal they badly needed didn’t come until near the end, scored by Daire Keane by which time the visitors had sealed victory, their seventh of the campaign. Michael O’Malley returned to the Kilmaley side after a hiatus.
Clonlara: Séimí Gully; Thomas Walsh, Oisin O’Brien, Garath Kennedy; Mike Clancy, Dylan McMahon, Michael White; Ger Powell, Aidan Moriarty; Sean Begley, Kieran Galvin, Micheal O’Loughlin; Daniel Moloney, Padrac O’Loughlin, Michael Stritch;
Subs; Mick Stritch for Kennedy; Cormac O’Donovan for Galvin; Conor Bourke for P. O’Loughlin; Thomas Begley for M. O’Loughlin; Louis McCormack for O’Brien;
Kilmaley; Bryan O’Loughlin; Tommy Barry, Colin McGuane, Noel Casey; Enda Haren, Michael O’Malley, Aidan McGuane; Michael O’Neill, Brian Cahill; Eanna McMahon, Cian Moloney, Joe Carmody; Gearoid O’Grady, Daire Keane, James Fitzpatrick.
Subs; Sean Ronan for O’Grady; Peter Ronan for Carmody; Sean Kennedy for Fitzpatrick; Bradley Higgins for Haran;
Referee: Niall Malone, Éire Óg
Bridge send Clooney/Quin to Division 1B
Clooney-Quin will play in division 1 B in the Clare cup in 2023 after their loss to Sixmilebridge on Sunday left them second from bottom on the league stable.
A strong first half showing which helped them open a nine point lead, 0-12 to 0-3, saw the winners lay the foundation for this victory which has moved them into the quarter finals.
The availability of inter county panellists Shane Golden and Paidi Fitzpatrick helped bring about this result with Golden contributing 0-5 while Tiernan Agnew top scored with 0-6. Seadna Morey chipped in with 0-3.
Sixmilebridge: Derek Fahy; Jordan Downes, Noel Purcell, Leon Kelly; Paidi Fitzpatrick, Caimin Morey, Seadna Morey; Brian Carey, Conor Deasy; Cathal Lynch, Shane Golden, Pa Mulready; Tiernan Agnew, Lorcan Fitzpatrick, Brian Corry;
Subs; Ronan Tuohy for L. Fitzpatrick; Aidan Quilligan for Kelly; Luke O’Halloran for Lynch; Cathaoir Agnew for Deasy; Adam Murray for Mulready
Clooney-Quin: Keith Hogan; Brian McInerney, Shane McNamara, Evan Maxted; Mike McNamara, John Conneally, Conor Harrisson; Eoin Guilfoyle, Callum Hassett; Gary Hogan, Trevor Lee, Dara Keogh; Ronan O’Donnell, Eoin O’Brien, Shane Harrisson;
Subs: Conor Grogan for C. Harrisson; Luke Harisson for O’Donnell; Oisin Egan for McInerney; Colm Cassidy for G. Hogan; Conor O’Brien for Conneally.
Referee: John Bugler, Whitegate
Ballyea take control in second half
Venue: Glenomra Park, Broadford
Ahead by the minimum martin, 0-10 to 0-9, at the half way point, Ballyea struck for early second half goals from Mossy Gavin and Niall Deasy which steered them to a comfortable victory over Broadford.
Deasy again emerged as the winner’s top scorer with 1-10 to his credit while Gavin added four points to his goal on a day when inter county man Jack Browne filled the centre back position.
It was a depleted Brodford team with many regulars missing due to a combination of injuries, holidays and exams.
Ballyea: Barry Coote; Peter Casey, Brandon O’Connell, Brian Casey; Gearoid O’Connell. Jack Browne, James Murphy; Thomas Kelly, Stan Lineen; Damian Burke, Niall Deasy, Cathal Doohan; Mossy Gavin, Daniel Kelly, Martin O’Leary;
Subs; Evan Flynn for B. Casey; Cian Kirby for D. Kelly; Mark Crowe for G. O’Connell; Eoghan Donnellan for Burke; Fiachra Kirby for Lineen.
Broadford; Alan McMahon; Damian Keniry, Eoin Donnellan, Cormac O’Brien; Paddy Donnellan, Davy Boland, Jack Dillon; Jack O’Brien, Stiofan McMahon; Paul Moloney, Diarmuid O’Brien, Niall O’Farrell; Oisin Kavanagh, Sean Phelan, James Tuite
Subs; Denis Fahy for Phelan; Paul McNamara for Dillon; Eoin Powell for Tuite
Referee; Joe Mullins, Clonlara
A huge boost as Aidan McCarthy returns
Inagh/Kilnamona went into this tie knowing that a defeat could result in relegation to Division 1B.
While they will be happy to have won the game and secured their 1 A place for next season, the big news, for both club and county, from this tie was the return to action of Aidan McCarthy for his first game of the season. He played half of this tie and, its understood, he came through the action fit and well.
After an evenly fought opening half at the end of which they held a two point advantage, 1-9 to 1-7, the mid Clare side took control. An early second half goal from David Mescall saw them extend their lead and from here on they grew in confidence.
Keelan Guyler had struck for their first half goal while Cratloe’s goal came from the experienced Mikey Hawes.
Inagh/Kilnamona; Eamonn Foudy; Cathal McConigley, Damian Lafferty, Colin Shannon; Kevin Hehir, Jason McCarthy, Ricky Wynne; Eoin Fitzgerald, Conner Hegarty; Seamus Foudy, Shane McInerney, Evan McNamara; Josh Guyler, Keelan Guyler, David Mescall;
Subs: Aidan McCarthy for J. Guyler; Ronan Mescall for C. Hegarty; Padraig Devitt for Hehir; Conor Tierney for Fitzgerald
Cratloe: Gearoid Ryan; Jake Higgins, Liam Markham, David Collins; Enda Boyce, Damian Browne, Shane Neville; Sam Sheedy, Jack Donnelly; Michael Hawes, Rian Considine, Jack McMahon; Barry Gleeson, Matthew Danaher Shane Gleeson;
Subs; Thomas O’Connor for J Higgins; Jake Moylan for M. Danaher; Conor McGrath for B. Gleeson
Referee: Feargal Gray, Feakle
Another good win for Crusheen
Crusheen have finished in third place in Division 1A in the Clare Cup after they recorded their sixth win from nine starts when they accounted for cup holders Feakle at Feakle on Sunday.
The result means that Feakle didn’t make the play offs as they finished outside the top four.
Eight players shared in Crusheen’s impressive tally of 2-20 with the goals coming from the experienced Gerry O’Grady who lined out at full forward and substitute Luke Ketelaar. Murrough McMahon top scored with 0-6, five coming from placed balls.
Feakle looked to be heading for victory when they led by five points with ten minutes remaining but Crusheen dominated from there to the end.
Raymond Bane scored two goals for Feakle with Martin Daly also raising a green flag
Crusheen: Donal Tuohy; Mark Perrill, Cian Dillon, Sean Mhaoir; Tadhg Deane, Eanna McMahon, Diarmuid Mullins; Luke Hayes, Cilléin Mullins; Oisin O’Donnell, Jamie Fitzgibbon, Murrough McMahon; Conor O’Donnell, Gerry O’Grady, Fergus Kennedy;
Subs: Luke Ketelaar for O’Donnell; Alan Tuohy for Mhaoir;
Feakle: Liam O’Connor; Enda Madden, Evan McMahon, James Noonan; Justin Nelson, Eoin Tuohy, Gary Guilfoyle; Oisin O’Connor, Killian Bane; Enda Noonan, Stevie Conway, Martin Daly; Eoin McGuinness, Raymond Bane, Shane McGrath;
Subs: Fiachra Donnellan for McGuinness; Frankie O’Grady for J. Nelson
Referee: Kevin Corry, Sixmilebridge
Relegation for Éire Óg despite victory over Scariff
Éire Óg 0-21
Despite finishing their league campaign with this victory over Scariff on Sunday, Eire Og will play in division 2 next season.
Eire Og led from the outset on a day when wing forwards Oran Cahill and David McNamara impressed and contributed quite a number of points.
Scariff started the second half well but they failed to convert a Shane Kavanagh penalty as Philly Walsh in the Eire Og goal made a good save and the home side followed this with a couple of missed chances which proved costly.
The game’s only goal came from Keelan Hartigan shortly before the finish.
Éire Óg: Philly Walsh; Jack Lynch, Aidan McGrath, Conor O’Halloran; Marc O’Donnell, Aaron Fitzgerald, Eoin Guilfoyle; Thomas Downes, Rory Gallagher; Oran Cahill, Kevin Brennan, David McNamara; Sean Mullooly, Darren O’Brien, Michael Henegan;
Sub: Fionn McMorrow for Mullooly
Scariff: Liam Doyle; Conor Downes, Michael Scanlan, Padraig Brody; Diarmuid McNamara, Daniel Treacy, Martin Cunningham; Shane Kavanagh, Keelan Hartigan; Patrick Crotty, Eanna O’Brien, Michael Barrett; Scott Cairns, Sean Minogue, Fergus Madden;
Subs: Rossa Keehan for Barrett; Seamus McCaul for Brody; Ronan Corry for O’Brien; Tadhg Kavanagh for Cairns; Conor McNamara for Minogue
Referee; Neil O’Brien, O’Callaghans Mills;
Shanagher’s hat trick helps Wolfe Tones avoid relegation
Wolfe Tones 3-26
After his heroics at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Saturday when he made a key contribution to Clare’s win over Wexford, Aron Shanagher lined out for Wolfe Tones on Sunday and struck for a hat trick of goals for a victory which helped the Shannon club save their division 1 B status for the coming season.
Lying second from bottom going into the final round of games, relegation to division 2 faced the Shannon side but they showed a big improvement on recent form helped by the availability of inter county men Rory Hayes and Shanagher.
Bobby Duggan made his first start this season for Clarecastle and he scored their second goal and added a number of points. Killian McDermott was the team’s other goalscorer.
The Magpies were dealt a blow when Cian Galvin suffered a broken hand shortly before the final whistle.
Wolfe Tones: Pa Freeman; Davy Ryan, Liam Murphy, Gary Cusack; Darragh Lohan, Rory Hayes, Steve Donnellan; Ben O’Gorman, Daithi Lohan; Kevin McCafferty, Dylan Frawley, Aron Shanagher; Billy Connors, Cian O’Rourke, Dean Devanney;
Subs: Luke Merrigan for Daithi Lohan; Liam O’Dwyer for Shanagher; Gavin Carigg for Frawley; Shane Nihill for Ryan; Brian Murphy for Cusack;
Clarecastle: Cian Broderick; Aaron Hayes, Pa Tuohy, Colin Brigdale; Cian Galvin, Darragh Healy, Tommy Howard; Killian McDermott, Barry Morrisssey; James Doherty, Rory O’Connell, Conor Halpin; Evan O’Donnell, Bobby Duggan, Sean Egan;
Subs: David Tuohy for Hayes; Niall Brigdale for Morrissey; Jonathan Griffey for R. O’Connell; Niall Og Tuohy for Egan; Patrick Kelly for Galvin (inj)
Referee: Kieran Liddane,Sixmilebridge;
Newmarket finish top of Division 1B
Venue: Fr. Murphy Memorial Park, Newmarket-on-Fergus
A lively start which saw them race into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead helped Newmarket to this merited win over Whitegate.
Whitegate stormed back to lead 0-9 to 0-6 and it was 0-9 to 0-7 at half time but a strong start to the second half for the Blues proved decisive s did the game’s only goal which came from Peter Power early in the new half.
They led by the minimum margin, 1-10 to 0-12 at the three quarter stage before powering on for a six point win, a result which killed off Whitegate’s chance of reaching the play offs.
Newmarket-on-Fergus: Paudie Guilfoyle; Sean O’Connor, Jack Enright, Paudie McMahon; Colin Guilfoyle, Enda Barrett, Niall O’Connor; Stephen Casey, David Frost; Mikey McInerney, Liam Clancy, Jack O’Connor; Eoin Guilfoyle, Shane Lynch, Peter Power;
Subs: Colin Ryan for Frost; James McMahon for Lynch; Conor McCarthy for McInerney; Cian Foley for C. Guilfoyle
Whitegate: Andrew Fahey; Reuban Noyes, Eoin Quirke, Dylan White; Brendan Bugler, Colm Madden, Ian Fahy; Tomas Quirke, Luke Sugrue; Danny Hynes, Conor McDermott, Ciaran Keenan; Paul Burke, Ronan Hayes, Paddy Burke;
Subs; Thomas Holland for Paddy Burke; Donal Burke for Holland (inj); Liam Murray for McDermott; Eoin Patterson for Keenan.
Referee: Johnnie Healy, Smith O’Briens
Spoils shared at Gurteen
Smith O’Briens 0-19
St. Josephs Doora/Barefield 1-16
A share of the spoils resulted when Smith O’Brien and St. Josephs clashed in this Division 1B tie at Gurteen on Thursday evening.
The visitors enjoyed the better of matters in the opening half and this helped them to a six point lead at the break when the score was 0-15 to 1-6, the home side’s goal having come from David Conroy.
St. Josephs Doora/Barefield stepped up a gear in the third quarter and when the final whistle sounded a draw was a fair result although both sides can point to missed opportunities on the evening.
Smith O’Briens; Adrian Power; Mark Stritch, David Gough, Cian Moloney; Cathal Stritch, Eddie Bourke, Dwayne Sheedy; Tommy Reddan, Micheal Ryan; Noel McInerney, Mark O’Halloran, Pa Aherne; Jason Monahan, Shane Geraghty, Mikey O’Shea;
Subs; Eoin Power for Monahan; Caimin Quigley for Aherne; Dean Lawlor for Geraghty;
St. Josephs Doora/Barefield; Paul Madden; Eoghan Talty, Brian Clancy, Peter Collins; Ciaran O’Driscoll, Adam Mungovan, Donal O’Halloran; Brian Guilfoyle. Tom Hannan; Davy Conroy, Jack Hannan, Conor Hassett; Bruce Pigott, Eoin Hanrahan, Eoghan Thynne;
Subs; Cian Moloney for Hassett; Kevin Meaney for Collins (inj).
Referee: Chris Maguire, Wolfe Tones
Tulla concede to O’Callaghans Mills
Citing the unavailability of a large number of their panel due to exams, holidays and injuries, Tulla did not attend at their own Dr. Daly Park for this clash with neighbous O’Callaghans Mills on Sunday.
After the previous round of games, Tulla were third from bottom in the group and a win over the Mills would have seen them move up a place.
Assuming a walkover to O’Callaghans Mills is confirmed, it will mean that Tulla will compete in division 2 next season