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Last eight places secured by Feakle, Ballyea & Éire Óg

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*Éire Óg’s Darren O’Brien gets away from Cillian Fennessy. Photograph: Raymond O’Mahony

Feakle, Ballyea and Éire Óg have secured their spots in the quarter-finals of the Clare SHC.

County champions Ballyea bounced back from their disappointing second round loss to Sixmilebridge with a convincing 2-24 0-14 win over Wolfe Tones. Tony Kelly (1-07) and Niall Deasy (1-05) accounted for 2-12 of their tally. Deasy’s goal on the twenty eighth minute of the first half would put seven points between the sides, up to then the Shannon side were certainly in the contest. They limited the Tones to just three points in the second half while adding 1-13 themselves.

Éire Óg are through to their fourth consecutive Clare SHC quarter-final following a deserved 2-13 1-14 victory against Newmarket-on-Fergus. First half goals from Darren O’Brien and the lively Danny Russell gave the Ennis club a slender one point advantage at half-time, with a strong wind at their backing the Townies would have been worried at the break not to have been further ahead. Despite dominating the first ten minutes, the Blues had only a single score on the board which would prove costly as the contest progressed. Stephen Kelly once again put in a strong display for Newmarket, he goaled in the second half and despite the game going down to the wire, Éire Óg did enough to qualify.

Reigning intermediate champions Feakle booked their spot in the last eight coming through in a hard-fought battle with Clooney/Quin, it finished 3-17 1-21 in their favour. Clooney/Quin started the better with five different scores in the opening quarter however Feakle finished the half with a 2-03 brace in five minutes to lead 2-09 0-12 at the break. Ger Hanrahan was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence reducing the East Clare men to fourteen, their opponents took a lift from it with Ryan Taylor ratting the net soon after. The insurance score for Michael Guilfoyle’s side came when Enda Noonan pushed the sliotar over the line on fifty seven minutes.

Whitegate and Clarecastle have consolidated their senior status for 2020. The East Clare derby between Whitegate and O’Callaghans Mills finished 3-18 1-15 with Clarecastle beating Tulla 1-19 1-12.

Having contested the Clare IHC relegation final last year, Killanena have had quite the turnaround as they now find themselves in the quarter-finals following their 0-17 0-14 win over a fancied Parteen. Sixmilebridge’s second string had too much for Corofin (3-17 2-16). Goals from Cian Shannon, Tom Barry and Paul O’Looney helped Inagh/Kilnamona on their way to a 3-10 0-10 victory against Cratloe. Doora/Barefield limited Bodyke to three points in the second half as they as expected advanced to the last eight, recording a 1-19 0-11 win.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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