*Aidan Moriarty in action against Whitegate’s Conor McDermott. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill
Hurling followers fortunate to have been in Inagh at noon on Saturday witnessed a cracking under 21 A hurling championship tie.
The game, which required extra time to get a result, produced some cracking scores from both sides and some outstanding performances before Clonlara booked a place in the quarter final.
Inagh/Kilnamona will face Newmarket-on-Fergus next week in a winner take all contest and based on their performance against Clonlara they certainly cannot be ruled out of the race for championship honours.
The winners led by three points at half time, 2-9 to 0-12, their goals having come from Aidan Moriarty and Cillian O’Brien.
At the end of normal time it was 3-15 to 0-24, the South Clare side’s third goal coming from Diarmuid Stritch.
At half time in extra time they held a one point lead, 3-19 to 0-27 and they had extended this to two points when referee Ger Hoey sounded the final whistle.
Aidan Moriarty was outstanding for the winners and he caused huge problems for the home side throughout. Diarmuid Stritch was another to excel for the winners in this contest
In a tie in which all six forwards got on the scoresheet, Inagh/Kilnamona’s top scorer was Conner Hegarty with 0-9. Sean Rynne hit 0-5 with 0-4 each from midfielder Niall Mullins and Josh Guyler.
Clonlara; Seimi Gully; Logan Ryan, Colm O’Meara, Jamie O’Connell; Cian Begley, Dylan McMahon (0-2), Luke Hannon; Tommy Walsh (0-2), Diarmuid Stritch (1-3); Louis Mc Cormack (0-1), Aidan Moriarty (1-3), James Carmody; Tom McLeish, Cillian O’Brien (1-8), Daniel Moloney (0-2);
Subs: Philip Cunningham (0-1) for McLeish; Aaron mConlon for Carmody; Luke Cunningham (0-1) for L. Hannon;
Inagh/Kilnamona: Niall Glynn; Ricky Wynne, Shane Woods, Colm Kearney; Liam Hehir, Jason Griffin, Eoin Foudy; Dean Lynch, Niall Mullins (0-4); Keith Barry (0-2), Conner Hegarty (0-9), Ronan Mescall (0-3); Josh Guyler (0-4), Sean Rynne (0-5), Keelan Guyler (0-3);
Subs: Jason Callinan for Hehir; Cathal Ryan for Lynch; Marc Callinan for Barry; Barry for Hegarty
Referee: Ger Hoey (Killanena)
In the under 21 B championship Broadford accounted for Wolfe Tones, winning by nine points on a score of 1-23 to 2-11. In mid week Kilmaley overcame Éire Óg on a scoreline of 2-15 to 1-13.
In the under 21 C 1 championship Whitegate overcame Ennistymon on a scoreline of 0-19 to 1-6.