Ballyea booked their spot in the last four of the Clare SHC following a hard-fought encounter with Kilmaley on Saturday evening.
The Clare Senior Hurling Championships could be completely behind closed doors for the very first time but that unprecedented outcome shouldn’t take from the quality and intensity of fare on offer writes Eoin Brennan who looks ahead to this weekend’s intriguing knock-out quartet of senior hurling championship matches.
Wins at the Galway Track on Friday and Saturday night for Owner Trainer Donal Cooney proved the ideal start for the O’Callaghans Mills man who continued his winning streak in Cusack Park as part of the management team that led the Fireballs back into the last eight of the Clare SHC.
Two major local derbies are on the cards in the Clare SHC quarter-finals with some exciting clashes also in store for the Clare IHC last eight.
Knockout clashes in the Clare SFC and IFC will proceed this weekend except the meeting of Cratloe and Clondegad.
Less a statement of intent than a professionally clinical assignment for Ballyea who brushed past the disappointing challenge of Clooney-Quin to reach their eighth successive quarter-final in O’Garney Park, Sixmilebridge on Sunday evening.
Action steps up a gear in the Clare SHC with the second round representing a do or die knockout clash for all senior sides, Eoin Brennan previews what we can expect.
Drumquin farmer, Johnny O’Brien made an interesting discovery on his lands in 1982.
Two time county champions Ballyea began their 2020 Clare SHC with a win coming out on top against battle-hardened Crusheen on Sunday afternoon
Ballyea are buoyed by the presence of their key men as they fine-tune preparations for their opening outing of the Clare senior hurling championship, it’s an experience they haven’t been used to.