Cratloe and Kilmurry-Ibrickane last met in the Clare senior football final in 2016 when a replay was needed to produce a winner.
Considering their extensive rivalry over the past decade, one shouldn’t have been at all surprised that Kilmurry Ibrickane and Cratloe are the last two standing in the race for the Jack Daly.
A Podge Collins inspired Cratloe advanced to their first Clare SFC final since 2016 narrowly defeating an impressive St Breckans side.
Cratloe deservedly advanced to their fifth consecutive Senior Football Championship Semi-Final after a powerful finish saw them produce a dramatic seven point turnaround to end St Joseph’s Miltown’s two year reign in Cusack Park on Sunday evening.
It was effectively a case of all’s well that ends well for Cratloe after an injury-time brace from Diarmuid Ryan cemented a place in Sunday’s quarter-final against holders St Joseph’s Miltown.
With Kilmurry Ibrickane, Lissycasey and St Breckan’s safely into the final four of the senior football championship, the semi-final line-up will be completed this weekend as four teams vie for just one solitary spot in in a two match blitz, writes Eoin Brennan
Lissycasey have booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the Clare SFC causing an upset by defeating Cratloe.
Having reached the pinnacle of a historic County Senior Hurling and Football Championship double in 2014, a feat not realised in 100 years, Cratloe were always going to be scrutinised by that standard ever since.
A stellar lineup of games are on the cards in the opening round of the Clare SHC, Cratloe’s first outing against Kilmaley is certainly among them.
*Daragh Sexton offloads the ball under pressure from Sean Collins. Photograph: Sean Collins A first ever senior championship final meeting…