*David McNamara holds onto the ball. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill A STORMING SECOND half display sent Éire Óg through to the Munster club senior football semi-finals for the second year in a row.
*Éire Óg supporters in the Town End of Cusack Park. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill NOT ALONE did they create history in winning successive Clare SFC titles for Éire Óg but wing back Ciaran Russell acknowledged the importance of their win in inspiring the next crop of club talent.
*Tomás Kelly celebrating St Joseph’s Tulla’s Harty Cup win over Ard Scoil Rís. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill COUNTY FINALS ARE OFTEN won by “the supporting cast” and that is likely to be the case in Sunday’s eagerly awaited clash between Ballyea and Éire Óg, Harty Cup winning coach Tomás Kelly maintained.
*Ballyea wing-forward, Cathal O’Connor. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill An already novel derby final pairing between Ballyea and Éire Óg also has the distinction of being the first hurling decider to have more players with senior inter-county football experience than the hurling equivalent.
*Gary Brennan. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill BALLYEA HAVE been boosted in their efforts to retain the Canon Hamilton with the return of two time Clare SHC winner, Gary Brennan to their panel.
*Philip Talty gets away from James Murphy. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill COUNTY CHAMPIONS ÉIRE ÓG are on course to retain the Jack Daly after producing a sterling display to see off Clondegad and book their place in the last four of the senior championship.
*Cian O’Dea battles with Cillian O’Sullivan. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill CLARE HAVE DEFEATED MEATH for the first time in the All-Ireland senior football championship to secure their place in the second round of the qualifiers.