For the first time, Sixmilebridge and Cratloe will meet in the final of the Clare SHC at 3:15pm today, The Clare Echo sought the opinions of five well-known figures to assess how the game will go.
*Shane Hickey and Shane Gleeson will be crossing paths in two weeks. Photograph: Martin Connolly Fresh off the back of the weekend’s quarter-finals, the semi-final draw for the Clare SFC and IFC took place on Monday evening.
*Philip Talty is tackled by Brian Egan. Photograph: Raymond O’Mahony A dramatic finish in extra time saw Doonbeg score two goals in added time to knock Éire Óg out of the Clare senior football championship.
*Sixmilebridge’s Seadna Morey. Photograph: Chris Copley It was far from their finest hour but Sixmilebridge managed to hold off a defiant Éire Óg and keep their aspirations of winning a fourteenth Clare SHC title alive.
*Éire Óg’s Dara Walsh will be facing off with Doonbeg in the last eight. Photograph: Mark Hayes Cratloe versus Ennistymon is the pick of the round following Monday evening’s draw for the Clare SFC quarter-finals.
*Colin Smyth breaks away from James Murphy and Gary Brennan. Photograph: Mark Hayes Éire Óg recorded back to back championship wins sending 2017 finalists Clondegad into a relegation battle.
*Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor. Photograph: Martin Connolly Departing joint senior hurling manager, Gerry O’Connor has encouraged the Clare County Board to extend Donal Moloney’s tenure in charge.
Amalgamation Naomh Eoin/O’Currys will be exempt from relegation in the 2019 Clare SFC.
*Mícheál O’Loughlin’s effort sails over the bar during Clonlara’s 2016 county semi-final win over Cratloe. Photograph: Martin Connolly Pairings are now known for the Clare SHC quarter-finals following Monday’s draw in Clareabbey.
*Cratloe’s Conor McGrath. Photograph: Martin Connolly A place in the quarter-finals of the Clare SHC will be the prize for the winners of the four ties taking place this weekend.