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.
Kildysart, St Josephs Doora/Barefield and Shannon Gaels have qualified for the semi-finals of the intermediate football championship following their second round victories over O’Currys, Michael Cusacks and Kilfenora respectively at the weekend.
Kilmurry Ibrickane have qualified for their tenth Clare SFC semi-final in twelve years after overcoming the challenge of Éire Óg on Sunday afternoon.
While Cratloe are self-isolating following a difficult week, their senior football championship rivals battle it out in Round 2 for coveted semi-final spots, three by means of the direct route and the remaining place eventually emanating from the dreaded thunderdome that is the losers section writes Eoin Brennan
Knockout clashes in the Clare SFC and IFC will proceed this weekend except the meeting of Cratloe and Clondegad.
Pairings for the Clare SHC quarter-finals were due to be known on Monday evening, however the scheduled draw was postponed earlier this afternoon.
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.
Reigning county champions St Josephs Miltown will have to overcome Doonbeg in a repeat of last year’s semi-final if they are to hold onto the Jack Daly, it is one of many cracking ties on the cards in the next round of the Clare SFC.
Kildysart’s superior fitness proved decisive as they eeked out a one point win over Corofin in what was a most entertaining intermediate football championship first round game at Cusack Park on Friday evening.
A place in the quarter-finals is the reward for Éire Óg as they recorded a comprehensive twelve point win.