*Patrick Kelly catches the sliotar above Gearoid O’Connell. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill SCORING DIFFERNENCE is going to play a key role in influencing the make-up of the participants in the knockout stages and relegation play-offs of the Clare SHC, Clarecastle’s senior hurling manager has said.
*Crusheen’s Ross Hayes. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill CRUSHEEN’S “high standards” on and off the field will need to be applied this weekend as they aspire to collect their first win of the Clare SHC while Inagh/Kilnamona still have question marks on the fitness of Conner Hegarty and Kevin Hehir.
*The experienced Cian Dillon will be at the heart of the Crusheen defence. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Having experienced the heartbreak and deflation of being relegated before an eleventh hour provincial reprieve, if there ever was a kick in Crusheen, it has to come in the next two months.
*Killian McDermott goes to ground as Paddy Vaughan closes in. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Crusheen manager, Kevin Sheehan has expressed his hope that he will remain in charge of the Blood and Bandages next season.
*Clarecastle’s Killian McDermott. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Ten-time Clare SHC champions Clarecastle have been relegated from the senior ranks for the first time in their history while Crusheen one of the top teams in the county in the past decade have also dropped to the intermediate grade.
*Fergal Lynch goaled in the opening half. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Clooney-Quin are on the brink of consolidating their senior hurling status after completing back-to-back relegation group wins with a commanding victory over Crusheen in Shannon this afternoon.
*Diarmuid O’Brien and Cian Dillon contest the dropping ball. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill A dramatic chink of light at the end of a cauldron of tension saw Danny Reddan pop up with a last gasp equalising point as Broadford sent Crusheen crashing into the dreaded relegation group.
*Stan Lineen offloads as Jamie Fitzgibbon closes in. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill A Crusheen side in transition are experiencing ‘difficult lessons’ at the senior grade, manager Kevin Sheehan admitted.