*Jamie Stack in action against Seanie Malone. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography
THERE WAS EXTRA TIME aplenty this weekend as the final two in the bid to lift the Jack Daly are known.
An additional period of analysis follows on the latest episode of The Water Break where we’re joined by ex Clare footballer and selector, Ger Keane, former Clare minor manager and current St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield selector Maurice Walsh plus former St Breckan’s footballer and manager Neil Hawes who has been joint-manager of the Clare U20s and former coach to Clondegad.
St Breckan’s advanced to a first Clare SFC final since 1996 when overcoming St Joseph’s Miltown after extra time on Saturday evening.
It took more than extra time for Cratloe to dethrone Éire Óg, they had to settle proceedings on a penalty shootout with Podge Collins getting the deciding penalty.
Corofin consolidated their status at senior when lowering Clondegad to intermediate, a game that also went to extra time.
Kilrush Shamrocks and Kilmihil accounted for Wolfe Tones and Naomh Eoin respectively to set up a repeat of the 2017 Clare IFC final.
On the clár:
- A fantastic feast of football with games not far off inter-county pace
- Pundits get stuck on the fence
- Penalties not the way to decide games in the GAA
- Cratloe’s character shines through
- Cream always rises to the top
- Chinks exposed in the Éire Óg armour from quarter-final
- Officiating debated on penalty shout
- Special masses in North Clare
- Hurt of previous defeats driving St Breckan’s
- Resilience of Breckan’s swung momentum back in their favour
- A step back in the right direction for St Joseph’s Miltown despite exit
- Colm Collins vs Declan O’Keeffe
- Disappointment for Clondegad
- Kilmihil favourites to prevail versus Kilrush in intermediate decider
- Work must go into reviving Wolfe Tones