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Way clear for ladies football semi-finals

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*Action from the intermediate tie involving Burren Gaels & Fergus Rovers. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography

The way is clear for the semi-finals of the Clare ladies senior and intermediate football championships following Monday’s round three series of games.

At senior level champions Kilmihil advanced thanks to a 1-11 to 2-6 victory over Cuil Gaels and they will now face the hotly fancied Banner ladies in next week’s semi-final.

While the final scoreline shows that the margin between the teams at the final whistle was just two points, Kilmihil held the upperhand on the evening.

Sarah Browne was their goalscorer and she also chipped in with two points while Becky Mahon landed 0-4, three coming from frees. Ellie O’Gorman, Dearbhla Higgins, Trish Murray and Emma O’Grady were amongst the point scorers for the winners while Emma McMahon scored both goals for Cuil Gaels, one coming from the penalty spot.

West Clare Gaels sealed their semi-final spot and a meeting with Coraclare when they accounted for St. Josephs, Doora-Barefield on Monday evening.

The final score was 1-12 to 0-6 with the winner’s goal coming from Fidelma Marrinan. The foundations for the win were laid in defence where the West Clare combination ruled while up front Fidelma Marrinan and Caoimhe Harvey caused a lot of problems for the Doora-Barefield outfit.

In the intermediate championship Liscanor booked a semi-final date against Miltown when they scored a 1-15 to 2-9 victory over Eire Og.

The North Clare side started well and had opened a good lead by the first water break. They went on to lead by two points at the interval.

Éire Óg fought back in the second half and drew level with their opponents but they never managed to hit the front and Liscannor finished strongly for a merited win

Roisin Considine was the winner’s goalscorer while Katie and Sinead Considine and Sharon Roche did well throughout.

Fergus Rovers put in a strong final quarter to record a 3-10 to 1-10 win over Burren Gaels at Lissycasey. Rovers are now through to play Kilmurry-Ibrickane in next week’s semi-final.

Burren Gaels led by two points, 0-6 to 0-4 at the interval and when they goaled just after the break things did not look good for the home side. Rovers stepped up a gear in the final quarter and goals from Ciara O’Malley, Alanna Hanrahan and Bernie Kealy sealed a merited win and a semi-final spot.

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