But it took extra-time to separate the sides with the Shannon club coming out on top by 2-9 to 1-10.
At the end of normal time it was 1-7 apiece after St Breckan’s led by 1-4 to 0-5 at half-time. In extra-time, Wolfe Tones, with Gary Leahy and Brian O’Connell in fine form, shaded it by two points.
At Doonbeg on Saturday, Cooraclare became the first club to reach the quarter-finals when they defeated Shannon Gaels, 0-13 to 0-8. Also on Saturday at Kilmihil, last year’s finalists St Joseph’s Doora Barefield recorded a one-point win (0-12 to 0-11) over St Senan’s Kilkee. This second loss for the Seasiders means they will now be involved in a relegation contest.
At Miltown Malbay yesterday, Ennistymon made it into the last eight for only the second time in their history when they had a comprehensive 1-15 to 1-6 victory over North Clare neighbours and rivals Liscannor.
Having led by 0-8 to 0-3 at half-time, a Sean McConigley goal in the 45th minute set Ennistymon up to take the honours while Robert Lucas grabbed a late consolation goal for Liscannor. Doonbeg also reached the quarter-final after defeating Clondegad by 2-14 to 3-9 at Kilmihil yesterday.
At Cooraclare, Kilrush Shamrocks defeated St Joseph’s Miltown by 0-12 to 1-8. In a replay of a first round game at Clarecastle last evening, current champions Kilmurry-Ibrickane beat Cratloe 0-17 to 0-9.
The title holders led by 0-8 to 0-5 the half-time after playing into a stiff breeze.
Meanwhile, there were a number of senior hurling ties played in the Banner county also over the weekend. In a thriller at Clarecastle on Saturday evening, Clonlara edged out 2011 finalists Sixmilebridge by two points and effectively dashed the Bridge’s championship aspirations for this year.
The game ended 1-16 to 2-11, in favour of Clonlara, the 2008 title-holders. Sixmilebridge got off to the best possible start and led by 1-1 to 0-0 inside the first minute. Paul Fitzpatrick pointed immediately after the throw-in and moments later, veteran Niall Gilligan crashed to the net, setting the wheels in motion for a terrific contest.
By the break, Clonlara, trailed by 1-8 to 0-6 but a Colm Galvin goal three minutes into the second period reduced the deficit to two. Then a Caimin Morey goal from a penalty swung the momentum back in the Bridge’s favour.
In a thrilling second-half, Clonlara outscored their opponents by 1-10 to 1-3 with Nicky O’Connell shining at centre-back. With two and a half minutes on the clock, a fabulous point by Clonlara’s half-forward Jason Murphy levelled matters and subsequent late scores by sub, Tommy Begley and O’Connell from distance, snatched it at the death.
In the preceding game, Clooney-Quin and Kilmaley played out a draw. An injury-time point by Kilmaley’s Cian Moloney tied the game with Clooney-Quin finishing with 2-12 and their rivals on 1-15.
Peter Duggan proved to be Clooney-Quin’s hero, scoring 2-8 of his side’s tally.
On Thursday evening at Sixmilebridge, Inagh-Kilnamona overcame Clarecastle finishing 2-11 to 0-15 in front. First-half goals by Cathal Lafferty and Shane Griffin helped Inagh-Kilnamona record their second win after two outings.
Despite the fact that inter-county minor star Bobby Duggan scored nine points for the Magpies, he couldn’t prevent his team losing out for a second time in the championship.