Cratloe too hot for champions to handle

Kilmurry-Ibrickane, champions for the past two seasons, were brought back down to earth at Cusack Park on Saturday when they succumbed to an impressive Cratloe by 0-11 to 0-4, in round one.

The holders trailed by 0-7 to 0-2 at the break and had no answer to a Cratloe outfit that caused the first upset of the championship. To add insult to injury, Kilmurry were reduced to 14-men when full-back Darren Hickey was dismissed in the 47th minute for a second bookable offence.

Cooraclare had to wait until very late to gain victory over Kilrush Shamrocks at Labasheeda on Saturday. But in the end they had three points to spare (0-11 to 0-8) in a tight game, that was level at eight points apiece with three minutes on the clock. Rory Donnelly twice and John Looney kicked late scores to secure the win.

Éire Óg, Ennis enjoyed a good victory over Clondegad at Lissycasey, winning by 2-13 to 2-4. Ennis lead 0-7 to 0-3 at the break and two second half Graham Glynn goals, one from a penalty, set up a merited win. Podge McMahon replied with a pair of Clondegad goals. In the first of a double-header at Kilmihil on Saturday, St. Senan’s Kilkee defeated Wolfe Tones na Sionna by 1-11 to 1-5. The ‘Seasiders’ enjoyed a 1-4 to 1-1 half-time advantage and forged ahead in the second period. Veteran David Russell grabbed Kilkee’s goal while Chris Dunning claimed Tones’ three-pointer.

Kilmihil’s second game saw Doonbeg beat Lissycasey by 1-13 to 1-10 after extra-time. With two minutes remaining of normal time Lissycasey, trailing by 0-9 to 0-6, grabbed a David Considine goal. 2010 champions Doonbeg then snatched an early extra-time goal from a penalty by Brian Dillon. That vital score fired them on to claim the win. The St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield/Liscannor tie was also decided in extra-time at Miltown Malbay on Saturday. Level at seven points apiece at the end of normal time, St. Joseph’s came out on top, triumphing by 0-10 to 0-8 at the end of 80 minutes. This game produced four red cards with Stephen Collins and Kevin Dilleen for the winners and Alan Flaherty and Joe Considine receiving their marching orders.

At Corofin last evening, Ennistymon enjoyed the slenderest of victories over neighbours St. Breckan’s. They came out on top in this North Clare Derby by 1-9 to 1-8.

Leading by 1-5 to 0-4 at half-time, thanks to a Sean McConigley penalty in the 29th minute, Ennistymon had to withstand a late Breckan’s flurry. The Lisdoonvarna-based outfit trailed by 1-9 to 0-7 and with the aid of a late John Stack goal they came close but eventually ran out of time.

Even extra-time at Doonbeg couldn’t separate Shannon Gaels and O’Curry’s. After 80 minutes of play they finished level at 1-12 each. At the end of normal time the scoreboard read Shannon Gaels 1-6, O’Curry’s 0-9.

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