Clare’s Munster club role in doubt

Talks over the fixtures controversy between the five Clare clubs left in the county SFC dragged into the late hours last night.

Therefore Munster Council grace could be once more required if there is to be a Clare representative in the Munster club competition. Cratloe, Éire Óg (Ennis) and Lissycasey have already qualified for the semi-final, and are awaiting the winners of Doonbeg v Cooraclare to complete the line-up.

The Clare champions are pencilled in for provincial action on November 17, but it appears that no winner will have been crowned by then following Cooraclare’s quarter-final no-show on Monday afternoon, throwing the board’s fixtures plan into chaos.

Cooraclare had sought a postponement on the game following the death of John Considine — father of panellist, Enda Considine — a call to which opponents Doonbeg were agreeable. Mr Considine was buried on Monday. The Clare County Board however, refused to move the fixture.

Doonbeg were present in Kilmihil for the last-eight clash, but declined to accept a walkover. The club have informed the board they are willing to play the game this Saturday, though the winners are due to play Lissycasey in the semi-final on the same afternoon.

The county final had originally been fixed for November 10 and given that target cannot now be met, a major doubt has arose over Clare representation in the upcoming provincial championship.

“No request has come in from the Clare County Board to change the date of their involvement in Munster,” said Munster Council PRO Ed Donnelly “The winners of the Clare football championship are due to play the winners of Ballinacourty (Waterford) or Dromcollogher-Broadford (Limerick), who meet this Sunday.”

Donnelly confirmed that Sunday’s Munster IHC semi-final will go ahead despite the Clare intermediate decider not taking place until 24 hours earlier.

Whitegate and Feakle lock horns in the Banner County final and both clubs have agreed to fulfil the fixture against Youghal on Sunday.

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