Cratloe off to flyer as St Senan’s shock favourites

Clare SFC round-up : Holders Cratloe got off to a winning start in the opening round of the Clare SFC at the weekend, defeating Éire Óg 2-12 to 1-12 at Cusack Park, Ennis on Saturday evening.

Cratloe off to flyer as St Senan’s shock favourites

There were victories also for St. Joseph’s Doora-Barefield, St. Joseph’s Miltown, St. Senan’s Kilkee, Clondegad, Doonbeg, Cooraclare and Lissycasey.

However, perhaps the biggest talking point of the round was the one point defeat of hot favourites Kilmurry-Ibrickane by an unfancied St. Senan’s Kilkee side. At Doonbeg on Saturday, the ‘Seasiders’ relied on a late score by Darragh Kelly to record a 0-10 to 0-9 triumph over the champions of 2011 and 2012.

Kilkee raced into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead early on but by half-time, Kilmurry had reduced the deficit to just one, scoring four on the trot. Senan’s managed to keep their opponents at bay in the second half and when Kelly split the posts towards the end, he consigned Kilmurry to the losers’ section of the draw.

St. Joseph’s Doora-Barefield recorded the first win of the championship when they beat Shannon Gaels 0-9 to 0-6 at Lissycasey on Saturday.

They led 0-5 to 0-3 at the break and even though the Gaels levelled matters early in the second period, St Joseph’s finished strongly, kicking the last three points to claim a merited victory.

Corner-forward Christy O’Brien led by example, finding the range on four occasions over the hour, two from play, plus two frees. Joseph’s had substitute Johnny O’Brien dismissed in the 56th card offence.

Cooraclare proved too strong for Kilrush Shamrocks at Labasheeda yesterday,finishing 1-15 to 0-6 in front, after leading 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time.

Kilrush did score the opening two points of the second half but that was as good as it got for them.

Cooraclare held all the aces from then out and a late Thomas Downes goal, cemented their dominance.

Elsewhere, Doonbeg held sway in a one-sided affair, 2-15 to 0-5, over Ennistymon at Miltown on Saturday.

The Magpies were dominant throughout, leading by 0-11 to 0-3 at the halfway stage.

Defending the title they won for the first time last year, Cratloe overcame Éire Óg, Ennis in an entertaining affair.

The champions raced into a 1-3 to no score advantage early on, with dual-star Podge Collins kicking 1-2.

Éire Óg hit back with a goal by Dara Walsh and that score inspired his side to lead by 1-6 to 1-4 at half-time.

From the resumption, Cratloe had five unanswered points by the 41st minute and when Conor Ryan grabbed their second goal in the 50th, he made it 2-11 to 1-8.

Éire Óg fought gallantly to the end but came up short by 2-12 to 1-12. As the game entered injury, Éire Óg lost Ciarán Russell to a second yellow card.

In the opening game at Cusack Park on Saturday, Clondegad beat St. Breckan’s by 2-12 to 0-10. Goals by Shane Brennan and Podge McMahon put the winners 2-5 to 0-6 in front at the interval.

Inspired by the Brennan brothers, Gary and Shane, Clondegad pushed on in the second half for a deserved win.

St. Joseph’s Miltown will be in the hat for tonight’s draw after overcoming O’Curry’s by 0-9 to 0-5 at Doonbeg on Saturday.

In the final game of Round 1 at Cooraclare last evening, Lissycasey were always on top against Liscannor, finishing 0-13 to 0-7 in front. The winners led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break and kicked on with the first two points of the second half.

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