Podge Collins blow compounds Cratloe woes

It proved a miserable weekend for Cratloe GAA fans. Their talisman Podge Collins suffered a serious knee injury and their side, the county senior hurling champions, were defeated by Ballyea, in the first game of their title defence at Cusack Park on Saturday.

Podge Collins blow compounds Cratloe woes

The county champions, who now face the difficult task of negotiating the losers’ section.

Twenty fours hours earlier, last year’s runners-up Crusheen made no mistake on their first outing, putting in an impressive display to defeat Inagh-Kilnamona 3-18 to 0-16. They led 1-10 to 0-5 at the interval, with Alan Tuohy grabbing their first-half goal. Wing-back Cian Dillon had Crusheen’s second after the break, while Inagh-Kilnamona defender Dermot Lynch gifted them a third in the 50th minute.

2013 champions Sixmilebridge pulled away in the second half, to defeat Ennis’ Éire Óg on Saturday afternoon, by 2-19 to 1-10. Goals by inter-county man Shane Golden lifted the Bridge to victory after they led 0-11 to 1-6 at half time. Thomas Downes goaled for Éire Óg.

Newmarker-on-Fergus relied on a late goal by Colin Ryan to get them over the line against newly promoted Feakle at Sixmilebridge on Saturday - 2-13 to 1-13.

Clarecastle and Clonlara will have to do it all over again as they couldn’t be separated, even after extra-time at Shannon on Saturday. The tie finished with Clarecastle on 2-22 and Clonlara on 1-25.

The score at the end of normal time was 2-17 to 1-20. Kilmaley are also into the winner’s group as a result of a 1-22 to 1-0 triumph over Whitegate in a game played at Sixmilebridge.

Clooney-Quin had a merited victory over neighbours Tulla at Cusack Park yesterday, winning out by 0-18 to 3-5.

Two goals by Tulla full-forward Philip Brennan and a third by Colin Corbett couldn’t avert their team’s inclusion in Tuesday’s losers section draw. Joining Tulla in that draw will be Tubber who succumbed to O’Callaghan’s Mills yesterday, on a final scoreline of 4-18 to 0-15.

The senior and intermediate draws will be made in Clareabbey tomorrow night.

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