The Clare SFC got underway at the weekend with some excellent football served up.
At Gurteen on Friday, North Clare side Liscannor squared up to Wolfe Tones na Sionna.
Despite trailing for most of the second period, Liscannor snatched a dramatic victory, deep into injury-time when inter-county team captain Alan Clohessy goaled in the 62nd minute, to give his side a one-point victory.
At the interval, Wolfe Tones were behind 1-4 to 0-6, after Liscannor wing-forward Robert Lucas edged his team in front with a spectacular goal.
Five minutes after the re-start Kevin Cahill netted for Wolfe Tones and when Cahill grabbed his and Tones second goal later in the half, he put his side 2-8 to 1-7 in front.
But a resilient Liscannor fought back and with two valuable points by Kieran Considine topped off by Clohessy’s late goal, the men from the North Clare fishing village, took the honours by 2-9 to 2-8.
Also on Friday evening at Kilmihil, Éire Óg, Ennis, edged out Kilrush Shamrocks by 2-6 to 1-5 in a poor contest. Leading by 2-3 to 1-3 at the break, the ‘Townies’ began brightly with a Sean Crotty goal after only three minutes.
The ‘Shams’ replied with a Stephen Sweeney goal in the seventh minute while Stephen Hickey added a second after 17.
Following the break in a low scoring second-half, Éire Óg held out for a merited two-point victory.
At Lissycasey on Saturday afternoon, Cooraclare easily dismissed last year’s finalists St. Joseph’s Doora-Barefield, on a scoreline of 0-11 to 1-3.
Playing against the breeze in the first-half, the West Clare club lead by 0-6 to 0-1 at the interval.
Despite St Joseph’s pulling back a goal through Cathal O’Sullivan in the 35th minutes, Cooraclare had too much in the tank and ran out five point winners.
Meanwhile at Cusack Park on Saturday, Ennistymon recorded an easy win over St. Joseph’s Miltown by 0-13 to 0-3. They led 0-3 to 0-2 at the break and in the second-half Miltown had Graham Kelly sent off on a second yellow card, in the 53rd minute.
In the opening game of a double-header at Cooraclare on Saturday evening Shannon Gaels defeated St Senan’s, Kilkee by 2-7 to 0-10.
Two first half goals by Brian Cunningham and Pádraig Neylon set up the Gaels to lead by 2-2 to 0-4 at half-time and eventually secure a three point victory. Subsequently in the second contest 2010 champs Doonbeg emerged victorious over Lissycasey.
The final scoreline read 0-10 to 0-8 in a game that looked to be over at the break, with Doonbeg leading 0-7 to 0-2 when .
In the final game, Clondegad face St Breckan’s at 2pm today.
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