Kilrush Shamrocks join Ennistymon, Cooraclare and Doonbeg in the Clare SFC quarter-finals as a result of a three point win over Shannon Gaels at Cooraclare.
It took extra-time to separate the sides, the Shams recording a 1-10 to 1-7 victory. In a low scoring opening half the teams were level at 0-2 points apiece and, at the end of 60 minutes, the scoreboard read 1-7 each. In the additional 20 minutes, Kilrush forged ahead to make the last eight.
At Kilmihil last evening, holders Kilmurry Ibrickane also made it through to the quarter-finals, beating Éire Óg, Ennis 2-6 to 0-6. The men from the west took a 0-3 to 0-2 lead to the dressing room. after racing into a 0-3 to 0-0 ahead with points from the O’Dwyer brothers, Peter (2) and Michael. Éire Óg’s opening half scores came via a Shane Daniels free and a point from play by Sean Crotty.
After the break Kilmurry relied on a 40th minute penalty by veteran Johnny Daly andanother from play by Keith King in the 47th to clinch victory.
If the Ennis club are to advance they must beat Wolfe Tones na Sionna in Round 3.
Last year’s beaten finalists St. Joseph’s, Doora Barefield will also be in the quarter-final draw after a 0-8 to 0-6 win over Clondegad at Lissycasey. With the team’s level at the interval, 0-4 apiece, Joseph’s win was based on the accuracy of free-taker Cathal Duggan who accounted for seven points.
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