Clooney/Quin and O’Callaghans Mills got their respective Championship campaigns off to ideal starts as both were victorious earlier on today.
Ger O’Halloran’s Clooney had four points to spare over Tulla as it finished 0-18 to 3-05. Tulla stayed in this game hitting the back of Keith Hogan’s net on three different occasions but their inability to get a sufficient amount of scores from play proved costly. Peter Duggan and Ryan Taylor were lively for Clooney who will be delighted as they are guaranteed Senior status for 2016 after coming close to the drop last year.
Goals win matches and that was certainly the case as O’Callaghans Mills romped to a 4-18 to 0-15 win over Tubber. The Mills led at the break 2-12 to 0-06 and Conor Dolan’s Tubber narrowed the gap following the resumption but a Colin Crehan brace killed off their challenge and secured the all-important win for the 2014 Senior B Finalists.
On Tuesday evening at 19:00, Clareabbey will host the draw for Round Two of the Senior Hurling Championship. The winning teams from this weekend will face off against each other as will the losing teams.
Those included in the winners section are; Crusheen, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Kilmaley, Sixmilebridge, Ballyea, Clooney/Quin, O’Callaghans Mills plus the winners of the Clarecastle/Clonlara clash.
Inagh/Kilnamona, Feakle, Whitegate, Éire Óg, Cratloe, Tulla, Tubber along with the losers of the Clarecastle/Clonlara replay are the teams in the losers side of the draw. Another defeat for these teams will see them battle to regain their Senior status while a win will give them another chance where they will take on the losers from the winners group.
The Intermediate draw will also occur on Tuesday. Placed in the winners section in the Intermediate grade are; Wolfe Tones na Sionna, Smith O’Briens, Parteen, Scariff, Inagh/Kilnamona, Corofin, Broadford and Clarecastle.
St Josephs Doora/Barefield, Sixmilebridge, Ruan, Crusheen, Cratloe, Killanena, Newmarket-on-Fergus and Ogonelloe will be vying to get a favourable draw so that they can take advantage of the back door and still have a say in the Championship.