County Champions Cratloe got their defence of Jack Daly off to an ideal start as they defeated Kilmurry/Ibrickane while O’Currys and Kilrush Shamrocks also tasted success, Ryan Corry rounds up the action.
In the second day of the First Round of the Clare Senior Football Championship, the most highly anticipated tie of the Round took place in Lissycasey.
The current holders of the Jack Daly Cup, Cratloe, starting their campaign looking for three in a row came up against Kilmurry Ibrickane, the side they stopped from achieving just that back in 2013.
With the aid of a strong breeze, the Quilty outfit had a three point lead at the break. It could have looked far worse for Cratloe had Cathal McInerney not found the net just before the break to make it 0-7 1-1.
Having allowed their lead to be cut short by that goal, it was always going to be an uphill task for Kilmurry Ibrickane in the second half.
That task was made even tougher just ten minutes into the new half when Cratloe struck two quick fire goals through Cathal McInerney and John Galvin.
A penalty from Johnny Daly with ten minutes to go made the score 3-5 to 1-9 and pulled left it all to play for but another purple patch for Cratloe saw them over the finish line.
Points from the Collins brothers, Sean (2) and David, along with a point for Conor McGrath and a second major from John Galvin on the counter-attack was more than enough to see off the Kilmurry Ibrickane challenge.
Shane Hickey had already added another goal for Kilmurry Ibrickane after excellent work by Keelan Sexton, who was then taken off with a shoulder injury that could see him face a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but it wasn’t enough for the 2012 champions.
St. Senan’s Kilkee 0-5
A strong cross field breeze was a hindrance to both teams in Doonbeg where the old saying ‘Goals win games’ proved correct for O’Curry’s.
After a nervy first half where both sides sized each other up and went toe to toe on the scoreboard, it was O’Curry’s who held the advantage by the minimum.
The second half continued in the same vain as the first but it was again O’Curry’s who had the better of the play. Midway through the second half, they had converted the only score since the restart but would soon follow it up with a brace of goals from Jim Downes and Eoin Troy.
Kilkee never looked like matching their rivals on the scoreboard in the second half and their challenged fizzled out with only a single point in the second thirty minutes.
Kilrush Shamrocks 3-9
St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield 1-7
It has been a continuous slide downhill for St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield since they got to and lost two county finals in succession to Kilmurry Ibrickance in 2011 and 2012.
Having possessed a promising looking team and tipped by many to make the breakthrough in 2013, they have not impacted or grown from the experience of those final experiences.
This time, it was Kilrush Shamrocks who put them to the sword in the First Round and condemned them to the losers group which now contains last year’s finalists Éire Óg, Kilmurry Ibrickane and either Doonbeg or Miltown Malbay.
Gearoid O’Brien’s first half goal along with 0-2 from Ruaidhrí O’Connor and a point apiece from Liam Madigan and Cian Murray granted them a two point lead at the interval.
A lead which they were not quick to relinquish and they pushed on in the second half to finish with eight points to spare over St. Joseph’s.