Three quarter-finalists confirmed as Magpies prepare for relegation semi-final

Three quarter-finalists confirmed as Magpies prepare for relegation semi-final

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Gary Brennan returned to action for Clondegad in their win over O'Currys. Picture: John Meyler
Gary Brennan returned to action for Clondegad in their win over O’Currys. Picture: John Meyler

Eighteen time County Champions, Doonbeg find themselves in the relegation semi-finals as they fell down to St Senan’s Kilkee while Clondegad, Kilrush Shamrocks and St Josephs Miltown advanced to the quarter-finals.

Doonbeg was the venue for the Round 2 Winners Section clash between Clondegad and O’Curry’s. With Clondegad able to welcome back Clare Senior captain Gary Brennan who was unavailable for the first round, which was a massive boost for them.

The Ballynacally outfit were made to work throughout the first half and had edged in front just before the break to lead by 0-8 to 0-6.

After the interval, however, it all went downhill for O’Curry’s as the Clondegad onslaught began. They marched home to a 12-point victory (2-16 0-10) thanks to goals from Tadgh Lynch and Podge McMahon.

They go through to the Quarter Final stage from which they were eliminated last year while O’Curry’s will go to the playoff round.

Elsewhere on Saturday evening, Kilrush also booked their spot in the Quarter Finals with a 1-9 to 0-7 victory over St. Breckan’s.

An individual tally of 1-5 from Gearoid O’Brien was influential with the major coming just two minutes into the clash.

They never relinquished that lead and now St. Breckan’s will have to rely on the playoff round for another shot at the knockout stages.

The first of the games on Sunday saw Ennistymon, fresh from an impressive win over Eire Og, coming up against the 2013 Intermediate champions St. Joseph’s Miltown Malbay.

Conor Cleary played a key role for St Josephs Miltown. Picture: John Meyler
Conor Cleary played a key role for St Josephs Miltown. Picture: John Meyler

The Cleary’s led the way for Miltown in this one as they had to come from behind to clinch victory in this tight contest.

Trailing by two at the break, Miltown forced their way in front for the first time with just seven minutes remaining thanks to a point from Eoin Cleary.

Gearoid Curtin added to that before Cleary added another late on to clinch the 0-11 0-9 win and a quarter final berth.

In Kilrush, St. Senan’s Kilkee got the better of their underage amalgamation partners Doonbeg, who join an already tough looking relegation draw.

Both the 2013 and 2014 championship runners up will be in the draw for the relegation battle.

Michael O’Shea’s goal from the penalty spot handed Kilkee a minimum advantage at the break (1-5 0-7) and they didn’t let up in the second half as they powered on to a five point winning margin. (1-10 0-8).

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