Intel qualified for the Munster Junior Football semi-final after a strong finish at UL on Wednesday night finally saw off the challenge of Cork Garda.
Intel got a good start when Mike Sillery scored a good point on the run inside the first minute. Intel increased their lead on 5 minutes after good work from Gordon Kelly and Sillery created a chance for Tom O’Gorman who kicked a point from the 21.
Cork Garda got their first score of the match on 8 minutes when Shane Fitzgerald scored from a free. Pat Sullivan leveled the game on 10 minutes after a good run and point. Kevin McCarthy then got some space inside the 21 and finished well to the back of the Intel net on 15 minutes and the Garda were now 3 points in front.
Intel responded with a point from an O’Gorman free on 18 minutes. A good long range point from Gordon Kelly had the margin down to the minimum on 20 minutes and the sides were level again on 27 minutes when O’Gorman scored another point from a free. Garda went back in front on 29 minutes when Fitzgerald scored his second point of the match. Right on half time Intel has a goal chance but a well struck effort from Paul Walsh rebounded off the crossbar. Intel started the second half strongly and Dave Guckian leveled the match on 32 minutes.
John Cormican put Intel in front on 34 minutes and then O’Gorman opened up a 2 point lead with another pointed free on 37 minutes. Garda hit back with a point from a free on 41 minutes from Paul Gleeson and the sides were level yet again on 45 minutes when Robert Brosnan scored a fine long range point with the outside of his boot. A great point from Justin Cahill had Intel back in front on 52 minutes but yet again the sides were level on 55 minutes when Denis O’Sullivan scored from inside the 21. With the game looking like it would go to extra time Intel moved up a gear in the closing stages and Cahill put them back in front on 58 minutes with another good point on the run.
David Hickey gave Intel a 2 point cushion on 59 minutes after winning possession from the kick out and scoring a point. In the final minute O’Gorman kicked his fifth point of the match and rounded off a good win for the Clare side who will now take on Kerry champions O’Carroll Engineering in the semi-final next week.
Intel: Francis Cahill (Miltown), Tony McMahon (Kildysart), Shane McNelis (Kildysart), Tommy Long (Loughmore-Castleiney), Alan Brigdale (Crusheen), Gordon Kelly (Miltown) 0-1, Alan Carey (Belmullet), John Cormican (Oranmore) 0-1, Dave Guckian (St Michaels) 0-1, Mike Sillery (St Senans) 0-1, Tom O’Gorman (Cahir) 0-5, Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs) 0-2, David Hickey (Ballina) 0-1, Andrew Flavin (Tarbert), Paul Walsh (Wolfe Tones)
Subs: Donnacha Keohane (Banner), Alex Yourell (St Peters Dunboyne), Eamonn Cleary (Wolfe Tones), James McMahon (Lissycasey)
Cork Garda: Vinny Costello (No Club), Tom Aherne (Dripsey), Chris Daly (Brian Dillons), Donal O’Connell (Beaufort), Kevin McCarthy (Beaufort) 1-0, Sean Murray (Tadhg MacCarthaigh), Bryan Murphy (Coachford), Daniel O’Donovan (Ballyduff), Robert Brosnan (St Nicks) 0-1, Pat Sullivan (Glengarriff) 0-1, Shane Fitzgerald (Kildorrery) 0-2, Fintan Coffey (Bandon), Denis O’Sullivan (Tousist) 0-1, Paul Gleeson (No Club) 0-1, Shannon Ryan (Kenmare)
Sub:Danny Culloty (Mallow) for O’Donovan (inj)
Munster Inter-Firm GAA Fixtures (Clare teams)
Munster Senior Hurling Final
Limerick Teachers v EI Electronics (Clare) Thursday 26th November@8.30pm in UL
Munster Junior Hurling Quarter-Finals
Cork Garda v Zimmer (Clare) Tuesday 24th November@7.30pm in Mallow
Dromoland Castle Holdings (Clare) v Kerry Group (Cork) Wednesday 25th November@8.30pm in UL
Munster Junior Football Semi-Final
Intel (Clare) v O’Carroll Engineering (Kerry) Wednesday 25th November@8pm in Rathkeale