Beaten 2014 Clare SFC County Finalists Éire Óg secured their senior status with a hard-fought win over St Josephs Doora/Barefield.
In a tie that went to extra time Éire Óg prevailed on a scoreline of 1-13 1-12. Only one point separated the teams after eighty minutes with the Townies sending their near neighbours into a relegation final where they will face the losers of Corofin vs Kilrush Shamrocks.
Throughout the game there was only a couple of points between the teams with the Ennis club often edging in front only for Doora/Barefield to pull one back. At half-time the sides were level at 0-05 apiece.
St Josephs took the lead on forty minutes when they struck for goal and with five minutes remaining they had a two point cushion. However Éire Óg forced the game to extra time with two points on the trot.
A goal from Danny Russell in the first half of extra time gave Éire Óg a one point lead at the small recess. Doora/Barefield did get back on level terms in the second half of extra time but the Townies held out to ensure they will play senior football in 2017.
Looking ahead to 2017, Éire Óg have to get back to full strength as they cannot afford to be without their younger players who have stood out in recent seasons.