Magpies take flight in U15 decider

Magpies take flight in U15 decider


Darragh Healy lifts the Cup surrounded by his teammates. Pic: Martin Connolly
Darragh Healy lifts the Cup surrounded by his teammates. Pic: Martin Connolly

Clarecastle collected their sixth U15A hurling title on Sunday with goals proving decisive in their five point victory.

Clarecastle 3-10
Clonlara 1-11
Venue: Cusack Park

A dominant first half from the Magpies set them on their way to victory with corner forward Aidan Ryan bagging two goals inside the opening half as they took a 2-04 0-06 lead in with them at the break.

Managed by James McMahon the winners have been quiet impressive all year and their greater strength all over the field was a big factor in their success.

It comes a year after the same side were crowned county champions at U14 and it is the club’s first title at the grade in six years. Clonlara while they will be disappointed with their double defeat just came up against a better team and can be proud in themselves for reaching the final.

After the game Bord na nÓg Iomáint Cathaoirleach Joe Pender presented the cup to victorious Clarecastle captain, Darragh Healy.

While the players will have enjoyed getting to do battle prior to the Clare SHC final replay, the game also marked the first county final for up and coming referee Niall Malone who can be quiet happy with his showing and he will be hoping to continue to climb the referee ranks in the County.

Clarecastle: Cian Broderick; Alec Cassley, Cillian Casey, Evan Dolan; David Tuohy, Darragh Healy, Eoin Dinan; Fergus Garvey, Cian Galvin; Josh Brack, Conor Halpin, Harry Ward; Oisin Casey, Brandon Healy, Aidan Ryan.

Clonlara: Cillian O’Brien; Luke Cunningham, Logan Ryan, Conor O’Brien; Daniel Moloney, Dylan McMahon, Thomas Walsh; Tom McLeish, Colm O’Meara; Aaron Conlon, Louis McCormack, Diarmuid Burns; Jack Power, Aidan Moriarity, Andrew Fitzgerald.

Referee: Niall Malone (Éire Óg)

All pictures by Martin Connolly