Clonlara get their hands on some silverware

Clonlara get their hands on some silverware


The Clonlara Senior Hurling team. Pic: Martin Connolly
The Clonlara Senior Hurling team. Pic: Martin Connolly

Clonlara ended a seven year wait to claim the Clare Cup with a late goal from Cian Moriarity sealing their win over Crusheen.

Clonlara 1-11
Crusheen 0-13
Venue: Broadford

In an evenly contested game it was Crusheen that held a three point advantage at the half-time break as they led 0-08 0-05.

They were outscored 6-5 in the second half but the crucial score came in injury time as substitute Cian Moriarity hit the back of the net to give the South East Clare club a much needed lift at senior level.

Their victory is all the more impressive seeing as they did it without nine members of the panel. Having defeated Sixmilebridge in the semi-final on Monday, Clonlara made contact with Crusheen on Tuesday morning looking to reschedule the fixture.

Crusheen stated they would be without players for the next three weekends with weddings and stag parties while they also rejected Clonlara’s suggestion to play the game on Wednesday or Thursday.

As a result of their victory Clonlara now receive €3000 of sponsors The Clare Champion with Crusheen netting €1500.

Elsewhere Wolfe Tones ended a twenty six year drought to collect silverware at U21 level. They defeated Corofin by the smallest of margins in the U21 B gaelic football final on a scoreline of 1-03 0-05.

In the A competition there was no separating Kilmurry Ibrickane and St Breckans. The sides finished all square after extra time. A late Keelan Sexton penalty looked to have won it for the Bricks but Breckans replied with a point immediately to leave it 3-08 2-11 at full-time. Lissycasey advanced to the last four with 0-09 1-04 victory over Éire Óg.