Kilmurry Ibrickane have beaten St. Joseph’s Miltown Malbay in the first round of the Clare Senior Football Championship.
The game was a cagey affair throughout, and it was the defending county champions who started strongest, taking an early three-point lead, 0-4 to 0-1.
But Kilmurry Ibrickane fought back, and although Miltown held a one-point lead at the break, it was level at 0-7 apiece half-way through the second period.
From there, Kilmurry kicked on, scoring five of the last seven points to win 0-12 to 0-9.
Earlier, Cratloe-Lissycasey was an even tighter affair.
It was Lissycasey who led this one at half-time, 0-5 to 0-4, with goalkeeper Killian Normoyle to the fore, making both important saves and scoring from long-range frees.
And while they had Cian Meaney sent off, Lissycasey were still able to hold on throughout the second half, especially when Aaron Griffin scored an all-important goal inside the last fifteen minutes.
Cratloe, with Podge Collins making important contributions, were able to level matters but at 0-10 to 1-7, extra time was needed to separate them.
The teams scored two points each in the first period of extra time, but in the second Conor Finucane netted a penalty for Lissycasey to put them three-points up.
They held on to win 2-9 to 0-13.
Earlier, Eire Og defeated Kilrush Shamrocks in the day’s first game.
Gavin Cooney was to the fore, chipping in a late goal and scoring 1-9 in total as the Townies dominated in the second half, and ran out 2-15 to 1-6 winners.
There was also action this evening in the Clare Intermediate Football Championship.