The defending Champions are a step closer to retaining their Clare Senior Hurling Championship crown after a strong display in Cusack Park sees Ballyea through to the last four in the race for Canon Hamilton.
It was the victors who made the brighter start racing into a 1-03 to 0-01 lead by the tenth minute, courtesy of points from Aaron Griffin and Niall Deasy in addition to a flowing team movement that resulted in Cathal O’Connor rattling the back of Keith Hogan’s net.
Despite the early setback, Clooney-Quin were determined to exhibit their impressive group stage form and led by nine first half points from sharpshooter supreme Peter Duggan, the sides were deadlocked at 1-08 to 0-11 by the interval.
If the first half was the Peter Duggan show, the ever impressive Tony Kelly was intent on starring in the second instalment and just two minutes into the restart Kelly would win and duly dispatch a penalty in showman fashion to restore Ballyea’s advantage to 2-08 to 0-11.
Kelly would another five points in the remainder of the half to bring his overall tally to 1-07 as Mossy Gavin ,Pearse Lillis and Niall Deasy continued to add layers to the Ballyea cushion.
As It finished in Cusack Park, Ballyea 2-21 to Clooney-Quins 0-18 points.