A minimum victory for Ennistymon over St.Breckan’s in the second of Saturday’s semi-finals at Cusack Park Ennis see’s Mark Shanahan’s men make a return to the last four stage for the first time since 2018.
In a dramatic start at the County grounds, in the space of just eighteen seconds Ennistymon midfielder David Fitzgerald ran through the heart of the St.Breckan’s defence only to be taking down Illegally in the small rectangle and awarded a penalty.
Diarmuid Fahy duly dispatched the spot kick to the back of Tristan O’Callaghan’s net and Ennistymon had an early three point advantage, amazingly however Ennistymon would not register another score for thirty minutes through Seán Rouine while St.Breckan’s rallied through Jamie Stack and Padraig Kelly to eek out 0-05 to 1-01 lead by the interval.
On the restart the North Clare neighbours began to slowly but surely exchange scores and despite only pointing once from play in the second period on thirty-nine minutes through Ciarán McMahon , the efficiency of Brendan Rouine and Killian Malone from placed balls including three kicked without reply in the final ten minutes ensured Ennistymon would hang on for the win.
It finished in Cusack Park, Ennistymon 1-07 to St.Breckan’s 0-09