AIB Munster GAA Football Senior Club Championship Semi Final – Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 3-16 Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) 1-5

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) defeated Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) by 3-16 to 1-5 in the AIB Munster GAA Football Senior Club Championship on Saturday November 16th at Dr. Crokes GAA Grounds Killarney.

O’Leary believes Crokes too comfortable at home

Dr Crokes 3-16 Loughmore-Castleiney 1-5

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dr Crokes stretched their average winning margin over their last three games to 13 on Saturday — but joint-manager Noel O’Leary believes there’s something still missing from their performances. This provincial semi-final victory, their eighth consecutive win in Munster, in front of 1,142 crowd on their home patch, sealed their fourth consecutive final appearance. In an ill-tempered contest where Michael Collins issued three red cards and 14 yellows, including four pairs, Dr Crokes eased away from the dual Tipperary champions in the last 17 minutes.

Loughmore-Castleiney’s decision to change tact and adopt an aggressive — often overly-aggressive — approach at the start of the second half initially appeared to be working. Even though they lost Cian Hennessy to a second yellow card just five minutes after he picked up his first, they had cut the margin to four points by the 38th minute.

However, that turned out to be their last score of the game as Colm Cooper, sensing his side’s difficulty, moved out the field and started to pull the strings. It was his beautifully-delivered pass into Jamie Doolan which led to Brian Looney’s goal in the 43rd minute that effectively ended the game as a contest. Cooper was also involved in Kieran O’Leary’s goal three minutes later, finding his Kerry team-mate whose neat one-two with Gavin O’Shea put him in for the score. Loughmore-Castleiney were out on their feet going into the final 10 minutes and the game turned into a procession for Crokes.

While happy with elements of his team’s performance, O’Leary knows his side have to prove themselves outside the county having won their last two games on their own ground; their last three including the county final all taking place on Lewis Road. “We’re not the finished article yet. There’s something still amiss in us. Are we too complacent that we’re playing at home? Is it about time now that we got out of the county and see if we’re really made of steel in the Munster final?”

Crokes have never made any secret of their aspirations for a second Andy Merrigan Cup, with Cooper featuring in ads speaking about its elusiveness. But if they are to do that, it’s tough love they’ll need, explained O’Leary. “We’re very critical of our players. I suppose we’re wrong in what we’re doing. We expect 100% all of the time and we can’t get 100% all of the time, but we want it. “These players bring 100% to training but come the games they’re just lacking that small little bit. Hopefully, they’ll get it right the next day.” O’Leary described the game as an awkward one made more difficult by the stoppages in play. “We expected a tough game but we didn’t expect it tougher than we got here. But we got over it and 3-16 is good kicking and we’ll move onto the final. “When the players were left to play football, it was a great game. But it was stop-start, there were yellow and red cards being flashed, which was sad. The GAA is not like that. It should be just reffed normally and players left to get on with the game.”

The Crokes management team of O’Leary and Vince Casey were visibly angry with the ease at which Loughmore-Castleiney slalomed their way through the defence in the opening half. Although the home team were eight points to the good by the 21st minute, Cooper’s 12th-minute penalty helping them on their way, they conceded one themselves in the 23rd minute. Goalkeeper David Moloney brought down David Kennedy and John McGrath, Loughmore-Castleiney’s only scorer until Ciaran McGrath posted their last point, found the net from the spot. Crokes were 1-8 to 1-3 at the break but Luke Quinn had to make a desperate clearance off the line just before half-time.

A catalogue of off-the-ball incidents pockmarked the restart and despite losing Hennessy, Loughmore-Castleiney were making gains. But the wind died in their sails after Looney’s goal as the reigning Munster champions’ superiority kicked in. At the death, John Ryan and Chris Brady were shown straight red cards after an entanglement. Loughmore-Castleiney’s Noel McGrath paid tribute to Crokes’ panache, which was the primary difference between the sides. “We knew coming down here we were coming up against a serious team and they showed that in the finish. But we knew if we could get around them, we have serious footballers on our team as well, and for 40 to 45 minutes we done really well. “But their class shone through in the finish and they got a few scores. We gave it our all and I don’t think there’s much more we could have asked for.”

Scorers for Dr Crokes: B Looney 1-6; C Cooper 1-3 (1-0pen, 0-1f); K O’Leary 1-2; J Doolan 0-3; D Casey (f), A O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Loughmore-Castleiney: J McGrath 1-4 (1-0pen, 0-3f); C McGrath 0-1.

DR CROKES: D Moloney; L Quinn, J Payne, K Ward; S Myers, F Fitzgerald, E Brosnan; A O’Donovan, J Buckley; B Looney, D Casey, A O’Sullivan; K O’Leary, C Cooper, J Doolan.

Subs: D O’Leary for K Ward (28); G O’Shea for A O’Donovan (38); S Doolan for S Myers (46); M Moloney for J Payne (49); C Brady for K O’Leary (51).

LOUGHMORE-CASTLEINEY: D Brennan; L Egan, J Meagher, T Long; T King, C McGrath, J Ryan; N McGrath, J McGrath; A McGrath, D Kennedy, C Hennessy; E Sweeney, L McGrath, D Bourke.

Subs: M Webster for D Bourke (41); J Nyland for A McGrath (49); J Hennessy for T Long (52); W Eviston for N McGrath (inj, 60); T McGrath for D Kennedy (60+1).

Red cards: C Hennessy (36, second yellow); J Ryan (59).

Referee: M Collins (Cork)


Dr. Crokes advanced to the final of the Munster GAA Football Senior Club Championship on Saturday for the fourth year in a row with a comfortable 17-point victory over Loughmore-Castleiney. The Kerry champions proved far too strong for the Tipperary outfit, and their bid for three provincial titles in a row remains firmly on course. They will play either Ballinacourty (Waterford) or Cratloe (Clare) in the final. That game takes place on Sunday.

Dr. Crokes lead 1-8 to 1-3 at the break, with Colm Cooper netting their goal from the penalty spot in the 10th minute. Crokes lead by eight points until John McGrath’s 23rd minute penalty brought Loughmore-Castleiney back into it. However, although the Tipperary side managed to cut the gap down to four at one point in the second half, Brian Looney’s goal put Crokes eight ahead, and when it was followed by a superb strike from Kieran O’Leary, the game was effectively over as a contest. Dr. Crokes closed out the final quarter with seven unanswered points while a late red card for Loughmore-Castleiney’s John Ryan completed a difficult day for the vanquished Tipp men.

When – Sunday November 17th at 2:30pm

Where – Dr. Crokes GAA Grounds Killarney

Referee – Michael Collins (Cork)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Replay date – Saturday November 23rd in a Tipperary venue

Next Round – the winners play Ballinacourty (Waterford) or the Clare champions in the Munster Final on Sunday December 1st at 2:00pm.

Admission Prices
Adults – €15
Student/OAP – €10
Under 16s are free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

For the Record

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary)
Number of Munster Club Senior Football titles

(Dr. Crokes
1990, 1991, 2006, 2011, 2012)

Last Munster Club
Senior Football Title
2012 N/A
Number of Munster Club Senior Football titles
(by County)
15 0
Last Munster Club
Senior Football Title
(by County)

(Dr. Crokes)

Munster Club Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 26
Won – 17
Lost –  9
Drawn – 0
Played – 17
Won – 3
Lost –  13
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship involving participating county representatives November 18th 2012 at Dr. Crokes GAA Club Grounds Killarney (Munster Club Semi-Final)
Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 1-14 Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary) 0-6

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Club Senior Championship 2013

Sunday November 3rd

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan Ballinacourty (Waterford) 2-7 Drom-Broadford (Limerick) 0-11

@ Dr. Crokes Killarney Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 1-11 Castlehaven (Cork) 0-8

Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Saturday November 16th

@ Dr. Crokes Killarney                   Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) v Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 2:30pm

Sunday November 17th

@ Doonbeg or Cusack Park Ennis          Doonbeg or Cratloe (Clare) v Ballinacourty (Waterford) 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday December 1st

Odds and Ends

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) are looking to win three Munster Club Senior Football titles in a row. The only club to achieve this feat in the past was Nemo Rangers (Cork) who captured three titles in a row from 2000 to 2002, winning the All-Ireland Club title following their 2002 Munster success.

Tipperary clubs have gone 8 consecutive games in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship without a victory. The last success for a Tipperary club was the win of Aherlow over Father Caseys (Limerick) by 1-7 to 0-6 in the 2006 Munster Quarter-Final.

Kerry’s record in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship sees them with 15 titles compared to 27 titles for Cork clubs. Since 2000, Kerry have captured 4 Munster club titles. During Kerry’s Golden Years at Inter-County level, Kerry won just 3 of the 12 Munster Club Senior Football titles on offer (Austin Stacks – 1976 & Castleisland Desmonds 1984 and 1985).

Since St. Patrick’s Day 1996, only 1 of the last 17 Munster Club Senior Football champions (6%) have won the All-Ireland Club Senior Football titles – Nemo Rangers in the 2002/2003 season. Prior to 1996, Munster Clubs captured 15 All-Ireland’s at this grade, an average of 60% dating back to 1971.

From 1964 to 1997, no club outside of Kerry or Cork won the Munster Club Senior Football title (Thomond College representing Limerick won the 1977 title). Since 1998, Kilmurry/Ibrickane (2), Doonbeg and Dromcollogher-Broadford have been successful in winning the Munster Club Senior Football titles.

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (27) – 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010

Kerry (15) – 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2011, 2012

Clare (3) – 1998, 2004, 2009

Limerick (2) – 1977, 2008

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1964  –

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship Finals – 2002 to 2012

2012 – Dr. Crokes, Kerry 0-19 Castlehaven, Cork 0-12

2011 – Dr. Crokes, Kerry 3-14 UCC, Cork 2-10

2010 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 1-15 Dr. Crokes, Kerry 1-13

2009 – Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Clare 0-7 Kerins O’Rahillys, Kerry 0-6

2008 – Dromcollogher-Broadford, Limerick 0-6 Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Clare 0-5

2007 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 1-10 Ballinacourty, Waterford 1-7

2006 – Dr. Crokes, Kerry 2-5 Nire, Waterford 0-8

2005 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 2-12 St. Senan’s Kilkee, Clare 1-6

2004 – Kilmurry Ibrickane, Clare 0-9 Stradbally, Waterford 0-9 (drawn game);
Kilmurry Ibrickane, Clare 0-9 Stradbally, Waterford 0-8 (replay)

2003 – An Ghaeltacht, Kerry 1-8 St. Senan’s Kilkee 1-6

2002 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 4-15 Monaleen, Limerick 0-6

All Ireland GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Club Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts with 11 titles followed by Kerry with 5. Limerick have 1 All-Ireland Club Football title courtesy of Thomond College in 1977/1978.

Munster Club Senior

Club Championship Senior Football Cup – Michael O’Connor Cup

Presented by Munster Council in 1991 to commemorate late Chairman & Treasurer.

AIB Munster GAA Football Junior Club Championship Quarter Final – Feohanagh / Castlemahon (Limerick) 2-10 Drom & Inch (Tipperary) 3-6

Feohanagh / Castlemahon (Limerick) defeated Drom & Inch (Tipperary) by 2-10 to 3-6 in the AIB Munster GAA Junior Football Club Championship on Saturday November 16th at the Tipperary Camogie Grounds The Ragg.

When – Saturday November 16th at 2:00pm

Where – Tipperary Camogie Grounds The Ragg

Referee – Kevin Murphy (Cork)

Extra time
– (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Replay date – Saturday November 23rd at a Limerick venue

Next Round – the winners play Coolmen (Clare) in the Munster semi-final on November 24th at Clare or Limerick venue.

Admission Prices
Adults – €10
Student/OAP – €5
Under 16s are free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

For the Record

Drom & Inch
Feohanagh / Castlemahon (Limerick)
Number of Munster Club Junior Football titles
(by County)
0 0
Last Munster Club
Junior Football Title
(by County)
Munster Club Junior Football Championship Record since 2003 for each county’s representative Played – 13
Won – 3
Lost –  10
Drawn – 0
Played – 15
Won – 6
Lost –  9
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Junior Football Championship involving participating county representatives November 18th 2012
(Munster Quarter-Final at Borrisokane)
Cappamore (Limerick) 2-7 Borrisokane (Tipperary) 0-6


Munster GAA FOOTBALL Club Junior Championship 2013

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Saturday November 16th (Replay date – Saturday November 23rd)

@ Tipperary Camogie Grounds    Drom & Inch (Tipperary) v

The Ragg                                         Feohanagh / Castlemahon  (Limerick) 2:00pm

Sunday November 17th (Replay date – Saturday November 23rd)

@ Fermoy                             Mitchelstown (Cork) v Keel (Kerry) 2:00pm

(Extra time)
Sunday November 24th (Replay date – Saturday November 30th)

@ Clare or Limerick venue                        Coolmeen (Clare) v Drom & Inch (Tipperary) or Feohanagh / Castlemahon (Limerick) 2:00pm

@ Waterford or Kerry venue          Mount Sion (Waterford) v Mitchelstown (Cork) or Keel (Kerry) 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday December 8th (Replay date – Saturday December 14th)

@ Mallow

Odds and Ends

Tipperary’s representatives have won two of their last seven matches in the Munster Club Junior Football Championship dating back to 2008, the two victories coming courtesy of Kildangan in 2011.

Limerick’s representatives have won at least one game in four of the last five seasons in the Munster Club Junior Football Championship, reaching four of the last five Munster Finals.

All Ireland GAA Club FOOTBALL Junior Championship

In the Club Junior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 5 titles while Cork have 1 title courtesy of Canovee in 2008.

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Junior Championship – List of Winning Teams

2003 – Carbery Rangers (Cork) 0-13 Annascaul (Kerry) 0-11

CARBERY RANGERS, CORK: Kevin Santry; Gearoid Ryan, Anthony Roche, Eugene Murphy; Stephen Murray, Jeremy Murphy, Johnny Murphy (Captain); Michael O’Sullivan, Kevin McMahon; Niall Hayes, John Hayes, Seamus Hayes; Mark Ronan, Declan Hayes, Maurice Moore.

2004 – Finuge (Kerry) 2-13 Aghabullogue (Cork) 3-4
FINUGE, KERRY: John Coleman (Captain); Enda Galvin, Pat Corridan, Michael Quilter; Eamonn Breen, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Michael Cronin; Trevor McKenna, Conor Galvin; Maurice Corridan, Paul Galvin, Roibeard Thornton; Raymond Galvin, John Griffin, Michael Conway.
Subs: Paudie Lyons for Quilter (second half); Jack Corridan for Thornton (36th minute); Ger Lovett for Conway (47th).

2005 – Ardfert (Kerry) 1-8 Erin’s Own (Cork) 0-10
ARDFERT, KERRY: Dermot Dineen, Simon Sinnott, Conor Flaherty, Johnny Stack, Sean Flaherty, Eamon Corridan, Mike Moloney, Jonathon Best, Martin Ferris, Brendan Flaherty, Eamon Ferris, John Dowling, Shane Griffin (Captain), Stephen “Santy” Wallace, James O’Halloran.
Subs: Brian Moloney for James O’Halloran, Patrick Donegan for Simon Sinnott

2006 – Duagh (Kerry) 1-9 Adrigole (Cork) 0-11
DUAGH (KERRY): John Halpin; Aenghus Carmody, John O’Brien, Diarmuid Nolan; Kieran Quirke, Thomas Dillon, Peter Sheeran; Anthony Maher, Jeremiah Kelly; Brendan O’Brien, Aidan Kelly (Captain), Declan Griffin; Tim Scanlon, Denis Lane, Eoin Horgan
Subs: Daniel O’Donoghue for Scanlon; Alan O’Brien for Brendan O’Brien

2007 – Canovee (Cork) 1-6 O’Callaghan’s Mills (Clare) 1-5
CANOVEE (CORK): Tim Lyons; James McCarthy, James Scanlon (Captain), Timmy Lyons; John O’Brien, Tommy Murphy, Brian Ahern; Eamonn Lyons, Brian O’Donoghue; Tomas O’Mahony, Pat Dunlea, Denis O’Sullivan; Con Dunne, Kevin Walsh, Paul Healy
Sub: D. Cronin for Healy

2008 – Skellig Rangers (Kerry) 0-11 Bruff (Limerick) 0-7
SKELLIG RANGERS (KERRY): Michael Brennan; Brian O’Sullivan, Wayne O’Sullivan, C Martin; K Martin, C O’Sullivan, Seamus O’Sullivan; Aidan O’Sullivan, Stephen O’Sullivan (Captain); John O’Driscoll, Brian Hickey, B Driscoll; Sean Courtney, Chris O’Driscoll, B Casey.
Subs: B O’Driscoll for John O’Driscoll (50), B O’Sullivan for Seamus O’Sullivan (60), D O’Sullivan for Casey (60), D Keating for McGill (62)

2009 – Castlegregory (Kerry) 1-20 Mountcollins (Limerick) 0-4
CASTLEGREGORY (KERRY): Shane Kenny; Gavin O’Connor, Joe Scully, Joe O’Connor; Sean O’Mahony, Steven Browne, Adrian Finn (Captain); Shane Hennessy, Ryan Kelliher; JB Spillane, Alan Fitzgerald, Brendan Lynch; Colm O’Mahony, Alan Lynch, Alan McNamara.
Subs: Colm Sills for Joe O’Connor, John Fitzgerald for Alan Lynch (both 37), D Heasman for Kelliher, Liam Maunsell for Sean O’Mahony (both 42), Sean O’Connor for Alan Fitzgerald (47)

2010 – St. Marys (Kerry) 2-12 Bruree (Limerick) 0-4
ST. MARYS (KERRY): D. Horgan; B. Curran, S. Curran, G. O’Driscoll (Captain); D. O’Sullivan, N. O’Driscoll, K. Curran; John Golden, Bryan Sheehan; Austin Constable, R. Keane, A. Walsh; Daniel Daly, P. O’Donoghue, J.A. O’Sullivan
Subs: I. Casey for N. O’Driscoll (inj. 30); C. Quirke for O’Donoghue (47); L. Sheehan for Keane (53); D. Walsh for Constable (53); D. Keating for J.A. O’Sullivan (54)

2011 – Dromid Pearses (Kerry) 0-16 Kildangan (Tipperary) 1-4
DROMID PEARSES (KERRY):  Alan Hogan; Padraig O’Sullivan, Dominick O’Sullivan, Cian Hallissey; Denis “Shine” O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Shea, Michael Sheehan; Thomas Curran, Colm O’Connor; Ger O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, Aidan O’Connor (Captain); Eoin O’Leary, Niall O’Shea, John Curran
Subs: Michael O’Connor for O’Leary (42); Christy Farrelly for Hallissey (43); Jamesy Ml. O’Sullivan for G. O’Sullivan (54)

2012 – Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 0-20 Cappamore (Limerick) 2-8
KENMARE SHAMROCKS, KERRY: Kieran Fitzgibbon; Dara Crowley, Tommy O’Sullivan, Colm O’Sullivan; Aaron O’Callaghan, Sean O’Leary, Aidan Crowley; Shane Dalton, Jimmy Wharton; D.J. Brennan, Mark Crowley, Kevin O’Sullivan; Alan O’Leary, Paul O’Connor (Captain), Stephen O’Brien
Subs: Shane Duncan for K. O’Sullivan (55); Shannon Ryan for Brennan (59); Rory O’Sullivan for A.O’Leary (60)

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Junior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (8) – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Cork (2) – 2003, 2007


Clare Senior Football Championship Final – Cratloe 0-10 Doonbeg 0-7

Cratloe defeated Doonbeg by 0-10 to 0-7 in the Clare Senior Football Championship Final on Saturday November 16th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Cratloe glee as first title secured

Cratloe 0-10 Doonbeg 0-7

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

As Martin Óg Murphy delivered his acceptance speech to a delighted Cratloe following, Brendan Bugler and Fergal Lynch are to be found to the rear of Colm Collins’ squad, gathered tightly in front of the main stand. Cratloe’s adopted sons share a quiet word, a smile or two flashed, but refrain from engaging in the zealous celebrations of their team-mates. It’s understandable. Lynch linked up with the panel only earlier this year, while Saturday was Bugler’s first afternoon to don the blue jersey in 2013. There is no doubting the pair’s commitment but it’s fair to say the victory registered greater with Podge Collins, Cathal McInerney and the aforementioned captain; Cratloe born and bred. “It is a different type of a feeling,” surmised Lynch. “If you were from your own club, it would be the lads you grew up with and the fellas you went to school with. Look it, I am playing with these lads with Clare for the last number of years. I know them all very well from my ties with Cratloe. It means as much to win a championship with them as it does with anyone else. “Our first championship match this year was against Quilty and that was my first day togging out. I am married down this country and I was kind of forced in by Colm [Collins]. Unfortunately my own club had no team. We won a couple of junior A and junior B championships. I’d say not too many people in the country have a junior B, two junior As and a senior championship medal. It is great, really. Any day you win a county championship is very special. It is great to win a championship, no matter what club you are from.”

In what was a desperately poor, error-ridden encounter, both sides started tentatively enough, neither willing to throw down the gauntlet. Podge Collins and Brian Dillon exchanged opening efforts, but it was wasn’t until Liam Markham delivered two beauties on the hop that the sizeable gathering begun to get some return on the €15 admission fee. Doonbeg, to be fair, were breaking even around the middle, but never threatened in front of goal unless talisman David Tubridy was the player in possession. The Clare forward levelled matters with two consecutive efforts, though it was far from a memorable afternoon for the championship’s top scorer as he kicked wide three first-half frees and was starved of possession when moved to the edge of the square.

Tied at 0-3 apiece, the winners made the crucial burst on the run in to the break. Cathal McInerney punished corner-back Cian Clancy for his foul on Podge Collins, before landing two more placed ball efforts in the subsequent action. Colm Collins’ squad led by double scores at the break and never looked back thereafter. “We knew Doonbeg were really going to shore up in defence,” said Lynch. “On our mind was to keep possession and pull the trigger any time we got a chance. At half-time, we knew all we had to do was keep our heads. Thankfully, at the end of the day we came out on top.” Tubridy narrowed the deficit to two (0-6 to 0-4) at the change of ends, that however, was as close as Doonbeg would come with McInerney, Martin Óg Murphy, Sean and Podge Collins floating over further points to seal a first Clare title for the Cratloe men.

Scorers for Cratloe: C McInerney (0-4fs), P Collins, L Markham (0-2 each), S Collins, M Óg Murphy (0-1 each).

Scorers for Doonbeg: D Tubridy (0-5, 0-3fs, 1 45), B Dillon, C Downes (0-1 each).

CRATLOE: P De Loughrey; S Chaplin, B Duggan, D Ryan; M Óg Murphy, M Hawes, E Boyce; F Lynch, C Duggan; L Markham, P Collins, S Collins; C McInerney, C Ryan, C McGrath.

Subs: P Chaplin for McGrath (58).

DOONBEG: E Tubridy; P Gallagher, C Whelan, C Clancy; P Ahern, B Dillon, J Blake; F O’Dea, C Dillon; R Good, D Tubridy, S O’Brien; C Downes, E Doyle, S Ryan.

Subs: J Whelan for Clancy (50), B Egan for Gallagher (54), P Dillon for Ryan (58).

Referee: Barry Kelly (Miltown).


Cratloe made history in the Clare Senior Football Championship Final on Saturday as they defeated Doonbeg to win their first ever title at that level.

It was a momentous day for a club most commonly associated with hurling, as reflected by three of their players winning hurling All Stars recently. All three – Conor McGrath, Podge Collins and Conor Ryan – played for their club’s footballers on Saturday, and aided by fellow Clare senior star Cathal McInerney, helped Cratloe into a 0-6 to 0-3 half-time lead.

That lead had extended to five points when Podge Collins slipped one over with 12 minutes to go, and although Doonbeg managed a couple of points before the end, Cratloe hung on to complete a memorable victory.

However, their celebrations will have to be on hold for a while – they face Waterford champions Ballinacourty in the Munster semi-final tomorrow afternoon.