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Intermediates Lose Derby But Qualify for Semi-final

posted 23 Jun 2013, 05:17 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 23 Jun 2013, 05:25 ]
22/06/2013:  The strong wind was a major factor for both teams in the match but in the end Clondegad walked away the winners in this local derby. Kildysart were playing against the breeze and for the opening 12 minutes the sides were level at 2 points a piece. But a Clondegad scoring spree of 2-1 in the space of 3 minutes stunned the home side.  Kildysart managed another point before Clondegad's third goal at the 18th minute had the visitors ahead 3-3 to 3 points.  Kenneth Kelly (Clondegad) was taken off with serious ankle injury with 10 minutes remaining. Kildysart added 3 more points to trail at the break 3-5 to 6 points.  

Kildysart came out determined in the second half and scored 7 points to Clondegad's 1 and by the end of the third quarter had narrowed the gap to 2 points: 13 points to 3-6.  However, despite valiant and sustained effort by the Blues they were unable to close the gap resulting in final score Kildysart 14 points, Clondegad 3-9. 

Team:  Liam Griffin, Michael Eustace, Shane McNelis, Kieran Eyres (0-1, 1 45'), Damian Hill (0-2), Brian Eyres, John Ginnane, Keith O'Connor, Niall Ginnane, Damian Murtagh (0-6) Neilie O'Connor, Christy Clancy, Ger Kelly (0-3), Keith Murphy (0-2), John Murtagh. Subs: Brian O'Sullivan for S. McNelis, Ian Slobody for C. Clancy, Eoin Cleary for J. Murtagh, Brian Moloney for N. Ginnane.

Kildysart have had an impressive Garry Cup campaign since being promoted last year, with a record of 4 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw.  They are guaranteed a semi-final spot and are still in contention for 2nd place and home advantage.  This is in comparison to Kilmurray Ibrikane's 2nd team, which was promoted with Kildysart, who are relegated back to Banner Cup football for 2014 with only 1 draw to their credit.  Clondegad topped the table and currently there is a 3 way tie for 3rd place between Gaels, O'Curry's and Kilrush with Kilrush having a game in hand.  A win for Kilrush puts them in 2nd place and they are to play Cratloe who are in danger of being relegated.  So it's still all to play for.