Intermediate Hurling Final
St Josephs Doora/Barefield overcame a Broadford to win the Clare Intermediate Hurling Championship and secure their return to the senior ranks for 2017.
St Josephs Doora/Barefield 1-12 Broadford 0-10
at Cusack Park
After a long two years at Intermediate level, St. Joseph’s have bounced back and they did so in remarkable fashion to ensure they will kickstart 2017 at Senior level once again.
Broadford had the better of starts in the opening half but their opponents never let them push too far ahead. Broadford opened the scoring with a fine effort from long range. Further points followed which kept them in the lead but David Conroy with three points and one from Tom Hannan kept the Broadford outfit under pressure. Leo Duggan and David Conroy pointed to reduce the gap to the minimum at the break.
Alan O’Neill hit the net from a penalty but he crossed the 21m line when taking the penalty so his effort was disallowed by referee Johnny Healy.
A strong second half from The Parish proved to be very important. St. Joseph’s outscored their opponents 7-2 with one of those scores being from Alan O’Neill as the he fielded the ball at full-forward before kicking the sliotar to the back of Alan McMahon’s net.
David Conroy was in top form yet again especially from placed balls firing over four frees in the second half. He finished with a tally of eight points, six of which came from frees. Broadford will know scoring three points in any half is never going to win a game and they found out the hard way. St. Joseph’s now march on in Munster where they will face Monaleen next Saturday at 4pm at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.
Paul Madden, Marty O’Regan, Brian Clancy, Kevin Meaney, Jarlath Colleran, Aaron Landy, Jack Hannon, Kevin Dilleen, Davy Conroy (0-08, 5 free’s), Tom Hannon (0-1), Alan O’Neill (1-1), Caimin O’Connor, Brian Guilfoyle, Leo Duggan (0-1), Arthur Rogers (0-1). Subs: Niall DeLoughrey for Guilfoyle (52mins), Ion Lyons for Duggan (63 mins)
Photos by Martin Connolly