Munster club SFC: Kilmurry-Ibrickane march into final

November 24, 2008
Kilmurry-Ibrickane 2-6 Galtee Rovers 0-4 Clare champions Kilmurry-Ibrickane came one step closer to claim their first piece of provincial silverware in four years with an eight-point win over Galtee Rovers yesterday at Quilty, Clare. The hosts used their wind advantage to good affect during the first-half and held a 1-5 to 0-1 lead at the interval with Noel Downes' after 10 minutes of play paving the way for eventual victory. Michael O'Dwyer struck the opening score after three minutes for Kilmurry-Ibrickane through a 25 metre free. Steven Maloney pushed the Clare men two ahead on nine minutes before Peter O'Dwyer's long pass into the Rovers' square was met by the fist of Downes to hoist the game's first green flag. Enda Coughlin and Odran O'Dwyer made it 1-4 without reply on 28 minutes and it was approaching injury-time when the Tipp men broke their duck through a free from Tony Egan, which was cancelled out by Enda Coughlan '45' that left seven points in it by the break. Rovers made a positive start to the second-half, with Mark O'Brien and Declan Peters both registering singles but Kilmurry-Ibrickane's second goal in reply through Paul O'Connor in the 39th minute could not have come at a better time, as it killed off any chance of a come back from the Premier boys. After that, the winners held firm at the back only conceding a free to Denis Peters, while Johnny Daly pointed them over the finishing-line in this absorbing last four clash and to a provincial final meeting with Limerick outfit Drom-Broadford.


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