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Big win in Clare as the Mills reach senior hurling final and Austin Stacks lift Kerry club football title

Mountbellew-Moylough are back at the semi-final stage of the Galway senior football championship.

Sean Quilter (left - file photo) hit a crucial goal for Austin Stacks in today's final against Kenmare.
Sean Quilter (left - file photo) hit a crucial goal for Austin Stacks in today's final against Kenmare.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

O’CALLAGHAN MILLS ARE a surprise presence in this year’s Clare senior hurling final after a brilliant win over recent winners Ballyea today while Austin Stacks celebrated Kerry club final glory.

The Clare decider will see title holders Sixmilebridge take on O’Callaghan Mills after the latter saw off 2016 and 2018 champions Ballyea by 2-17 to 1-17 in Cusack Park this afternoon.

It will be the first time in 27 years that O’Callaghan Mills feature in the final, they lost out to Sixmilebridge on that occasion when the pair met, and their last title was way back in 1937. 

The winners got an early boost when Conor Henry netted but it was level 1-7 to 0-10 at the break. Then Ballyea pounced for a second-half goal from their star name Tony Kelly. They were in front 1-15 to 1-11 entering the final quarter and ahead 1-17 to 1-15 with two minutes left.

Then came the late drama as O’Callaghan Mills hit 1-2 in injury-time, the goal coming in between those two points from Colin Crehan, and Clare’s 2013 All-Ireland winning captain Pat Donnellan applied the finishing touch when firing over the insurance point.

patrick-donnellan Clare All-Ireland winner Pat Donnellan. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

In Kerry the senior football championships finalists are known after East Kerry and Mid Kerry triumphed this weekend but a couple of significant games took place today.

Austin Stacks won out after extra-time in the senior club final, 1-17 to 1-14 against Kenmare Shamrocks.

A late Sean Quilter goal rescued Austin Stacks at the end of normal time to tie it up at 1-9 apiece. The teams were still deadlocked, 1-13 to 1-13, halfway through extra-time but Austin Stacks then kicked on with David Mannix, Darragh O’Brien, Quilter and Joseph O’Connor raising white flags.

Kerry stars Sean O’Shea and Stephen O’Brien were central to Kenmare’s work with scoring returns of 1-6 and 0-4 respectively.

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sean-oshea Sean O'Shea hit 1-6 today for Kenmare Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Templenoe are safe in the senior ranks for another year after running out comprehensive victors by 3-18 to 0-14 against Kilcummin. The knock-on impact there is East Kerry’s ranks will be strengthened further for the 2021 season with Kilcummin players available to them.

Mountbellew-Moylough are back in the Galway senior football semi-finals after defeating Killannin by 11 points, 2-13 to 1-5. They will attempt to reach the decider for the fourth time in six seasons. 

Moycullen were 1-17 to 2-9 winners against St James’ in the day’s other quarter-final. The semi-final draw was also made, pairing Moycullen against Tuam Stars and Mountbellow Moylough with champions Corofin.

Tyrrellspass booked their spot in the Westmeath senior football decider when they saw off Athlone by 0-16 to 0-13 and will now aim to land their first title since 2007.

Results

Clare
SHC semi-final
O’Callaghan Mills 2-17 Ballyea 1-17

Kerry
SFC club final
Austin Stacks 1-17 Kenmare Shamrocks 1-14

SFC relegation final
Templenoe 3-18 Kilcummin 0-14

Galway
SFC quarter-final
Mountbellew-Moylough 2-13 Killannin 1-5
Moycullen 1-17 St James’ 2-9

Westmeath
SFC semi-final
Tyrrellspass 0-16 Athlone 0-13

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