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Sixmilebridge return to Clare decider as both Cork quarter-finals go to replays

Sixmilebridge will meet Clooney-Quin in the Clare decider.

ClareCork Jamies Shanahan and Declan Dalton both made key impacts today. Source: INPHO

SIXMILEBRIDGE BOOKED A place in this year’s Clare senior hurling final today while there was dramatic finales in both Cork quarter-finals as they ended in draws with Imokilly set to face Erins Own in a replay, and UCC must take on Sarsfields in a replay.

Sixmilebridge won a thrilling contest against Newmarket-on-Fergus in Ennis by 3-17 to 2-18. Brian Corry and Conor Deasy netted for Sixmilebridge in the first half with Colin Guilfoyle scoring the goal for Newmarket-on-Fergus, as the teams were tied 2-8 to 1-11 at the break.

Colin Ryan and Jamie Shanahan swapped goals upon resumption but in a tight contest, Newmarket-on-Fergus went ahead 2-17 to 3-13 in the finale thanks to the scoring contribution of Ryan.

Colin Ryan Source: James Crombie/INPHO

But 2015 champions Sixmilebridge finished strongly with Shanahan and Shane Golden pointing the way as they got over the line with two points to spare to set up a final meeting with Clooney-Quin.

In Cork both senior hurling quarter-final ties in Páirc Uí Rinn finished all square. Imokilly looked to be on the verge of victory when they were in front 2-18 to 1-16 against last year’s beaten finalists Erins Own in injury-time but goals from Cork senior panelist Robbie O’Flynn and Eoghan Murphy put them ahead in dramatic fashion.

It took a last-gasp point from Cork U21 Declan Dalton to rescue Imokilly. They had seemed in control of the game with Cork senior duo Brian Lawton and Seamus Harnedy both chipping in with points while goals came in either half from Dalton, with a penalty, and Brian Mulcahy.

Maurice O’Carroll ignited Erins Own’s third quarter revival with a goal and they almost claimed a famous comeback victory.

The second match saw Sarsfields, four-time title winners since 2008, snatch a 1-15 to 0-18 draw against a star-studded UCC team. Sarsfields trailed by five points with two minutes remaining but Cork U21 Jack O’Connor fired home a goal before late injury-time points by Eoin O’Sullivan and Ray Ryan salvaged a draw.

Jamie Barron celebrates scoring his sides opening goal Waterford hurler Jamie Barron Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The teams were tied at 0-9 apiece at half-time but UCC powered ahead in the second half with points from Cork pair Mark Coleman and Darragh Fitzgibbon, Tipperary’s Michael Breen and Waterford’s Jamie Barron, before Sarsfields late revival.

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