CQ U14s will put last week’s championship defeat to Broadford/Bmith O’Briens behind them as they face plenty of hurling action over the Bank Holiday weekend. In Broadford last Friday they put in a strong performance for 40 minutes, by which time they held a 2-point advantage before they faced a storm threat on two fronts. The wind picked up, and as the gale blew in their faces, the home side piled on relentless pressure and eased to a 4-17 to 2-7 victory – the CQ goals coming from Cillian Enright and Colin Liddy. On this Friday evening they face Newmarket at Mick Hennessy Memorial Park in Round 4 of the championship. Throw-in will be at 6:30pm. Then on Monday, the semi-finals and final of Feile will also take place at the CQ club grounds with Broiadford/Smith O’Briens squaring up to Corofin and ClooneyQuin facing The Banner at 5:00pm while the final is scheduled for 6:15pm.

Eire Og had a single point to spare over CQ in last season's U13 championship and CQ U14s were taken to extra time before eventually prevailing in last year's quarter-final tie by the same club. So when our current crop of U14s led by 10 points at the interval on Good Friday one sensed that there was going to be a response from The Townies. Yes, it was a great 1st period for the home side with Gareth Dupper(1-2), Cillian Enright(1-2), Paul Hogan(0-1),Ben O'Donnell(0-1), Eoghan O'Brien(0-1) and Cathal Browne(0-1) all on the scoresheet while Dylan Considine-Kelly and Oisin Egan were leading a very tight defence at the other end. Indeed the only gripe from the home supporters at the break was that the lead should have been greater than the 2-8 to 0-4 on the board. Three goals early in the 2nd period from the visitors turned this game on its head and set up a an enthralling last quarter. Eire Og now had the momentum and got the benefit of the referee's whistle as they tacked on pointed frees while the CQ boys tried desperately hard to get back in the game. A few narrow home misses was followed by a cracking goal from Enright before The Townies hit their 4th goal to seal the win on a scoreline of 4-10 to 3-9. Next up for the boys is a meeting with a fancied Broadford/Smith O'Briens amalgamation on this Friday evening in Broadford.

Three goals in in a blistering last five minutes of action from Cillian Enright(2) and Eoghan O'Brien secured a share of the spoils when our U14s met Ballyea in the opening round of this year's hurling championship. Cillian Enright got the first of his hat-trick of goals in the opening half but it was not enough to prevent Ballyea from leading by three points at the break. When that lead was stretched to nine by the third quarter, few would have given the home side any chance but then came the grandstand finish that left the visitors shell-shocked. Final Score ClooneyQuin 4-4 Ballyea 3-7.
As well as Enright and O'Brien, others to impress were David Barbotin, Dylan Considine-Kelly, Eoin Beirne and Cathal Browne. The boys are in action again on this Friday evening when they entertain Eire Og in Round 2. Throw-in will be at 6:30pm.

ClooneyQuin U14 hurlers will commence their championship campaign on this Saturday in Mick Hennessy Memorial Park when they welcome Ballyea for the Round 1 fixture. Having qualified for the semi-final of the Feile competition our boys will be anxious to continue their good form but will face a difficult assignment against last year’s U13 finalists. The match will throw-in at 4pm so if you are attending the Clare Cup game why not come along early and give support to the 14s.

ClooneyQuin U14 Hurlers advanced to the semi-finals of this year’s Feile competition with a well deserved victory over Newmarket last Saturday. That was the final qualifying game in a round robin that took place in the Eire Og and St. Flannans pitches.  CQ were defeated in the opening game by Broadford/Smith O’Briens on a scoreline of 3-8 to 2-4. In arrears by a single point at half time, CQ levelled early in the 2nd period but the East Clare boys goaled soon after. With the help of a disallowed CQ goal that was brought out for a 20M ‘throw-in’, they were able to hold onto a 3 to 4-point cushion throughout the half before putting the icing on the cake by notching their 3rd goal with the last puck of the game. Our goal scorers were Ulick O’Sullivan and Cillian Enright.
Ethan Moloney and Ben O’Donnell raised green flags in our Round 2 game with Tulla while William Corbett, Eoghan O’Brien, Ulick O’Sullivan and Ciullian Enright added the points to give CQ a 2-4 to 1-0 victory.
With Newmarket also falling to Broadford/Smith O’Briens the stage was set for a ‘winner take all’ meeting with The Blues. After a fiercely competitive first half, two Cillian Enright pointed frees were the only scores on the board at the short whistle. Newmarket rattled the CQ net within 2 minutes of the 2nd period but the response was swift with Ulick O’Sullivan doing likewise at the other end.  Paul Hogan pointed from distance to give his team a 3-point lead that was wiped out when Newmarket bagged their 2nd goal. That was as good as it go for The Blues as the David Kennedy trained CQ side held firm in defence from there on and continued to create opportunities in the opposition half. Eoghan O’Brien put CQ back in front with a fine point from play. O’Sulivan was at the end of a good passing movement to rifle home his and CQ’s 2nd goal while another Enright free and a 2nd point from play by O’Brien left the final score at 2-6 to 2-0 in CQ’s favour.
The semi-finals and final of this competition are due to be played over the May Bank Holiday weekend when Corofin, The Banner and Broadford/Smith O’Briens will join ClooneyQuin in the battle for a place at the Feile na nGael finals in Ulster.