ClooneyQuin U15s fell at the first hurdle of this year’s U15B championship when they were beaten by Cratloe on Friday night on a 3-11 to 0-6 scoreline. Having trailed by 1-5 to 0-3 at the break following a fairly even first half, CQ found it far more difficult than their hosts to notch the required scores in the 2nd period.
On Sunday morning in Tulla, the ClooneyQuin/Tulla amalgamation had a fine victory over Corofin/Ruan in the U15A quarter-final. An early 0-3 to 0-0 lead by the North Clare side was wiped out once the newly formed amalgamation found their rhythm and went on to hold a 0-12 to 0-5 lead at the half-time whistle. ClooneyQuin/Tulla continued to dominate the 2nd half and finished convincing 0-21 to 1-8 winners. Alan Culligan helped himself to 11 points in a match where there were other standout performances from Cathal O’Halloran,  Cathal Browne,  Sean Burke and Tulla’s Eoin Shanahan, Ferghal Kearney, Sean Cahill and Austin McInerney.

Another fantastic game of hurling was served up in Clarecastle on Saturday last by ClooneyQuin and Scariff/Ogonnelloe in the replayed U15B final....another round of quick fire scores from the throw-in set the East Clare boys on their way...another fight back from the CQ boys – this time drawing parity by half-time with the score at 1-3 a-piece. Unfortunately, on this occasion it was SOG who dominated the scoreboard after the break and went on to take the title on a 3-11 to 1-5 scoreline. But it could have been so different, as it is fair to say that the Scariff/Ogonnelloe goal lived a rather charmed existence! Our goal scoring wizard, Barry Loughnane was denied raising the green flag by the side netting (twice), by the crossbar and by two great saves from the amalgamation’s net minder! Yet another goal bound shot was stopped on the line. The Scariff/Ogonnelloe boys, to their credit, were far more clinical in making the most of their scoring chances, and for that, they deserved their victory and we congratulate them. But it was great to see that the Clooney-Quin lads did not give up but kept pressing until the final whistle.
Though our management and team will be very disappointed to have lost, they can be well pleased to have travelled a wonderful journey in this competition and those players can look forward with confidence to next year’s U16 Championship.
ClooneyQuin: Darragh Ryan, Cathal O'Halloran, Conor O'Brien, Colin Lynch(Capt.); Cian Keogh, Cathal Browne, Colm Harrison; Eimhin Dunne, Brendan Dolan;  Barry Loughnane, Alan Culligan(1-4, 0-3f), Sean Hehir; Tadhg Shanahan, Conor Sheehy, Clark O’Broin(0-1). Subs: Jack O’Grady, Dylan Elliott, Sean Burke, David Rochford,Mark McCarthy, Stephen Frain, Donal O'Criodain, Mark Fahy, Patrick Meade, Harry Meechan, Brian Meaney, Kevin Reynolds and Cillian Enright.

ClooneyQuin will renew rivalry with Scariff/Ogonnelloe on this Saturday morning in Clarecastle in the replay of the U15B Championship final. The East Clare amalgamation got off to a whirlwind start in the drawn encounter but were glad to escape with a draw when ClooneyQuin came storming back in the 2nd half. Replays can often be more tactical battles as management teams attempt to address areas of concern from the first day out. For CQ’s part, they will hope to carry onto the field the battling qualities they displayed in Feakle and the flair they showed in their semi-final victory over the Mills. If they can achieve that, they will go a long way to bringing the title back to the parish. Throw-in is at 11:15am. Please come along and support!

A blistering start by Scarriff/Ogonnelloe that catapulted the East Clare amalgamation into a 2-3 to 0-1 lead after only 10 minutes of play should have set them on their way to claim the U15B crown. However, they had not counted on the resolve and determination of the ClooneyQuin side. Our boys gradually got to grips with their opponents, and even though the scoreboard actually got worse by half-time, the CQ boys had, by then, steadied the ship and gotten more involved in the game before taking over in the 2nd period to earn a draw that few would have predicted after those early moments. A 1st minute pointed free by Shane Corry was followed quickly by an opportunist goal from corner forward Mark Rogers. ClooneyQuin were on the board after 6 minutes when Alan Culligan pointed from 70m following a foul on Colm Harrisson for which Shane Corry picked up a yellow card that was to prove significant in the latter stages. Corry had two more points before Mark Walshe pounced for his side’s 2nd goal after 10 minutes. Culligan again sent over a free 2 minutes later. ClooneyQuin held their opponents to just two more points from here to half-time and only some wayward shooting prevented CQ from adding to their own tally. Within 2 minutes of the restart the East Clare boys had 2 more points tacked on through Mark Rogers from play and a Shane Corry free to give them a 2-7 to 0-2 lead. Declan Kinihan in the SOG goal then made a super save from Sean Hehir and was glad to see the ball deflect over his crossbar for CQ’s 3rd point. Alan Culligan sent a free to the unmarked Brendan Dolan who registered point No.5. A minute later, Hehir again pointed from play before Fergus Madden had a minor for SOG after 42 minutes that was to be their 2nd last score of the game. The introduction of Cathal Browne at this stage solidified the CQ defence. Brendan Dolan and Barry Loughnane were on top at midfield and Culligan was tormenting the SOG defence from centre forward. The next 10 minutes was a glorious spell for CQ as they matched SOG’s blitz of 2-3 in that opening period. Culligan landed another free. The hard working Sean Hehir pointed from play. Tadhg Shanahan then sent the CQ supporters wild when he fired a bullet to the SOG net from a 20m free. Culligan punished yet another indiscretion as the SOG defence were buckling against the Green-and-Red storm. 51 minutes had elapsed when Barry Loughnane, double marked for much of the contest, got on the end of a move to finish to the net from close range and leave just a point between the sides at 2-9 to 2-8. The amalgamation eventually got to take a breath when they won a free on the 20m line that was converted, after a considerable time lapse, by Corry. With 4 minutes of ‘normal time’ left to play Culligan pointed his 5th free to reduce the margin to the minimum yet again, and we had a right battle to the finishing line. Conor O’Brien drove out of defence and delivered a great ball towards Colin Lynch who’s shot at goal went agonisingly just outside the post. Shane Corry picked up a 2nd yellow card soon after and had to leave the play. The last act was played out after 5 minutes of stoppage time when Culligan showed he possessed the composure and maturity to fire over the equalising point from a placed ball in the middle of the park – despite the distracting efforts of a section of the SOG supporters who should have known better. On the puck-out, Fergie McDonagh blew the whistle for the final time to leave the score at 2-10 to 2-10. Was it a ‘fair result’? Absolutely! Both sides will be happy to have a second chance and all hurling supporters will be delighted to see these two sides do battle again. ClooneyQuin’s best on the day were Conor O’Brien, Cathal O’Halloran,  Eimhinn Dunne, Colm Harrisson, Cathal Browne, Brendan Dolan, Alan Culligan, Sean Hehir, Tadhg Shanahan and Barry Loughnane. The replay is scheduled for Saturday 16th Nov.
ClooneyQuin: Darragh Ryan; Cian Keogh, Conor O’Brien, Cathal O’Halloran; Eimhin Dunne, Colin Lynch (Capt.), Colm Harrisson; Brendan Dolan(0-1), Alan Culligan(0-6 All Frees); Barry Loughnane(1-0), Sean Hehir(0-3), Clark O’Broin; Jack O’Grady, Conor Sheehy, Tadhg Shanahan(1-0 Free).  Subs Used: Cathal Browne, Sean Burke, Dylan Elliott.

All roads lead to Feakle on this Sunday morning for the meeting of ClooneyQuin and Scarriff/Ogonnelloe in the Co. U15B Final. The East Clare amalgamation got the better of Broadford in last weekend’s semi-final having earlier accounted for Crusheen/Tubber in the quarter-final. The CQ Boys had a good home win over Feakle/Killanena before turning on the style in their semi-final victory over O’Callaghan’s Mills. The finalists have had a similar return in front of goal in their two games to date. ClooneyQuin have hit a combined total of 7-23 while their opponents have scored 8-22. At the other end of the field the ClooneyQuin defence has proven to be more miserly by conceding 1-18 compared to the 8-9 scored against Scarriff/Ogonnelloe. All in all, it is set up to be a very competitive final with ClooneyQuin chasing the last chance to bring some silverware to the club in 2013 and claim a title we last held in 2008. Our very best wishes go to Kevin O’Brien, Kevin Keogh and the squad of players. Throw-in will be at 10:45am. All we need now is to get every supporter in the parish over to Feakle to cheer the boys on!