Ruan 0-19 Newmarket-on-Fergus 1-10
It was Newmarket that were first to register on the scoreboard after Oisin Pender pointed a free won as a result of a foul on Paul McInerney. Killian Ryan replied immediately for the John Punch managed side catching and hitting over the bar straight off a Pakie Roughan puckout. James McInerney struck the sliotar to the bottom left corner of Roughan’s net with eight minutes played after receiving a handpass from David Burke. Ruan replied with two placed balls via Mikey Vaughan and Aidan Lynch. Oisin Pender and Lynch swapped scores at the midway stage. Brendan Lyons levelled matters with sixteen minutes played from close range. The Blues went one ahead when wing-back Paudie McMahon split the posts after making his way forward and taking full advantage of a good pass from John Feehily. Five points without reply saw Ruan race into the lead, their scores coming via Aidan Lynch, Mikey Vaughan, Killian Ryan and Eoin Hanrahan. A fine score from Malachy Noonan got Newmarket their first score in eight minutes with twenty seven minutes on the clock. The half finished with three frees sailing between the posts, Lynch and Vaughan were on target for the side who were relegated from the Senior ranks in 2014 and Pender pointed for the Blues to ensure Ruan led 0-12 to 1-05 at the interval.
Two pointed frees from Oisin Pender saw the Blues cut the gap to two points early on. Ruan’s first score of the second half came with twelve minutes played from Mikey Vaughan and they pushed ahead with a Brendan Lyons point two minutes after. David Burke opened his account for Newmarket straight after following great movement, another Pender score brought the distance between the sides to two points. Ruan were handed a glorious opportunity when Eoin Hanrahan earned the side a penalty, but Aidan Lynch failed to take advantage as his effort sailed to the left of Ian Mulcahy’s post. A great over the shoulder strike from James McInerney brought the Blues to within a point with eleven minutes remaining in the tie. Ruan finished strong with scores from Eoin Hanrahan, Lynch and Vaughan to seal the win.
Had Ruan come toe to toe with a fully strength Newmarket-on-Fergus it could have been a different result but they took advantage of the ball when it reached their attack, something the Blues didn’t too enough of. Each score they got started from a move in the middle of the field when they picked up the breaks. They were clinical from placed balls and eight of their scores were from frees and 65’s. Michael Lyons, Caimin Howard and Aidan Lynch were the main men for Ruan.
Newmarket failed to score for the final eleven minutes of the tie, when they came within a point of their opponents and in the end it was their slack finish that cost them. Up front the Blues are letting go of possession too easily but they are continuing to mix it with some of the stronger sides in the Intermediate grade. Padraig O’Looney, Colm McCaul, Eoin McInerney and David Burke caught the eye for the Darren Hayes managed outfit.
Ruan: Pakie Roughan, Garry Bell, Niall O’Connor, Leon Quirke, Darragh Roughan, Caimin Howard, Michael Lyons, Michael Vaughan (0-07 2f 3’65), Tadhg Hanrahan, Killian Ryan (0-02), Declan O’Regan, Brendan Lyons (0-02), Aidan Lynch (0-06 4f), Eoin Hanrahan (0-02), Sean Cullinan. Subs: Mark Corry for Cullinan (HT), Colm Rice for O’Regan (42).
Newmarket-on-Fergus: Ian Mulcahy, Liam O’Connor, Eoin McInerney, Padraig O’Looney, Paudie McMahon (0-01), Evan Keogh, Paudie Conway, Colm McCaul, Malachy Noonan (0-01), John Feehily, Paul McInerney, David Burke (0-01), Oisin Pender (0-06 5f), James McInerney (1-01), David McCormack. Subs: Darren O’Connor for O’Connor (HT), Rory Murphy for McCormack (45), Donagh Keogh for Noonan (58).
Referee: Fergal Gray (Feakle).
O’Callaghan’s Mills 1-11 Ruan 0-7
O’Callaghan's Mills maintained their 100% record when they overcame the challenge of Ruan in a hard-fought tie at Hamilton Park in Kilkishen on Monday.
The second half remained close throughout but the more experienced home side got the vital breaks to pick off the vital scores and keep their winning run alive.
O’Callaghan’s Mills: John Cooney; Sean O’Gorman, Diarmuid Hehir, Gerry Cooney; Kevin O’Callaghan, Aidan O’Gorman, Michael McGrath; Bryan Donnellan, Niall Donovan; Adrian Flaherty, Conor Cooney (Ermhill), Eoin McInerney; Gary Neville, Conor ‘Rocky’ Cooney, Colin Crehan.
Ruan .4-13 Éire Óg .2-15
Hurling with a championship ferocity not matched by Éire Óg, Ruan scored a well-deserved win over the town club in Clarecastle last Saturday evening.
Full-forward Aidan Lynch was Ruan’s main man, scoring 2-4, with both goals coming in the frantic closing minutes.
The winners led 1-7 to 0-8 at half-time, with Patrick Keegan scoring their goal in the opening minute. When supplied with quick ball, the Éire Óg full-forward line looked sharp. David Reidy, Shane O’Donnell, David O’Halloran and Tadhg McNamara pointed for the Ennis club to keep them in contention.
Under the cosh for periods in the first half, Ruan opened their shoulders late in the half with John Punch, Lynch and Jonathon Clohessy pointing.
The Ennis men were dealt a serious blow early in the second half when David Reidy had to leave the field with an eye injury. Two Ronan Keane goals brought Éire Óg right back into it and, in fact, Ruan led by just two points, 2-11 to 2-13, minutes from time. Caimin Howard scored Ruan’s early first-half goal but Aidan Lynch’s late goals secured a famous win for Ruan, who played with admirable heart and determination.
Ruan: Patrick Roughan (captain); Gary Bell, Niall O’Connor, Leon Quirke; Eoin Hanrahan, Jonathan Clohessy, Damien McDonnell; Killian Ryan, Tadhg Hanrahan; John Punch, Michael Vaughan, Brendan Lyons; Patrick Keegan, Aidan Lynch, Caimin Howard.
Subs: Conal O’hÁiniféin for Brendan Lyons and Darragh Roughan for Leon Quirke.
Scorers: Aidan Lynch (2-4), Caimin Howard, Killian Ryan (1-0) each, Jonathon Clohessy, John Punch (0-3) each, Tadhg McNamara, Michael Vaughan, Patrick Keegan (0-1 each).
Éire Óg: Kevin Brennan; Liam Corry, John Mulcahy, Ciarán Hanna; Ciarán Russell, Kevin Moynihan, Aaron Fitzgerald; Ronan Keane, Marc O’Donnell; Barry Nugent, Brian Dolan, Graham Glynn; David O’Halloran, Shane O’Donnell, David Reidy.
Subs: Thomas Downes for David Reidy (inj).
Scorers: Ronan Keane (2-0), David Reidy (0-6), David O’Halloran (0-4), Shane O’Donnell, Graham Glynn (0-2) each, Brian Dolan (0-1).
Referee: Jim Hickey (Cratloe).
Ruan 3-14 St Joseph's 1-13
RUAN had their first win of the Clare Champion Cup Division 1B campaign when they accounted for St Joseph’s at Ruan on Monday.
Chasing their fourth successive win, St Joseph’s fielded five of the U-21 side that had lost the previous evening’s semi-final replay to Clarecastle and certainly the exertions of two games reduced their impact.
Ruan responded with 0-3 from play by Caimin Howard, Jonathan Clohessy and full-forward Aidan Lynch. Donal O’Halloran and Lynch exchanged points and St Joseph’s led after 15 minutes by 1-5 to 0-4 thanks to points from Alan Duggan and 0-3 from Ivor Whyte. St Joseph’s were struggling at midfield and Ruan were level when Brendan Lyons scored a fine goal and followed by a point from Killian Ryan. Whyte added 0-2 matched by points from Lynch and Tadgh Hanrahan to leave it 1-7 each after 23 minutes. Michael Vaughan had Ruan in front with a point before Lynch rounded Ken Kennedy to put a well-struck shot past Paul Madden. A Whyte point made the half-time score Ruan 2-8 to St Joseph’s 1-8.
Silvermines 1-15 Ruan 0-6
Just seven days after a hard-fought county final win, Ruan were soundly beaten at Sixmilebridge on Sunday, the outcome all but certain with half an hour to go.
Speaking to The Champion after the game, Ruan’s manager Pat Meaney didn’t blame the relatively short turnaround saying it wasn’t the reason for the comprehensive defeat. “It was too short a time alright but that always seems to happen here in Clare. But it made no difference today, that was a super team.
“Their pattern of play is unreal and they played their centre-field back deep in the first half and it caused us awful problems. Our half-forward line couldn’t win the ball and we struggled to get scores.”
Meaney said the game showed Ruan have work to do before next year’s championship. “Lads will have to knuckle down over the winter months, they know what to expect next year. That was senior hurling there today and we’re a bit off it. That showed what they have to get up to.”
The Tipperary champions dominated the first quarter and went into a lead of 1-3 to 0-0, the goal coming from the outstanding Jason Forde. Donal Keogh fed him with a lovely cross-field ball, which found him in space to the right of the goal and he drove the ball to the left hand corner of the net.
Forde had also scored two of the three points, before John Punch finally opened the Ruan account in the 17th minute. A short puck-out from Pakie Roughan found the excellent Jonathan Clohessy but he then miscontrolled the ball, before pulling on it one handed. He got a fair bit of distance on the clearance and by pure chance, it fell well for Punch and he opened the Clare champion’ account from around 45m.
Just over a minute later, Caimin Howard cut in from the right wing and pointed and Ruan looked to be settling.
However, the Silvermines weren’t at all rattled and would dominate the rest of the half, finishing it with a lead of 1-8 to 0-3. Ruan’s final point of the half came from a free from Punch, after Aidan Lynch, who had moved to wing-forward, was fouled.
Ruan started the second half better than the first, Lynch pointing in the first minute but it would take them until the 48th minute to add another, through a Clohessy free. During that time, Daniel Keogh, Orrie Quirke, Jason Forde and David Boland all pointed for the Silvermines.
On 51 minutes, Aidan Lynch picked up his second yellow, while the game petered out a little in the closing minutes, with no hope of a Ruan comeback.
While it was a disappointing showing by Ruan, they were well served by Killian Ryan and Jonathan Clohessy, who was at his best in the first half. The Silvermines were dominant in most positions and their better performers included Ronan Sherlock, Daniel Keogh and the outstanding Jason Forde.
Ruan 2-13 Crusheen 1-12
When Crusheen drew level with favourites Ruan at the turn of the final quarter in Sunday’s Intermediate Hurling Championship final at O’Garney Park in Sixmilebridge, Ruan supporters in the big attendance had a few worrying moments
However, their favourites responded impressively and they had the better of matters in the last 10 minutes when they scored four unanswered points, to claim the title amidst great scenes of celebration.
Ruan 2-17 Feakle 1-10
It might yet be third time lucky for Ruan as they reached another intermediate final with a deserved and ultimately comprehensive victory over Feakle on Sunday.
Ruan: Pakie Roughan; Gary Bell, Niall O’Connor, Leon Quirke; Killian Ryan, Jonathan Clohessy, Darragh Roughan; Tadhg Hanrahan, Owen Hanrahan; John Punch, Colin Donoghue, Michael Vaughan; Patrick Keegan, Aidan Lynch, Brendan Lyons.
Scorers: Aidan Lynch (1-10, 7f), Patrick Keegan (0-3), John Punch (1-0), Jonathan Clohessy (0-1, 1 65), Brendan Lyons, Caimin Howard, Michael Vaughan (0-1).
Feakle: Stephen Moloney; Francis O’Grady, Henry Hayes, Alan Hogan; Ger Hanrahan, Colm Naughton, Colin Nelson; Killian Bane, Shane McGrath; Cathal Collins, Raymond Bane, Tomas Moroney; Oisín Donnellan, Gary Guilfoyle, Kenneth Collins.
Subs: Eoin Tuohy for Colin Nelson (21 mins), Pádraig Hogan for Oisín Donnellan (half-time).
Scorers: Gary Guilfoyle (0-7, 6f), Killian Bane (1-0), Colin Nelson (0-2), Raymond Bane (0-1).
Ruan .0-16 Newmarket .1-9
Beaten finalists for the past two years, Ruan confirmed their place in the semi-finals of this year’s title race with victory over Newmarket on Saturday evening.
They were, however, under a lot of pressure and goalkeeper Pakie Roughan came to their aid on a number of occasions with some fine stops.
Full-forward Aidan Lynch was their top scorer with 0-7, while Colin Donoghue (0-4) and Patrick Keegan (0-3) made valuable contributions also.
Newmarket failed to turn some good possession into scores and, at the end of the day, this proved costly for them and ended their involvement in this year’s title race.
Ruan: Pakie Roughan; Gary Bell, Niall O’Connor, Leon Quirke; Killian Ryan, Jonathon Clohessy, Dara Roughan; Eoin Hanrahan, Tadhg Hanrahan; John Punch, Colin Donoghue, Michael Vaughan; Brendan Lyons, Aidan Lynch, Partick Keegan.
Subs: Caimin Howard for Keegan and Damian Brohan for E Hanrahan (inj).
Newmarket: Ian Mulcahy; Eoin McInerney, Brian Clancy, Brendan Mullins; Shane Kelliher, Brian McMahon, Martin Frawley; Frank Melody, Niall Enright; Neil Ryan, Shane Liddy, Alan McInerney; Martin Murphy, Dominick McMahon, Paudie Hayes.
Subs: Seanie Arthur for D McMahon, Evan Keogh for Hayes and Hayes for Ryan.
Ruan 2-19 Ogonnelloe 3-7
Ruan kept up their strong challenge for intermediate championship honours with this win over Ogonnelloe at Sixmilebridge on Saturday.
A goal from Robert Dreelin helped the East Clare side to an early lead, 1-3 to 0-3 but midway through the half Ruan took control and went on to lead by six points at half time. They hit 1-6 without reply, the goal coming from John Punch, to lead 1-10 to 1-4 at the interval.
Points were swapped early in the second half before Ruan stepped up a gear and by a Brendan Lyons goal helped push them twelve points clear at one stage.
Ogonnelloe battled on and goals from Rory Skelly and Colm Forde together with points from Peter O’Brien, helped close the gap before the final whistle.
Ruan: Pakie Roughan; Gary Bell, Niall O’Connor, Leon Quirke; Killian Ryan, Jonathon Clohessy, Darragh Roughan; Tadhg Hanrahan, Eoin Hanrahan; John Punch, Colin Donoghue, Michael Vaughan; Patrick Keegan, Aidan Lynch, Brendan Lyons.
Subs: Alan Bell for Punch; Caimin Howard for Donoghue; Robbie O’Loughlin for Keegan.
Ogonnelloe: Eoin Sheedy; Sean Kikkers, Michael Costello, Colm Forde; John O’Brien, Peter O’Brien, Peter English; Daniel Cunnane, Thomas Condon; Joseph Mooney, Barry Kiely, Ozer McMahon; Robert Dreelin, Kieran Forde, Rory Skelly.
Subs: Michael O’Brien, for Kiely; Michael N Bugler for K Forde; Patrick Mooney for J Mooney; Barry Kiely for Dreelin.
Ruan 1-19 Bodyke 2-9
Beaten finalists for the past two years, Ruan, made a winning start to the championship when they accounted for Bodyke at Shannon on Saturday.
Ruan were four points clear at half-time and while Bodyke kept the pressure on, the winners were always that bit ahead.
Aidan Lynch was their goalscorer while Bodyke’s goals came from Kieran Walsh from a 20m free and Brian O’Grady.
Ruan: Pakie Roughan; Gary Bell, Niall O’Connor, Leon Quirke; Killian Ryan, Jonathon Clohessy, Darragh Roughan; Tadhg Hanrahan, Eoin Hanrahan; Alan Bell, Colin Donoghue, Caimin Howard; Patrick Keegan, Aidan Lynch, Brendan Lyons.
Bodyke: Seamus Ryan; Keith O’Donnell, Caimin Treacy, Gavin Moroney; Colin Molloy, Kieran Walsh, Oisín Molloy; PJ Kelleher, Stephen Madden; Brian O’Grady, Colm Madden, Ivan McNamara; Patrick Fitzgerald, Fergus Slattery, Shane Walsh.
Ruan won their second game in the Division 2 as Crusheen, in their first ever year at this level with their second side, have yet to get off the mark despite a spirited attempt in this Crusheen hosted tie on Sunday afternoon.
Aidan Lynch dominated at full forward in the first half scoring six points from frees and play and setting up the first half goal for Patrick Keegan. Crusheen fought hard to deny Ruan the second goal and were six points in arrears at the interval on a (1-9) to (0-6) scoreline. Shaun Dillon (3), Colin Vaughan and Alan Touhy (2) were the first half scorers for the home side.
Brendan Lyons opened the second half scoring only for three scores in a row from Vaughan (2) and Touhy to reduce the Ruan lead to five with Crusheen pressing hard. Wasteful efforts on the part of Crusheen when goal efforts were attempted in the last quarter only helped the Ruan cause. The game was decided when Brendan Lyons struck for the second Ruan goal and despite a stunning goal from John Weir, three late points from Lynch and veteran John Punch sealed the win for Ruan.
RUAN: Pakie Roughan, Gary Bell, Niall O Connor, Leon Quirke, Declan O Regan, Cillian Ryan, Darragh Roughan, Tadgh Hanrahan (0-1), Mickey Vaughan(0-3), John Punch (0-1), Alan Bell, Eoin Hanrahan, Patrick Keegan (1-0), Aidan Lynch (0-9), Brendan Lyons (1-1).
CRUSHEEN: David McMahon, Conor Hayes, Donal Dillon, Tony McMahon, Jason Greene, Conor O Loughlin, Donal Wylde, Thomas Vaughan, Rory Halpin, Alan Touhy (0-3), Shaun Dillon (0-3), Yuan Horner, Niall Fitzgibbon (0-1), Patrick O Grady, Colin Vaughan (0-3). Subs: Niall Kearney for Touhy, John Weir (1-0) for Dillon
Referee: Ambrose Heagney (Corofin)
Ruan 4-26 Killanena 0-6
Ruan had an easy win over an understrength Killanena side at the weekend and, as a result, have moved to the top of the league table.
Two goals each from Aidan Lynch and Eoin Hanrahan helped the winners run up an impressive tally.
Ruan: Pakie Roughan; Gary Bell, Niall O’Connor, Leon Quirke; Killian Ryan, Jonathon Clohessy, Dara Roughan; Michael Vaughan, Tadhg Hanrahan; John Punch, Colin Donoghue, Robbie O’Loughlin; Patrick Keegan, Aidan Lynch, Eoin Hanrahan.
Subs: Caimin Howard for Punch; Damian Brohan for Lynch; John Hurley for Ryan; Damian McDonnell for Donoghue and Sean Cullinan for Quirke.
Killanena: David Noone; Francis McNamara, Joe Clancy, Paul McArthur; Shane Moroney, Patrick Noone, Stephen McMahon; Alan McNamara, Todd Kelsey; TJ Woods, Fintan McNamara, Michael Noonan; Evan McNamara, Noel Sheedy, John O’Brien.
Sixmilebridge 0-12 Ruan 0-11
Sixmilebridge made their trip to Ruan a fruitful one as they avenged last year’s championship defeat to the hosts with a narrow win.
Sixmilebridge were without a few regulars on the day due to exams and injury but nevertheless put in a strong performance with David O’Connor, Stiofan Fitzpatrick, Cyril Crowe, Thomas Liddy and Sam O’Sullivan all getting on the score sheet.
Those who performed best for the winners were Pa Freeman, Kevin Phelan, Ger Quilligan, Tommy Morey and David O’Connor.
Ruan: Pakie Roughan; Gary Bell, Niall O’Connor, Leon Quirke; Killian Ryan, Jonathon Clohessy, Dara Roughan; Michael Vaughan, Tadhg Hanrahan, Robbie O’Loughlin; Colin Donoghue, John Punch; Patrick Keegan, Aidan Lynch, Eoin Hanrahan.
Ruan 3-10 Corofin 2-6
Ruan will play Éire Óg in the final of the Intermediate Hurling Championship following this comfortable win over neighbours, Corofin, at Shannon on Sunday evening.
Corofin: Patrick Burke; Martin Tierney, Luke O’Loughlin, Keith O’Loughlin; Dara Clancy, Gerry Quinn (0-1), Darragh Shannon; Stephen Heagney (1-1), Damian Ryan; Jamie Malone (0-2) Declan Lee, Neil Killeen; Kevin Heagney (1-2), Eamonn Malone, Killian Neylon.
Referee: Ger Hoey, Killanena.