McGrath downs Clonlara
Published 11/10/2010 | 05:00
Conor McGrath fired over nine points as holders Cratloe overcame neighbours Clonlara at the second time of asking to reach next weekend's final.
In a repeat of last year's decider, Cratloe pulled away in the second period to secure a showdown against Crusheen.
Clonlara looked sharper early on and led by 1-3 to 0-1 after 11 minutes, with Darach Honan grabbing the game's first goal.
On 27 minutes, they led by 1-6 to 0-3 and were full value for their lead.
But a goal by quick-thinking Cathal McInerney got Cratloe right back in it and by the half-time whistle they trailed by only two points, 1-7 to 1-5.
After the restart, though, McInerney bagged another goal to put his side 2-6 to 1-7 in front and they stayed ahead, with corner-forward McGrath a handful for the Clon' defence throughout.
Clonlara tried to strike back late on and recorded some fine scores, but a resolute Cratloe held out to seal victory.
Scorers -- Cratloe: C McGrath 0-9 (0-4f), C McInerney 2-0, C Ryan 0-2, L Markham, S Collins, E Boyce 0-1 each. Clonlara: D Honan 1-2 (0-1f), C O'Donovan, J Conlan 0-3 each, C O'Connell, D O'Donovan, P Nihill (0-1 '65'), W Slattery, N O'Connell (0-1f) 0-1 each.
Cratloe -- S Hawes; P Gleeson, B Duggan, D Ryan; J O'Gorman, M Hawes, L Markham; E Boyce, S Chaplin; S Collins, C Ryan, D Browne; C McGrath, C McInerney, P Collins. Subs: B Gleeson for P Collins (59), S Hynan for McInerney (60).
Clonlara -- G O'Connell; P Collins, J Moloney, S Nihill; D O'Donovan, P Nihill, N O'Connell; T Lynch, C O'Donovan; C Galvin, J Conlan, P O'Hare; D Honan, T O'Donovan, C O'Connell. Subs: W Slattery for O'Hara (ht), D Madden for T O'Donovan (46), C Fennessy for C O'Connell (57).
Ref -- G Hoey (Killenena)