O'Hare wraps up Burren stroll
Burren 2-14 Clonduff 2-3
County champions Burren retained their title when they eased past a disappointing Clonduff side at Pairc Esler on Saturday night.
Clonduff looked lively from the throw-in, but it was Burren who were first to score when Donal O'Hare pointed a free after a minute.
Clonduff, however, had the better of the opening 10 minutes and notched two points from play from Jason Brown and Conor Og O'Hagan.
Taking control, the champions went on to score four unanswered points to lead 0-07 to 0-03 at the interval. Clonduff had a dream start to the second half when midfielder Arthur McConville had the ball in the Burren net within 16 seconds, but that was as good as it got for the underdogs.
They were not to score again until Brown side-footed to the net in stoppage-time. In the meantime, Burren, with Kevin McKernan leading by example, took total control.
Leading by 0-11 to 1-3 at the end of the third quarter, the goals they had been threatening came with eight minutes of normal time remaining, when Sean Murdock and O'Hare both found the Clonduff net in the space of two minutes. Burren led 2-14 to 1-3 when Brown bagged a consolation goal with the game almost over.
Scorers -- Burren: D O'Hare 1-5, J McGovern 0-3, S Murdock 1-0, K McKiernan 0-2, S McArdle, C McGovern, A McArdle, S Murdock 0-1 each. Clonduff: A McConville 1-1, J Brown 1-1, C Og O'Hagan 0-1.
Burren -- C Murdock; R McGovern, D McCartan, D McEntee; G McCartan, Ciaran McGovern, K McCartan; C Toner, A McArdle; Conal McGovern, S Murdock, E Toner; D O'Hare, J McGovern, S McArdle. Subs: E McCartan for E Toner, P Poland for Conal McGovern, P O'Rourke for Ciaran McGovern, C Byrne for C Toner, A Higgins for McArdle.
Clonduff -- N Trainor; J McPolin, P McConville, E O'Reilly; G McDonald, S O'Hagan, M McPolin; D O'Hagan, A McConville; P McPolin, A Carr, J Fegan; P McGreevy, C Og O'Hagan, J Brown. Subs: K Trainor for McPolin, S McGreevy for McDonald.
Ref -- B Rice.