There were bright starts and weekend wins for Inagh-Kilnamona, Clonlara, Sixmilebridge, O'Callaghan's Mills, Cratloe, Feakle, Wolfe Tones, and Ballyea in the opening round of the Clare SHC.
Champions Sixmilebridge defeated Éire Óg by 0-17 to 0-12 at Cusack Park on Saturday as they aim for a fifth title in eight years, while last year's beaten finalist Cratloe overcame Kilmaley in the best game of the weekend by 3-15 to 2-11. A late Shane Neville goal for Cratloe ensured the first round win.
In the opening game on Friday, Inagh-Kilnamona took the spoils ahead of Clooney-Quin, winning on a final scoreline of 2-17 to 0-14, thanks to first-half goals by Evan McNamara and Aidan McCarthy. Feakle beat Whitegate by 0-21 to 0-12 at Sixmilebridge, while O'Callaghan's Mills upended Broadford at Cusack Park by 2-13 to 0-17.
Two late points from Michael O'Loughlin saw Clonlara beat Newmarket-on-Fergus by 0-19 to 1-14.
Wolfe Tones proved too good for Clarecastle, winning by 4-19 to 0-16 with Aron Shanagher scoring a personal tally of 2-9 and in the final game played yesterday Ballyea defeated Crusheen by 0-16 to 0-14 with midfielder Tony Kelly putting in a magnificent display, scoring seven points from play.