Senior hurling championship favourites Cratloe must get past Éire Óg in the quarter-finals if they are to progress, just one of four attractive pairings drawn out of Monday night’s last eight hat.
Elsewhere parish pride will be on the line when Clarecastle and Ballyea meet, while East Clare clubs Clonlara and O’Callaghan’s Mills will be battling each other for the third year in succession at this juncture. The last of the ties is probably the most anticipated, with recent former champions Newmarket drawn against Crusheen. All four quarter-finals are down for decision the weekend of August 30th/31st and it is expected Cusack Park will host double headers on both days.
Meanwhile the Clare U-21s will be without Conor Cleary this Saturday when they take on Antrim in the All-Ireland semi-final in Thurles (throw-in 4pm). The outstanding starting centre back broke a bone in his hand while playing for Kilmaley in Saturday’s championship clash against Sixmilebridge.
Cleary joins Shane O’Donnell on the sidelines although both have a decent chance of being fit for the final on September 13th if Clare can overcome the Ulster champions.
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