A contribution of 1-5 from Clare county star Eoin Cleary was vital as St Joseph’s Miltown defeated Rathgormack in today’s Munster Club SFC quarter-final.
Extra-time was required to separate the sides with the Banner County representatives eventually prevailing at Miltown Malbay on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-11.
Cleary’s goal arrived in the 22nd minute of normal time but, despite losing the services of a defender Cathal Crowch to a second yellow card in the second-half, the visitors forced extra-time through late points from Conor Murray and Jason Curry.
Normal time finished with the scoreboard reading – St Joseph’s 1-7, Rathgormack 0-10.
In the end, four unanswered extra-time points put Cleary & Co in the driving seat and they held on to set up a semi-final showdown with Clonmel Commercials next weekend.
St Joseph’s Miltown - S O'Brien; E O'Gorman, S Malone, E 0'Brien; G Curtin, Gordon Kelly, A McGuane; O Looney, C Cleary; M Murray, E Cleary (1-5, 0-1f), K Malone (0-4); B Curtin, C Murray (0-2), Graham Kelly. Subs: E Reidy for M Murray, E Curtin for Graham Kelly, M Murray for E Curtin, J O'Connor for Gordon Kelly (BC), E Fox for O Looney.
Rathgormack - P Hunt; C Crowch, C Walsh, L Connolly; W Hahessy, T Walsh, R Flynn (0-1); M Curry J Curry (0-7, 5f); J Power (0-1), S Curry, B Power; C Murray (0-2), J Gleeson, P Drohan. Subs: J Kirwan for P Drohan, R Cahill for L Connolly, J Hickey for R Flynn, R Flynn for T Walsh, J Kirwan for J Power.
Referee - D Murnane.Tweet