Clare SHC: Kelly fires Ballyea into final

October 06, 2018

Ballyea's Tony Kelly. ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson.

Ballyea 1-21

O’Callaghan’s Mills 1-17

Tony Kelly scored 1-9 as Ballyea qualified for their second Clare SHC final in three years with a four-point victory over O'Callaghan's Mills in Cusack Park, Ennis.

The former Hurler of the Year was in sparkling form as the 2017 All-Ireland runners-up came through a tough test from opponents who were appearing in their first semi-final since 1999. Gary Cooney's eighth minute goal handed O'Callaghan's Mills the early initiative before Kelly came into his own. He bagged 1-5 in the first half - the goal coming in the 26th minute - to help the winners to a 1-12 to 1-9 interval lead. 

The Mills resumed with points from Aidan O'Gorman and Gary Cooney to reduce the deficit to the minimum, but Ballyea were too strong as scores from Kelly, Niall Deasy and Clare footballer Pearse Lillis put them into the Canon Hamilton Cup decider against the winners of tomorrow's semi-final between Kilmaley and Cratloe.

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