St Joseph's Miltown 0-9 Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-9
After waiting patiently for 132 years for a first Clare Senior Football Championship derby final, St Joseph's Miltown and Kilmurry Ibrickane supporters will now be treated to two in the space of a week after a tense stalemate materialised in Cusack Park in Ennis this afternoon.
Having been level on five occasions by the hour mark, defending champions Miltown appeared set for their most famous Jack Daly triumph when Conor Cleary kicked a leading point in the 61st minute after playing a one-two with his twin brother Eoin.
With two additional minutes remaining, Kilmurry Ibrickane would get one final opportunity though when earning a 45 metre free that goalkeeper Ian McInerney converted with what proved the last kick of a cagey neighbouring duel.
Indeed, it was an archetypal derby encounter throughout, high on intensity but low on scores as the mindset was more not to lose the final rather than going all out to win it.
However, St Joseph's Miltown will unquestionably have more regrets after passing up too many scoring opportunities in the final quarter while also seeing a Kieran Malone shot on goal smothered by Martin McMahon in the 58th minute.
A goal at any stage would have been a huge score and Miltown would actually pass up three of them as Malone was also denied by goalkeeper McInerney in only the seventh minute while Darragh McDonagh took his eye off the ball at the crucial time only three minutes into the new half.
Kilmurry Ibrickane meanwhile only had one clear cut attempt, only for Seanie Malone to block Keith King's effort entering the second quarter. That arrived in the Quilty based side's best period of the game as a trio of Keelan Sexton frees were bolstered by the first score of the game from play through Michael Hogan in the 23rd minute to put his side 0-4 to 0-1 clear.
However, after a nervy preamble, St Joseph's Miltown would steady the ship with the last three points of the half through Kieran Malone, Eoin Cleary and full-back Seanie Malone to regain parity by the break at 0-4 to 0-4.
The second half would maintain that blow-for-blow pattern, with Miltown inching ahead on five occasions, only to be reeled in each time by a dogged Kilmurry Ibrickane.
Cormac Murray's 36th minute point would be bizarrely cancelled out by an unprecedented own point from Seanie Malone while further scores from Murray, substitute Eoin Curtin and Kieran Malone would all be equalled by Keelan Sexton frees as the game drifted over the hour mark.
Three further Miltown chances went abegging until Conor Cleary caught a Murray '45 and combined with brother Eoin before the county senior hurler nudged his side in front after the opening minute of injury-time.
However, after sharing the last four titles equally, it was perhaps fitting that this decade defining derby would have to be decided by a replay as Kilmurry Ibrickane goalkeeper Ian McInerney proved the hero to coolly slot over a 45 metre free at the death.
St Joseph's Miltown: Sean O'Brien; Eoin O'Brien, Seanie Malone (0-01), Enda O'Gorman; Gearoid Curtin, Gordon Kelly (Captain), Aidan McGuane; Oisin Looney, Conor Cleary (0-01); Micheál Murray, Eoin Cleary (0-02, 0-02f), Kieran Malone (0-02); Brian Curtin, Darragh McDonagh, Cormac Murray (0-02, 0-01f)
Subs: Eoin Curtin (0-01) for M. Murray (44), Graham Kelly for Looney (59)
Kilmurry Ibrickane: Ian McInerney (0-01, 0-01f); Mark Killeen, Darren Hickey, Martin McMahon; Darragh Sexton, Ciaran Morrissey, Daniel Walsh; Keith King (Captain), Aidan McCarthy; Michael Hogan (0-01), Shane Hickey, Keelan Sexton (0-06, 0-06f); Enda Coughlan, Dermot Coughlan, Niall Hickey
Subs: Eamonn Bracken for N. Hickey (40), Steven Moloney for Hogan (51), Daryn Callinan for E. Coughlan (51), Diarmuid King for K. King (59), Michael O'Dwyer for Sexton (59) (0-01, own point)
Referee: Chris Maguire (Wolfe Tones)