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Brilliant Banner beat Cork but bow out

Clare 2-23   Cork 2-18 Eoghan Moloney CLARE ended their season on a high with a hard fought five-point win played during a biblical storm in Cusack Park this afternoon. Clare got the perfect start thanks to Shane O’Donnell who found the net after just 20 seconds as Cusack Park erupted with delight. Cork fought back thanks to points from Horgan and Cadogan but once The Banner found their groove, they were causing Cork all sorts of problems. Peter Duggan and Tony Kelly were massively influential, and scored 1-7 between them in the first half. The goal coming in the 34th minute when Kelly buried a blistering shot in the top right-hand corner to send Cusack Park wild once more. Three late points for Cork narrowed the gap slightly but Clare still lead 2-10 to 1-8 after an excellent first half. Cork flew out of the blocks at the start of the second half with four early points courtesy of Horgan …

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Clare Set For Another Premier Showdown In Munster LGFA IFC Final

Clare will look to retain their Munster Intermediate ladies football title this weekend when they take on Tipperary in this year’s final in Cappamore on Sunday afternoon. James Murrihy’s outfit overcame Limerick a fortnight ago to reach the decider, and will face the Premier for the second time in recent weeks. The Banner took the title 12 months ago after beating the Shannonsiders in what was a standalone final, but Tipperary’s return to the second tier ensured there would be some semblance of a championship in 2019. These sides are no strangers to meeting on big days, with Tipperary coming out on top when they clashed at this stage in 2016 and 2017, and repeated the dose when they meet in the opening round of this year’s series. Clare selector Enda O’Halloran is urging all involved to savour the occasion of a provincial final. “Everyone knows Munster finals don’t come around every day and we have been training hard to …

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Bord na nÓg Peil PRO Concerned About Lack Of Ambition In Minor A Club Championship

The P.R.O of Bord na nÓg Peil is expressing serious concern about the future of the Clare minor football structure after just four clubs agreed to compete in the 2019 Clare Minor A championship. Lissycasey’s Anne Hayes raised the matter at this week’s meeting of Clare GAA, and stated that a number of clubs had informed the underage board that they wish to compete in the lower grades of this year’s championships. Ms. Hayes stated: “I have been involved in Bord na nÓg for 30 years, and this year we sat down to do out the minor structure in this county. We had our teams based on population, results from two years at U-16 and from four years ago at U-14, on what the clubs had, and we put our structures in place. I am disappointed to say that we came in here to a meeting and only four clubs would play minor A football. You cannot play a minor …

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Blow For Clare Camogie As O’Dea Opts To Concentrate On Football For 2019 Campaign

Clare will be without one of their key players when they get their 2019 All-Ireland Camogie championship underway this weekend. The now former dual-star Niamh O’Dea has informed management that she will be concentrating solely on football for the rest of the campaign, having already featured earlier this season. Ger O’Connell is also sweating on the fitness of All-Stars Chloe Morey and Maire McGrath but last year’s captain Orlaith Duggan could be in line for a first start of the season. The Banner are facing the Rebels for the second time in quick succession having already lost out when the sides met in the Munster semi-final, with Cork going on to claim that title with victory over Tipperary in the decider. O’Connell is in his maiden year as manager of the Clare Camogie squad and admits this is a date that everyone has been building toward since they took the reins. “It feels like it has been a long time …

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Can Clare Rally In The Face Of Adversity In Final Fling Of Munster SHC Dice?

Sometimes there are no words to sum up outright dejection in a sporting context. Sunday was one of those days. Long before James Owens brought the misery to an official end, many of the Clare fans in the Gaelic Grounds had done so themselves as they streamed out towards the Caherdavin End. It summed up the mood of the day with many begging for the towel to be thrown in once Aaron Gillane fired to the roof of the net with ten minutes to go. In truth, it had been thrown in well before that with Limerick in total cruise control without so much as a glove being laid on them. They were fighting for their championship lives but Clare should have been scrapping for something much more important than that. This was a Clare team who had been humbled in their own back yard by Tipperary seven days previously and had been rightly challenged to prove that it was …

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Poll topper in Killaloe area Joe Cooney is congratulated by fellow Fine Gael candidate Johnny Flynn during the election count at The West county Hotel, Ennis. Photograph by John Kelly.

Cooney: No Review Of Clare Hurling Until Season Comes To An End

Chairman of Clare GAA Joe Cooney says any official review on Clare’s inter-county teams will not be held until after the season comes to an end. It comes as concerns were raised at this week’s county board meeting over recent results for the Clare senior hurling team which have left them fighting for their championship lives ahead of this weekend’s showdown with Cork in Cusack Park. Ruan’s Ger Lyons called for a review to be held to assess what has gone wrong in 2019. “Firstly I want to wish Clare the best of luck in their remaining game against Cork. As delegates to this board, I think it would be remiss of us not to be very concerned about the decline in their fortunes and their form in the past 6-8 months. When we consider the average standard of our intermediate and senior club championships and the outcomes of our minor and U-21 over the past five years, I think …

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Clare Ready For 2019 Kennedy Cup Campaign

Clare get their 2019 Kennedy Cup campaign underway this evening (Tuesday) as the Banner youngsters bid to make their mark on the national stage. They are managed by Ciaran Ryan who feels they are ready for what is to come. He said: “It is getting exciting now. Like all squads it has been tough selecting 20 players having worked with so many talented boys over the last few years , and like all squads we have had injuries and some are very unlucky to miss out but the boys that are in are going well and are fit and looking forward to it. You hope to learn every day. I have seen a good few Kennedy cups over the years and one thing I’ve learnt is 20 players are needed. We have tried to come in with 20 players ready and able to do a job. They have been given the same game time all through so we aren’t relying …

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