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Clare minors slump to Kerry

Kerry 2-16 Clare 0-7 Seamus Hayes A KERRY team that followers of the game in the Kingdom believe will have a big say in the destination of the All-Ireland title, proved too strong for their Banner opponents in the opening round of the Munster Minor Football Championship at Cusack Park on Wednesday. While the home side did create three excellent goal opportunities, they were outplayed in many sectors. In the losers round, Clare travel to play Limerick on Thursday next, who lost to Cork on Wednesday. There was surprise when the Clare side was named on Monday regarding the positioning of some players. On their path to winning the Minor A Championship last year, Brian Cahill, the team captain, played either at midfield or centre-back for Lissycasey. On Wednesday he lined out at corner-back, a position he filled until he was black carded, a somewhat harsh ruling by the referee, after 20 minutes. Kerry dominated the aerial battle at midfield …

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Clare seal camogie semi-final spot

Clare 2-11 Limerick 0-3 FOR the second-year-in-a row, Clare will play Cork in the semi-final of the National Senior Camogie League. The game is scheduled for Saturday, April 26. Clare sealed their place in the semi-final with this comfortable win over Limerick at Clonlara on Wednesday. This was the second game in a three-way play-off between Clare, Limerick and Galway, whom Clare beat last week in Corofin. Clare took control from the outset and a first half goal from Ellen Horgan helped Clare to a half-time lead of six points, 1-4 to 0-1. Orlaith Duggan raced through early in the second half for the winner’s second goal, which had Clare in the driving seat and well on the way to the semi-final, long before the final whistle sounded. Scorers for Clare were Nikki Kaiser (0-4), Laura McMahon (0-3), Orlaith Duggan and Ellen Horgan (1-0) each;  Chloe Morey (0-2), Kate Lynch and Caitriona Hennessy (0-1) each. Clare: Denise Lynch; Aoife Griffin, …

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Clare name minor team to face Kerry

By Seamus Hayes THE Clare minor football team to play Kerry in the opening round of the Munster championship at Cusack Park on this Wednesday evening has been announced. County minor champions , Lissycasey have four players in the side, while Kilrush forward,Liam Madigan is ruled out due to injury. Clare take on a Kerry side that will be backboned by up to eight members of the Chorca Dhuibhne team from Dingle, which won the All-Ireland Colleges (Hogan Cup) title for the first time on Saturday last. The team is; Killian Normoyle (Lissycasey); Brian Cahill (Lissycasey) Pierce Lillis (Cooraclare), James Woods (Éire Óg); Conal O’ h-Ainifein (Éire Óg) Colm Pyne (Killimer), Cian O’Dea (Kilfenora); Niall McCarthy (Lissycasey), Eoin Hanrahan (Doora-Barefield); Keelan Sexton (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), Eimhin Courtney (Éire Óg), Aaron Rudd (Wolfe Tones); Conor Finnucane (Lissycasey), Micheál Duffy (Kilfenora), Aidan Davidson (St Breckan’s).

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Missed chances cost Ballyea dearly

By Seamus Hayes Sixmilebridge 1-14 Ballyea 0-11 In retaining the Clare under 21 A hurling championship title at Clarecastle on Sunday, Sixmilebridge were crowned champions for the fourth time in six years and for the fifteenth time in the history of a competition introduced back in 1964. They went into Sunday’s final as underdogs but as the game progressed they took a grip on matters and a strong finish which sat them score 1-5 without reply in the final twelve minutes sealed this latest success. The outcome was in doubt for much of this tie when the sides were level on five occasions up to the 50th minute. A tally of nineteen wides is sure to be a big talking point in Ballyea who certainly had the chances to have had a much greater tally on the scoreboard.. They dominated the opening quarter but only found themselves with a two point advantage, 0-4 to 0-2, at this stage. Five minutes …

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Clare one step from camogie semi-finals

By Seamus Hayes Clare 1-10 Galway 0-8 CLARE moved a step closer to a place in the last four in the National senior camogie league when they defeated All-Ireland champions, Galway in the first of the play-off games at Corofin on Thursday evening. The opening half was a very evenly-matched affair, ending with the sides level at 1-3 to 0-6. Rebecca Hennelly was responsible for five of Galway’s points from frees. Niki Kaiser was magnificent for Clare though and finished with a tally of 1-5. The goal came after Niamh O’Dea offloaded to her after a strong run, the Newmarket on Fergus woman found the net from a tight angle. All star Chloe Morey had her first outing of the season after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury last year and she excelled in an outstanding full-back line that also included Máire McGrath and Carol O’Leary. Her long-distance free-taking was right out of the top drawer and she defied her …

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Podge delivers crucial 35 minutes for Clare

INTRODUCED at half time, Podge Collins made an invaluable contribution to Clare’s promotion winning second half display in Creggan. The All-Ireland winning All-Star hurler kicked two crucial points from play and along with players like Shane McGrath, his brother Seán, Ciaran Russell and Dean Ryan, the UL student worked exceptionally hard on and off the ball. Speaking afterwards Podge said that the passion evident in the dressing room inspires him. “You can tell by the way lads talk in the dressing room, before games and at half time, how passionate they are about it. I know it doesn’t sound too glamorous after winning the All-Ireland hurling but it’s absolutely huge, especially in my house. It’ll be a happy house for the night,” he laughed. Collins acknowledged that it took him a few minutes to get up to the pace of the game after his introduction for Jamie Malone. “Coming up to Antrim we didn’t really know what to expect. I’d …

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Footballers dominate possession but kick massive wides tally

DEFENSIVELY Clare produced their best display of the 2014 season, conceding just six points. Given that Clare conceded big scores and soft goals against Tipperary, Carlow and London, tightening up at the back was a definite priority for Paudie Kissane and his coaching team as they prepared for the game in Antrim. In fact the home county scored just three points from play and didn’t score at all until the 35 minute. Of course it must be noted that they were playing into a near storm in that opening half. Another area where Clare did well was on their own kick out, retaining the vast majority of them while they managed to win more than half of Antrim’s second half kick outs. Underlining their physical conditioning Clare definitely had more possession than Antrim, particularly in the second period, when they held possession impressively and ran at the Ulster county. However there are several areas where Clare can improve, most notably …

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Waterford’s strong finish too much for Clare

By Seamus Hayes Waterford 1-13 Clare 0-11 There was heartbreak for the Clare minor hurlers at Cusack Park on Wednesday evening when they went under by five points to All-Ireland champions Waterford in the opening round of the Munster minor championship. Everything pointed to a Clare win when the home side led by three points with just seven minutes remaining However, Waterford fired home three points in two minutes to level with five still to play and Clare were clearly rattled. Substitute Eddie Meaney made a huge impact for Waterford in the remaining time, hitting the lead point with three to play and sealing his team’s victory a minute later with the game’s only goal folowing a defensive error on Clare’s part. Clare must now look to the backdoor route in their search to get back into the title race. They will play Kerry on Wednesday April 23 with the winners of that tie then taking on the loser of …

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